We had a lovely small gathering of members and guests in Kensington Gardens while watching the sun go down.
We had delicious food and sparkling wine provided by Ilir from Cafe Phillies
John Cripps, President, also presented Craig Bennett, General Manager of Hotel Indigo and Theo's Simple Italian the President's Cup for his personal and the hotel's great support of the Chamber.
On Tuesday 4th August we welcomed members old and new as the Chamber returned with its first face to face event for a while. It was great to see so many familiar faces along with so many new additions as the Chamber continues to grow and connect people. The event was a complete sell out and within the 30 person guidelines.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Ishbilia Restaurant who provided a Covid Safe and individually portioned complimentary canape selection of amazing food to our guests, as they enjoyed their BYO (Bring your own) drinks and refreshments.
We are now busy preparing for our September event and details will be released next week so look at for your invite as spaces once again will be limited.
Stay safe and see you soon
This was our First Tuesday Question & Answer Event with our expert panel; Graham Hart, Head of Economic Development at RBK&C Council, Robert Moore, Managing Partner at Bright Graham Murray Accountants, and Anthony Wilcox, Partner - Employment Law at TWM Solicitors.
Members and guests put questions to our expert panel about business support during the COVID-19 crisis. The event was chaired by Michael Stone, our Chairman.
RBK&C - the businesses for SBRR will have been identified off the current register and contact attempted. The portal includes a form for registering and also a dedicated email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Access to this information is included on the portal at www.rbkc.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19
Anthony Wilcox TWM Solicitors for help re the Staff Retention Scheme (furlough scheme) Tel: 01483 752 784 Email: Anthony.Wilcox@TWMSolicitors.com
Bright Graham Murray Accountants for help re HMRC and business loans please contact Andrew Boyd Tel:07375 072091 Email: AndrewBoyd@bgm.co.uk
Our March networking event was hosted by the Mayor in the Mayor's Parlour. It was an opportunity for the Mayor and Cllr Catherine Faulks, to tell us about the council's Economic Policy.
“As a Council, we understand how important local businesses are to our borough’s economy and employment, and we are determined to support them in every way we can. Last year, we launched Live, work and learn: our plan for a successful local economy, where we committed to delivering 49 actions to boost the local economy, support local businesses and entrepreneurs, and help residents from all walks of life access opportunities in Kensington and Chelsea. We have already started implementing some of the strategy’s key actions. For instance, we are delivering a local supply chain project, supporting new local business forums, providing funding for enterprise advice and training for local entrepreneurs, helping improve access to affordable workspace, supporting the revitalisation of high streets, and we are putting together a business-guide.
One of the main pledges within our strategy is to ensure residents have access to training and work opportunities, and we hope you will be able to assist us by recruiting locally, offering valuable work experience or creating apprenticeship opportunities.
The borough is rich with opportunities, and we are determined to help businesses and residents thrive and prosper in Kensington and Chelsea."
Cllr Catherine Faulks, Lead member for Skills and enterprise, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Our February Networking was brilliantly hosted by the winner of the K&C Business Awards 2019. We enjoyed the delicious food and generous amounts of Prosecco.
If you'd like to see how to cook their recipes then look at the videos the Marco has been posting on YouTube for the new cookery school Villa Molino Cookery Club
We started 2020 with a networking lunch at the Hotel Indigo. It was good to see so many people