Subject: Newsletter November 2017

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Chamber Newsletter - November 2017

Upcoming events
Networking Breakfast - Get your Business GDPR ready!
Tuesday 5th December 2017 (Start 7.15am)
Business Lounge, West Herts College, WD17 3EZ, Watford

Chamber Christmas Lunch at Moor Park Mansion
Thursday 7th December 2017 (Start 12.45pm / Finish 1.45pm)
Moor Park Golf Club, WD3 1QL, Rickmansworth

HR Seminar (more details to come)
Tuesday 30th January 2018 (Start 8.30am)
West Herts College, WD17 3EZ, Watford

To book for any of these events, please visit: www.watfordchamber.co.uk/events


New Chamber Members




Watford Employers - Can You Discipline Employees for Their Conduct Outside of Work?

You may have seen the recent reports of England cricketer Ben Stokes, who was left out of a one-day international against the West Indies following his arrest after an incident outside a nightclub.
This story raises the issue of whether employers can take disciplinary action based on an employee's conduct outside of working hours. The short answer is that they can, provided the conduct outside of work has a bearing on the employment relationship.

Cases involving violence, sexual conduct or dishonesty are most likely to affect the employment relationship, either because of the work the employee does (for example if they work in a role which requires a certain level of responsibility or trust) or due to their employer's reputational concerns. There is, however, no hard and fast rule that an employee who is being investigated, charged or convicted of a criminal offence must be dismissed. The consideration here is whether their suitability to do their job has been called into question, and whether irreparable damage has been caused to their relationship with their employer, colleagues and customers.

What about social media?
Conduct outside of work is of course not limited to criminal behaviour. We are increasingly seeing disciplinary action being taken for employees' inappropriate use of social media outside of work. These cases will generally turn on their own facts.
If an employer decides to discipline an employee for inappropriate use of social media which damages the working relationship, they will need to justify their actions, particularly if they decide to dismiss. Employers should have a clear social media policy in place so individuals are clear about what is and is not acceptable conduct.

For more information, please contact Michael Delaney, in VWV's Employment Law team, on 01923 919 316.


Watford Business show - 24th November 2017

A new Seminar is announced at the regional business show!

Title: Innovation – The Key To Global Success This seminar will look at the importance of Innovation for businesses. It will provide an overview of the typical challenges that businesses face in bringing Innovations to new markets and look at how having a well-defined Innovation Management Strategy and robust support processes in place can greatly improve the chances of success. The seminar will also look at funding and support currently available to help businesses take their Innovations to market. Please click here for more information.

Also announced: 

iSales Academy will be available to TALK ABOUT • Apprenticeships • Upskilling your teams • Developing a GROW YOUR OWN strategy • Levy or skills funding 

Quick Summary to the format of the day at The Watford Business Show/ Business Growth Expo SE this Friday 24th November 

Parking: We recommend using the Gade multistorey Car Park nearby (details under the venue tab of the event website www.watfordbusinessshow.co.uk 

9.15am-10am Breakfast Networking event – All visitors are invited to join in with this event in the networking area – (please book place for this on event website) 

10am Opening of Show to public, with free expert seminars, networking events and business support signposting for all sizes and situations of business. 

12.30pm-1.30pm Complimentary Sandwich lunch will be served in 2 locations – the cafe area and the Networking area, over the period between 12.30 and 1.30pm 

3pm Expo ends 

At 3pm there is a complimentary drink & networking in the café area for all visitors and exhibitors, and some open networking. The drinks reception will close by 4pm 

Free Refreshments and Lunch 

Coffee/tea will be provided free of charge in the networking cafe at the Expo on the day. 

Hope you can make it. The event is for all types and sizes of business from the Watford, Herts Beds Bucks, North London region to get better connected with the regional business community. See you there!



Apprentice Opportunity!

Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce have an excellent opportunity for someone to join them on a 12 month Business Administration Apprenticeship. The scheme will be administered the West Herts College and this full time role is available now.

The job holder will obtain a thorough grounding in all administrative aspects of the Chamber including Finance, Database management and Export Documentation. We are a small team and there will also be the opportunity for the person to provide support on website development and become involved in our social media & networking activities. Applicants should have GCSE’s in Maths & English and ideally have a reasonable understanding of Microsoft Office.

To apply or for more information contact Lee Walsingham (ceo@watford-chamber.co.uk).  


Work and life..... achieve that healthy balance

It's really important to make sure that you get time to relax and unwind after a busy day at work. There is nothing better to take away the stress and strain of a hard day's work with an energetic work out in the gym, a relaxing swim or why not get your colleagues together and try a new fitness class?

Watford and West Herts Chamber Members can take out a full fitness membership at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre and will benefit from 15% corporate discountWhat’s more? You can also add up to 2 friends or family members to your membership at the same great discounted rate.

For more information on how to join and take advantage of this great offer, call the membership team at Bushey Grove Leisure Centre on 01923 470140 and let them know you are a Watford and West Herts Chamber Member. Or visit www.hertsmereleisure.co.uk today!

Entries Now Open for the #WatfordSantaDash 2017

This family event takes place on Sunday 3rd December by the bandstand in Cassiobury Park, Watford. It's going to be a fun-filled morning for runners of all ages and abilities. Why not start the Christmas festivities by entering a company team?

Dress up as your favourite Christmas character and help make this a cracker of an event - prizes will be awarded to the best dressed entries in each race as well as the fastest runners. There will be festive goodies for all and a special medal for all finishers. All runners raising more than £50 in sponsorship for Watford Mencap will be entered into a prize draw and could win a family ticket for Warner Bros Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter!

The morning will kick off with a 1km Fun Run for all ages and abilities. This will be followed by our main event - the chip-timed 5km Santa Dash.

Individual runners can enter either race by going to https://www.sportsystems.co.uk/ss/event/WatfordMencapSantaDash or you can contact Carol at CTunstall@watfordmencap.org.uk to request a group entry form to receive the team discount. 


Sponsorship needed!

In 2017 Andreas Schwarz had the wonderful opportunity to run the London Marathon to help people with Autism and those who are affected by Autism. In 2018 he was given the opportunity again, this time for a smaller charity Ambitious about Autism (www.ambitiousaboutautism.org.uk).

Andreas needs your help to reach his sponsorship target. He is offering sponsorship for his running vest. He is asking companies and businesses in the Watford area to have their company logo and contact details printed on his running vets, which he wears during the training runs and on the big day. The minimum sponsorship amount per company is £100, which will go directly to Ambitious about Autism.

If you feel you don’t want to use this golden opportunity to have your company and business promoted. You can also discreetly donate using his JustGiviving account, https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/asvlm2018. Please donate and help him to help people with Autism. Thank you very much in advance. Please contact Andreas for sponsorship enquiries: andyschwarz@msn.com or 07939 582722, by 15th December 2017.


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