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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

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

GDPR for exhibitors

For many exhibitors, the purpose of attending an exhibition is lead generation, the action of collecting business cards or contact details is therefore critical to that outcome. However the new GDPR regulations make it more difficult to simply use the data collected for marketing purposes. Read more

5 Ways a Managed Services Provider Can Make Your Life Easier

Managed services providers (MSPs) are lifesavers for business owners and executives to manage their IT equipment and services. Among many other things, MSPs update software, provide data backup solutions, and keep files safe from hackers. As the industry trade group, […] Read more

Holiday Tip: Off of the beaten track

When I tell people I went to Nicaragua, I often get a look of surprise. But Nicaragua is the safest country in Central America (and the second lowest crime rate in Latin America). You really feel safe, in the big […] Read more

Cyber Attack, GDPR

Data Breaches on the Rise

More data was lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 than during the whole of 2016 according to reports. 1.9 billion records were leaked or stolen by criminals up to June 2017, compared to 1.37 billion during all of 2016. Digital security organisation Gemalto’s Breach Level Index was published in September 2017. It revealed that 10.4 million records are swiped or exposed every day. Read more

A quick guide to your one minute in the spotlight

  At your first Chamber networking event you will be invited to speak for one minute, to introduce yourself and your business. At future events you will usually be able to put your business card in a bowl, with a […] Read more

Reaction to the progress in the Brexit negotiations from German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

German-British business community welcomes Brexit negotiations moving to the second phase but concerns remain The German-British business community welcomes progress in the Brexit negotiations, which is enabling them to move on to the second phase because only at this second […] Read more

Cyber Security at Home: Protecting Your Net Worth

Cyber-crime is very much a huge focus for the media and it is no wonder, seeing as it is the second most reported economic crime affecting 32 per cent of organisations according to the PwC Global Economic Crime Survey 2016.  Read more

GDPR: Why Cyber Security Has Never Been So Crucial

GDPR: Why Cyber Security Has Never Been So Crucial In just over eight months, one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive pieces of European regulation will change the face of how data is stored, handled and protected. The EU General […] Read more

Kingston Business Excellence Awards Winners Announced

Kingston’s future is bright thanks to its “vibrant” business community Kingston’s business community was saluted for its vibrancy and innovation at the glittering Gala Dinner of the Kingston Business Excellence Awards in association with British Land & USS. The fifth annual […] Read more

Moments that matter: Business cards – what to put on them and why

Business cards are an essential part of any meeting, but who reads them, what should go on them and why? A business card 101. This article takes a fictional business card, de-constructs its constituent parts, why they are there, when […] Read more

You only get one chance at a first impression

That’s exactly what I said to my fellow entrepreneurs at a networking event in London – my audience fell silent. “No, no, no! I didn’t mean THAT!”, I reassured them eventually. Let me explain. Read more

Five top tips of content writing

I could sit here all day and throw ideas big and small at you. To save time, I’ve narrowed it down to a top five. Some of these might appear fairly obvious in isolation. Some may not. But add them all together and you will not go far wrong. Read more

UK TERRORISM THREAT LEVELS

Click below to read the latest London Protects update from Met Police Read more

Can you be a Guerilla?

One of the challenges and thrills of being a small brand is that you need a rebellious streak. You just have to. Little brands need to show and prove that they care more for their cause. Guerilla marketing involves high energy and imagination focusing on grasping the attention of the public in more personal and memorable level. Read more