Subject: Newsletter July 2017

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Chamber Newsletter - July 2017
Upcoming events
Golf Challenge 2017
Monday 25th September 2017 (Start 9am / Finish 5pm)
Moor Park Golf Club, WD3 1QL
For more information, click here

Free Business Breakfast - "Apprenticeship, brilliant for your business"
Wednesday 27th September 2017 (Start 7.15am / Finish 9.30am)
Elstree Studios, Shenley Road, WD6 1JG
For more information, click here

Peninsula Free Business Breakfast
Wednesday 18th October 2017
More information to come

New Chamber Members

BID takes on retail crime scene

A scheme which aims to reduce retail crime and anti-social behaviour throughout Watford town centre has had a new lease of life after it transferred to Watford Business Improvement District (BID) to run.
Watford Business Against Crime (WBAC) is an information sharing scheme, which links retailers directly with each other, the CCTV centre and nominated PCSOs and police officers who work in the town centre, via a radio link system. Information gathered from retailers and the police, is analysed to identify crime patterns, persistent retail offenders, and those identified as ‘lifestyle criminals’.

The scheme transferred to Watford BID in April 2017, after previously sitting under the Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce. The BID has appointed John Hattingh (second from right on the above picture) as the new Watford Business Against Crime co-ordinator.
Retailers pay a membership fee to join the scheme, dependent on the size of their workforce. An annual fee is also charged for the rental of the radio system. Members range from large retailers including Primark, Marks & Spencer and Sainsburys, to small independents including The End and Repertoire.

Jason Lee, store manager for Repertoire, a designer menswear store on Queens Road, and newest member of the Business Against Crime Scheme said, “Shoplifting is a concern for retailers in all town centres and Watford is no different. By working together and linking in with the police, to share intelligence about convicted retail crime and fraud offenders, we can be more effective at reducing it.”

Watford Business Against Crime is open to retailers in and around the town centre – not exclusive to BID levy payers. Any business interested in joining can contact John Hattingh on 07732 009438 or email him: BID levy payers can download an application on the BID Members Hub.

Watford FC want you to join them
at The Graham Taylor Tribute
Match day on Sat 5th August

Here's a great chance to play your part in a very visual tribute to Watford's greatest ever manager

Watford FC wants to decorate the Rookery Stand seats – either side of a giant GT banner currently being produced by The 1881 Movement– with your scarves, shirts and other larger items that you're prepared to donate to the display. So now's your chance to provide some of those items, all of which will be donated to KitAid after August 5 – a charity which Graham was patron of. Staff at The Hornets Shop on Vicarage Road will be happy to receive your items. You can either drop by in person or post them to: Graham Taylor Tribute, The Hornets Shop, Watford FC, Watford, WD18 0ER

Watford FC has got a host of fun family activities being run by their Community Trust; they are running from 12noon to 2.30pm in Stadium Way (behind the Rookery) and within the Rookery Stand lower concourses.

Friend of Graham's family, John Motson will address the crowd before the teams take to the field, where they'll be presented to Rita Taylor. At half-time, there'll be a parade of Graham Taylor players from both his eras in charge of the Hornets. At the end of the game, the presentation of The Graham Taylor Trophy will take place on the pitch.

Tickets are just £10 / £7.50 / £5, with net profits from the day split between Graham's family's chosen charities: The National Memorial Arboretum and the Watford FC Community Sports & Education Trust.

Click this link to purchase your tickets and be a part of The Graham Taylor Tribute Matchday.

Celebrate a magical Christmas at The Langley

Date: Thurs 7th/14th December and Fri 8th/15th December 2017. Early bird offer before 30th Sept: - £30+VAT

Inclusive of 3 course dinner and a glass of bubbly. DJ, Photo booth and casino tables! (Share parties or exclusive venue hire also available)

For more information or to book, contact The Langley Banqueting Suites.
Email: / Tel: 01923 218553

Hertfordshire Business Awards 2017

Are you interested in showcasing your business and the fantastic work you do in the largest and most prestigious business event in the county?

If the answer is yes then nominate your business into the Hertfordshire Business Awards, run by newspaper publishers Archant, the business awards now in its 21st year celebrate innovation, excellence and best practice within Hertfordshire.

The business awards are free to enter and you can submit three nominations into various categories within the awards. The judging process takes place throughout October and should your business be shortlisted you will be visited by the awards judges for the second part of the judging process.

Entry deadline is the 3rd October at 5pm.

SA Law throws down the challenge to push it
for the peace

SA Law have thrown down the challenge inviting local companies to master the mud, water, and outrageous obstacles in Push it for the Peace 2017. The annual endurance fundraiser for the Peace Hospice is being held in Cassiobury Park, Watford, on Saturday 23 September, and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

SA Law are leading the charge with a team of 20 set to test their stamina and resolve in completing the course. It costs £30 for the 5K and £35 for the 10K route and you must be 16 years or over on race day to take part. Registration begins at 9am with the contestants setting off at 10am.

If you fancy getting a team together, email Sophie ( from the marketing team. SA Law looks forward to seeing you at the starting line!

If you would like to sponsor them, please click here.
To read the full press release, click here.

Watford Jobs Fair - 1st Sept 2017

This is the sixth annual Watford Jobs Fair.
Back in 2011, when Richard Harrington MP organised the first Watford Jobs Fair, he didn’t imagine just how successful it would prove to be.

The Watford Jobs Fair offers vacancies, one-to-one support, interactive trials and workshops. Major local employers come back year after year.

If you have any vacancies, you can exhibit for free! 

If you wish to attend, get your free ticket by visiting:

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