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SEVENOAKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SEVENOAKS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE NEWSLETTER: SPRING 2012

    IN BUSINESS Check our website for information: www.sevenoakschamber.com E-mail: info@sevenoakschamber.com Tel: 01732 455188

    Sevenoaks Business Show

    The Sevenoaks Business Show, an initiative of the

    Chamber of Commerce, returns for its third year to

    the Plaza Suite, Stag Community Arts Centre on th March, 2012 from 10.00 am to 4.00 Thursday 29

    pm and is an excellent opportunity for local business

    leaders to forge strong professional relationships.

    The show will be opened by the Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. During the course of the day, there will be a stThe Free monthly „1 Wednesdays‟ Coffee programme of short seminars taking place. Mornings/Network Events at the Plaza Suite, The Sevenoaks Business Show 2012 will help local Stag Theatre continue to grow from strength to businesses to thrive and grow in a world of shrinking strength each month and are attended by many boundaries.

    local businesses and Kent Invicta Members

     from further afield.

    Local News. Members who host the event each month give a short talk telling attendees the nature of their business and what they can offer and have

    found the morning hugely beneficial in making

    new contacts and increasing their business

    portfolio.

If you are a member and would like to host one of these very successful Networking

     events, please contact the office. We have

    We now have 119 traders who have joined the some spaces available later in the year so

    Loyalty Card Scheme which has proved to be please contact us if you would like to host one

    successful beyond our expectations. Every month a of these events. draw is held and the winners drawn by either a celebrity or local person. The big prize draw of Hosts for some of the forthcoming events are: st?1000 was drawn by Twist & Pulse on Monday 31 January and won by a delighted Laura Hardwick th4 April, 2012 Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary from Sevenoaks. Club For more information on the scheme and to see the nd2 May, 2012 Vine Cricket Club list of businesses participating so far, please log onto

     our website Sevenoaks Loyalty Card.

    A big Thank You must go to the Stag for the

    continued use of the Plaza Suite and of course to

    our hosts each month, without their support the

    Coffee Mornings would not continue to be such a

    huge success and benefit to the local business

    community.

    Chamber Member/Business News in brief

    Ten2Two.

    Drop Kids Off. Members please don‟t forget this is „your space

    Have a Career. for any news concerning your business or

    Pick Kids Up. forthcoming events you may wish to advertise.

A new specialist flexible and part-

    time resourcing organisation Launch helping local business beat the squeeze on budgets.

    Ten2two, have recently launched and are a flexible and part-time working agency that helps women find

     professional part-time work with local businesses. Ten2two plans to bring them together with business Clarkson Wright & Jakes Limited that need affordable professional skills. Over the last few months, the Ten2two team have New Head of Employment built a powerful community of women seeking Team at Clarkson Wright & professional part-time work to prove to local Jakes Ltd businesses, big and small, that there is a wealth of talent available to them, who‟d love to work and We are delighted to announce that Rosa Brennan has help their business continue to thrive in this tough taken over as head of the Employment team. Rosa economic climate. has experience of employment law from all angles. Ten2two will work with women and businesses She has a high success rate in defending and settling across West Kent and Bromley, including Sevenoaks, tribunal claims on behalf of companies ranging from Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells. For more SME‟s to PLC‟s. information, please contact the Ten2two team Andrea Starbuck or Kirsteen Allen on 01732 759849.

    Rockdale Housing Association Limited

     As the newest member of the Sevenoaks & District Queen‟s Diamond Jubilee Dinner with Cabaret Chamber of Commerce, I wanted to introduce my At Wilderness Golf Club, Seal, business to the rest of the membership. Sevenoaks, Kent FeMan Consulting offers HR support, advice & guidance to small businesses which have no in-ndSaturday 2 June 2012 house resource. Although a lot of my clients are in the financial sector, I have experience in many other Tickets ?55 (to include a 3 course meal & drinks industries as well. There is a full description of the reception) services I offer, some helpful documents to Drinks reception at 7.00pm download and also some case studies of previous Dinner at 7.30 pm work on my website www.financialhr.co.uk. Black Tie I also send out periodic updates to clients and contacts - if you would like to be included on this Come and celebrate the Queen‟s 60 years on the mailing list please click here. You can also connect throne and enjoy a special evening of fun and with me on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. entertainment. The Cabaret promises to make Finally, I would encourage you to contact me if you the evening a memorable one. have any HR related questions or concerns about your business; or if you think any of your clients Please contact Lynn Tier at the Fundraising Office, may need some additional support. Rockdale Housing Association Ltd, Rockdale Lodge, Rockdale Road, Sevenoaks TN13 1JT or for any Mike Clyne queries please ring 01732 458762 or email: Tel: 01732 832000 / 07973 281442 fundraising@rockdale.org.uk. Email: mike@femanconsulting.co.uk Website: www.financialhr.co.uk

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Chamber Member/Business News in brief

    continued

The Kings Head, Bessels Green.

    "Sevenoaks Summer Festival's Since Anne and Allen took over the Kings Head at

     Bessels Green in April 2011, much has changed and

     a lot has happened! Cosmetically, the Kings Head

    Sevenoaks Summer Festival's 2012 Programme is now looks and feels much warmer and

    almost complete! welcoming. The introduction of the lounge area with

    With three months to go before Festival's colourful its big and cosy settees is certainly enjoyed by all!

    banners and flags adorn our town; the ink is drying The biggest change of all, though, happened when

    on contracts to bring famous names to The Stag and their son Stéphane and his partner Katie joined them

    SHIP Theatres and to Sevenoaks School's in November. Katie joined force with Allen and her

    Performing Arts Centre to supplement the 100 lovely smile now welcomes you in the bar or the

    Community Group events that will make up Festival restaurant, whilst Stéphane took over the kitchen,

    2012. Among the celebrities coming to town are Ray putting his Head Chef experience to great use.

    McVay's Glenn Miller Orchestra, the National His arrival was shortly followed by the launch of his

    Youth Jazz Orchestra, Buster Keaton (on film, all new mouth watering French menu, with

    accompanied by the Buster Birch quartet), John homemade favourites including duck rillettes, foie

    Etheridge, Julie Felix and Emma Johnson. As gras, scallops salad, coq au vin, mussels in a choice

    always, Festival Fair opens proceedings, this year on of tasty sauces, croque- monsieur and of course,

    Saturday 23 June and will feature continuous jazz, keeping our very popular confit of duck!

    rock and blues music, the ever-popular Longnose Regularly changing puddings, also homemade, are

    Puppets, Bobbo the Clown, and the Schools Music to be found on the naughty board.

    Stage, as well as exciting innovations, including (in Our first French night took place on Bastille day, thVine Gardens) the first-ever appearance in 14 of July. Its success was followed by Aquitaine

    Sevenoaks of Colourscape, an amazing visual and night in November, Alsace night in January and

    auditory experience. Special thanks are due to the Brittany night in March, all events fully booked and

    Town Council, Chamber Members and other local extremely well received by all.

    firms for their generous support, without which Christmas and New Year‟s Eve came and went.

    there'd be no Festival. The 2012 Brochure should be Great fun was had by all, so this year, be prepared to

    published next month and available throughout the book early!

    District and on our website We are already busy planning our next Christmas

    www.sevenoaksfestival.org.uk . Fayre Menus, with a French twist of course...

     For all the forthcoming events, please log onto: www.kingsheadsevenoaks.co.uk.

For now, Anne, Katie, Allen, Stéphane and the whole team look forward to welcoming you to st„On Wednesday 21 March Easistore Self Storage The Kings Head very soon... hosted their latest networking evening. It was a great success with a fantastic turnout thank you to all who came along! If you missed it this time round, don‟t worry! Our next free summer BBQ networking WHY NOT BRING A COLLEAGUE TO ONE OF OUR thevent will be held on the 20 June 2012 times to NETWORKING EVENTS AND INTRODUCE A NEW follow. Should you wish to be kept updated above MEMBER: EARN ?10.00 DISCOUNT ON YOUR

    MEMBERSHIP our events, please register your interest with us at

     nick.hooper@easistore.co.uk or call 01732 862626.‟

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Chamber Member/Business News in brief Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

    continued

     One of the numerous benefits of our affiliation with

     the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce this year is

     that you can also attend various networking events

    they have on offer, please visit:

    www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk or call 01233

     504838 for more details. If you are a member of the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce, you also qualify for member‟s rates at these events. Sennocke International Insurance Services Ltd. Sevenoaks Stag Theatre Sevenoaks based Structural Warranty specialist, Build-Zone, have surprised Analysts and Partners The Stag Skating Rink over the Christmas period with their growth over the last twelve months proved to be successful beyond expectations. Every especially considering the business focus is on session was fully booked and proved to be a big Construction and Residential development. draw card to the town. Paul Kempton, MD of Sennocke International Sevenoaks Town Partnership Insurance Services Limited, which developed the products and who are the scheme administrators said For all the latest news and information on the “I‟m delighted with our progress and it demonstrates Sevenoaks Town Partnership, please log onto: the confidence that both our Clients and Insurers Council@Sevenoakstown.gov.uk have for our business model. Availability (having a choice of product and insurer) and Deliverability of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Service to the client are crucial” Sevenoaks Town Council will be organising events Build-Zone achieved „Designated Warranty‟ status to celebrate her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‟s in September 2010 and competes favourably against ndDiamond Jubilee during the weekend of 2 June, the likes of NHBC and the Build-Zone brand has 2012. The STC would be delighted to hear from continued to quickly establish itself despite the local organisations and charities, what ideas and doom and gloom of the economic climate. functions are already planned to mark this mate. The Town Council is hoping to produce a Key contributing factors have been Build-Zone‟s commemorative brochure to mark the occasion ability to deliver Product and Service tailored to a detailing all the celebration events. Please email: specific requirement. Helping Receivers to get council@sevenoakstown.gov.uk with your views projects started again in other areas of the country and ideas. and Eire was a major breakthrough and gave developers a sensible no fuss approach to solving an Sevenoaks Police Station immediate problem. The Police Station is now located at the SDC, in Closer to home, Build-Zone is providing Structural Argyle Road. The council and police opening times Warranties for local Builders and Developers on are 8.45am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am residential and commercial projects of all differing to 4.45pm on Fridays. sizes.. Denis Minns, CEO of DBS Building Group Limited, who is currently building in the town, said Sevenoaks Chronicle “We have experienced the service levels of other warranty providers, and the level of support we have If you have a story concerning Sevenoaks please received so far has been very good. We really contact the Chronicle office at 54 High Street or welcome the straight forward approach Build-Zone Email: reporters@sevenoakschronicle.co.uk. have towards design checking and site auditing Phone 01732 228000. which is provided in tandem with their partnered Building Control supplier and is genuinely cost Have you looked at the Chamber web site effective.” recently? See the Links on line business information “ONE SOURCE”

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Twitter Citizen’s Advice Bureau

    The Chamber is now on „Twitter‟ on our webpage so For any advice on consumer issues, go to the Citizen please log on to the latest news. Advice website, www.adviceguide.org.uk or contact

     Sevenoaks CAB on 01732 454443, email: Traffic Report on the website info@sevenoakscab.org.uk.

Just log onto our website, go to LINKS and get up-Sevenoaks Job Club

    to-date traffic information.

     The Job Club meets regularly in the Café at the Stag News & Events around Sevenoaks Community Art Centre on Monday mornings.

     Sevenoaks Town Council recommends that, and Looking for the latest news and what‟s on around would welcome anyone in Sevenoaks who is looking the Sevenoaks town and district? Wanting to for employment, attends these meetings. publicise your business event or announce a press

    release? Click on www.sevenoaksevents.com for its Business to Business Brochure

    interactive community calendar and add your event /

    news item online. It‟s not too late to let us have your A5 flyer. We are

     constantly sending out the brochure to new The Lodge Coffee Bar businesses and new Members. Promote your

     business and include your information in the Why not utilise the Lodge Coffee Bar at the Stag Business to Business” pack. The Chamber has

    which caters for lights meals and superb cakes daily been overwhelmed with the response to our request from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. for new flyers and the membership pack is now Children‟s parties are also catered for. more fully representative of all the members and the Owner David Martin also runs the Lodge Coffee services they can offer.

    Shop in the Hollybush Recreation Ground and will

    be starting an exciting new venture in Otford shortly. Website Statistics

    He has taken over empty premises in Otford and will

    transform them into a café and tennis shop. You can now view the Chamber website statistics For more information about the tennis academy, call: anytime using www.sevenoakschamber.com/stats .

    01959 522377. We are currently getting around 1,000 users a month,

     with approximately 3,500 „page‟ views.

    Kent Trading Standards

     Discounts for Chamber Members

    Kent Trading Standards are warning people to be

    wary of many scams that are taking place. For any Did you know, some of our Chamber Members offer advice please call Consumer Direct 08454 04 05 06 discounts to fellow Members??? Please mention you or Contact Trading Standards, Advice & Education, are a Chamber Member when using any of our Eurogate Business Park, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8XU Member‟s many and varied services or look at our or log onto the website, „Benefits‟ section on our home page. Or if you

    www.tradingstandards.gov.uk/kent. would like to offer a discount/special offer please

     contact the Chamber Office.

    Please do not forget that the main function of the Sevenoaks Chamber of Commerce Is being here for our Members and the business community. If you have any queries or issues, please feel free to pop in to discuss this or contact the office via email or telephone and we will do everything in our power to help and offer advice wherever possible.

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Parking Forum on the Chamber website

    In spite of a petition by the town‟s residents and The Chamber has an interactive Free Forum on our visitors and signed by 1,300, the cost of parking in website where you can have your say on any issues Sevenoaks‟ council car parks is set to rise. which concern you. You may also introduce your The rise will affect the cost of parking in Bligh‟s business or display any special offers you wish to Meadow for an hour to ?1.10 from ?1, while for two advertise. Please use this site to advertise your hours it will cost ?2.30, up from ?2.20 and for three business.

    hours ?3.80 from ?3.60. Just log onto: www.sevenoakschamber.com/forum

    Buckhurst1, Buckhurst 2 & Pembroke Road will to add an entry. The entry can be edited by you at have increased charges on Saturdays for drivers any time to keep it topical. There is also a popular staying for two hours or more and the costs will also Events Calendar for the Sevenoaks area at where rise in South Park and Suffolk Way car parks. The you can click the link to „Add Your Own Event. new prices will come into force in April. Most of the events you see there are entered by the When we are trying so desperately to get more Tourist information Centre in Sevenoaks, who are visitors to come and visit and shop in Sevenoaks, now using the system to „feed‟ event details through and with the economy so volatile, this is quite a to locally published magazines.

    blow for the local independent traders who strive to

    keep their businesses running in such difficult times.

Fairtrade in Sevenoaks

For more information about Fairtrade, please contact:

     Gwyneth Brearley at Automatic fire alarms KFRS is changing its Gwyneth.Brearley@ukgateway.net or phone: 01732 response 762172. Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) are changing Recycling the way it responds to automatic fire alarms (AFAs). Did you know you can „recycle‟ your old bicycles at: From 2 April 2012, all calls from AFAs will be www.freecycle.org? challenged by the Service‟s 999 staff. During the Sevenoaks District has increased its recycling levels day (6am 6pm), unless there is confirmation of an from 10% to 33% in the last 10 years. actual fire or signs of fire, an engine won‟t be sent. Until April 2013, a fire engine will be sent to AFA Information on our Web Page calls received from 6pm to 6am, where a procedure has not been introduced to confirm a fire. Perhaps you are not aware that on our Web Page under „Links‟ there are many informative sites to log This is to allow those responsible for managing onto from CAB to Eurostar to Inside No. 10! The premises extra time to make any required changes to other local Chambers of Commerce are also listed. their procedures. Tourist Information Centre False AFAs account for a third of all calls KFRS attends. Each call potentially diverts firefighters and The Tourist Information Centre is located at equipment away from genuine emergencies where The Plaza Suite, Stag Theatre. lives may be at risk. Premises managers are responsible for ensuring Conservation Council alarm systems operate correctly, are properly maintained and do not produce unwanted calls. The website for the Conservation Council is: For further information visit www.kfrs.business.info. www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/conservation.

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Sevenoaks District Olympic Torch Relay

    Route

On Friday 20 July 2012, local people will be invited

    to line the streets and celebrate the achievements of

    the inspirational Torchbearers when the iconic flame

    passes through Seal, Sevenoaks, Riverhead and

    Bessels Green.

Shortly after 12 noon, the Torch will travel along

    Seal High Street, turning left at Bat & Ball, up St

    John's Hill towards Sevenoaks town. In the town, it

    will turn right onto Pembroke Road then right onto LOCOG has worked closely with representatives London Road where it will continue to Riverhead, from a number of sectors in each Nation and Region then left along Worships Hill and through to Bessels of the UK to devise the route and is taking the Green from where it will turn onto the motorway on Olympic Flame to within ten miles of over 95% of its way out of the District. the population.

    To keep disruption to a minimum, short term rolling Schools across the UK can now access free learning road closures will be in place with Kent Police resources linked to the Olympic Torch Relay stopping traffic at junctions to allow the torch through Get Set (london2012.com/getset), the procession to pass through. official London 2012 education programme. The

     activities are designed to help schools and colleges For further details about the exact times, viewing make the most of the Relay by lining the route, and points and community events en route, visit the cheering on their local Torchbearers. Resources Council‟s website include ideas for making Flame hats and shakers to www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/2012torch or call 01732 welcome the Flame, an assembly presentation to get 227000 nearer the time the school behind a Torchbearer and a film showing

     one Get Set network school's preparations for the Cllr Peter Fleming, the Leader of Sevenoaks District Relay.

    Council, says: "It's a great honour to have the

    Olympic Torch Relay in our District. The 20th of Local schools can also contact Sevenoaks District July promises to be memorable day, giving most Council to find out how they can join in the Torch people a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the Relay celebrations by telephoning 01732 227000 or iconic Flame, cheer on the inspirational e-mail community.development@sevenoaks.gov.uk.

    Torchbearers and enjoy community events on

    route."

Sebastian Coe, Chair of LOCOG adds: "Today we

    bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life. The Flame

    symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around

    the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to

    our streets. Now the people know the route the

    Olympic Flame will be carried along and the

    Torchbearers for their community, they can start

    planning how they might celebrate and make it

    Sevenoaks District's moment to shine."

An average of 115 Torchbearers a day will carry the

    Olympic Flame during its 8,000 mile journey around

    the UK before it arrives at the Olympic Stadium on

    27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the

    Opening Ceremony, signifying the official start of

    the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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    TO JOIN THE CHAMBER IT COSTS FROM New Membership Fees for 2012 per JUST ?9.16 PER MONTH! annum includes our affiliation with

     Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce 1 9 Employees - ?110 Contact Details 10 19 Employees - ?145.00 Administrator: Avril Ferguson 20 49 Employees - ?175.00 info@sevenoakschamber.com www.sevenoakschamber.com 50 Plus Employees - ?230.00 01732 455188 Mobile: 07906094445 Plus ?50 joining fee for new members Board Members: Doug Parry Riverside Insurance Brokers Ltd Kevin Aylward, The Showbusiness Company Ltd

    Elizabeth Dolding Warners Solicitors

    Mark Tuvey Opus Network Services

Office Address:

54 High Street

    Sevenoaks Kent TN13 1JG Our Mottos Thought for the Day Sevenoaks & District Chamber of Commerce founded in 1910 “… to promote and assist

    businesses to benefit within the community and for “The truth is rarely pure the community.” and never simple.”

     ~ Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) KEEPING TRADE LOCAL

    Support our local businesses and keep trade local. Humour Corner A man was cleaning out old clothes from his closet,

     planning to give them to charity. In the pocket of a

    suit coat he found a shoe-repair ticket, about ten years old. "I believe that place is still in business," he thought, so he went down to the shop. Without saying anything, he presented the ticket. The man behind the counter looked at the number and said, "I'll have them for you tomorrow."