Chamber commitments to fairer employment

Kingston Chamber of Commerce commits to supporting the GBC and the employment of disabled people.   Kingston Chamber are delighted to sign up to the Good Business Charter. This Charter is a simple accreditation which organisations in the UK can […] Read more

10th October is World Mental Health Day

10th October is World Mental Health Day, this year the theme is “mental health in an unequal world” This theme aims to highlight that that access to mental health services remains unequal – with between 75% to 95% of people […] Read more

The Business of Conservation

Chamber members came out to volunteer with Citizen Zoo to clean up, manage and improve local woodland in New Malden. Read more


The recommendation is every new business start-up should prepare a Business Plan as this helps to clarify the business idea, identify the market and understand what resources will be needed to get going. However, despite this recommendation, statistically, still more […] Read more

Top Tips for exhibiting at events and trade shows

Top Tips for Exhibitors With the Chamber’s Business Expo coming up in October, we have again been looking at how our exhibitors can make the most of their stands. Exhibiting at shows can be a great way to get your business in front of […] Read more

New awards to celebrate the best of business in Kingston

New awards to celebrate the best of business in Kingston The new Kingston Borough Business Awards launch encourages inspirational businesses to stand up and be recognised for their achievements The Kingston Borough Business Awards (KBBA) have been launched by Kingston […] Read more


It is a fact that, for almost all of us, when making key decisions in our lives; buying a car, choosing where to live, getting married, even going on holiday, we create a plan or strategy to ensure we achieve […] Read more

A Letter from the ICO

Many businesses have now received a letter from the ICO asking for a registration fee of £40 or £60. We are being asked all the time whether or not the letter is genuine and whether a business needs to pay. […] Read more

How your Business can take advantage of the Buy Local Trend

Attitudes towards supporting our local businesses and local communities have strengthened since the pandemic, with more consumers making a conscious effort to buy more from businesses local to them. This trend has been exacerbated by the fact that there are […] Read more

Get Serious about LinkedIn in 2021

It’s a fact – LinkedIn is the world’s largest social channel for professionals. If you think it’s only for recruiters and job seekers, think again as LinkedIn has come a long way since it first started. I’ll discuss the benefits […] Read more

Thank you for your support in 2020

In 2020, like many businesses, the Chamber has had to adapt to the world of online.  We have delivered networking events, business support, bite-size workshops for start-ups and two business Expos this year. We are learning, trying to adapt and […] Read more

How to record a Christmas Video Message

How to record a Christmas Video Message A  Christmas Video Message is a really great way to send Season’s Greetings to your family and friends, especially if you are not able to celebrate together. If you are unable to see […] Read more

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

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

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


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

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