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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Creating Your Vision of Success

Creating Your Vision of Success Many of us start our own businesses with a fantastic product or service to take to market and launch straight into it before first considering what we are trying to achieve and what success looks […] 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

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

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

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

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

Don’t use the F*** word. Use the C*** word instead

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