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  • 05 Oct 2021 5:18 PM | Anonymous

    Calling all businesses in Three Rivers. 

    Get FREE business mentoring from highly experienced business mentors to help you grow your business. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and is sponsored by Three Rivers District Council. 

    • Build up a sales plan for the next 6-12 months
    • Expert mentoring from former business owners
    • Completely Free – funded by Three Rivers District Council

    Register on the link below to take advantage of this opportunity. 


    Register Now  
     



  • 16 Aug 2021 8:13 PM | Anonymous

    Get Growing 2: Getting Your Business Back on Track for Growth

    The Herts Growth Hub's Get Growing 2 service supports local businesses that are ready to grow again. It is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and offers a package of tailored support to businesses, helping them to become more profitable, competitive and grow.

    To be eligible for this support you must:

    • Be an established SME (including third sector organisations, social enterprises, and trading charities) in Hertfordshire
    • Have five or more full time equivalent employees
    • Be able to demonstrate potential for growth
    • Or be able to demonstrate potential for growth following support to stabilise the business and help minimise the impact of COVID-19


    Eligible businesses are supported by an experienced Growth Account Manager. They will work closely together reviewing all aspects of the business, looking at the challenges and opportunities that exist to produce a realistic growth plan for the business. Areas where additional support will benefit the business are also identified, as well as providing access to all the benefits the our website has to offer, including on-demand videos and live webinars.

    Businesses can also access a match-funded grant enabling them to seek external expertise to implement growth actions with specialists in the private sector. The grant has recently been increased to offer between £3,000 and £10,000 to fund 45% of a business’ eligible expenditure.

    We work with a wealth of professional organisations and business support services, both locally and nationally, to provide relevant, up-to-date business advice. The Growth Account Manager will also help businesses to navigate their way to any additional support, enabling the business to focus on what really matters - getting back on track for growth.  

    If you are interested in getting access to indepth advice click here. To access the match-funded grant click here.

    To register, click here and you'll get immediate access to a host of benefits, including our online Marketplace where you can find out more about Get Growing 2 and other finance and funding information.

    Please note: Eligibility criteria and T&Cs apply.


  • 23 Jul 2021 5:57 PM | Anonymous

    PEER NETWORKS INITIATIVE


    Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to be supporting the Hertfordshire Growth Hub with their Peer Networks initiative for a second year. This nationwide programme is free for all participating companies and will provide support to local businesses during this challenging period of recovery and growth.

    The objectives are to share best practices with like-minded businesses and discuss a range of topics via a series of action learning sessions.

    These include:

    • Finance
    • HR
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Adjusting to social distancing
    • Business Model Innovation
    • Change Management
    • Embedding formal management processes and systems
    • Digital (including adoption and implementation of technology, cybersecurity)
    • Use of data to drive value in the business
    • EU transition
    • Export and Importing

    Led by an experienced facilitator these Peer Networks will meet fortnightly for two-hour sessions over 18 weeks. We aim to commence around the 31st of August. Each company will also receive an additional complimentary 3.5 hours of coaching in a one-to-one session with the facilitator to discuss their own business needs.

    Active involvement in the Peer Network is designed to enhance the leadership capabilities, knowledge, and confidence of business owners within a local region. It will help build local connectivity and strength within the SME business community.

    The criteria to qualify for the programme is that the company must be:

    • One + year old
    • Have a minimum of five employees
    • Have a turnover of £100,000
    • Demonstrate aspirations to grow the company


    Here is what some of our Previous Participants had to Say:


    Jamie Sukroo – Lean Caffeine Ltd ‘The P2P sessions have been immensely valuable as I have learned from others in the group, and it has enabled me to focus on key areas within the business. The process of sharing an issue makes it smaller and the breadth of experience in the group means many different perspectives are bought to bear on the issue. Highly recommended.

     

    Fiona Edwards JPA ‘The 121 sessions have been relentless in asking about what, when, where, how, and why of our business – focusing on specifics, identifying challenges, putting plans in place, establishing how we can measure, review, change and improve.’

     

    For further information please click HERE to view the video

    To express your interest in joining this scheme please register on the Hertfordshire Growth Hub website   https://www.hertsgrowthhub.com/marketplace/48959 if you have registered with the Growth Hub in the past please login. If not please fill in the registration form and then it will direct, you to the Peer Networks to apply.

    You may also find these short videos helpful: Registering on the website https://youtu.be/DEnx0AR-AEA and how to complete your diagnostic  https://youtu.be/gE5JcvwLwnE


  • 18 Mar 2021 1:24 PM | Anonymous

    Is your business affected by Brexit? 

    Up to £2,000 through the SME Brexit Support Fund. The fund can help to pay for practical support, including training or professional advice to help you with changes to trade rules with the EU. 

    Grants are available for Training & Professional Advice.

    Details and application here 

  • 24 Aug 2020 12:26 PM | Anonymous

    We would like your help. Since the Covid lockdown, we have all become familiar with Zoom, Teams, Goto etc and managing in a virtual environment. 

    We have run a few webinars to help our members. These took effort from the volunteer chamber leadership team who were also managing challenges in their own businesses.  Unfortunately the take-up was poor.
    There is a plethora of online events and so we decided to  piggy back on other events - especially Herts Chamber and WSI events.

    We are keen to get engagement and increased participation. We have some suggestions which you might want us to pursue or suggest other ideas that might generate interest. Could you please respond with your preferences, comments and feedback. 

    1.  Meetup in small groups of 4/5 at a pub with a garden.  We would not be able to mix the groups at an event but spend the evening with 3 or 4 other members for the evening. Clearly, we need to maintain all relevant Covid and social distancing guide lines. 

    2. Virtual wine tasting. We could try to organise a virtual tasting with wines from our wine producing member. We could for example offer 3 wine packs and carry out a tasting of a wine once a week for 3 weeks. This can be done on a Zoom call from your home - so no concerns about having to drive!! 

    3. On line business clinic. This is where an expert in a field offers a free 15/20 minute consultation to members e.g. I could offer a digital marking consultation,  John on accounting, Pete on Branding. Lots of our members have expertise from relocation to training and legal matters. If you let us know what service is of interest, we can make an expert  available. 

    4. Online networking. We can have an Zoom call and introductions followed by the theme of discussion. We could also have a 15 minute member presentation slot which would then lead to discussion.  Contact details for attendees could then be shared. 

    5 Suggest your own ideas and thoughts.

    We would love to hear from you. This is your chamber so let us make it work for us. 


  • 13 Sep 2018 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce want to know what support you would value, if you are in business in this area: 

    https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/85BCK7P

    Thank you for your time.

  • 17 Jan 2018 1:19 AM | Anonymous

    Three Rivers District Council have published a proposal for parking changes in Rickmansworth. This will have a big impact on businesses on the high street.  Details in the following pdf file.

    PWP17-1TRO(nop)120118.pdf

    Are you aware of these proposed changes? What do you think of these proposals? Any feedback  (objections or support) to the council by 5 February 2018.  

    For those interested, there is an online petition opposed to the proposals on this link - petition

  • 02 May 2017 4:45 PM | Anonymous

    Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium sized enterprises grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover a third of the cost of installing energy saving measures, such as LED lighting, insulation or heating controls. If you’re unsure what to apply for an Energy Adviser can discuss potential projects by phone or email or can visit your site. The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Visit www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk or email info@lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk.

  • 06 Mar 2017 1:48 PM | Anonymous


     
    Dear Watch Member,
    Technology is rapidly evolving and whilst it provides fantastic opportunities to communicate more efficiently and effectively, enhance processes and achieve greater prosperity, it is also open to criminal abuse.  Just as an office or warehouse requires security against intrusion, so too does your presence in the online world.
    To help alert and protect local businesses, a new booklet “The Little Book Of Cyber Scams” has been developed as a new addition to the “Little Book of Big Scams” brand.
    The booklet is freely available to view electronically via our website: www.herts.police.uk/protectyourbusiness or via the attached pdf.  Highlighting some key risks and providing practical advice, it is designed to assist you to take the necessary steps to defend your business and your customers against cyber criminals.
    To pursue online crime, policing units have been created regionally within The Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and within local forces and there are now dedicated officers working regionally and locally on protecting victims and seeking to dramatically reduce the chances of you becoming a victim.
    We hope that you find this booklet to be both useful and informative and helps you to protect your business in the online world.
    Download Associated Documents
    Documents accompanying this message are linked below. Click to download and open a file which use the popular PDF format. If you experience problems downloading or viewing a file please visit this help page.
    • Little Book of Cyber Scams
    If you need to reply regarding this message, click on this email address: derrick.sweeney@herts.pnn.police.uk
    Regards,
    Derrick Sweeney
    Watch Liaison Officer
    Business Watch
    Email: derrick.sweeney@herts.pnn.police.uk
    Tel: 01707 355841

  • 24 Nov 2016 5:34 PM | Deleted user


    Please see the attached letter in relation to Black Friday from Temporary Chief Constable Sue Fish (Nottinghamshire Police), the National Police Chief Council lead for Business Crime.
    More information about how to protect your business can be found on the Crime Prevention pages of the Hertfordshire Constabulary website.
    www.herts.police.uk/protectyourbusiness

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