Networking in Surrey

July 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Request for help from Len - please take a brief survey!

Hi NiS Members!

Can you please spare a few minutes to do a survey to help out Len Goss and the University of Surrey?  Many of yo uwill know Len from his time as a Director at Surrey Chambers and from networking meetings over the years - most recently at Foxhills.  Here is Len's plea:

Dear fellow NiS Members

I could do with a favour from you - please!!

I’m working on a research…


Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on July 31, 2012 at 23:35 — No Comments

Magic Olympic Torch Relay

Had an amazing day in Carshalton when the Olympic Torch came through. I acted as announcer to cheer on the crowds as the Torch passed. I also made Red White and Blue Olympic Balloon Hats for the kids in exchange for donations to the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital Carshalton and managed to raise over £100. There was a fantastic atmosphere and so many people. A Day to remember.

Added by Theo Theodoris on July 25, 2012 at 10:21 — 1 Comment

Heal your heels

The sun is shining, and you feel you can no longer hide your poor feet in shoes and socks.  The trouble is, you're worried about showing them off in public.  Where do you start?

The tools you'll need for some basic home foot care are some nail clippers or nippers, a nail file, a double sided foot file and some foot cream. 

Cut your toenails following the shape of your toes, and don't go too short.  File off any rough bits or sharp corners.  If taking care of…


Added by Siobhan Elliot on July 24, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

How Sponsors can stand out from the crowd?

Being remembered is never easy. Being remembered for the right thing is even harder.

It is difficult for consumers to see the gaps between global tournaments and sport event coverage because it is a central area for revenue with broadcasters.

Sponsors can look to establish both a message, proposition and market their sponsorship to defined target markets effectively. Much…


Added by Dean Faulkner on July 24, 2012 at 14:22 — No Comments

Business Continuity Planning Might Save Your Company


The recent interruption to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s IT systems is a lesson to us all about the importance of having appropriate Business Continuity Planning (BCP) in place. An interruption can lose you clients, damage your reputation irrevocably and cost you financially. A high percentage of companies do not recover from an interruption - and of those which do, many fail within 2 years.…


Added by Helen Law-Brown on July 24, 2012 at 10:30 — No Comments

Weybridge Cobham 2-week August road closure - expect traffic carnage!


If you thought the Olympic Cycling might make traffic in Weybridge and Cobham a bit sticky, you ain't seen nuthin' yet! Thanks go to NiS Member Karen Sutton and to Sony UK for passing on the following info:

Please find…


Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on July 23, 2012 at 21:30 — No Comments

An app or £13k?

We have an electronic pass system at our Basingstoke office which means you have to swipe to get into the building beyond reception.

If I change suits between visits I might forget to put my pass in the new jacket pocket and so have to ask for a temporary pass. Of course when I go back to the original suit later on the odd occasion I have had the pleasure of finding a ten pound note in the pocket, or at least…


Added by Mark Williams on July 17, 2012 at 15:30 — No Comments

Sweepstakes at work – don’t gamble with legal compliance!

A round-robin email inviting people to participate in a workplace sweepstake in the run up to a popular sporting event seems like a bit of innocent fun – no need for an employer to intervene, surely?

In fact, sweepstakes, lotteries and all forms of “betting” in the workplace are regulated by the Gambling Act 2005, so you’d be well-advised to be aware of what it says, to avoid falling foul of its…


Added by Mara Thorne on July 16, 2012 at 11:00 — No Comments

How to survive the Holidays AND enjoy them

Holidays are a wonderful time when the whole family gets to spend good quality time together, relaxing and having fun. It's a perfect time of love and harmony, isn't it?

Yes, it can be and it can also be a trying time for a lot of people. It can be a time when the whole family is forced to come together with false promise of this "wonderful, mystical time" that we are all supposed to be having.…


Added by Claire Park on July 15, 2012 at 12:30 — No Comments

Redundancy - Who Cares?


I read the other day about a little boy who was very sad because the girl in his class turned him down to go to the school dance.

What did his Mother say:  NEXT !

I think the same is true if you are facing redundancy; it’s a time for a new challenge and it can be very exciting but frightening at the same time.

You have money in your pocket – yippee – but what to spend it on?

Paying off your credit cards, loans?

Buying a new wardrobe of…


Added by Jane Hardy on July 15, 2012 at 8:35 — No Comments

Summer Holiday fun - make your children 'money savvy'!

Click on the image above to watch Jane's Video Blog on YouTube

If you have any other hints or tips for keeping your kids happy and amused (on a budget) over the summer holidays it would be lovely to hear from you.

With kind regards



Jane Hardy



Added by Jane Hardy on July 14, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

Saving money on your Summer Holidays

It's a wonderful time of year, looking on the internet or browsing the glossy holiday brochures for that perfect break that has been hard earned.

Yes, we can Google locations, hotels or self catering apartments and of course airfares, but wait, please don't book straight away.....   Check with a Travel Agent and ask them for a quote too- it's always worth shopping around and of course make sure that however or whoever you book with they are members of ABTA and ATOL.

Check those…


Added by Jane Hardy on July 14, 2012 at 7:00 — No Comments

All in good time...

Timing is not just crucial for comedians. It’s pretty important for managers too.

In a recent Tribunal case involving the theft of stock, an employer dismissed two employees summarily, i.e. without notice or payment in lieu of notice, following an investigation which proved their involvement. The termination letter stated that the date of dismissal was 5 October 2010. The employees appealed, and after hearing their…


Added by Mara Thorne on July 11, 2012 at 14:30 — No Comments

Surrey Networkers Evening THIS COMING THURSDAY, JULY 12th

Surrey Networkers Evening THIS COMING THURSDAY, JULY 12th

at The LIGHTBOX in WOKING from 6pm to 9.30pm

Go to:

A unique networking evening with a special emphasis on growing your business profitably whatever the economic circumstances.

What you’ll get from the evening:

• Surrey Networking has secured 2 of the UK’s best speakers who will focus on how you can win more…


Added by Bob Gardner on July 10, 2012 at 13:19 — No Comments

Improve your personal and business communications skills (webinar recording)

Listen to this 15-minute free mini-webinar in which Keith Grover interviews  NiS+ Member Jo McHale of Talking Truly - click here to learn how to improve your personal communications skills in business…


Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on July 5, 2012 at 19:00 — No Comments

Activity 4 Charity Health Challenge

The team here at Surrey Chambers of Commerce are working hard on the Activity4Charity Health Challenge.  If you haven’t already heard, us Surrey Chambers staff and over 130 off our members are taking up the Challenge of taking 10,000 steps a day over six weeks!

The challenge is designed to help change behaviour of individuals; to become more aware and ensure they are active on a daily basis. The challenge not only helps to improve the fitness and health of those taking part, but also…


Added by Sarah L Edwards on July 5, 2012 at 14:17 — 1 Comment

That Linked In and Twitter split...

Since 2009 we have been able to share our professional conversations on LinkedIn and Twitter - so what we posted on one, would appear on both platforms.

Now Twitter has changed its strategy on the way our Tweets appear in…


Added by Keith Grover, NiS Founder on July 1, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

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