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January 2017

  • Wednesday 11th

    Thinking of Starting a Business: Business Basics

    Starting your own business is always exciting because you are the one who decides how to shape the business. Everything from the name on the door or website, through to the way the business looks and promotes itself is up to you. This workshop, ‘Thinking of Starting a Business: Business Basics’, will provide you with expert and practical advice on starting a business.

    Topics Covered:

    Expert practical advice on starting a business
    Legal Structures
    Finance for small businesses
    Find out more about your market
    Tax and National Insurance
    Business planning

    Who should attend:
    Part of the “Thinking of Starting A Business” Series of workshops.Workshops are run by qualified business advisers.The Merton Business Support Service is financially supported by the London Borough of Merton and is an advisory service providing high quality, practical advice and support to help small businesses and startups develop and expand. The service is delivered by the Merton Chamber of Commerce and a network of some of London’s leading private sector business advisory and support firms. The business helpdesk is the first point of contact and your gateway to business services.

    A registration fee of £30+vat is payable to access this course. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page in order to book a place on this workshop.

    Speakers:
    The workshop will be led by Kevan Dunne, an experienced trainer who has a wealth of experience you can draw upon.

    Registration is at 9.15am for a 9.30am start.

    This workshop is supported by Merton Business Support Service.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.00-1.00pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Ashworths Solicitors,12 Compton Road Wimbledon , London SW19 7QD
    Entry:
    30.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk

December 2016

  • Thursday 8th

    'Twas the week before Christmas

    All are welcome to this ‘open mic’ evening of stories, poems, readings… any spoken word that relates to Christmas. You can bring your own compositions, or read your favourite pieces from the treasury of Christmas literature … or just come in and listen.

    If you want to be sure of a performance space, email reading@myraynespark.co.uk with the titles of your pieces.

    Performers will have a maximum of four minutes with places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Hosted by MyRaynesPark

    Event details

    Time:
    7.15-9.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Raynes Park Library, Approach Road, Raynes Park, SW20 8BA
  • Thursday 1st

    Twitter For Business

    Do you feel a bit of a twit about Twitter?

    Are you completely confused by this new form of communication? Do you feel left in the dark about how Twitter might help your business? Fear not, Terra Ferma Media and Merton Chamber of Commerce have devised a short, easy to follow, training course that will reveal all in plain English and help you decide if Twitter is for you or your business.

    This three hour Twitter for Business interactive course will cover:

    Why social media can be important to business
    Brief background and Twitter’s place in the social media landscape
    How Twitter works
    Developing a Twitter strategy
    An A-Z glossary of Twitter terms
    How to set up and run a Twitter account
    Tools of the trade that can make your use of Twitter more effective
    What content is best for Twitter
    General do’s and don’ts
    Question time

    Trainer: David Fernando is a partner with Terra Ferma Media, a social media and marketing agency with a client list that includes several high profile local businesses. David is an experienced trainer and presenter with over 26 years experience in print and online media.

    “Thank you for helping organise the Twitter for Business event; I found it really useful. Lots of food for thought!” Helen Ede, Rainbow Productions

    Event details

    Time:
    9.30-12.30pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £90.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk

November 2016

  • Wednesday 30th

    Charles Dickens-Great Expectations-an adaptation

    Attic Theatre Company are transforming Wimbledon Library into Dickensian London this winter.

    “It was then I began to understand that everything in the room had stopped a long time ago. The clock, the watch, time itself was standing still.”

    This December, Wimbledon Library becomes Satis House, home to Miss Havisham, Charles Dickens’ ghostly bride. Attic Theatre Company presents Great Expectations in the new Merton Arts Space at Wimbledon Library. Directed by Louise Hill and designed by students from the Wimbledon College of Art, Theresa Heskins’ adaptation brings Dickens’ classic tale of romance, ruthless ambition and revenge to Wimbledon Library.

    When Pip the blacksmith’s boy climbs out of the pantry window one Christmas morning, he little dreams of the fortune which awaits him. Life as a London gentleman leads him to forsake his old life and friends. But all is not as it seems, and when his past returns to haunt him, will Pip learn the value of knowing who he truly is?

    30 November – 18 December 2016
    Wednesday – Saturday evenings 7:30 PM
    Matinees: Sundays 3.00 PM

    Event details

    Time:
    7.30-3.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Wimbledon Library-Merton Arts Space. Wimbledon Hill Road, SW19 7NB
    Entry:
    Group and Preview £10; concessions £12.50; full price £16
    Website:
    thelittleboxoffice.com
  • Wednesday 23rd

    Fire Warden Marshal Training

    This Fire Warden Marshal Training workshop is aimed at those employees within the organisation who have a key role to play within the management of Fire Safety in the Workplace.

    The course is tailored as a generic course and will include the following:

    The Legal Requirement
    The Triangle of Fire
    Types and Causes of Fire
    Extinguishing Fire
    Basic Fire Prevention
    Actions to be taken in the Event of Fire
    Fire Extinguishers
    Checking Fire Fighting Equipment within your Workplace
    Escape Routes and their Importance
    Fire Notices and Signs
    Assembly Points and Role Calls
    Proactive Fire Prevention
    Proactive and Reactive Role of a Fire Warden/Marshal

    You will be able to undertake a practical demonstration; allowing you to extinguish different types of Fire, using Fire Extinguishers on our Environmentally Friendly Fire Simulators.

    Who will benefit from this course?

    Any Individual who has a responsibility for Fire Safety; anyone who requires guidance on work place fire safety and anyone who requires their staff to have an in-depth Fire Safety Awareness.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.15-12.45pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon London,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £120.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Thursday 17th

    Search Engine Optimisation – SEO Workshop

    Does your business have a website? Whether your business is large or small, this full day Search Engine Optimisation – SEO Workshop is for you. Come along and find out how Search Engines work; and how they can work for your business!

    Some, or all, of the following areas will be covered in priority order based on what you the delegates ask for in a poll at the beginning of the workshop.

    Topics Include
    • Find out how your website is read by the Engines
    • Learn what to do to make your website visible
    • Conversion goals
    • Pay for click and adwords
    • Wearing Goggles – seeing your website through google’s eyes
    • The afternoon session has been developed, by popular demand, to look in more depth a SEO and Link building.

    Benefits of attending this SEO Workshop
    This all day Search Engine Optimisation workshop is the first stage to enable you to gain the practical tools to take your business forward, plus a handout which will not only act as a handy reminder of the topics covered, but also provide you with details of useful websites and tools that you can use.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.30-4.30pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £180.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Saturday 12th

    Wimbledon International Music Festival 2016

    The major theme this year, ‘Music inspired by Folk Sources’ – folk songs, melodies, stories, poems, rituals – is about as international as one can get. It allows both for considerable variety, and influences from across the globe: Africa, Hungary, Russia, Australia, Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, America, not forgetting Great Britain of course.

    The secondary theme is the music of JS Bach – works for solo violin with Christian Tetzlaff; the Six Cello suites with Raphael Wallfisch; and the full six parts of the Christmas Oratorio as we say farewell and thanks to Andrew Edwards, after 36 years as Founder and Conductor of the Academy Choir and Baroque Players.

    Once again the Festival is replete with top international artists – Dame Evelyn Glennie, the world’s most celebrated percussionist; three outstanding international string soloists in cellist Raphael Wallfisch, violist Tabea Zimmermann, and violinist Christian Tetzlaff; three superb string ensembles, the Škampa Quartet from Czechoslovakia, the Tetzlaff Quartet from Germany, and the multi-national Sitkovetsky Piano Trio.

    Vocal artists include Christoph Prégardien, one of the greatest lieder singers of our time; Stile Antico, one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles; and the exciting Australian jazz singer Ingrid James. Canadian pianist Angela Hewitt has been called ‘one of the most mesmerising’ artists in the world; pianist Dénes Várjon has just received Hungary’s most prestigious award; and among our lunchtime artists Clare Hammond has just been shortlisted for the RPS ‘Young Artist’ award.

    The Festival opens with David Fanshawe’s spectacular African Sanctus and the world-renowned clarinettist and one of our Patrons, Michael Collins closes it as soloist and conductor with the City of London Sinfonia

  • Thursday 10th

    Thinking of Starting a Business: Business Basics

    Thinking of Starting a Business: Business Basics

    Starting your own business is exciting and rewarding because you are the one who decides how to shape the business. Everything from the name on the door or website, through to the way the business looks and promotes itself is up to you. However it can be a lonely place but this workshop will not only provide you with expert and practical advice on starting a business it will also give you support and encouragement.

    Topics covered include:

    Does your idea fit with your aspirations?

    Looking at the skills and experience needed

    Legal Structures

    Finance for small businesses

    Finding out more about your market

    Tax and National Insurance

    What should your business plan look like?

    Who should attend:

    If you just have a business idea at this stage or maybe completed some initial research and don’t know what to do next this workshop is for you. You will receive your personal copy of the Essential Start Up Guide, published by Cobweb® and leave equipped to develop your own action plan.

    Merton Chamber of Commerce provides high quality business support and advice to start ups and established small businesses to develop and expand. This is an interactive session in a small group that focuses on the practical considerations when preparing to start a business, and by the end of the session you should know what to do next and why.

    A registration fee of £30+vat is payable to access this course. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page in order to book a place on this workshop.

    Speakers:

    The workshop will be led by Kevan Dunne, an experienced business adviser and trainer who has a wealth of practical experience you can draw upon.

    Registration is at 9.15am for a 9.30am start.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.00-1.00pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    The Generator Business Centre 95 Miles Rd, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3FH
    Entry:
    £36.00
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Thursday 3rd

    Work space in Merton: The Big Debate! Have your Say

    Merton has a richness of growing businesses who need work spaces to grow into.

    In this debate we will review current barriers to growth and discuss new approaches for business space that’s both affordable and relevant for the changing face of business. With a panel of experts this is your chance to have your say to influence local policy and discuss with them whether the shortage of suitable, affordable workspace really is hindering business growth and what is appropriate space for today’s and tomorrow’s businesses.

    This is a networking event, including Prosecco and canapés at the renowned Vallebona – A Sicilian gourmet experience in the most unexpected place!

    Our panel of experts are:

    Steve Pette, Founder Hearts+Minds / Co founder Central Working – a curated membership ‘club’ and co-working space for SMEs.
    Alison Partridge, Membership and Partnerships Manager, Capital Enterprise – a membership body representing business support, business incubators and accelerators and workspace across London. It is a not-for-profit membership organisation for those who nurture, advise, mentor, accommodate, and invest in entrepreneurs in London. Their Mission – To make London the best place to start and grow a business in Europe.
    Nick Lamport, 360 Ripple – A local business who will be able share their experience looking for space in Merton.

    The discussion will be chaired by Diana Sterck, CEO of Merton Chamber of Commerce and the floor will be open to the audience to take part.

    Join us to have your say.

    Event details

    Time:
    5.00-7.00pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    allebona Unit 14, 55-59 Weir Road Wimbledon ,LondonSW19 8UG
    Entry:
    15.00
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk

October 2016

  • Tuesday 18th

    Raynes Park Business Breakfast

    Merton Chamber of Commerce, Merton Council and The Raynes Park Association

    Would like to invite you to attend the next Raynes Park Business Breakfast. Book now and . . .

    • Network and share your views
    • Talk about the issues affecting local businesses
    • Hear from Merton Council and the Local Police on current issues and plans
    • Find out how Merton Chamber of Commerce can help your business

    Join us and have your say and influence the decisions of the town centre whilst meeting with other local businesses and enjoy a tasty breakfast* at Bar 191.

    *please advise any dietary requirements when booking

    Event details

    Time:
    8.00-9.30am
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Bar 191,191 Worple Road Raynes Park,SW20 8RE
    Entry:
    18.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk