Subject: Newsletter January 2017

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Work more efficiently by attending our Personality Profiling Event (in partnership with CMR Recruitment)

For over 100 years people have been using forms of psychometric profiling. These days they are being adopted more and more within the workplace. Understanding your own profile – and that of your colleagues – enables people to work more effectively together and helps Managers to manage their staff.

Charlie Ryan – Managing Director of the CMR Group - will be giving a presentation on DISC profiling and explaining how you can implement the knowledge it produces within the workplace (and in other areas of your life).

All attendees will be offered a free DISC profile so they can evaluate the accuracy and value for themselves – usual value £50 plus VAT.
Chamber Christmas Lunch 2016

Our Annual Chamber Christmas Lunch took place on 8th December 2016 at Moor Park golf Club and was truly a success. 

To view the photographs from this event, please click here.

We would like to thanks the Apollo Male Choir who entertained our guests during the event. In return for a highly entertaining performance, it was agreed that the Chamber would make £125 donation to Member Watford Sheltered Workshop.
7 key employment law issues for 2017

Here are seven employment law issues you need to consider as you embark on the New Year…

1) Brexit
2) Status and the gig economy
3) Paying legal minimums
4) Gender pay gap reporting
5) Apprenticeship levy
6) Benefits of salary sacrifice removed
7) Caste discrimination to be introduced?

To view the full article by Alan Price (HR & Employment Law Expert), please click here.
New Year, New Business Idea? Free start-up support programme launched for Herts residents

If you’ve always dreamt of having your own business, now could be the perfect opportunity to make a dream a reality as Hertfordshire residents can now access a free package of business advice and support.

Local business support organisations Wenta, STANTA and Dacorum Borough Council have partnered together to deliver ‘The Hertfordshire Start-up Programme’, a business start-up support package funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Hertfordshire residents looking to start their own business can now receive free business start-up advice and support in the form of workshops and networking opportunities, one-to-one advice (in person or online) and access to business start-up incubators which provide modern, flexible hot-desking facilities and an on-site business advisor to help guide you through each stage of the start-up process. 

Those receiving support on The Hertfordshire Start-up Programme may also be eligible for a £1000 ‘Start-up Grant’ or a £3000 ‘Growth Escalator Grant’ – subject to eligibility requirements. The programme will run until the end of 2018. Between now and then it is envisaged that this support will help to start-up over 370 new businesses across Hertfordshire.

To read the full press release, please click here.
Government allocates £1.2bn roads and pothole funding to councils

Councils across England are today finding out their share of £1.2 billion local roads funding for the 2017 to 2018 financial year. The funding to improve roads, cut congestion and improve journey times includes money from the new National Productivity Investment Fund, announced in the Autumn Statement and the Pothole Action Fund. 

It also includes £75 million which councils can bid for to repair and maintain local infrastructure such as bridges, street lighting and rural roads.

The Government has today also published further information about what the funding will be spent on – the latest step in the economic plan to stimulate the economy and build a country that works for everyone. A key part of this is putting in place improved transport links including better roads, to help people access work, school and services, it says.

Transport minister Andrew Jones explained: “Roads play a significant part in everyday life linking people with jobs and businesses with customers, which is why this government is investing record amounts improving and maintaining highways across the country to help motorists.

To read the rest of the article, click here.
Upcoming Events

Watford BID Business Event
Tuesday 7th February 2017 
12.00pm to 7.00pm
Hydeout Watford, WD17 1AY
For more information, click here

Breakfast briefing: The April 2017 Apprenticeships Revolution - What does it mean for my business?
Friday 24th February 2017
Start 8.00am / Finish 10.00am
The Restaurant, West Herts College
For more information, click here

Personality Profiling - How can it benefit your business efficiency?
Tuesday 14th March 2017
Start 8.00am / Finish 10.00am
Moor Park Golf Club, WD3 1QN
For more information, click here

Peninsula Event
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Venue TBC
More information to come

Sandy Lodge Golf Day
Monday 24th April 2017
Sandy Lodge Golf Club, HA6 2JD
More information to come
Useful Links

New Chamber Members

Welcome to our new Chamber Members! Click on the links below for more information.

Technology for your business


Have you ever come across a blog post or website you wanted to look at, only to get sidetracked by a more urgent business-related task?

It’s a common problem for busy business owners. If you’ve ever experienced it, try Pocket.

This easy-to-use app allows you to save videos, articles, blog posts, and pretty much anything else you’ll find online so you can view it later. And you don’t need an internet connection to view your saved items – all you have to do is open up the app, and it’ll be there waiting for you.

That means no more missing out on the things you’re most interested in that can help you power your business forward. It’ll all be stored in your digital Pocket.

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