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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

Surbiton Sitters growth to Super Sitters

Good morning to all you wonderful Chamber members! We are delighted to share our exciting news with you! From 1st August our award-winning flexible childcare service will now be called Super Sitters!  It’s still us, with the same great babysitters […] 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

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

Updated Chamber Logo for 2016

In the summer of 2016, the new President of the Kingston Chamber of Commerce (KCoC) recommended that the Chamber should revitalise their logo identity. The existing KCoC logo had been in existence for over 14 years, and had changed in […] Read more

7 Reasons Why Digital Marketing is Essential for Your Business

7 Reasons Why Digital Marketing is Essential for Your Business   Regardless of what stage your business is at, marketing is a vital element. After all, this is your opportunity to capture the imagination of your audience to give yourself […] Read more

Is Your Business Truly Tax Efficient?

Financially, for many businesses, October is a funny time of year. Shops and restaurants may be gearing themselves up for Christmas but actually a bit quiet day to day as people pay off summer holidays. Meanwhile service industries can be […] Read more

Top Tips for exhibiting at events and trade shows

Top Tips for Exhibitors With the Chamber’s Business Expo coming up in June, 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 hundreds […] Read more

Networking Tips

At the Chamber we run over 50 events each year and the focus of the majority of these events is networking.  It’s therefore not surprising that we sometimes forget how difficult and intimidating it can be the first time you […] Read more

To Blog or Not to Blog?

The very fact that anyone ever debated the value of a website sounds absurd now, doesn’t it? The question of whether to blog or not to blog is perhaps the modern day equivalent. And I can’t help thinking that, in years to come, this will be the example of that thing we can hardly believe we even contemplated not doing. Blog by Chamber Members; Business Clan. Read more