Online parking account for easy parking at Ellice Road in Oxted

Users of Ellice Road car park in Oxted can sign up for an online account which means they can enter and exit the car park without the need to visit a payment machine.
 
When a car enters the car park, the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system records the number plate. On exit, users who have registered for an online account will be able to drive up to the exit barrier and it will open automatically. Any charges they incur will be visible on their online account and payment taken from a registered credit card on the 1st and 15th day of every month. The first hour of any parking session is free.
 
The registration process is quick and simple. Visit www.tandridge.gov.uk/parking and click on the online account tab. Users will be guided through a series of short screens to set it up. Multiple cars can be loaded on one account and users can add and remove cars easily. Once a MasterCard or Visa card is registered, any charges due for any of the cars on the account will be debited fortnightly. Details of all charges are clearly listed on the account for easy review.
 
Income from the car park will be used to support the delivery of additional parking capacity for the town, as well as the wider RegenOxted programme. The website also contains information to help Blue Badge holders apply for free parking and ways in which businesses can support their customers.

Become a Partnership “Partner”

In June 2017, the first fully integrated council shared service in East Surrey opened for business when the building control teams from Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead and Tandridge Councils merged to form Southern Building Control Partnership (SBCP).
Created to build a resilient, modern and customer focused service the Partnership is run by the same professional staff offering a responsive, proactive service and practical advice and solutions, but with the benefit of wider experience and expertise.
 
SBCP has a very user friendly website www.southernbcp.co.uk enabling online application submission, payment and tracking 24 hours a day, as well as being packed full of guidance and advice.
 
Part of SBCP’s success has been the relationships it has built with local construction professionals. If you are a local architect or contractor and are interested in learning more about how you could Partner with SBCP to submit all your building regulations applications to them, no matter where they are being built, please contact Sue Daly on 0330 024 9355 or theteam@southernbcp.co.uk to discuss what Partnering could mean for your business.

Tandridge Together Lottery

To help local groups and charities with their fundraising and to support voluntary groups, we are launching a local lottery in early 2018.
 
Not only will the lottery deliver big prizes to local residents, with a top prize of £25,000, the profits will be distributed to local voluntary and community groups to benefit local people.
 
The lottery will operate online, with tickets costing £1 and there will be a weekly draw. Proceeds will go both to specific good causes and into a community fund for the Council to distribute to local organisations and community initiatives.
 
We are encouraging any good causes (local charities and groups) to register with us by e-mailing customerservices@tandridge.gov.uk, so we can help them explore the potential of this fund raising opportunity.
 
There is no application fee and as long as they meet certain licensing criteria, good causes can encourage their supporters to buy lottery tickets and keep up to 50% of each ticket sold with the rest going towards prizes, costs and into the community fund.
 
This is a great opportunity for us all to raise money to benefit our community and give residents a weekly chance to win a life changing sum.

Save the date for the Tandridge Business Event 2018

The Tandridge Business Event will take place on Tuesday 23 January 2018, from 6pm-8pm at the Council Offices, 8 Station Road East, Oxted. 
 
Come along and have your say about the important issues affecting businesses in the district and find out how the Council can best support you.
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Funding opportunities

Rural Surrey LEADER programme: A government grant funding programme aiming to secure £1.8m to help support farmers, foresters and rural businesses in Surrey. Now open for applications. Contact ruralsurreyleader@surreycc.gov.uk to find out more.
 
Virgin Start Up Loans: A StartUp loan of £500-£25,000 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 that have stalled due to lack of investment, Expansion Loan Scheme and Equity Fund.
 
Fredericks Foundation: Start-up loans and support for those who have found it difficult to access finance.
 
Princes’ Trust: The Princes' Trust helps 18-30 year olds who are unemployed, under employed or who have limited means to start-up businesses.
 
GOV.UK: Visit the 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.
 

Business support services

Coast to Capital Business Navigator: Business Navigator is 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 and provides support to start-ups, scale ups and innovation projects. Incubation hubs in Croydon, Brighton and Falmer.
 
Brighton Digital Catapult Centre: Focuses on projects that encourage innovation and value from real-time and location-based data. The Centre creates links between universities and business that enable cutting edge, pre commercial R&D findings in the Digital Catapult technology layers to be converted into commercial market opportunities, which can be prototyped and piloted by startups and SMEs.
 
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

28 November (12pm – 2pm) Weatherill House, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
Free pitching masterclass. By the end of this workshop you will know how the perfect 60 second pitch should be structured, what content should be included in it and how you should deliver it. Getting your business message across in 60 seconds has never been easier so make sure you attend this Masterclass so you can become a pitching pro!
 
28 November / 29 November (9am – 5pm) Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Road, Brighton BN1 2FU
Aimed at bringing together companies and individuals interested in the use of gamification to connect with one another and share best practice and understanding, it offers a conference programme headlined by some of Europe’s leading gamification figures.
 
30 November (8:30am – 10am) Grant Thornton – Gatwick 2nd Floor, St John’s House, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HS
The seminar will comprise a tax update, including a summary of key announcements from the previous week’s Budget, a short presentation on changes to employment tax and an accounting update, highlighting topical matters, together with future developments in UK financial reporting.
 
30 November (9:30am – 1pm) Start Up Croydon, 23 Whitestone Way, Croydon CR0 4WF
If you've considered using video in your business, but aren't sure where to start or have reservations about getting in front of camera, this Absolute Beginners workshop is for you!
Delivered over half a day, Absolute Beginners offers a no-pressure and informal introduction to using video. You have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with being in front of the camera and to start to find your own unique style.
 
7 December (9am – 12pm) Sussex Innovation Croydon, No 1 Croydon, 12-16 Addiscombe Road, Croydon CR0 0XT
This month Finance Thursday is heavyweight! Along with the usual free 1-2-1s from industry experts, there are a number of presentations.
Enterprise for London are providing bacon butties, so get here early to hear from Keith Miller on how the Croydon Enterprise Loan Fund could help your business
 
HMRC’s range of webinars support businesses, helping to make tax matters easier, quicker, and simpler. Webinars last about an hour. They are live and 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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