Woking Business

THE fact that the News & Mail has maintained its price at 50p since it was relaunched seven years ago was welcomed by local business leaders on Friday last week.

They were being given an insight on how they can improve their brand awareness through the paper during a Woking Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting.

The News & Mail’s managing director, Terry Tidbury, illustrated how the paper is seeing a growth in its sales as it focuses on “hyper local” news, with a policy of “just publishing the facts without seeking to sensationalise”.

Terry Tidbury makes his presentation to Woking Chamber of Commerce members

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

SPECIALIST retirement living company PegasusLife celebrated the launch of its first development in Surrey with the opening of Moor’s Nook at Horsell last Thursday.

The complex in Horsell Moor has 34 one-and two-bedroom apartments and is designed to nurture a sense of community and encourage sociability among its residents.

Its design is inspired by local Victorian architecture and includes high gables and a handmade redbrick façade.

More pictures and details in the 7 June edition

CHILDBASE Partnership, which runs Pennypot Day Nursery in Chobham, has been named Best in Europe by a pan European business award panel.

It beat 112,000 companies in 34 countries to a prestigious European Business Award. Childbase Partnership was commended for its creativity, innovation and impressive respect for employees, and received the Chairman’s Selection Award.

“Their ethical and sustainability record, and impressive respect for their employees, has been equally matched by their creativity and innovation resulting in an organisation rated extremely highly by independent government assessors,” said Philip Forrest, chairman of judges.

Dagmara Lamont, Childbase compliance officer, and Jade Uko, marketing analyst and external relations receive their award from Philip Forrest, chairman of judges

THE Woking-based charity Surrey Care Trust has just received a donation of £2,400 thanks to Affinity Water’s Community Engagement Programme.

“We don’t receive any statutory money for the work we do on our Swingbridge boats and rely totally on the generosity of our volunteers and companies such as Affinity Water,” said Rachel Perez-Lofty, senior fundraiser. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this support and thank everyone for helping to make such a difference to people’s lives and the environment!”

Affinity Water Laboratory Services General Manager, Philip Parsons, far left, with members of the Surrey Care Trust

See the 7 June edition for the full story

THE Subway sandwich shop chain is expanding across Surrey and Kent over the next three years, creating more than 300 jobs.

One of its latest branches is due to open in the Tesco superstore at Brooklands, the first to be located in a Tesco Extra in the two counties.

Nearby, in West Byfleet, is a Subway franchise that has been operating since 2016. It was opened by franchisee Saurabh Patel, who employs six staff at the shop.

West Byfleet Subway franchisee Saurabh Patel

For the full story, see the 7 June edition

CELEBRATE a love of fish and chips on 1 June, and you would also be supporting the economy and aiding charity.

Last year’s National Fish and Chip Day saw more people enjoy fish and chips as daily sales hit an all-time high for many fish and chip shops across the country, as well as raising money for the Fisherman’s Mission which supports fishermen and their families.

The UK’s fish and chip industry is a large-scale employer with 10,000 shops across the country, a business sector where the annual spend on fish and chips in the UK is around £1.2 billion.

“There have been more takeaway options over the years, but you can’t replicate what a decent fish and chip does. It’s not that easy, you’ve got to work at it,” said Mike Hales, in the industry for 30 years, and in his sixth year operating Ye Olde Fishmarket on Guildford Road as a family-run business.

For the full story, see the 31 May edition

WOKING healthcare company GlucoRx has joined forces with a major medical technology firm in a bid to give people with diabetes “more freedom and control” over their condition.

The firm, based in Monument Way West and the UK’s second largest supplier of innovative management solutions for diabetes, has signed a global partnership with Dublin based company, Innovation Zed.

The agreement involves GlucoRx distributing Innovation Zed’s InsulCheck Classic device.

See the 31 May edition for more details

A SINGLE mum from Mayford was so impressed by the results from her slimming group, she has opened her own branch of the organisation.

Hannah Barker, 39, trained to become a Slimming World consultant after experiencing a number of lifestyle benefits.

“I am full of energy and self-belief, my children are happy and it makes all the difference seeing them grow healthily and enjoying life,” she said.

For the full story, see the 31 May edition

EWBANK’S is preparing for its three-day summer “Silver, Antiques and Fine Art” sale from 20-22 June, and already has many intriguing pieces of silver consigned.

Silver is one of the biggest sections of Ewbank’s quarterly sales and offers the opportunity for collectors of all budgets to snap up a piece of antique or modern silver.

One of the more expensive pieces already catalogued for sale is an Edward VII canteen of silver cutlery for twelve, which carries an estimate of between £1,200 and £1,800. The set comprises dinner forks, tablespoons, dessert forks, dessert spoons, ten teaspoons, six soup spoons and two sauce ladles. It was made by Walker & Hall, Sheffield, in 1908/9. The gross silver weight of the set is 124oz or 3856g.

An Edward VII canteen of silver cutlery for 12 carries an estimate of between £1,200 and £1,800

For the full story and more pictures, see the 31 May edition

Woking business know-how was a hot contender in the Surrey and Hampshire Biz Awards 2018 being held at the H G Wells Centre in Woking, with two local businesses as well as a local entrepreneur among the finalists.

Woking based digital design and marketing company Something Big is in the shortlist for the Customer Focus category and Woking Gymnastics is a finalist for the Community Consideration Award. Meanwhile, local resident, Carlos Dasilva, Chief Executive Officer of Finsbury Media, a digital agency based in Guildford, is a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year  and his company, is in the finals for Digital Innovation.

Woking CEO of Finsbury Media Carlos Dasilva

For the full story, see the 24 May edition