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October 2016

  • Thursday 13th

    Effective Business Writing Skills

    Staring at a blank page or screen? Waiting for the words to come to you? Does your writing meander and miss the point?

    The written word is all important and all powerful – it has to achieve so many things – catch the attention of the reader, interest them, inform them and inspire them to act. If you are responsible for writing business letters, emails, press releases, newsletters or the entire content for a website, this Effective Business Writing Skills workshop is for you.

    We will cover the following:
    • Email writing
    • Press releases
    • Newsletters
    • Website content
    • Choosing the tone of your writing
    • Knowing your audience
    • Planning your copy
    • Filling the blank page
    • Testing your copy

    Trainer:
    The workshop will be facilitated by Tracy Francis. Tracy has over 25 years experience in marketing for small businesses and is an advocate for speaking in plain language and abandoning the jargon associated with the discipline of marketing.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.30-12.30pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon London,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £90.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Saturday 8th

    Stress Management Workshop

    In 2014/15, stress accounted for 43% of all working days lost due to ill health. So if you have employees who are stressed, it WILL be costing your business money in lost productivity. It is also your legal responsibility to safeguard the health of your workers, so failing to address stress issues could end up costing you dearly in other ways too.

    Main work factors leading to professional stress (Labour Force Survey) include tight deadlines, too much responsibility and a lack of managerial support. Training your middle managers in how to recognise and deal with their own stress issues as well as those of their teams is therefore a vital investment, and one that we want to help you address as part of our Healthy Workplaces Service.

    Topics covered include:

    Why your business is legally obliged to manage and minimise workplace stress
    Techniques to help managers confidently identify, manage and reduce stressful practices and behaviours among their teams
    Assistance for managers in knowing when and how to intervene
    How to ensure stressful behaviours are addressed and harnessed to help, rather than hinder, business within your organisation

    Guidance on how to identify and manage personal stress triggers
    How to develop good practice risk assessment processes

    Event details

    Time:
    9.30-12.30pm
    Forum:
    Business
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27-37 St George’s Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4EU
    Entry:
    60.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Thursday 6th

    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
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    The Generator Business Centre 95 Miles Rd, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 3FH
    Entry:
    £36.00
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Wednesday 5th

    Emergency First Aid at Work

    This Emergency First Aid at Work, HSE Approved course is ideal for smaller workplaces that present few health and safety risks.

    What you will learn? – Basic life saving first aid and workplace health and safety regulations.
    Course Content:

    Health and safety (first aid) regulations
    Managing an incident
    The priorities of first aid
    Treatment of an unconscious casualty
    Resuscitation
    Shock
    Choking
    Seizures
    Bleeding
    Common workplace injuries.
    Assessment and certification – Continuous assessment by trainer

    “The Emergency first-aid at work course was excellent…not only was the course delivered locally, but with enough humour to keep us all amused whilst understanding the most serious concepts of human fragility.” – Ghigo Berni, San Lorenzo Fuoriporta

    Who should attend:
    Nominated emergency first aiders should attend or anyone wanting a comprehensive one day first aid.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Event details

    Time:
    9.30-4.30pm
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon London,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £156.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Saturday 1st

    "Spirit and Place" an exhibition of art made by local Quakers

    An exhibition of work by local Quaker artists, showing how they respond to their Quaker spiritual experience and to the peace of this historic Meeting House and its urban environment.

    The diverse exhibition will include paintings, prints, sculpture, textiles, photographs and artists’ books.

    The Exhibition will open daily from Saturday 1st October until Sunday 9th October, timings below.

    Exhibition Opening Times
    Saturday 1 October 11am – 6pm
    Sunday 2 October 1- 6 pm
    Monday 3 October 6 -7.30 pm
    Tuesday 4 October 1 -3pm
    Wednesday 5 October 4 – 7pm
    Thursday 6 October noon – 3pm
    Friday 7 October 4 – 7pm
    Saturday 8 October 11am- 6 pm
    Sunday 9 October 1 – 6pm

    Additional Activities
    A number of special events will accompany the exhibition:

    Monday 3 October, 8.00 pm (refreshments from 7.30pm)
    ‘Trills and Tribulations’
    An evening of recorder music and readings exploring Quakers’ changing views about music since the 1600s.

    Saturday 8th October 10.30 – 12.30 (arrivals from 10am):
    Art and Spirituality workshop
    A guided, ‘hands on’ workshop, responding to the exhibition and the venue using simple arts and crafts activity.
    Led by Linda Murgatroyd of the Art and Spirituality Network. No artistic experience needed; materials provided.
    Free, but advance booking essential.
    Details and booking information at www.artandspirituality.net

    Meet the Artists
    During the week, at the following times, there will be a chance to meet the artists in person and to talk to them about their work:

    Saturday 1 October 1.00 – 4.00pm Annie Eynatten (tbc)
    Sunday 2 October 3.00 – 6.00pm Madeleine Page
    Monday 3 October 6.00 – 7.30pm Debbie Flatt
    Tuesday 4 October 1.00 – 3.00pm Linda Murgatroyd
    Wednesday 5 October 4.00 – 7.00pm Jacqueline Merry Bernard
    Friday 6 October 4.00 – 7.00pm Ann Ulrick, Alistair Ewen

    Event details

    Time:
    12.00-7.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Wandsworth Quaker Meeting House (opposite Wandsworth Town Hall, High Street, Wandsworth)
    Website:
    www.wandsworthquakermeeting.org

September 2016

  • Thursday 29th

    Wimbledon BookFest 2016

    Multitude of events in this award winning festival.

    For details; see the BookFest web site.

    https://www.wimbledonbookfest.org/default.aspx

    Event details

    Time:
    1.00-1.00am
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Various across Wimbledon
    Website:
    www.wimbledonbookfest.org
  • Wednesday 28th

    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:
    9.30-12.30pm
    Posted by:
    Caroline Cook
    Venue:
    Tuition House, 27 St Georges Road, Wimbledon London,LondonSW19 4EU
    Entry:
    £120.00+VAT
    Website:
    www.mertonchamber.co.uk
  • Wednesday 21st

    Brain Waves Festival

    21 Sep – 2 Oct – All ages

    A festival of inspiring new theatre and mind-blowing workshops inspired by neuroscientific research

    Tickets: 020 8543 4888 | www.polkatheatre.com | Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon, SW19 1SB

    Event details

    Time:
    12.00am
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Polka Theatre, 240 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB
    Entry:
    tba
    Website:
    www.polkatheatre.com
  • Saturday 17th

    Future Polka Pre-Planning public consultations

    Drop-in and panel discussion to learn about the exciting plans for the first new major improvements to the building since 1979.

    Find out how it will benefit future generations of children and families.

    When:
    Thursday 15 September, 6pm-9pm drop-in anytime

    Saturday 17 September, 1pm-5pm drop-in with a panel discussion at 3pm

    Where:
    Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB (next door to Polka)

    Further information: Amanda Cropper: amanda@polkatheatre.com

    Event details

    Time:
    2.00-6.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    WCF
    Venue:
    Holy Trinity Church, 234 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1SB
    Website:
    www.polkatheatre.com
  • Saturday 17th

    Get Set for a Fruity Summer!

    Abundance Fruit Day will be on Saturday 17th September 11am-2pm, at St Mark’s Church hall and garden – behind Wimbledon library. Buy homemade jam, chutneys, cakes, ultra-fresh juice from the fruit press. Enjoy the music, pie-making, jam-tasting and games. Entry is FREE.

    Event details

    Time:
    12.00-3.00pm
    Forum:
    Local News
    Posted by:
    Alyson Elliott
    Venue:
    St Mark's Church Hall, Wimbledon