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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

Change your water , Change your Life !

Were you aware that your body is made up by 70% of water and that this vital fluid is involved in the transmission of signals throughout your system ? You should know that there are various factors which determine the […] 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

Healthy Diet as a Working Mum

Staying healthy, balanced and energised is every mum’s goal – for herself and for the family, but when you’re working as well as taking care of the children, time is of the essence. Getting children ready for the day, preparing […] 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

6 WAYS TO MANAGE A GREAT TEAM

I recently had the privilege of talking with – not a well-known management guru but, Graham (not his real name), a young-ish manager who had been appointed to his first management position a little under a year ago. His first […] Read more

Review, Reflect and Reset for 2019

Taking the time to step back from focusing on the day to day running of your business to look objectively at the business can give you a different perspective and create opportunities for change and ultimately greater success. As with […] Read more

Last minute planning to meet your 2018 goals

Planning is everything. One of my clients (let’s call her Anne*) recently told me that she didn’t know how to get everything done. She knew she wanted to make real progress by the end of the year, but wasn’t sure […] Read more

Why self-confident managers almost always produce great results

Last month I explained how your team’s self-confidence affects your organisation as a whole – from the general wellbeing of your business all the way to the bottom line. I then went on to list a series of tips that […] Read more

Latest news on how you, or your company, could be scammed without you realising.

Latest news on how you, or your company, could be scammed without you realising.   Scammers are coming up with increasingly clever ways to trick you into thinking that your best option is to pay out. Our newest blog post […] Read more

How To Build A Team You Can Be Proud Of

How often have you said, “Our people are our most important resource”? Do you mean you truly understand that the success of your business depends on your people? Let me show you some statistics to ram the point home. A […] Read more

Have you ever found yourself saying, ‘I’m so stressed!’

Have you ever found yourself saying, ‘I’m so stressed!’ Yes? Me too! We are not alone. Stress and anxiety, particularly in the workplace, are fast becoming leading global health problems. The UK Mental Health Foundation said recently that 74 per […] Read more

Big Turnout at Three Chambers Summer Party

Big Turnout at Three Chambers Summer Party Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth Chambers of Commerce joined together to host a summer networking event at the magnificent Warren House conference centre For the first time three nearby Chambers: Kingston, Merton and Wandsworth […] Read more

Can LinkedIn really help your business?

Founded in 2002, LinkedIn is a social media site focused on professional networking. With over 500 million users, LinkedIn offers businesses, professionals and job seekers the opportunity to network with others in their industry. However, LinkedIn is a social media […] Read more