Surrey Heath’s 2017 Business Awards presented

Surrey Heath Borough Council today announce [click on image to expand],

The winners of the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 have been announced at a ceremony at Camberley Theatre. More than 150 delegates attended the awards on Friday 31 March, hosted by the Surrey Heath Business Breakfast event.

Returning for a fourth year, the awards showcase the achievements of businesses big and small, spanning the length and breadth of Surrey Heath, from Bagshot to Frimley, and Bisley to Camberley.

Recognising the great people and ideas that keep the local economy thriving, the shortlist featured a wide range of industries and professions, from fishing to hospitality, and catering to pottery. The six categories and their winners were:

Best New Business – Spotlighting new and emerging businesses. Winner: Mrs Potts’ Place

Corporate Social Responsibility – Highlighting organisations who take responsibility towards the community and the environment. Winner: Sainsbury’s

Business Innovation of the Year – Awarding creativity with measurable results. Winner: FairWeatherGolf

Developing Talent – Recognising businesses that provide opportunities for personal development. Winner: Exclusive Chefs Academy – Exclusive Hotels and Venues

Best Small/Medium-Sized Business – Spotlighting businesses with less than 250 employees. Winner: The Massage Company

Outstanding Achievement – Celebrating a company or individual who has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the Surrey Heath community over a number of years. Winner: Frimley Park Hospital

Each winner received a specially commissioned award, with Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Sir Andrew Morris accepting the Outstanding Achievement Award on behalf of Frimley Park Hospital.

Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Moira Gibson said: “This event is key in recognising the borough’s best businesses, but also in encouraging and supporting local firms who contribute so much to the Surrey Heath economy. With such a wide range of businesses entering the various categories, we were delighted by the quality of the submissions, which made the judging process all the more difficult. This successful event is enjoyed and appreciated by the many firms who attend, and of course our congratulations go to all the winners!”

Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 finalists announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the finalists for the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017 have been announced. The shortlisted businesses are:

Best New Business

  • Fishin Addict
  • Mrs Potts’ Place
  • The Massage Company

Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Brooks & Partners
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Stihl

Developing Talent

  • Arena Leisure Centre
  • Exclusive Hotels and Venues – Exclusive Chefs Academy
  • Stewart & Co

Business Innovation of the Year

  • Glo Hair Salon
  • Spokes of Bagshot
  • FairWeatherGolf

Best Small/Medium-Sized Business

  • Yomp Marketing
  • Legacy Sportswear
  • Stewart & Co
  • The Massage Company

Along with the five categories above, an Outstanding Achievement award will also be announced at the ceremony.

The awards will take place on Friday 31 March, hosted during Surrey Heath’s Business Breakfast event at Camberley Theatre.

Join Terry Galvin’s talk on IT Security & How Important it is to My Business

The Lightwater Business Association, apart form organising the well known Lightwater Fayre’s in the Square, hosts regular business networking meetings. [Click on image to link to the LBA website]

The next business networking event is on Tuesday, 14th March in Randalls Coffee Shop in The Square, Lightwater. Terry Galvin, MD of Indigo IT, based in Lightwater, is giving a talk on IT Security & How important it is to My Business. With the fast changing world of technology this is a topic on which we all need to keep up to date. I’ll be attending as a visitor to hear Terry’s talk.

The evening begins with informal networking, accompanied by free drinks/light refreshments. The meeting is open to non-members so feel free to bring a guest. Dates for 2017 networking meetings are:

  • Tuesday 14th March 2017
  • Tuesday 16th May 2017
  • Tuesday 4th July 2017
  • Tuesday 12th September 2017
  • Tuesday 14th November 2017

River traffic on the River Thames is on the increase

Walking along the embankment looking over the River Thames I spotted this ship, the Polla Rose. It was involved in rescuing a drowning man in the River Thames in November last year – the Evening Standard report was – Cargo ship crew save drowning man from River Thames.


In the Maritime Journal, Thames Shipping Ltd, the ship owners of Polla Rose said on acquiring the ship,

the company is optimistic about the potential for river traffic in London and will be hoping to expand.

The Port of London Authority report on the growth of freight traffic on the River Thames. Much of the growth is connected with the transport of building aggregates, and carrying of spoil from the Crossrail construction.

Just thought you might like to know about this – or maybe not.

Nominations requested for Surrey Heath Business Awards 2017

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce their request for nominations to the 2017 Surrey Heath Business Awards,

Surrey Heath’s best businesses, big and small, are encouraged to start 2017 by entering the Surrey Heath Business Awards. Nominations for the borough’s fourth annual business awards are now open, celebrating even more of the great people, firms and ideas that keep our local economy thriving.


The awards will take place in March, hosted during Surrey Heath’s Business Breakfast event at Camberley Theatre. It’s free for all Surrey Heath businesses to either put themselves forward or nominate others. There are six awards in total:

  • Best New Business – Spotlighting new and emerging businesses.
  • Developing Talent Award – Recognising businesses that provide opportunities for personal development.
  • Business Innovation of the Year – Awarding creativity with measurable results.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility Award – Recognising organisations who take responsibility towards the community and the environment.
  • Best Small/Medium-Sized Business Spotlighting businesses with less than 250 employees.
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – Celebrating a company, organisation or individual who has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the Surrey Heath business community over a number of years.

Five-star Hotel & Spa Pennyhill Park in Bagshot was named winner of last year’s Outstanding Achievement Award. Managing Director Danny Pecorelli said: “Any successful business needs to start off by being embedded and respected in its own local community so it was a huge honour to be awarded the prestigious Outstanding Achievement award at last year’s Surrey Heath Business Awards. It was also such a boost for our fantastic team to get the public recognition an award such as this gives.”

Businesses can enter more than one category, and the closing date for entries is Friday 3 March. After judging takes place, shortlisted candidates will be invited to the awards ceremony on Friday 31 March at Camberley Theatre.

As well as a specially commissioned award, each winner will be invited to the annual Surrey Heath Civic Dinner, and promoted through various media channels, including Heathscene magazine, the council’s website and social media.

More details, including how to apply, are available at:

Another City skyscraper approved – confidence in London unabated

I don’t quite know why I like skyscrapers, maybe it’s being brought up in the suburbs. Or perhaps how the Skylon at the 1951 Festival of Britain reaching for the sky amazed a young boy, and the liking for tall structures just sort of stuck with me.

No matter, I just do like ’em. So, it’s a pleasure to see that another skyscraper has been approved in the City of London, albeit only 36 storeys. It’s 1 Leadenhall. Here’s an artists impression of the City with this new skyscraper – it’s the one in the middle nearest to the Walkie-Talkie on the right.


Uk rises from 10th to 5th place in the Forbes ‘Best Countries for Business 2016’

The Forbes annual report on Best Counties for Business sees the UK rise from 10th spot in the 2015 report to 5th place in the 2016 report.


Forbes say about their report,

This is the 11th straight year Forbes has gauged the world’s economies to measure which are the most inviting for capital investment. We graded 139 countries on 11 factors: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.

There’s not a lot of comment on the UK’s rise in the report. Sky Business News has this comment from Forbes,

Kurt Badenhausen, senior editor at Forbes, said the UK moved up “thanks to improved scores on corruption, tax burden and monetary freedom, as well as a stronger stock market”.

Rank – Country – GDP Growth – GDP per Capita – Trade Balance/GDP – Population

  • 1             Sweden                 4.2%       $50,300               5.2%       9.9 M
  • 2             New Zealand      3%          $37,800               -3.2%     4.5 M
  • 3             Hong Kong          2.4%      $42,400               3.1%       7.2 M
  • 4             Ireland                 26.3%    $51,300               12.2%      5 M
  • 5             UK                         2.2%      $43,700               -5.4%     64.4 M
  • 6             Denmark              1%          $52,000              7%           5.6 M
  • 7             Netherlands        2%          $44,400              8.6%       17 M
  • 8             Finland                0.2%      $41,900               0.1%       5.5 M
  • 9             Norway                1.6%       $74,700               9%           5.3 M
  • 10           Canada                1.1%        $43,200               -3.2%      35.4 M