January 2019 – Monthly update

Join us at the Tandridge Business Event 2019 – Monday 28 January

We are inviting all local businesses to our free Business Event on Monday 28 January from 6pm to 7.30pm at the Council Offices in Oxted.  Doors open from 5.45pm.
Businesses will hear from Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of the Council, together with guest speakers Jeff Alexander, Chief Executive at Gatwick Diamond Business, Lou Williams, Growth Escalator Programme Manager at Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Charlotte Parker, Policy Specialist at Tandridge District Council. Topics covered will include: 
  • Our economic strategy for the district.
  • The redevelopment of Oxted and Caterham town centres.
  • Networking opportunities in the region.
  • Local Enterprise Partnership initiatives.
Businesses will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel of speakers, who will be joined by Simon Matthews from Matthews Associates and Louise Round, Chief Executive of Tandridge District Council.
The event will finish with an opportunity to network. Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. 
To reserve your free ticket visit Tandridge Business Event.  

Calling all businesses

The Tandridge Together Lottery has had great success since its launch last year, which has benefited our residents and local good causes.
Thank you to our local businesses who have so far donated lottery draw prizes including event tickets, vouchers, gifts and dining experiences. 
If your business would like to sponsor a prize for a local resident to win at our anniversary event in April, please e-mail customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk or call 01883 722000. This is a great opportunity to support your community and we will mention your businesses in our publicity about the event.​
The Annual General Meeting of the Oxted BID Limited will take place at 5.30pm on Tuesday 29 January 2019 at The Red Cross Centre, Hoskins Way, Oxted. All businesses in the BID area are invited to the meeting which will include an opportunity to have your say on what you want the BID to deliver. More information can be found on the Love Oxted website. 
Southern Building Control Partnership* is running a programme of free 'Lunch & Learn' training sessions from 22 January. Aimed at local agents, engineers and contractors they cover the latest techniques and innovations within the building industry, as well as changes to the building regulations.
Visit our website to find details of our 2019 programme. Events are always well attended and if you would like to come along or be added to the e-mail invitation list please e-mail  Sue Daly at sue.daly@southernbcp.co.uk.
*Southern Building Control Partnership is the Local Authority Building Control shared service for Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge Councils. 
Following a successful recruitment campaign Coast to Capital is delighted to announce that nine experienced business leaders have been appointed to the Skills 360˚ Board. They represent a range of industry sectors and business sizes, and include two public sector organisations. They will be joined by Debra Humphris, Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton, Frances Rutter, CEO and Principal of NESCOT and Nick Juba, CEO of Greater Brighton Metropolitan College who will act as the Skills 360˚ Board Chair.
For regular updates follow us on Twitter @coast2capital and visit our website www.coast2capital.org.uk/skills-360-board.

Inheritance Tax Seminar – Thursday 7 March 2019

Caterham based Champ Consultants are hosting a seminar on Inheritance Tax at Soper Hall, Caterham, aiming to help understand current rules and learn practical tips to minimise liability. Follow this link to their Eventbrite page to book your place and quote TAND for your exclusive discount.

Funding opportunities for you and your business

Rural Surrey LEADER programme: A government grant funding programme to help support farmers, foresters and rural businesses in Surrey. Re-opened for applications for January 2019. E-mail ruralsurreyleader@surreycc.gov.uk to find out more.
Virgin Start Up Loans: A Start Up loan of £500-£25,000 is available, along with a business mentor to help make best use of the loan.
Coast to Capital: A range of loans and funds for local businesses. Includes the Business Growth Grants Programme, Growing Places Fund for projects which have stalled due to lack of investment, as well as the Expansion Loan Scheme and the Equity Fund.
Fredericks Foundation: Start-up loans and support for those who have found it difficult to access finance.
Prince’s Trust: The Prince’s Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under employed or who have limited means to start-up businesses.
GOV.UK: Visit the www.GOV.UK website and use the business support finder to identify possible sources of finance including grants, loans and investment, and business support including mentoring and consultancy services.
EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) Grant Funding: Up to £9 million of grant funding is available to Voluntary and Community Sector groups to help EU citizens apply for the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS). Application period for bids closes at 12pm on 1 February 2019.

Business Support Services

Coast to Capital Growth Hub: A free service which can help guide businesses through the support available and help identify the most appropriate solutions.
Sussex Innovation Centre: Affiliated with Sussex University the centre provides support to start-ups, scale ups and innovation projects. Incubation hubs can be found in Croydon, Brighton and Falmer.
Brighton Digital Catapult Centre: Focuses on projects which encourage innovation and value using real time and location-based data. The centre supports start-ups and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) in using digital information and focuses on projects which encourage innovation in the retail sector and the creative industries.
Enterprise First: Provides business advice, mentoring, support workshops and a great e-newsletter with information about running and growing your business, from tax and marketing to using social media.

Events and Training 

Tuesday 22 January 2019 (6pm – 8pm) Kingston Smith LLP, Betchworth House, 57-65 Station Road, Redhill RH1 1DL
Have you heard of Coast to Capital LEP but not sure what they do? Could they help you grow your business?  Find out about the support available for your business and how to access grants and loans.
Thursday 24 January 2019 (8am – 9.30am) Kingston Smith LLP, Betchworth House, 57-65 Station Road, Redhill RH1 1DL
Whether you’re too busy working on your business, planning to sell and want to maximise your value or struggling due to growing too quickly or too slowly, this event has something for you. Find out how to have more time to work on your business, reduce your costs and increase your profits.
Our guest speaker is Grace Lawless, founder of Veriteam – the specialists in helping SMEs speed up their business growth. Grace will demonstrate how to set firm foundations so that you and your team can focus on growth. You’ll discover how to put the right tools in place to ensure all your systems run efficiently and effectively.
Friday 25 January 2019 (7.30am – 9am) Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, Belmont House, Station Way, Crawley RH10 1JA
We’re running at near full employment in the South East, with the lowest rate of unemployment since 1975. This session deals with the two critical success factors for recruiting winners - tried and tested strategies to find and then select the right people. You won't struggle if you use some smart thinking.
Wednesday 30 January 2019 (4.30pm – 7pm) Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Town Hall, Castlefield Road, Reigate RH2 0SH
Are you confident you know the best way to secure the strongest return on investment from your investments in 2019? If not, come and hear experts make their case for what they feel should be the priority area and why.
Thursday 21 March 2019 (18.30pm – 1am) Effingham Park Hotel, West Park Road, Copthorne, West Sussex, RH10 3EU
Celebrating people and businesses who have shown innovation and inspiration in their work and have demonstrated a real commitment to the region.  Any business located in or trading in the Gatwick Diamond Region can enter. 
HMRC’s range of webinars support businesses, helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars last about an hour and are interactive so questions can be asked by participants. You can find out about PAYE, Self Employment, VAT, and Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) for Contractors and Subcontractors, Property Income, Record Keeping and other topics. 

Have your say

What would you like to see in future newsletters? What training opportunities and events would you like to see in the district? Do you have any thoughts about how you would like the Council to support local businesses?
We would really welcome your thoughts. Have your say by contacting our Economic Development Team on 01883 722000 or customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk.

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