Subject: Newsletter June 2017

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The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017 Results

Congratulations to Chamber Member Watford Football Club for winning the Silver Media Choice Award at the prestigious Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards which was held in the new main stand at Anfield

This exceptional award ceremony was attended by 480 guests who work in conference and events, matchday hospitality, public catering, etc.
Chamber Member, Fabulous Fan Fayre (Watford FC official Catering company) recently organised a launch event which welcomed over 40 guests from 21 local businesses. The guests were amazed by the new facilities and were all very pleasantly surprised by the variety of spaces on offer.

Fabulous Fan Fayre and Watford FC will organise another event really soon for people to discover their new facilities and services so please email: if you are interested.

Get Connected - Watford Business Show 2017

The Watford Business Show is fast becoming the biggest SME business expo in Hertfordshire. It attracts business people from North London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire & surrounding areas.

The 500+ expected visitors to the Show, business people from small and medium enterprises from the region (some large local businesses will be involved too), are able to network, as well as talk face to face with potential suppliers who are exhibiting, and receive business advice and signposting from business support organisations.

Exciting Business Seminars also feature, such as the one delivered by Lyndsay Morgan of Climb Online, a business born from the partnership of Lord Sugar and ex-Apprentice winner Mark Wright.

Chamber Members are entitled to a Special Offer. If you'd like a stand for your business use offer code WATCHAMBER34 by the 30th June and get a FREE SUPER UPGRADE from a Standard Stand to a Premium Stand, saving £150. More details about the stands available here.

James Tribe from Get Connected, the event organiser, commented “This event is a massive networking opportunity, and we’d like to invite business people from the entire region, including North London, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire to come to the event. We’re driven by the knowledge of how useful these events can be to businesses, providing opportunities and connections that can have a profound effect. At one of our events an electrical contractor met a Chartered Surveyor, and the following week the contractor noticed a project in town that was being managed by the surveyor. Within another week he had a £100,000 contract. These are the stories that inspire us!” 

Free lunch will be provided to Visitors & Exhibitors.

For more information about the Get Connected Watford Business Show (and The Business Growth Expo South East running alongside) please visit or call 01923 418 063
Desklodge Hemel Hempstead - Make work an Adventure

Looking for somewhere fun to work? Desklodge offer a mix of hotdesks, co-working space, private offices, meeting room and event spaceThey attract a wide range of people - small businesses, freelancers, start-ups and larger established companies. The premises are located on the ML1 and 320 bus route - so a short ride from the station, and just minutes from the M1. (Address: 61 Maxted Road, HP2 7DZ)

If you fancy free bean to cup coffee, super fast WiFi and free parking, visit Desklodge Hemel Hempstead.

For more info, visit: or call Gemma on 01442 655065 or email:
Funding and grants for growing businesses across the county

The Hertfordshire Growth Package is an expanding range of specialist business support services tailored to meet the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurs. 
Working with local support organisations, such as the Growth Hub, Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership identified the needs of the county’s businesses and secured EU funding as a result. 
For more information on these services, eligibility and how they could help your business grow please visit or call 0844 725 5575.
Chamber Charity Quiz Night raises just below £1,100.00 for the Peace Hospice Care.

The event was attended by over 75 representatives from local businesses and held at Hunton Park on 13th June. 
A big thank you to all the companies who generously donated raffle and auction prizes, and a special thank you to local comedian & impersonator Steve Williams for being an excellent quiz master.
Peninsula and Towbay Ltd Free Networking event - 21st July 2017

Two leading organisations and Chamber Members, Peninsula and  Towbay General Insurance Broker have teamed up to bring you an exciting event. 

Both companies have unrivalled expertise in HR, Health & Safety and General Insurance, and you will receive practical advice on:

• Reviewing documents of Employment, contract, handbooks, policies
• Managing staff behaviour – performance, attendance, attitude, conduct
• How to comply with – risk assessments, fire & safety policies
• Fulfilling your employer duties – avoid fines, choose the right pension
• How to benefit from Insurance Protection for Directors & Officers
• Cyber Recovery Insurance

The event starts at 9.30am and takes place at Moor Park Golf Club (Rickmansworth, Herfordshire, WD3 1QN). If you wish to attend, call 0844 892 2771 or email: (quote: 41335)
Upcoming Events

Speed Networking Event
Tuesday 11th July 2017
Start 6pm / Finish 8pm

Halkin Offices, WD17 1SR
For more information, click here

Golf Challenge 2017
Monday 25th September 2017
Start 9am / Finish 5pm
Moor Park Golf Club, Rickmansworth, WD3 1QL
For more information, click here
Useful Links

New Chamber Members

* Desklodge

See article in Newsletter

* iSales Academy

For an overview of this exciting new business go to:

Business in the Community - Volunteers needed!

The food bank in Watford are looking for volunteers on 22nd, 23rd or 24th June between 9am and 3.30pm to help them organise and distribute their food collection.
They are looking for volunteers from businesses to come along for a shift of an hour and a half to support this fantastic charity that does so much to support those that need help. 

They need between 10-12 people per day. Meeting point is the Tesco Extra in Watford. If you can help out, please email: with your availability. 

Its a fantastic cause that you will be supporting

Hidden Gem Charity Dinner organised by the Peace Hospice Care

Peace Hospice Care invites you to join them for their Hidden Gem charity dinner on Friday 6th October 2017.

Held at Ashridge House, the evening is a great opportunity to entertain family, friends, clients or staff.  
Including a drinks reception, three-course dinner with wine and dancing to a live band, it will be a night to remember in magnificent surroundings.

And of course, there’ll be some secrets to surprise and entertain you throughout the evening too.

Dress code: black tie / Tickets: £150 pp

To book please call Joanna Milton on 01923 335 348 or email:

Watford Chamber member VWV to be joined by Northwood-based firm Seabourne Lawleys

VWV to be joined by Seabourne Lawleys

National law firm VWV has announced that its growth strategy is continuing with a further collaboration with niche private client law firm Seabourne Lawleys.

Seabourne Lawleys , currently based in Northwood, specialises in a range of legal work, mostly for private clients: residential property, family and related finances, cohabitation, wills, probate and trust advice.

Megan Seabourne, Managing Partner of Seabourne Lawleys commented;
"I have been looking for an ideal partner to support and maintain a long lasting relationship with my clients and staff. I believe that partner to be VWV.
For me, VWV has a real passion for private clients which is sadly, lost by so many firms these days. VWV's track record is impressive and their teams are so very approachable and friendly".

To read the full press release, please click here.

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