Esso consults on replacement of its underground fuel pipeline

Walkers over local heathland won’t fail to have noticed the pipeline markers that identify the route of Esso’s pipeline that takes jet fuel from the Esso Hawley Refinery in Southampton to the West London Storage Terminal near Heathrow.

Here’s what they look like, and are described, in my earlier blog post,

Esso are consulting on the best route to take in their project to replace the pipeline. See HERE for their proposals, including an interactive map of the alternative corridor options.  If you like maps, as many do, then you’ll find the interactive map offers much information.

Over the past few years there’s been investigations on the state of the pipeline, which I reported HERE, and can be seen in this photo of the uncovered pipeline adjacent to the junction of Old Bisley Road and the Maultway. [click on image to expand]

Surrey Heath Borough Council announces vision for redevelopment of London Road site, Camberley

Surrey Heath Borough Council recently announced, [See London Road development site overview below the text – to expand the document, click on the upward facing arrow in the bottom right-hand corner].

Camberley Town Centre is currently undergoing an exciting regeneration programme led by Surrey Heath Borough Council (SHBC).

To date SHBC has invested £140 million into Camberley; which has already seen the acquisition and subsequent refurbishment of The Square shopping centre, substantial projects to improve the roads, pavements and public realm areas in the High Street and the redevelopment work that is about to commence converting Ashwood House into 116 high quality residential apartments.

The next stage of regenerating Camberley is investing in and improving the area along London Road (A30) between the High Street and Park Street.  To start this process SHBC will be looking to secure a development partner to deliver a major redevelopment of this gateway site.

Karen Whelan, CEO, SHBC said; “Camberley is rapidly transforming into a modern and improved place to live, do business and shop.  We envisage this is the start of a really exciting new development for London Road which will offer both residential and business opportunities.  The redevelopment of this site will also greatly improve the gateway to our town.”

This spring SHBC will be starting the formal process of selecting a development partner. Alongside this the Council is likely to be required to progress assembly of the site. SHBC have contacted the current owners and tenants currently occupying the buildings within the site and will be working with them to ensure affected businesses are relocated within the town wherever possible, including the opportunity to relocate temporarily if they would like to be part of the new development. We will keep everyone affected informed at each stage of the process.

Cllr Moira Gibson, Leader of the Council added; “It has been a key objective of the Council to drive forward and deliver positive change and regeneration projects to Camberley town centre.  The redevelopment of this key quarter will ensure the Council’s dynamic renewal work encompasses the entire town centre bringing improved economic prosperity to Camberley and all of Surrey Heath.”

Montagu Evans is advising Surrey Heath BC. Alan Harris, Partner and Head of Development at Montagu Evans, said: “Local authority-led regeneration is increasingly essential for the long term future of urban centres. Surrey Heath BC is leading the way in Camberley, taking a town-wide view, identifying key sites and creating strong partnerships that will help deliver high quality development. The 5-acre London Road site is a significant opportunity and we are expecting considerable interest in taking it forward.”

Surrey Heath Business Awards 2018 winners announced

Surrey Heath Borough Council announced,

The winners of the Surrey Heath Business Awards 2018 have been announced at a ceremony at Camberley Theatre.

More than 150 delegates attended the awards at Camberley Theatre on Friday 9th March, hosted by the Surrey Heath Business Breakfast event. Returning for a fifth year, the awards showcase the achievements of businesses big and small, spanning the length and breadth of Surrey Heath, from Windlesham to Frimley, and Chobham 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 sportswear to science, and optometry to dance.

The six categories and their winners were:

  • Business Innovation of the Year – Awarding creativity with measurable results.
    • Winner: Planet Ocean Ltd
  • Developing Talent – Recognising businesses that provide opportunities for personal development.
    • Winner: Stewart and Co
  • Community Action – Recognising organisations who take responsibility towards the community and the environment.
    • Winner: Specsavers Camberley
  • Kevin Cantlon Award for Best Small/Medium Sized Business  – Spotlighting businesses with less than 250 employees.
    • Best Small-Sized Business
    • Winner: Legacy Performance Sports Wear
    • Best Medium-Sized Business
    • Winner: Fins Swimming Club
      • The Best Small / Medium Sized Business Award is newly named in honour of Kevin Cantlon, SHBC Economic Development Officer, who sadly passed away in 2017. Renaming the award is our tribute to his work within local business and a reflection of the respect that our business community had for Kevin. This award in particular was very close to his heart.
  • This year also saw a new award, The Star of The Year, which was voted for by the public.
    • Winner: Rachel Bell, The Secret Stage School
  • Finally, the Outstanding Achievement Award was selected by the judging panel and awarded to a company who has significantly contributed to the growth and success of the Surrey Heath community over a number of years.
    • Winner: Eli Lilly

Each winner received a specially commissioned award. Deputy Leader of Surrey Heath Borough Council, Cllr Richard Brooks 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 announce Business Awards shortlist

Surrey Heath Borough Council has announced the shortlist for Surrey Heath Business Awards, the winners of which will be announced at the Surrey Heath Business Breakfast at Camberley Theatre on March 9th, 

The judging panel for this year’s Surrey Heath Business Awards sat for a full day to go through all the nominations this week and have now drawn up the short list. The panel was made up of Karen Whelan (Surrey Heath Borough Council Chief Executive), Paul Marcus (M.D. of Eagle Radio), Sarah Croke (Owner at Weddings & Events at The Pottery and Vice Chairman of  the Frimley Business Association) and Charlie Thompson (The Massage Company Founder and Operations Director). The Massage Company  were last year’s winners of  the Best Small / Medium Sized Business Award.

Karen Whelan said ‘Once again we had a very hard day going through all the fantastic Surrey Heath Business Award nominations, to decide on the short list. It was so encouraging to see great examples of the brilliant businesses we have in the Borough. Well done to all who made the short list and thank you to all those companies who applied. I’d also like to thank all the judges for giving up their time. It was great to have Surrey Heath business owners and previous winners of the awards on the panel this year.’ The short list is:

Business Innovation

  • Consentricare
  • Planet Ocean Ltd
  • Glo Hair Salon

Developing Talent

  • Places for People
  • Platinum Care Solutions
  • Stewart and Co

Community Action

  • Specsavers Camberley
  • Frimley Business Association
  • Sebastian  Action Trust

Kevin Cantlon Award for Best Small/Medium Sized Business

  • Betty & Claude
  • Knights Ceremonies
  • Legacy Performance Sports Wear
  • Frequency Design Ltd
  • Fins Swimming Club

This year sees a new award, The Star of The Year, which is voted for by the public and is open until noon on Friday 23rd February. To see the nominees and place your vote, or to register to attend or exhibit, please visit:

The Best Small / Medium Sized Business Award is newly named in honour of Kevin Cantlon, SHBC Economic Development Officer, who sadly passed away in 2017. Renaming the award is our tribute to his work within local business and a reflection of the respect that our business community had for Kevin. This award in particular was very close to his heart.

There is also an award for Outstanding Achievement.  This award is selected by the judging panel, it will celebrate 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.

The winners will be announced and presented with their awards at the Business Breakfast Business Awards taking place at Camberley Theatre on March 9th.

Please contact  01276 707308 for more details.

The energetic committee of the Lightwater Business Association

Good to see the energies of the team running the Lightwater Business Association develop a revitalised social media presence. They’ve a new website, and a new Facebook page.

They say about themselves

We now feature a NEW! Facebook page, a NEW! Website. We’re actively involved in supporting important community initiatives such as the “Lightwater Improvement Project” and the “Village Centre Christmas Lights”. We’re pleased to host our, well attended, Business Networking Evenings, and, of course, the two Fayre in the Square events – which themselves are all going from strength to strength.

Local businesses invited to attend Surrey Heath Business Breakfast

The Surrey Heath Borough Council business breakfast team is inviting local businesses to apply to attend the upcoming business breakfast on Friday, 9th March 2018. Here’s their email invitation.

I would like to inform you that the next business breakfast [click on link to register to attend] event is on Friday 9th March 2018. This will also be the annual Surrey Heath Business Awards and will be once again taking place at Camberley Theatre.

Have you thought of exhibiting at the Business Awards?

Exhibiting provides an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of your business among the 160 delegates that attend these meetings.


Your business will get half a page in the Business Breakfast brochure, including your logo, contact details and a 60 word biography. We will be sending emails to the all delegates prior to the event, including a link to the exhibitor’s websites.

We will also send individual tweets and Facebook posts mentioning each exhibitor, using both the Surrey Heath and Camberley Theatre accounts; totalling 8k followers on Twitter and 4.9k on Facebook.

“The business breakfast is the perfect event to promote your company and to make valuable contacts.” – Accent Housing

“We have supported the exhibitions in the past and will continue to do so in the future.” – Dolphin Head Group Holdings Plc

Have you thought about nominating your business for an award?

For details of each award and application forms, please click on the links below.



The winners will each receive an invitation to the Mayor’s Annual Civic Dinner, along with being promoted through Surrey Heath’s media channels. ‘Heathscene’ magazine, the council’s website and social media platforms, potentially reaching the 45,000 residents of Surrey Heath. We will also send a press release to all our media contacts with details of all the winners.

”It really nice Surrey Heath are supporting the small business it does raise awareness for your business.” Rachel, Mrs Potts Place.

“Spend the time and do it properly if you do get involved in the awards even if you’re shortlisted that is a great accolade.” Charlie, The Massage Company.

Good luck!

The U.K. Tops Forbes’ Best Countries For Business 2018

Forbes is an American business magazine and website. They are well known for publishing lists and rankings.

In their annual ranking of the Best Countries For Business 2018, the United Kingdom is ranked top of the 153 countries analysed. The opening paragraph of the article says,

After the United Kingdom narrowly voted last year to leave the European Union, predictions swirled that the British economy would collapse. Yes, the pound plummeted 9% versus the dollar the day after the surprise result and remains down, but the economy as a whole has held up relatively well. Gross domestic product grew 1.8% in 2016, a tick behind only Germany’s 1.9% growth among the Group of Seven industrialized nations. Economic growth has continued in 2017, home prices are up and unemployment has sunk to a 42-year low at 4.3%.

The ranking table has the Top Ten Best Countries for Business 2018 as,

  1. UK
  2. New Zealand
  3. Netherlands
  4. Sweden
  5. Canada
  6. Hong Kong
  7. Denmark
  8. Ireland
  9. Singapore
  10. Switzerland

The USA are ranked 12th, Germany 13th, Japan 21st, and France 22nd, with China coming a lowly 66th in the table of 153 countries.