Elmbridge Business Network – AGM

Today, I attended Elmbridge Business Network’s AGM, held over breakfast at the Civic Centre in Esher. It was valuable opportunity to meet local entrepreneurs – like Sally Findlay, who runs a promotions business in East Molesey, and Ajeet Singh Ahuja, who manages a communications store in Cobham (see below). I was briefed on a range […]

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Out of the woods?

This week we learnt that the British economy crept – limping – out of recession, posting 0.1% economic growth for the last quarter of 2009. So, after the worst slump since 1931, are we out of the woods? On the downside, Pimco an investment firm gave international investors the jitters, advising them to avoid British […]

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Brown’s ‘Pre-Budget’ Bluster

This week Gordon Brown released the government’s pre-budget report. Despite all the bluff and bluster about bashing bankers, this proved yet another missed opportunity. Brown failed to tackle the debt crisis facing Britain, and failed to support small business in Elmbridge and beyond. Amidst the detail, there are three key points:– First, the government is […]

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Lib Dem Taxes would Hit Elmbridge Hardest

Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats today faced accusations of U-turn and blunder, as they scaled back their so-called ‘mansion tax’, amidst a slew of other tax measures. Having announced an annual 1% tax on homes over £1million just weeks ago, today Nick Clegg said it would be 0.5% on homes over £2million. Whilst the new policy […]

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Supporting Elmbridge Business through the Recession

Over recent weeks I have been down in Esher and Walton gauging the local impact of the recession. I’ve heard from retailers in Walton, local farmers at Esher’s Farmers market and been in touch with councillors, the Surrey Chamber of Commerce, Walton Citizens Advice Bureau and the Federation of Small Businesses. I started my career […]

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