Woking Business

AN EVENING of fun and general knowledge involving Woking businesses helped raise almost £600 towards local good causes last week.

Eighty people enjoyed a pub quiz – plus drinks, food and a raffle – at the Ogilvy in Chertsey Road, as part of a fundraiser for the Community Matters Partnership Project, local businesses giving a hand to local causes to help improve the health and wellbeing of people in Woking.

“We had a fantastic turnout to our pub quiz and raised £593.35 to go into the ‘health & wellbeing pot’ which will eventually make up grants to help local charities,” said CMPP fundraiser Debbie Hickman.

“To all CMPP partners who came along, we look forward to seeing you at the next event soon – whether that be another day volunteering, giving our time to help those who most need a hand in the community, or at another fundraising or partner event.”

See the 2 August edition for the full story

CHOBHAM-based business Weir Training Limited has been named as a leader in people management practice, having been shortlisted for Gold Employer of the Year in the Investors in People Awards 2018.

The company, which operates from the business centre in Chertsey Road, is a finalist in the category for firms with two to 49 members of staff.

Weir Training directors Julie Ridley (left) and Sarah Caines

“It is a privilege to be shortlisted for this award; a clear indication of the dedication and hard work the team has invested in the business,” said operations director Sarah Caines. “It is a great honour that we are a finalist in the Gold Employer of the Year award and we are extremely proud to have got this far.”

The awards celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors in People accredited businesses.

Weir Training will find out if it is taking home the trophy at an awards ceremony in London in November.

A HORSELL-based organic cosmetic business is once again celebrating success, after its Super Colour Bath Bomb won bronze in the Achievement Award category in the Free From Skincare Awards.

“I’m so pleased that our Super Colour Bath Bombs have received this award,” said Tess Ackland, founder and owner of ON! Juniper. “We think they are really super and given the rigorous judging process involved with these awards, we can now proudly say that many experts in the skincare field agree.

Tess Ackland, founder and owner of ON! Juniper

“We are particularly proud of winning in the Achievement Award Category, which is a special award for a skincare product with particularly exceptional free-from qualities or which meets a particular need in skincare for consumers with skin allergies.”

In addition to winning the bronze award, the bath bomb was also shortlisted in the Family Skincare Category. Last year ON! Juniper’s lip balm received a 2017 Best Buy Award from The Green Parent Magazine and in 2016 ON! Juniper was a finalist in the SME Surrey Business Awards.

For the full story, see the 2 August edition

WOKING is a town on the up, which is borne out by the success of companies such as Menzies LLP, a top 20 accountancy firm, which has recently expanded its Woking office.

One of the people spearheading the firm’s focus on owner-managed businesses is Chris Maloney, a partner who moved to Woking from the firm’s London office in October.

“The thing I like about being in a town like Woking is getting involved with the local community and getting closer to the businesses that are operating here too. I particularly enjoy advising smaller and growing businesses and playing a role in their development.”

Menzies has a strong track record of support for local charities as well as its local business support through Woking Chamber of Commerce.

For the full story, see the 12 July edition

A Weybridge-based accountancy firm has helped local schoolchildren learn how to move well with funding for a yoga teacher, a dance teacher and equipment for a circuit runs.

MGI Midgley Snelling LLP made a donation of £700 through its Midsnell Activity Fund to Pirbright Village Primary School to coincide with the school’s wellbeing week and, in particular, its ‘Move Well’ day.

Tracey Wickens, a Partner at MGI Midgley Snelling LLP, said: “It is vital to encourage children to get moving from a young age. Starting early can help create habits that last a lifetime.

For the full story, see the 12 July edition

WOKING mum and business owner, Susan Yeates, triumphed at the Mpower National Business Awards, which celebrate parents throughout the UK who manage the difficult task of juggling business with family life.

Susan is a yoga teacher, mum to one-year-old Ariana Gloria and founder of Susan’s World of Yoga – yoga classes and courses for anyone looking to get better quality rest and relaxation.

For the full story, see the 12 July edition

AUCTION house Ewbank’s is preparing for its summer Decorative Arts sale on 26 July which will celebrate design masterpieces from throughout the 20th century.

In the early 20th century, the Arts and Crafts movement had an important influence on style and designs. It began in the UK, and flourished in Europe and the USA between around 1880 and 1920. The movement , which was largely anti-industrial, was based on the premise of traditional craftsmanship using romantic styles of decoration, and advocated economic and social reform. The Arts and Crafts movement had a strong influence over many different facets of the arts in Europe, but was overtaken by modernism in the 1930s.

An important part of the Arts and Crafts movement were potters who produced decorative hand-thrown wares, throughout the country. Compton, a village near Guildford, was an important pottery centre during this time, which was run by Mary Seaton Watts.

Watcombe Art Pottery, made in the West Country from terracotta

For the full story, see the 12 July edition

THE Woking-based digital specialists, Invotra,  is celebrating the success of one its newest recruits, Chelsea Cadd, who has been crowned Newcomer of the Year at the national Cyber Security Awards.

Chelsea Cadd, a DevOps and Security Analyst was announced winner of the title at the awards ceremony on Thursday, 21 June, at the Park Plaza Hotel in London.

Chelsea joined Invotra in July 2013 as a Networking and IT systems apprentice in the client services team, after completing A-Levels at Farnborough Sixth Form. She beat off intense competition from four rivals in The Cyber Security Awards which were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry.

For the full story, see the 5 July edition

A COMMUNITY cultural centre in the heart of Woking has received £5,000 to fund music workshops for local people who lack confidence, resources or for other reasons may not be able to access music and all the benefits it can bring.

The donation to the Pheonix Cultural Centre CIC by the Santander Foundation, will help to deliver further workshops in its new venue, The Fiery Bird in Woking, giving even more people the chance to try new skills and meet new people with the aim of increasing overall wellbeing. It is was given through Santander’s Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

For the full story, see the 5 July edition

BUSINESS momentum hotted up along with the June westher in a series of events, starting with a presentation by the Woking News & Mail at a breakfast meeting at DoubleTree by Hilton, reports Paul Webster, Woking Chamber of Commerce Business Development Director.

I visited Chamber membera, HG Wells Conference & Events Centre, on 7 June for the launch of their new menu, by Chef Steve Tremblay, who has worked for Simon Cowell and for Mclarens  and not surprisingly the food on offer was fabulous. Well done to them!

For the full article, see the 5 July edition