Chamber News

The Leatherhead Chamber issues a weekly update to its Members each Friday, which contains the latest news and details of upcoming events.


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Learn about the MVDC Refill Initiative

Following the Action Planning Workshop at The Grange Centre in Bookham on 17th September,  Eloise Appleby, Chief Executive of The Grange Centre, has kindly provided the 'Bend it like Bookham' Workshop Programme Presentation, which you can download as a PDF below.

Bend it like Bookham.pdf
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Chamber Member, Charity Mary Frances Trust, launches appeal to local businesses on its 25th anniversary


This year, Surrey-based charity Mary Frances Trust celebrates its 25th anniversary of supporting Surrey residents with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.


Patrick Wolter, CEO, Mary Frances Trust says: "For a quarter of a century, Mary Frances Trust has been a key mental health resource in the community of Surrey. When Mary and Frances founded the Trust, mental health was still very taboo and misunderstood, and people were marginalised from society. Over the years, our organisation has played a pivotal role in changing the way people perceive mental health, giving them a sense of hope and belonging. It’s a legacy we’re very proud of.”


To continue on its mission to deliver this free and essential community service to the residents of Surrey, the charity would like to make an appeal to the local business community, both to gather support and to raise awareness of its corporate offer to businesses wishing to make mental health a priority in their workplace.


There are many ways in which to support the charity. Donations (either one-off or regular) are always welcome, but the charity would also be interested in an exchange of services (such as printing, leaflet distributions, design support etc) or becoming your charity of the year, providing you with opportunities for team building exercises and volunteering.


Mary Frances Trust can also deliver a programme of wellbeing activities customised to the needs of your business - whether it’s a mental health awareness course for managers, a work/life balance or stress management workshop or health walks, mindfulness and yoga classes for staff.


To find out more about how to support Mary Frances Trust, please contact the charity’s Community Fundraiser, Charlotte Low, on 01372 375 400 or at


Anniversary Activities

As part of its anniversary year, Mary Frances Trust, is running multiple events and activities in Surrey, including an Art Exhibition at the Leatherhead Theatre from 12th September until 25th September, displaying artwork from the charity’s clients and showcasing the link between creativity and wellbeing.


Mary Frances Trust’s Senior Operations Manager, John Anderton, is also running 25 miles on 19th September to raise funds for the charity’s anniversary, promote physical activity and challenge mental health stigma. You can read more about his journey and the reasons behind this challenge on his fundraising page. It’s not too late to sponsor him! Any amount would make a big difference and allow us to support more people in Surrey with their mental health and wellbeing.


Learn more by visiting the Mary Frances Trust Member Page HERE.


Did you know that Chamber Member, The Cock Inn at Headley, offers a Corporate Discount scheme which you may wish to enrol in for the benefit of your staff.


Once enrolled, your staff could enjoy a 15% Exclusive Corporate Discount on their food bill!

Terms & Conditions can be found HERE, and below is a PDF copy of the above poster which you can download.


Please do get in touch if you'd like to discuss our Corporate Discount offer


Sarah Coxon

Group Marketing Manager

t: 01252 913 513 | m: 07921 161 080


The Cock Inn Corporate Discount Offer.pd[...]
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Your company could open up the world of work to a person with a disability


I wonder if there are any fellow Chamber Members and local supportive businesses who can help. I am looking for short term work experiences in the following areas:


  • A role front of house in a café - welcoming customers, helping to clear tables, meeting and greeting.
  • Receptionist work – meeting and greeting, helping people to sign in, basic IT work, answering telephones.
  • Work in a DIY or hardware shop – helping to re stock shelves, folding down boxes for recycling, helping out with customers.


All three roles would be for approximately two hours per week and short term. The maximum time would be 18 weeks.


I offer lots of support to employers and will spend time with the person until they and the employer are comfortable for me to withdraw support.


These work experience placements are essential in offering the people we support an idea of what it’s like to work in different work places. They promote confidence and help people learn the skills needed to find future work opportunities. Taking someone with a disability on for work experience can also benefit your business and work team. If you think you could help or would like more information please contact me on the number/email address below.


Many thanks,


Melanie Sheehan

Work Experience Co-ordinator

01372 452 608 x 2214


There are many ways in which you can help us at The Grange ... please do take a look at the PDF Leaflet below - thank you for your support!


The Grange Centre for People with Disabilities

Rectory Lane, Bookham KT23 4DZ


How you can support us at The Grange.pdf
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Chamber Member Julie West Solicitor is delighted to report that, so far, Julie West Solicitor has raised £582.04 for the Guildford Legal Walk (£696.30 inc. Gift Aid).  Very well done to Team JWS in completing the walk on the evening of Monday 8th July and raising funds for such a good cause.


Photos above show scenes from St. Martha’s Hill and the River Wey.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Team on the Guildford Legal Walk via their fundraising web page HERE.


Julie West Solicitor


Pictures below show the JWS Team

FREE Webinars from Chamber Member Barclays


Further to the Chamber Breakfast on 19th June I was asked to provide details as to the current list of FREE webinars available.

  1. An Introduction to Cyber Security (35 minutes)
  2. Is your business ready? GDPR (30 minutes)
  3. Making Tax Digital and Making your Business Digital (35 minutes)
  4. Unlocking International Opportunities (30 minutes)
  5. Brexit & Beyond: Building business resilience (40 minutes)

They are all aimed at a wide audience and therefore provide a basic level of information however you may get the opportunity to ask questions if you have specific concerns. A small amount of the content will relate to Barclays products and services however the information provided should still be relevant to businesses banking with any bank.


The Cyber-Security webinars run hourly starting at 9am with the final webinar starting at 4pm.


The remaining webinars run regularly but not quite as frequently as the Cyber-Security ones. Please let me know what you are interested in and I can provide the relevant schedule.


If anyone has any questions or is interested in reserving a place please contact me at


Mr Vince Wort
Business Manager
Barclays Bank plc, 5 Church Street, Leatherhead KT22 8DE

03301 517 686 |

Chamber Board Positions

There are currently four vacancies on the Chamber Board. Interested Members are asked to contact any of the current Board to discuss what is involved.



The Wilky Group say collaboration is key for

Gatwick Diamond success


Property company, The Wilky Group, based at Fetcham Park, Leatherhead (a Chamber Member), is co-sponsoring and participating in the Gatwick Diamond Economic Summit in Crawley on 20th June 2019, where it will outline the opportunity to align regional spatial strategies through a collaborative approach that will positively influence the development of the area and increase economic prosperity.


John Atkins, consultant to the Wilky Group on the company’s strategic landholding adjacent to Gatwick Airport, will make the first presentation at the event. John gave the keynote speech at the 2015 summit, when he introduced the principles of Airport Cities and the Aerotropolis concept and how co-located airport development can drive regional competitiveness and employment opportunities.


This year, John will be looking at how, by working with The Wilky Group and key stakeholders, these principles can be applied to the Gatwick area, where there is the opportunity to align emerging regional spatial strategies to enable infrastructure to lead planned growth for the region. This approach will bring together Local Authorities, the LEP (Coast to Capital) and Transport for the South East and Business - collectively, responding to the Government’s productivity challenge by developing a blueprint to meet this aspiration and need to rebalance the local economy.


Mr Atkins will also refer to the Wilky Group’s property market, demand-based study which shows a potential demand for 6-9 million square feet of accommodation at Gatwick for office, industrial, warehouse and hotel uses, and a range of educational facilities to meet the identified medium-long term needs of the region, all of which validates the need for a strategic employment site to be co-located at the Airport.


Sally Fish, property director at the Wilky Group says: “The Economic Summit is an exciting opportunity for us to present our demand-based findings and to explore how our research might positively influence the development of the Gatwick Diamond area.


Correspondingly, we are keen to engage with representatives of the Gatwick Diamond communities; to explore the opportunity for a strategic employment site for the long-term future of the region’s planned policy objectives. This could drive significant value towards infrastructure and housing delivery, together with a long-term annual income to the public purse and enhancing local prosperity through an exemplary, sustainable environment for diversified employment and training – creating a win-win proposition.”


To find out more visit:

Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Society


The Chamber is looking into the feasibility of establishing the ‘Leatherhead & District Chamber of Commerce Charity Golf Society’, and we'd like to gauge your interest in becoming involved.


The Society would hope to run four events a year, to be held at local courses, probably on a Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. The aim is to provide a networking opportunity during an enjoyable game of golf, followed by some food and hospitality, whilst raising funds for local charities.


Our first nominated charity would probably be The Grange Centre in Fetcham, a Chamber Member.


We would be very grateful If you could register your interest by clicking HERE.


For more information, please contact Chris Webb

 07920 726 957 |


We'd like to try and organise our first event in July - we do hope you'll be interested in taking part, and look forward to hearing from you.


Thank you,

Chris Webb

Fetcham Park brings 'The Shoreditch Effect'

to Surrey

Surrey’s leading business centre, Chamber Member Fetcham Park, near Leatherhead, is proving popular with businesses from the county and beyond in the wake of a new trend which is influencing how and where people work.


‘Creative congregation’ is the latest buzzword for the criteria that help people choose where to live and work. Also known as ‘The Shoreditch Effect’, this trend reflects that, increasingly, people make this decision based on factors including busy high streets full of local shops, aesthetically pleasing buildings and approachable neighbours.  Rather than polished but generic offices, the equivalent of sterile shopping malls, businesses are being drawn to buildings with character that inspire creativity, relaxed interaction and brainstorming.


At Fetcham Park, flexible premises, value rents, a variety of office spaces, break-out areas and a range of lifestyle services, are some of the key selling points attracting clients to the prestigious location.  Plentiful car parking and proximity to all major transport links add to Fetcham Park’s appeal for those looking to avoid the commute into London.


Fetcham Park’s House Manager, Kate Ainsworth, comments: “We love the concept of Creative Congregation as the phrase sums up Fetcham Park perfectly.  Since 1999, we’ve offered modern businesses a space to thrive whilst respecting the heritage and character of this unique building.  At every stage, we have catered to the ever-changing technological needs of our clients.  We like to describe this as mixing heritage with modernity.  Fetcham Park believes in a flexible agreement designed to meet the specific needs of each business.  From open-plan offices to meeting rooms and breakout areas, we tailor a bespoke solution based on the optimum use of your budget.  By facilitating face-to-face interaction and the on-going management of service delivery with our dedicated Client Services Team, office occupiers and their visitors alike can relax and be creative in a professional environment with modern technology on-site.”


Fetcham Park offers a variety of contemporary serviced office space, breakout spaces away from the office, and a range of lifestyle services including fitness classes and car valeting.  In addition, we have six acres of beautifully landscaped grounds - what better way to talk through creative ideas or complex situations than by taking a stroll with your client around the grounds before returning to get the ideas down on paper.


Tucked away in leafy Surrey, Fetcham Park is removed from the distractions and noise of the city, yet less than an hour from London and close to the M25.  A secluded place to work and meet, with all the facilities required to help modern businesses thrive.


Fetcham Park Ltd

To get in touch, please send us an email

Fetcham Park, Lower Road, Fetcham KT22 9HD (Sat Nav KT22 9ES)

Microsoft awards Broadplace Advertising Elite Status in the Bing Partner Program

Microsoft has named Chamber Member Broadplace Advertising as one of a select group of top performing partners to act as trusted advisors to their growing customer base for search advertising opportunities with the Bing Network. Currently, there are only three Elite partners in the UK, including Broadplace Advertising.


As an Elite Channel Partner to Bing Ads, the world’s number two search advertising provider, Broadplace Advertising will continue to enhance the expertise and service provided to clients through exclusive access to training, marketing and technology development.


Broadplace Advertising is an independent and multi award-winning performance marketing agency. They have delivered innovative digital marketing solutions to hundreds of businesses across the globe since 2005. Broadplace Advertising enables its partners to grow and succeed online through their technology and people.


Search advertising, which today makes up 52% of all digital advertising spend, is a core area of investment for Broadplace Advertising’s clients.


Broadplace Advertising has successfully been offering choice and increased levels of ROI to its search advertising clients thanks to its partnership with Bing. In 2018, adoption of Bing advertising solutions grew by 40% across its customer base, and Bing Advertising revenue grew by over 70%. Broadplace Advertising’s elevated partnership with Bing will clearly bring increased business opportunities for both its clients and their business.


We are delighted to see Broadplace reach the Elite tier of the Bing Ads partner programme. Our partners in the Elite tier demonstrate the highest capability and passion to drive success for their customers on our platform. This is well deserved recognition for Ajay and the team who are extremely engaged, challenge us and innovate to deliver solutions for their clients.”

Nigel Leggatt, Director of Partner Sales – EMEA, Microsoft


Broadplace Advertising looks forward to expanding its search advertising offering with Bing Ads as it continues to grow globally, with over one-third PC search market share in the US, 24.7% in the United Kingdom, 18.5% in France and nearly 12% in Australia.


Many of Broadplace Advertising’s clients have witnessed a significant increase in ROI for campaigns managed by Broadplace Advertising on Bing, and Broadplace Advertising looks forward to continuing to grow and extend this kind of opportunity to all its clients.


Broadplace Advertising’s Managing Director, Ajay Syal, said, We are delighted to have been accredited with Bing Elite Channel Partner status, which demonstrates our belief and commitment to Bing Ads. We are confident that with the additional support from Microsoft we will be able to further fuel this growth, and initial signs from Q1 2019 are definitely telling us we are heading in the right direction".


Mr Ajay Syal
Managing Director

Broadplace Advertising Ltd

Lan2Lan House, Brook Way, Leatherhead KT22 7NA

02079 939 853 | 07711 118 807



Chamber Member, the Swan Centre in Leatherhead, has been undergoing a refurbishment, which is now well under way.


The Centre also has a new WEBSITE, where you'll find all the information you need to help plan your visit, from the shops and services in the Centre, opening hours, car parking charges, facilities in the Centre, What's On, and much more.


You'll also find information about the refurbishment phases, what's been achieved already, and what is still to come.


Swan Centre Manager, Richard Keel, also serves on the Chamber's Board of Directors.

Those of  you who were Members back in February 2018 will remember that the Chamber conducted a survey amongst you, to find your preferred option for a new Swan Centre logo.  You voted overwhelmingly for Option 1 (shown here) and this is the logo which Mole Valley District Council has adopted.

The signage and logos around the Swan Centre are due to be changed later in 2019, following the refurbishment work - probably September/October. The logo is already in use, though, on the Swan Centre’s new website.

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