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Meet our New Chamber President

Meet our New Chamber President   Kat Damcova is Founder and Managing Director of IQ in IT, an award-winning IT company providing secure outsourced IT services. Kat’s relationship with Kingston Chamber started during IQ in IT’s early days and a […] Read more

Winning with Big Content

We’re all ramping up our digital marketing efforts, but the need to think more strategically about the types of messages you want to communicate, as well as how you communicate them, should be top of the marketing agenda. Churning out […] Read more

5 Essential SEO Tips for Chamber Members with Local Business Outlets

Hello from an old Surbitonian now living in deepest Surrey. Viewing the Chamber’s venues brought back fond memories of some of my favourite haunts. This post is to help Chamber members with local business outlets wishing to generate more leads […] Read more

Outsource to a VA and reconnect with your ‘Why’

Remember why you started your own business? It might have been because you’re a creative person and you recognised that you should be making a living from your talents instead of letting them stagnate. Or maybe you wanted the freedom […] Read more

CEO Perspective: AGM

Kingston Chamber held its 26th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 21st July and for those who were not able to attend, I wanted to share with you a few of the key notes.   Overall, the Chamber made good progress […] Read more

Let me tell you a story

Like almost every business in the UK, things have been in stasis. However, we’re nearly at the point where it’s all systems go from a business development perspective, but how do you start growing the funnel again? You’re probably thinking […] Read more

Is it possible to have a career you love? Yes, and this is why you should.

If you have landed in this article, very likely you need to hear this: It is totally possible to have a career where you feel fulfilled, content, excited  and make a positive impact in others. I’ve done it myself and […] Read more

Navigating Furlough – Live Q&A

In preparation for the applications opening for the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, known as Furloughing staff we conducted a live Q&A session to answer some of our members questions about how it works. We invited members Sandra Porter from […] Read more

Coping during the COVID-19 crisis

Coping during the COVID-19 crisis. By  KML Occupational Health   Social media is awash with advice on how to structure our days spent on lockdown; bolstering our productivity; and discovering previously latent creativity. For those lucky enough to still be […] Read more

GOOD SOCIETY – A lesson for Landlords and Tenants

GOOD SOCIETY – A lesson for Landlords and Tenants by Justin Pinches [email protected] Carter Bells Solicitors I do hope this note finds you all safe and well and you have managed to avoid this horrible bug. I call it that […] Read more

Content messaging in the ‘new normal’​

How should businesses be promoting themselves in a COVID-19 climate? Right now, we’re all in the same boat, whether we’re employees or business owners, never has there been a time of so much uncertainty and risk. Of course, uncertainty leads […] Read more

Social media for small businesses – how you can help people through tough times

You might be nervous of marketing your business at the moment, afraid of seeming insensitive or trying to capitalise on the situation. But what if you could help people? Obviously, you need to be sensitive. People are scared and are […] Read more

Forward Planning – How else can you secure your business’s future?

Forward Planning – How else can you secure your business’s future? We are in uncertain times and it’s important to consider the forward position of your business, especially as many SME’s don’t do this on a formal basis. For any […] Read more

Surviving the Coronavirus Crisis

The effect of the Coronavirus on trade and commerce worldwide has been, rapid, indiscriminate and potentially devastating. The only comfort, perhaps, is that this will be only a relatively short-term issue. However, for businesses to survive the current crisis taking positive action now is imperative. Read more

How to deliver exceptional flexible working for your company

Flexible and remote working has ushered in a new era of work, one made up of entirely distributed teams, four day working weeks and stronger business resilience. Nowadays, few businesses need all their staff stationed permanently in the office 100% […] Read more

Understanding our local retail sector

Kingston Chamber of Commerce is very aware of the retail concerns that our members express to us. The high street is a very emotive and visible reflection of how we feel Kingston is doing but, as we know from all the news reporting, we are not alone Read more

CORONAVIRUS IS YOUR BUSINESS READY?

If the number of cases increase or we start to see quarantine zones set up in the UK around towns and cities such as in China and Italy, then businesses are going to be presented with some very difficult, and potentially expensive, decisions. How should you deal with staff that show symptoms, or should you close an entire business? Read more

5 Steps for a Boost of Self-Confidence

This year I’m all about self-confidence. I work with so many amazing women, talented, beautiful inside and out, caring, loving, supermums, superentrepeneurs, their strength and list of achievements is endless. And yet most struggle with the same thing – valuing […] Read more

CEO Perspective – The ability to disagree

Today, public discourse has become so ill-tempered, snide and lacking respect. Disagreements are good, it is through the best arguments that results get refined and improved. We need to find ways to stop shouting and start listening. Read more

Top Tips – Making the Most of your Membership

Chamber benefits include business development and marketing opportunities, we run through this in detail at our new members meetings, most things you can do yourself via our website but do ask if you’re not sure about anything.  In the meantime here are some tips: Read more

CEO Perspective – October 2019

A brief insight to some of the many activities and areas of Kingston business life the Kingston Chamber is involved with and supporting, with our members and partners. Read more

The Importance of Strategy

Strategy in business is important. Right? It forms the foundation of all that we, as business owners, build our enterprises upon. Strategy help us define our business, gives it a set of values, gives it purpose and helps us understand […] Read more

How to grow your business

Money doesn’t grow on trees but growing your business is a lot like planting a seeds and nurturing yours plants Read more

Top Tips for using Social Media Marketing for your Business

Emma Peries, Digital Mother, recently shared her top ten tips for social media for business with attendees at a Wych Networking event. Reda them here.. Read more

CEO Perspective – June 2019

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” John Lennon   I think we can all relate to that quote and certainly after 90 days as the new CEO of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce, that […] Read more

Time to get your colours done!

Award-winning stylist Anita Feron Clark digs further than skin deep Knowing which colours to wear near your face can make a world of difference to how you look and feel. We can all wear reds, greens and blues, but do […] Read more

How to be a juggling genius

How to be a juggling genius As a business coach, I work with a whole range of people. Some of them have been running their business for years, whilst others are just starting out. Whatever stage they’re at, there’s one […] Read more

Got a side hustle? You might not need to pay tax

It seems more and more common for people to now have a ‘side hustle’ as well as their main job. According to Henley Business School the growing trend in ‘side hustles’ shows that as many as 1 in 4 people […] Read more

Top Tips from a Bookkeeper

Clare Mannall, Director of CEM Bookkeeping & Consultancy Ltd recent gave a talk at our  ‘Wych Networking’ event; aimed at freelancers, homeworkers and start-ups.  Here are her ‘Top 10 Tips to Being Financially Efficient’ for small businesses.   SET UP A SEPARATE […] Read more

Small Business Marketing Hacks: how to make the right technology investment

Small Business Marketing Hacks: how to make the right technology investment The rapid pace of digital change has made it challenging for small businesses with limited budgets to decide what to invest in, and when. Some so-called digital innovations can […] Read more