Southwark Business Today June 2016

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Business Today

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The southwark Chamber of Commerce magazine for all Businesses in southwark

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At the Chamber’s AGM at the end of April I was proud to be re-elected as a Chairman. Including the previous term during 1995 to 1998, this will be my 5th year, the second longest Chairman serving during the Chamber’s 90 year history, which I consider a great honour. During the next year I hope to generate as much energy and enthusiasm as possible to build on the work of the previous chairmen and my last year, ensuring that the Chamber continues to be the strongest forum for businesses in Southwark. With the help of an excellent executive team I aim to provide the opportunity for local businesses to network and do business locally. This year we welcome four new committee members, and I am pleased to say three are women, helping to give a better gender balance to the committee. As part of our service to local businesses, the Chamber held a debate on the EU referendum. The panel was MEP Sebastian Dance and local businessmen Mark Glover from Bellenden in favour of remaining and MP Adam Afriyie and a local businessman Adrian Amos of Lassco in favour of leaving, with me chairing the meeting. This was held courtesy of Lewisham and Southwark College at their recently refurbished and


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very smart Waterloo campus in The Cut. Both sides put forward lively and controversial viewpoints, stimulating an equally lively debate from the audience. A vote was taken from those present, which produced 63% in favour of staying in, 29% in favour of leaving and 9% undecided. A clear-cut decision that I believe reflects local business sentiment and gives a clear mandate for the Chamber to support in favour of remaining in the EU. We staged a recent meeting with British Land about their plans for Canada Water and were very encouraged by what we heard, particularly that commercial activity lies at its heart and that they would continue to engage with local business. Other activities planned in the future include: • We have planned a trip to Langenhagen, our twin town in Germany in June. • Our annual evening cruise on the Thames is on the 12th of July. • A talk on wellbeing/mindfulness. • A trip along the Bermondsey Beer Mile. • A talk on property trends and values within the borough, combined with an update on legal concerns and new laws currently affecting local businesses. • In October we are having a meeting to discuss the run up to 2020, the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim Fathers leaving Southwark and settling in America. • And to round the year off our annual trip to the House of Commons. No matter how many times I have done the tour I always find out more about this fascinating building. Many other activities are also planned, all aimed at Southwark businesses and to promote prosperity in the area through networking and education. If you are not already a member, please contact us to discover why the Chamber has successfully been supported by and supporting Southwark businesses for 92 years. Richard Kalmar

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Festival to celebrate Peckham’s creative community Protection for business space

Peckham’s place at the heart of London’s creative scene will be celebrated at a festival later this year.

Mayor of London sadiq Khan has announced that he will put in place new measures to help protect and expand office space for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

He made the announcement following the publication of City Hall figures which show that since 2013, more than 1.47 million square metres of office space could have been converted into residential units in London using the Government’s ‘permitted development rights’, which allows uncontrolled office-to-residential developments. This means space for nearly 94,000 jobs in London could be lost through this process.

The new measures the Mayor plans to put in place include amending the London Plan so that there is stronger protection for small businesses and start-up workspace, delivering new spaces for small businesses, the creative industries, artists and the fashion industry within new residential and mixed-use developments and working with the Government on changes to permitted development rights Sadiq Khan, said: “Space which is genuinely surplus to commercial needs should be identified authoritatively and its release carefully managed so that it does not undermine local business.

“There clearly needs to be more control over where office space can be converted to residential use.”


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Southwark Council has teamed up with the team behind The Bussey Building and Copeland Park to deliver The Peckham Festival in the autumn. At the centre of the festival will be an Open Studios involving more than 130 artists and makers, with trails of activities leading visitors through live music and other performances, workshops, cinema screenings, family activities, a food trail and ‘The Great Peckham Sketch-In’. The organisers are keen to involve the community, with projects involving local schools and shopkeepers featuring prominently. A number of community partners will be involved, including Acorn Estate Agents who will be sponsoring a

number of family-focused and other valuable community outreach events. The festival will run from the 8 to 11 September, and is set to become an annual feature in London’s festival calendar. Festival Director, Sydney Thornbury, said: "The Bussey Building and Copeland Park team is thrilled to be producing The Peckham Festival. "We are all about bringing together Peckham’s diverse and exciting range of artists, businesses, creative entrepreneurs and cultural organisations to make something special, and so having the opportunity to showcase all of this in a communitywide festival is very exciting. It should be a lot of fun, and as with everything in Peckham – full of surprises.”

To find out more information about the festival, please see or

If you would like to participate in the Open Studios please contact Jordana Leighton at

If you would like more information on how to get involved in other ways, please contact Sydney Thornbury at

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emotional Resilience- Managers perform better at work sought in today’s fast-paced working environment, pressure, stress and people problems are all now an inevitable part of life.

For those of us who need to be able to think quickly and clearly in order to perform at work, how we respond to everyday challenges has become the factor that not only makes the difference between success and failure, but also impacts our physical and mental health. Being able to understand how emotions affect the way ourselves and others think and perform is now one of the key skills required in business, yet many people still struggle with it. Help is at hand for business leaders and professionals from an insightful book, Emotional Resilience, which provides a practical guide on how to adapt to pressurised situations, handle everyday challenges and manage emotions in order to realise the full potential of yourself and your team.

The author, Geetu Bharwaney, acts as a trusted advisor to CEOs and senior leaders who want to transform the way they operate. As a fellow of the CIPD and Managing Director of the UK’s longest established emotional intelligence specialists, Ei World Limited, Geetu has delivered talent management, leadership development and team effectiveness programmes based on emotional resilience in 37 countries over the last 17 years. She has worked with key individuals and teams from some of the world’s leading private and public sector organisations to help them gain a sustainable competitive advantage. In Emotional Resilience, Geetu Bharwaney provides clear steps that will empower the reader to carefully choose the thoughts, actions and feelings that will enable them to perform at their best. By examining factors like self-worth, mood and selfcontrol, readers will learn skills to help shift emotions, solve problems and create dialogue in order to achieve a better connection, greater influence and an enhanced level of energy and motivation in themselves and their team. Emotional Resilience: Know what it takes to be agile, adaptable and perform at your best by Geetu Bharwaney is out now, published by Pearson, priced £12.99. For further information about the book and Geetu Bharwaney go to

southwark Council has been looking for an organisation to make a new boulevard the number one spot for afro-Caribbean hair and beauty in the Capital.

The council has drawn up plans for Peckham Palms, a specially designed set of commercial units along Bournemouth Close.

Units will primarily be offered to the businesses, mainly hairdressers and nail bars, currently in units that need to be temporarily re-located during the construction phase of the Gateway to Peckham, a joint council and GLA project to create a new public square in front of Peckham Rye Station.

The new Peckham Palm managers will have a wide variety of responsibilities, from the running of the units to supporting and promoting the independent businesses inside.

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Lighting up London’s bridges artists have been challenged to come up with ideas to create a permanent light art installation, extending across 17 bridges that span the Thames between albert Bridge in Chelsea and Tower Bridge in the City, including those in southwark.

Mayor of London Sadid Khan has launched a global search for a team to create The Illuminated River, a light installation harnessing the most green and sustainable technologies. Breathing new life into the river each evening, the project will be the world’s longest free, permanent outdoor river gallery, creating a ribbon of light through the city at night and revitalising public spaces along the river’s banks. The Illuminated River will encourage new investment, increase use of the river, bridges and riverbanks at night and strengthen partnerships across the public realm between the public and private sector landlords. Sadiq Khan, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity to breathe new life through the heart of London each night in a new, permanent, fluid light art installation across the capital’s historic bridges. “It will throw a spotlight on the river and its banks, and extend their daytime bustle and buzz into the darker hours, supporting London’s


burgeoning night-time economy. A dazzling, free outdoor art gallery, for Londoners and all of our visitors to enjoy would encourage new investment and promote our great city to the rest of the world.” The Illuminated River International Design Competition is commissioned by a new charity, The Illuminated River Foundation, supported by The Rothschild Foundation. The project has been developed by a number of organisations with responsibility for the bridges and the river, including The City of London; the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea; Network Rail; the Port of London Authority; Transport for London and Westminster Council. Hannah Rothschild, Chair of the Illuminated River Foundation, said: “Even by

London’s standards, this project is unprecedented in boldness and imagination: the opportunity to influence and transform the look, identity and experience of the world’s greatest city. “We’re looking for the finest artists, architects, designers, engineers, technologists and specialists to work together to help realise this exciting ambition. What matters is bold and innovative thinking to put the art back into London’s greatest artery.” Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman of Network Rail said: "Millions of rail passengers rely on London’s bridges every day to get to and from work and home. The Illuminated River project will help highlight the vital role these bridges play in connecting our capital city. Although as a public body we can't fund this exciting idea, we will do everything we can to ensure its success."

The 17 bridges are, travelling West to East: • Albert Bridge • Chelsea Bridge • Grosvenor Bridge • Nine Elms Bridge (in development) • Vauxhall Bridge • Lambeth Bridge • Westminster Bridge • Hungerford Bridge and Jubilee Bridge • Waterloo Bridge • The Garden Bridge (in development) • Blackfriars Bridge • Blackfriars Railway Bridge • Millennium Bridge • Southwark Bridge • Cannon Street Railway Bridge • London Bridge • Tower Bridge

For full details of how to enter the competition, please see the Search Statement available on the competition website at: The deadline is July 7

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students flourish and fly to head off teen stress as students everywhere get into exam mode, there have been calls for teachers and parents to work together to combat the high levels of stress amongst those pupils sitting – and hoping to achieve in - public examinations.

One South London school, however, is working to help pupils build their resilience long before the approach of GCSEs and A Levels. You would have to be living on Mars to not be aware that this year’s exam season is in full swing. But as revision timetables are pinned to walls, there is growing concern about a surge in anxiety and depression amongst school pupils, arising from unprecedented levels of academic pressure and expectation.

Sydenham High School, part of the Girls’ Day School Trust, is determined to ensure it’s youngest charges develop the resilience they will need to fend off this potential pressure. Its Junior School Flourish and Fly programme, is designed to inspire, challenge and embolden students to discover their

individual talents and look over and around perceived obstacles to their success.

This is not a fledgling idea but a fully grown approach that works across all Junior year groups and subjects, ensuring students feel empowered to take themselves out of their comfort zone and be ready for future challenges when the time comes. Each half term the school celebrates a different theme – from being bold to networking. This culminates in a week of activities, ranging from practical workshops and talks by inspirational speakers to fundraising and helping in the local community. According to Head of Junior School at Sydenham High Claire Boyd, the innovative approach has proved popular with students, parents and staff alike.

Says Ms Boyd: “Whilst relaxation workshops for teens and anxiety classes for parents are undoubtedly sensible, they are too little too late. Mental resilience and emotional well-being need to be developed in the very earliest years of child development and Junior Schools like ours have a duty to deliver a robust and holistic approach from the outset.

“We can’t predict what the future will hold for our students when they leave us but we can prepare them with the skills –

psychological and academic – that they will need to face that future head on and become happy, confident adults with a positive knowledge of their own abilities and self-worth.”

You can read more about Sydenham High Junior School’s Flourish and Fly programme on the school’s website

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Mayor pledges to tackle air pollution new Mayor of London sadiq Khan will launch a formal consultation on a package of measures to tackle air pollution in London. London does not currently meet the legal requirements for pollutants such as Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and new research published by the World Health Organisation showed that London has breached safe levels of pollutant particles known as PM10.

The proposals in the consultation will include: • Extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road

Almost 10,000 Londoners die every year because of polluted air according to the latest medical research.

• Implementing an extra charge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London using the Congestion Charge payment and enforcement system from 2017

• Introducing ULEZ standards for heavy vehicles London-wide from 2020

• Giving the go-ahead for Transport for London to start work on the costs and challenges of implementing a diesel scrappage scheme

The Mayor said: “In the past, London has only responded after an emergency, like with the Clean Air Act, which followed the Great London Smogs of the 1950s. I want to act before an emergency, which is why we need big, bold and sometimes difficult policies if London is to match the scale of the challenge.”

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southwark Council has officially opened the new and improved sumner street. The council has been working with the Tate to improve the street ahead of the completion of the new Tate Modern extension in June. The extension includes a new main entrance to the south of the building, opening out onto the street and creating a new thoroughfare to bring visitors all the way from St Paul’s and the City, over the Millennium Bridge, through the Tate and down into Southwark. Donald Hyslop, Head of Regeneration from Tate Modern, said: "The work on Sumner Street includes a new public plaza with cycle hire facilities that will provide a valuable amenity for local residents, workers and visitors in the area.


“As part of our long-held plans to open up Tate Modern to south London the road has also been closed to vehicles. This will mean the area to the

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south of Tate Modern will become a place to meet, socialise whilst also improving safety and encouraging more walking and cycling.”"

dock is unearthed a hidden dry dock, dating from the 1860s and likely functioning as a working dock up until 1970, was recently unearthed.

Works uncovered the dock during preparation for a part of the regeneration scheme at Canada Water, carried out by developers Sellar in partnership with Notting Hill Housing.

The Victorian Albion dock had been buried for more than 20 years since the construction of Canada Water tube station but was uncovered as part of the regeneration of the area.

As part of the scheme, the dry dock will be retained and preserved, protecting the site’s history for future generations.

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understand iran’s history to do business there

“I’ve been to Iran seven times since 2001 and, overwhelmingly, the Iranians I have met have been polite and warm towards me and the UK generally. One is constantly reminded in Iran that whilst the country is an Islamic Republic it is emphatically not Arabic – indeed to suggest that it is part of the Arabic world is seen as both ignorant and offensive.

One is also reminded constantly of the connections between this country and Europe for more than two millennia – not just through invasions, blood and territory, but deep cultural connections too – including an intermingling of Greek philosophy with Iranian culture.

At the same time, there is a deeply embedded suspicion about Britain’s involvement in Iran over two centuries, which can pop up in contemporary political argument, and day-to-day conversation.

Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani is Chief Justice of Iran, and a member of one of the country’s most powerfulfamilies. When the results of keyelections for the Parliament andthe powerful Assembly of Experts,came out earlier this year – with a clear victory for allies of reformist President Rouhani – his reaction was not to criticise the conservatives’ lacklustre campaign. He blamed the British – something deeply embedded in the Iranian psyche and understandable if one looks at the history.



In the nineteenth century Persia – modern Iran – was a pawn in the ‘Great Game’ between Russia and Great Britain. After the Napoleonic wars we agreed a treaty with Russia which allowed huge swathes of territory in the southern Caucuses, modern Georgia and Azerbaijan, for centuries part of the Persian empire, to be transferred to them. We opened up trade with Persia, strictly on our terms, flooding their market with cheap British textiles. We ran – and owned – their central bank. Moreover British citizens were granted monopolies covering railways, canals, mines, forests, and tobacco. Such was the hostility to the tobacco concession that huge popular protests were sparked, led by the clerics, in a religious-radical alliance, the effects of which are still seen today. In 1908 a Brit gained a concession on highly advantageous terms to extract oil, and founded what became the mighty BP. In 1921, we ventriloquised the takeover of the country by a soldier, Reza Khan, who removed the decaying Qajar dynasty, and had himself crowned as Shah in 1925. But when in the Second World War he became too close to the Germans, we and the Soviet Union simply took over the country, occupying it from 1941 to 1946.


Then, in 1953, when a democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mossadeq, sought to nationalise our oil

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interests, MI6 and the CIA organised a successful coup to remove him. For 26 years after that, we and the US sustained the Shah, and turned a blind eye to what was an increasingly dictatorial, violent, and ultimately decadent period of rule, which collapsed in 1979 with the Iranian revolution.

We then did remarkably little to stop Saddam Hussein’s unprovoked invasion of Iran in 1980, in what became the eight year-long IranIraq war, in which hundreds of thousands on both sides perished – a war which defines Iran today more even than our two world wars continue to define what it means to be British.

It’s not been an easy story. Nonetheless most Iranians recognise that all this was in the past, and they want to do business with us.


As with any other market, having good local interlocutors is essential. The Iranians are sophisticated and, increasingly, well-educated. Their long period of economic and political isolation had plenty of downside. This is what prompted President Rouhani and Foreign Minister Zarif to work so hard for the nuclear deal but it also led to the Iranians having to become more self-sufficient.

The Iranians are amongst the toughest people with whom to negotiate. That is true on the diplomatic front and business people tell me it applies in their world too.

The Iranians have a love of language – epitomised by their love of poetry. Ordinary Iranians are able to quote their notable poets in a way that it completely unmatched in the UK. But one essence of poetic language is its ambiguity – so pay attention to the small print. If you want an example of that, look no further than the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the nuclear deal or ‘Barjam as the Iranians call it – is a good example. It is 104 pages of sometimes tortuous prose, as each side has tried to pin the other down.


There is one crucial impediment in the way of normal trade and investment relations with Iran – the provision of corresponding banking relationships between major UK and Iranian banks. Some banks were hit hard by penalties imposed by the US Department of Justice for allegedly breaking the sanctions. Though the nuclearrelated sanctions are being removed, some US sanctions were not nuclear-related, and remain in force. Moreover, the Republican dominated congress has continued to take a hostile attitude both to Iran, and the Obama administration. The overall result is a reluctance by Tier 1 UK banks to get involved again with Iran.

Consequently, Iran has not been able to receive expected foreign investment or have international banks facilitate the business agreements it has signed since the Barjam’s implementation.

“The most important problem is that the United States is taking a back seat after eight years of scaring everybody off, imposing heavy penalties on people who wanted to do business with Iran,” Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a recent interview with The New Yorker’s Robin Wright. “The United States needs to do way more. They have to send a message that doing business with Iran will not cost them.”



US sanctions have also prevented Iran from repatriating its frozen oil revenues which have been held at banks abroad. For Iran to retrieve this money, foreign banks need to conduct dollar clearing sanctions for Iran, which they are hesitant to do for fear of coming into conflict with US sanctions. According to US Secretary of State John Kerry Iran has so far been able to repatriate only $3 billion of its $55 billion to $100 billion in frozen funds abroad. Another barrier to trade with Iran has been created by American regulations, introduced at the beginning of the year, which require Europeans visiting Iran to obtain a visa before entering the United States. There is still reason however to hope that these hurdles will be overcome and Iran will reap the benefits it is due from sanctions relief. Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Zarif met in mid-April to discuss how to resolve the problems with Iran receiving sanctions relief. After the meeting Kerry said: “The United States is not standing in the way and will not stand in the way of business that is permitted with Iran since the (nuclear deal) took effect.

“We’ve lifted our nuclear-related sanctions as we committed to do and there are now opportunities for foreign banks to do business with Iran. Unfortunately, there seems to be some confusion among foreign banks and we want to try to clarify that as much as we can.”


Prime Minister David Cameron, has indicated that he wants a normalization of commercial relations with Iran, and expressed himself frustrated with the reluctance of one UK bank to provide banking facilities to a business in his constituency. But the “confusion” of which Secretary Kerry spoke remains. If I have one message for everyone here today it is that each of you should personally contact your own Member of Parliament, and stress to them the need for more concerted action by the government to secure effective cooperation by UK banks. Otherwise, we will find ourselves at the back of the queue."

Destination Tehran Iran is the destination for a trade visit under EAGLE 2 – a European Commission project bringing together trade promotion

organisations to engage with third countries – during the first quarter of 2017.

This is an edited version of Jack Straw’s address at last month’s seminar: Iran: is your business ready? The former holder of two of the great offices of state and MP for Blackburn has strong Iran credentials. He was was guest of honour when Iran re-opened its Embassy in London last August, the same time as the British Embassy opened in Tehran. This reflected his role in pioneering EU talks over Iran’s nuclear programme in 2003 and he subsequently became the leading advocate of rapprochement with Tehran, drawing on the many commonalities of Britain and Iran, and leading a wellreceived UK parliamentary delegation to Iran in 2014.

The event was organised by LCCI, hosted by Clyde & Co and supported by the Institute of Export. John Whittaker, senior partner at Clyde & Co, chaired an expert panel made up of Nicholas Hopton, head of mission, British Embassy, Tehran, Derek Berman of Worthy Technologies, Julian Lynn, UK Export Finance, and Jonathan Bailey, International Airlines Group, the owners of BA who are set to resume flights to Tehran this summer.

Gender pay gap reporting - does it apply to you?

Gender pay gap reporting comes into force on 1st October 2016. Gender pay gap is the difference in percentage between what men and women are paid within an organisation. In the UK, the deficit sits at around 19.2% which means that for every £1 men are paid, women are paid 80p.

The new legislation has been put in place to encourage organisations to be transparent about their pay structures and to identify the discrepancies between pay for men and women. So if you are unsure about what this means for your organisation then we have a few key pointers to help you. 1. Gender pay gap reporting applies only to UK based companies with 250+ employees (subsidiaries must be counted separately and not as part of the wider group).

2. Data must be gathered as at 30th April 2017 and published within 12 months and then each anniversary after.

3. Employers will have to report on mean pay, median pay and mean bonus payment between male and female employees.

4. Organisations must make their data internally and publicly accessible on their website as well as on the dedicated Government website. Data must be in English and signed by a Director and retained on the company website for three years.

5. Data from organisations is expected to be published in league tables by sector.

The delegation will include businesses from Belgium, Greece, Hungary, Italy and Lithuania, as well as the UK. The multi-sector mission will provide companies with opportunities to meet with new business partners and stakeholders and experience the Iranian market at first hand. ___________________________ To register your interest in the mission contact Marta Zanfrini, international business executive at LCCI mzanfrini

This article first appeared in the June 2016 issue of London Business Matters

6. It is recommended that a narrative is provided to explain results and methodology. At this stage only draft regulations have been drawn up with final regulations confirmed later on the year, so some things may change.

We have more information on our website about this initiative, please visit about/news/gender-paygapreporting-does-itapply- to-you.

Alternatively, please call us to find out more on 0207 977 9200. ____________________________ Caroline Griffiths MSc BA Chartered FCIPD is Managing Director of Bradfield Group, an HR Consultancy and a CIPD training provider.

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Women in Business

successful Business Women in southwark ideas and advice from female entrepreneurs

Where creativity is crucial

Kate Roche Company director Highjam Marketing “With just one in five small businesses run by women, we need more women starting their own businesses...”


Kate Roche dedicates her working life to bringing products to life for consumers, using a method known as Experiential Marketing. While traditional advertising on radio, in print and on television verbally and visually communicates the brand’s benefits, Experiential Marketing immerses the consumer within the product by engaging as many senses as possible, everything from sampling new drinks to experimenting with gadgets. It’s a way of working that allows full reign for Kate’s creativity. Having spent the first year of her working life in PR, she moved into Marketing and gained experience across various disciplines including Events, Experiential, Promotional and Shopper Marketing. Kate now co-owns her own independent agency; Highjam Marketing, alongside long term friend and colleague, Laura Walton. Highjam specializes in creating Experiential Marketing campaigns across

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a range of industries from food and drink to media and publishing. Kate said “By working as a partnership with Laura, we share the daily challenges of running a busy and fast paced marketing agency as well as providing support to each other. This support has been invaluable, and I am sure something that more female entrepreneurs feel that they lack. With just one in five small businesses run by women, we need more women starting their own businesses to help shape what our economy looks like tomorrow and to provide support for other female entrepreneurs.” The company employs eight people directly, but also call on up to three thousand freelance Brand Ambassadors based all over the country. These Ambassadors represent Highjam’s clients on the events and experiences that they create. She said: “I found that I had real feel for Marketing

and since starting Highjam Marketing I have been able to use my creativity to connect brands with consumers through developing meaningful live experiences” Business is really good at the moment. The Events and Experiential Marketing industry is leading the way in regards to marketing expenditure, go back fifteen years or so and this wasn’t the case. Many Brand Managers hadn’t even heard of the term Experiential, so as a relatively new discipline we are making a big impact. The sector is growing as brands are continuing to see the true value of Experiential as part of a wider marketing mix. We give people a chance to touch a product, taste it, smell it, so that it makes it real for them. The authenticity of live experiences really resonates with consumers and they are therefore more willing to engage, share and advocate brands.”

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“There are great opportunities and the potential to create thousands of jobs at Canada Water, and the fact it’s a long-term investment for British Land, where we intend to own and manage the spaces created, means we can take a long-term view with our social investments.”

Looking to the future in Rotherhithe Eleanor, who is leading on the community strategy of the Canada Water Masterplan project for British Land, took an internship with the council after leaving Leeds University and, in the years that followed with Lewisham, Barnet and Hackney council, she found herself heavily involved in a wide range of regeneration projects. She said: “I worked on projects that regenerated areas like estates and town centres, working with everyone from housebuilders and developers to shopkeepers and residents.

eleanor Wright Community executive British Land

Eleanor Wright’s journey to working on one of London’s largest redevelopment projects in Rotherhithe began with Lewisham Council and her first experience of regeneration initiatives.

background as a council officer. I always try to see both sides of a question and bring people together.

“My role is about understanding the local community, what the needs and wishes are, and how this then informs the project. This involves bringing together the private and public sector and balancing a variety of interests.

Eleanor came to work for British Land in January 2014 to work on the Canada Water Masterplan; a project to deliver a vibrant new town centre for Rotherhithe.

“There are great opportunities and the potential to create thousands of jobs at Canada Water, and the fact it’s a long-term investment for British Land, where we intend to own and manage the spaces created, means we can take a long-term view with our social investments. The development itself will happen over a considerable period of time; I am thirty this year and we are thinking in terms of fifteen to twenty years, by which time I will be 50!”

Eleanor said: “I had always been interested in regeneration and it's a fantastic opportunity and responsibility to be dedicated to one project full time, as has happened at Canada Water as the project has grown.

“... Canada Water Masterplan; a project to deliver a vibrant new town centre for Rotherhithe.”

The scheme is providing a mix of workspace, retail, and community facilities alongside high quality homes, transforming a historic London docklands location into a distinctive, new waterside area.

“It is an exciting project and I think I was appointed in part because of my

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Women in Business

Making the impossible possible From running a successful multi-million pound division of an American Corporation with global sales of more than $3bn to working with young people in Africa, Catherine Blaikie has been on the adventure of a lifetime.

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She also found time to compete in one of the most demanding physical tests of her life, racing across Central America for The Prince’s Trust, before going on to become an inspiring mentor and business coach, empowering many young people with the launch of their own enterprises.

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However, after many years in the commercial sector, Catherine decided to follow her passion and desire to work with young people overseas, travelling to partner with an NGO based in Tanzania in East Africa where she fell in love with not only the country but the people and the communities of which she became a part.

Partnering with universities and community leaders to secure support and funding for provision of educational facilities for communities in rural areas across Tanzania,

she went on to secure national media coverage with Clouds Media, the biggest media house in East Africa.

Whilst in Tanzania she went on a mission to save 49 orphans from eviction using her business development, networking and project management skills to launch a national campaign called 'Voice of A Child’, securing financial investment from a number of organisation including Abel and Fernandes Communications, Coco Cola and Regional Chairpersons.

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“I feel that I am a living testament that, once you find your purpose and passion in life, your life not just your entrepreneurial life, your entire life will never be the same again!”

On her return to the UK, she continued campaigning and fundraising, embarking on an extreme challenge to complete her first ever solo skydive from 10,000 feet at speeds of 129 miles an hour. Her ambition is complete the Accelerated Free Fall (AFF) course and secure sponsorship to skydive off the Eiger.

Through her work with young people at the margin of society, Catherine has brought her commercial knowledge, experience and passion to

improve the lives of many others through opening up employment opportunities and providing business and entrepreneurial support for young people.

Her energy and commitment to make a difference in people’s lives is outstanding which is why she was awarded a Lift Effects Global Star Award as one of the top 100 women across the globe, shining the light for others to follow and making a difference in communities in the UK and internationally.

Catherine, who is part of the UK and International team at Enterprise Lab working on a number of projects across the globe, impacting lives and changing the mindsets of young people, said: “I urge everyone to find their entrepreneurial passion and purpose in life, to dig deep, to look within and seek whatever help they need.

“I feel that I am a living testament that, once you find your purpose and passion in life, your life not just your entrepreneurial life, your entire life will never be the same again!

“My skydive off the Eiger is designed to show that you can make the impossible possible and inspiring and empowering even more young people to believe in themselves by changing their mindsets to break through their own limiting beliefs.”

Over the past six years, Enterprise Lab has worked with more than 500,000 people around the world giving them new perceptions, behaviors and attitudes to succeed whether it is in academia, career or in starting their own ventures.

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Up Close

Bringing high quality drinks to London’s workplaces The days when drinks vending machines delivered basic fare to customers are long gone and today’s suppliers must be constantly innovative to beat off competition in what has become a global market place. Cevat’s working day begins at 9am and, after a coffee and answering his emails, he embarks on a series of meetings with department heads over an hour.

That is the belief that drives everything Cevat Riza, Managing Director of Seymour Valentine Ltd, does on a daily basis as his company works to continue its impressive recent growth. Seymour Valentine, which employs 54 people and is seeking to expand, is a wellestablished company of more than ten years standing. During this time they have continuously provided top quality vending services to their clients, many of whom are major companies and the company has grown 70% in the past eighteen months, based on the high quality of its products and its excellent customer service.

Cevat said: “They can be wide-ranging meetings, checking on the day just gone and the day to come but also looking further ahead than that.

“This is a competitive business and we must never forget that outside a client’s office could be a Café Nero or a Starbucks so we have to make sure that people have a reason to use our machines instead.

or drop in on sites that we service such as The Shard or visit our employees where they are working. “It is so important to meet people because you get so much more out of face-to-face meetings than communicating by phone or email. “I like to meet our employees as often as I can. We have a very diverse workforce and showing my face helps me keep up to date with them and find out what they are thinking. “I will also leave time for thinking during the day, which I think is really important. Although I have a lot of meetings, I will always make time to walk round London and think.

“We need to stay inventive and thinking time plays a big role in that. In addition, the heads of department will sit down with me for a half a day once a month to look at the strategic issues facing the company. “Because this is a global market, competition can come from anywhere and we need to be constantly improving what we offer the people who use our machines. “My working day tends to finish at six but there are often evening meetings with clients and or suppliers and meeting them face-to-face is the best way of doing things.” You can find out more about the company at

“That means being constantly innovative in what we offer. Customers expect so much more these days.

“The days of a standard cup of coffee from a vending machine have gone and we use a mix of big name brands and micro-roasters to give people a reason to use our products. “After our morning meetings, I tend to get out of the office and meet clients face to face

“Because this is a global market, competition can come from anywhere and we need to be constantly improving what we offer the people who use our machines.”

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Rotherhithe looks forward to 2020

Rotherhithe is undergoing exciting developments with large amounts of investment being ploughed into the regeneration of the area. However, amid all the work to shape the area’s future, a significant part of its past offers the potential to be just as exciting.

The promise comes in the form of the 400th anniversary of one of the greatest events in British history, one that helped to shape the fortunes of the country for centuries to come.


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Discussions are already under way, with the Chamber of Commerce among those involved, to commemorate the strong connections between Rotherhithe and the day in 1620 when the Mayflower set sail, carrying the Pilgrim Fathers on their epic voyage of discovery to America.

Four hundred years later, in 2020, it is expected that Rotherhithe will be at the centre of world attention with the anniversary serving as a reminder of how the River Thames and the sea has played such a crucial role in the area’s development.

Driving the celebrations is the Mayflower 400 initiative, whose

Spotlight on ... “Local enthusiasts, businesses and community partners are working with Southwark Council to ensure that a programme of events and activities building up to 2020 promotes the area and increases tourism”

vision is to celebrate the anniversary of the Mayflower by encouraging cultural activity and ensuring that young people know about the importance of the vessel and its legacy. Local enthusiasts, businesses and community partners are working with Southwark Council to ensure that a programme of events and activities building up to 2020 promotes the area and increases tourism in Rotherhithe and Southwark In addition, the Chamber of Commerce is staging a Mayflower 2020 event on Thursday October 6 at 6pm at 117 Rotherhithe Street to discuss the celebrations.

Veronica Holden, who runs Southwark Heritage, is a former Chamber member and is leading the campaign, will address the chamber. Both Veronica and her husband David can trace their families back to having had ancestors on the Mayflower.

Although the area’s docks have seen a variety of activities down the years, everything from offering a port for whalers

to bringing in timber and other goods from around the world, it is the story of the Mayflower that has proved the most enduring.

Southwark has many links with the voyage of the Pilgrims. Even before the famous journey to America, Southwark had a tradition of religious dissent. In 1586, a group of people were sent to The Clink for refusing to obey the religious laws of Elizabeth I.

The dissenters founded a prison church under the guidance of John Greenwood, a clergyman, and Henry Barrowe, a lawyer. They called themselves ‘Independents’ but were also known as ‘Brownists’ because of the free thinking of Robert Browne, the headmaster at St Olave’s School. In 1592 Greenwood, Barrowe and John Penry gained a temporary reprieve and began meeting at a house in the Borough and formally constituted the Southwark Independent Church. The reprieve was short-lived and Greenwood and Barrowe were executed on 6th April 1593. John Penry was also executed,

at a site near the present day junction between Albany Road and Old Kent Road, on 29 May 1593. Roger Rippon, whose house was used for worship, was arrested and died of disease in prison.

Another dissenter Francis Johnson travelled to Newfoundland after his release from prison, looking for a place where religious freedom might be possible. He settled in Holland where many of the Southwark dissenters had fled.

The remaining members of the group continued to meet in secret before being brought into the open by Henry Jacob in 1616. Jacob had been influenced by the writing of Johnson and in 1620 some members of the Southwark Church were given permission to sail to America. It was this group that joined the Mayflower. The Mayflower was an old ship and usually plied her trade between London, France and Norway, transporting woollens in to trade for wine and other goods. Her captain, and part owner, Christopher Jones was born in Harwich but by 1611 he was settled in Rotherhithe,

then a popular place for sea captains to live.

The rector at St Mary’s from 1611 to 1654 was Thomas Gataker, a man of puritan leanings. Captain Jones probably learnt about Puritanism from him and this may have influenced his decision to take on the charter.

Also from Rotherhithe were part owner John Moore and first mate John Clarke, who had already had a tough life having spent 1611 to 1616 as a prisoner of the Spanish.

The ship set sail from close to the present Mayflower Inn and joined another ship, the Speedwell, at Southampton before they set sail together for America. However the Speedwell sprung a leak, forcing them to turn back twice before the Mayflower took on the Speedwell’s passengers and finally set sail from Plymouth on 6 September 1620. She made land more than three months later, arriving in North America on the 21st December 1620.

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British Land engages with southwark Business on the Canada Water Masterplan British Land will soon share feedback from their February 2016 consultation on the emerging Canada Water Masterplan, ahead of further engagement and the submission of a planning application in 2017. The masterplan incorporates the Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, the SE16 Printworks and Surrey Quays Leisure Park. It proposes new workspaces, retail and restaurants, alongside leisure and entertainment, new homes, plus a proposed replacement for the Seven Islands Leisure Centre and a potential higher education element.

Creating a location for a wide range of businesses to prosper is a key driver behind the project. British Land’s vision is that major employers can thrive side-by-side with startups and independent stores in the range of office space, retail and food & beverage premises that they propose, bringing a range of employment and opportunities to do business that will benefit local residents and enterprise alike. The completed scheme expects to provide up to 15,000 jobs, with around 2million sq ft of workspaces, alongside 1million sq ft of retail, restaurants and culture. Within the planned 3,000 plus homes within the masterplan area, a full range of tenures are envisaged to provide for the young, elderly, families and workers. Approximately 1,800 full time roles in construction would be generated over a 15-year development period. The project aims to create supply chain opportunities for local firms in the construction phases of the development


and at operational use. The development will also provide programmes to assist local residents to access employment opportunities, and seek to work with existing businesses around Canada Water to ensure they can benefit from the masterplan. Through working with the council, the community and local businesses to establishing priorities and targets for local business and employment, British Land hopes this can be a transformative project for local economy.

On Monday 6 June British Land held a joint event with the Southwark Chamber of Commerce to share their emerging vision for the area,

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initial ideas for working with local businesses, and answer questions from members. This was the start of a process engaging further with Southwark-based businesses and the Chamber over the next year.

Roger Madelin, Head of Canada Water Development for British Land, said: “Our vision for

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Canada Water is to develop a high quality urban environment that will create a unique place to live, work and visit, building on the area’s history as well as looking towards the future. Local business will be an important part of that as we look to create an exciting mix of uses, including a wide range of opportunities for businesses and employment.”

British Land will be hosting topic sessions and further consultation over the coming months, ahead of the submission of a planning application.

To find out more visit or email to join the mailing list for updates.


ensuring security is not compromised by Mobility

In a recent survey conducted by ‘Techaisle’, looking at technology adoption amongst SMB’s they found that 9 out of 10 mobile workers spend at least 20% of their work time away from their primary workplace and 63% of businesses say that mobility increases the efficiency of their business processes. The use of Microsoft Office 365 has given businesses of all sizes easy access to a very robust and cost effective platform that offers e-mail, applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, collaboration tools such as Skype for Business and SharePoint and file storage n the form of OneDrive. At Zenzero we have been helping a constant stream of customers move from traditional, on premise platforms to the Microsoft cloud and then enjoy the associated benefits.

While there is no hiding from the fact that businesses must embrace mobility and flexible working if they are to succeed

in today’s digital world, it is imperative that they keep control of key business systems and ensure data remains safe. In a survey conducted by Computing ( 80% of the individuals questioned admitted to using nonapproved Software-as-aService (SaaS) applications in their job, these will be tools such as Dropbox, Google Drive or Evernote. Data is the life blood of any organisation and while losing a single file isn’t necessarily the end of the world, if key documents fall into the wrong hands or significant data is lost then that will be financially damaging, it will cause disruption, have negative impact on reputation or even lead to legal action.

Microsoft has built the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) platform to support a safe, more productive platform. EMS is made up of four components that offer organisations the ability to provide single sign-on for cloud

in today’s digital world the need to have a productive, mobile workforce has become the normality. yet with increased mobility comes increased security risks, even if mobility only means users accessing corporate e-mail on their mobile phones.

applications, conditional access ensuring that data is only available to the users you want on the devices that you allow and threat detection to highlight suspicious activities and malicious attacks. The policy based approach ensures that security is applied to the areas it is needed for specific business needs. What this really means is; •

Prevent data leakage of company data by restricting actions such as copy and paste between corporate and non-corporate applications

Disable access to all company resources and applications, including over 2,000 cloud products with a single click

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Provide single sign-on to all business applications, making it easier enforce secure password policies

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Voice from Westminster

Concern over apprenticeships scheme neil Coyle MP since your last southwark Business Today, the Government has announced its legislative plans for the coming year. The Queen’s speech seemed short on ideas but did recommit to the apprenticeship programme. I’ve heard concerns from local businesses about how they might engage with the new programme. The FSB found that 42% of firms already say they lack faith in the quality of the new scheme which is worrying. I’m also pressing the Government to clarify whether the AGE grant will remain available to small businesses next year to support the recruitment of apprenticeships. Ending this support could undermine business confidence further in the high volume, low quality scheme some fear the Government’s apprentices might become. The Queen’s Speech also proffered a Local Growth and Jobs Bill. This could grant fuller powers to local authorities to retain business rates, although there is a little confusion on the issue as it appears

Neil with Peter Jackson, MD at Southwark Brewing

to contradict the Chancellor’s most recent Budget which suggested the London Mayor could have greater access to business rates to help fund city-wide infrastructure projects that have the potential to boost growth. I’m seeking clarification from the Government as to what rates the council will keep and what will go to City Hall.

Following the AGM, I am now President of the Southwark Chambers of Commerce. I’m happy to help local businesses in any way possible – and Southwark has a truly dynamic and varied business sector. It is great to be part of a network that aims to support local businesses and their employees prosper.

The new London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, promises to be the most business-friendly yet and I’m pleased to hear it – and of the way Londoners got behind his positive vision for the capital. Securing night tubes from August and the hourly bus ‘hopper’ fare from September should benefit employers, employees and customers alike. The Bakerloo Line extension and new pedestrian and cycling bridge linking Rotherhithe to Canary Wharf also offer significant advantages to Southwark.

I was glad to get Southwark Brewing’s tasty ‘Bermondsey Best’ on the pumps in Westminster’s Strangers Bar. It also provided an opportunity to welcome representatives from all the constituency breweries to Parliament to highlight their achievements. With global exports and a growing domestic market for their high quality beers, it’s great to see their businesses thrive. I look forward to continuing to drink to their success! or call me on 020 7219 8733

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Remembering when ...

Remembering when Brewing was a major industry in southwark By Ken Hayes, Honorary secretary The brewing of beer has been carried on in this area of London for many centuries and by the 17th Century there were two different types of drinking establishments. inns and ale Houses. inns were what we now call Hotels and ale Houses were called Public Houses. Thrale’s widow for £135,000 and Barclay and Perkins and Co was founded.

Many Public Houses would brew their own ale. Some also distilled Gin. Breweries began to be established to supply the others and the Inns. The first of these was the Anchor Brewery established in 1616 by James Monger on land next to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. When James Monger died in 1670 his godson James Monger Jnr. inherited the brewery. James Child acquired the brewery when James Jnr died in 1696 his son in law, Edmund Halsey took over the business. When Halsey died in1729, Ralph Thrale, the brewery Manager, a nephew of Halsey, bought the brewery for £30,000, paid in instalments over 11 years. In 1781 the chief clerk John Perkins and Robert Barclay, (of the banking family) purchased the brewery from


In 1782 they brewed 85,700 barrels of beer and by 1809 this had risen to 260,000 barrels making it the largest brewery in the world. The brewery exclusively produced porter up to 1834 when they began to brew Pale Ale. There was a fire at the brewery in 1832 causing considerable damage and resulted in major rebuilding of the site.

An International incident took place in Park Street in 1850, where the Anchor Brewery was situated, when the Austrian General Haynau, “the Austrain Butcher”, was recognised and attacked by the brewery draymen. The Anchor Brewery continued to flourish up to 1955 when they merged with Courage and Co, which was established by John Courage in 1787 at Horsleydown in Bermondsey, now known as Shad Thames, to become Courage Barclay and Co Ltd. In 1960 they acquired H and G Symonds, in Reading and became Courage Barclay Symonds and Co Ltd.

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In 1970 they were taken over by the Imperial Tobacco Group and in 1978 they opened a new brewery in Berkshire, near Reading and in 1981 the Anchor Brewery was closed. This ended a 365 year history of brewing in Southwark. Imperial Tobacco was acquired by the Hanson Trust 1990, who sold off Courage to Elders IXL and was renamed the Fosters Brewing Group. In 1991 the Courage Section of Fosters merged with the breweries owned by Grand Metropolitan. In 2007 the production marketing and sales of Courage brands were sold to Wells and Youngs Brewing Company

However beer brewing is alive and expanding in Southwark today with several microbreweries being established and expanding in Bermondsey, a stones’ throw from the site of the Courage Brewery in Horsleydown. History has a habit of repeating itself even in business.

The Canterbury Pilgrims at the Tabard inn in southwark By susan isaacs.

As you down a pint with your fellow Southwark Chamber members in the atmospheric George Inn in Southwark, give a thought to a similar historic coaching Inn which once existed only a short way away. It was called the Tabard Inn, and it was from there that the pilgrims in Chaucer’s Canterbury tales set out on their famous journey. Chaucer is particularly important to the English language, because before him, most people wrote in French, or Latin, or perhaps Italian. He was the first writer to use the language of the man on the street, and his pilgrims could be compared to the characters you meet in East Enders, or Coronation Street. I find his work particularly interesting because I teach languages, and can see how the everyday words we use now looked like then. During the Medieval period, Southwark was a relatively lawless suburb of London. It was outside the reach of the City of London, and would have been full of criminals, prostitutes and drunkards.There might even have been the odd bait or cock fight in the outside courtyard. But the reason Chaucer chose the Tabard Inn as a meeting point for his pilgrims, is that it was on the road to Canterbury.The pilgrims congregated there, on their to their annual visit to the shrine of Sir Thomas A Beckett in the famous cathedral. There was a story telling competition,and each of them had to tell two tales.The prize for this contest was a free meal at the Tabard Inn on their return. And what a fascinating collection of characters those pilgrims were. There was the Wife of Bath,who had been married five times. She was deaf in one ear, and had a gap between her teeth. There was the miller, stout and brawny, with a wart on his nose,and a big mouth. He rips doors off hinges, and makes fun of carpenters, clerics and women. There is the curly haired Squire, who loves women and dancing and the medieval equivalent of our solicitors today. He was the Man of Law, who knew every statute of the law by heart. Then we have the Manciple. He was in charge of getting provisions for a college of law. Despite his lack of education, he is brighter than the thirty lawyers he feeds. We meet the Merchant, who trades in furs and cloths,and was a powerful and wealthy member of society. The Shipman is another intriguing character. He is tanned and has seen every bay and river in England, as well as exotic ports in Spain and Carthage. There is the Physician who knows the cause of every malady and can cure most of them. We could certainly do with someone like that today. But Chaucer never did finish his masterpiece, so we will never know who won the prize, although we could have a vote ourselves. So sip your drink in your local Southwark pub carefully. If you listen hard, you may hear the ghosts of pilgrims past, squabbling and joking over who deserves to win that free meal at the Tabard Inn.

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Cage Rattlers Letters from members

These do not represent the views of the Chamber

They can't all be wrong on Brexit stay or

The IMF, OECD, G7, CBI, Institute of Financial Studies, LSE, British Scientists Guild, Centre for Economic Progress, Bank of England, every Government in the world (except Russia) Labour Party, Lib Dems, Greens, SNP, the vast majority of MPs, Welsh Government, TUC, Actors Guild, British Chamber of Commerce, Royal College of Nursing, PWC (under a specially commissioned report) Lloyds of London, Microsoft, Aviva, British Land, Richard Branson, a totally unprecedented 88% of economists are all against Britain leaving the EU. Brexit campaigners arrogantly try and dismiss this huge weight of informed opinion with various arguments skewed to support their view. Firstly they try and discredit it by saying that each of the organisations have made mistakes, of course they have but it doesn’t mean to say that such a consensus should be ignored or is wrong. Secondly they say the people producing these reports are selfserving wealthy individuals or civil servants out to feather their own nest. Many such as the TUC, Labour Party, College of Nurses, Scientist guilds, contradict that argument. Incidentally it is very rare for them to have such a consensus. Thirdly because they don’t like these views they attempt to discredit them in one glib blow by saying all the facts and considered recommendations are ‘scare mongering’ as if this means they are wrong, nonsense. The amount paid is then held to be far too much and numerous lies have been put out about it costing £360million a week. The N.O.S. confirmed that the net amount is under half that at about £8 billion a year or 0.13% of the £2.8 trillion UK

GDP. Given the huge financial benefits from being a member of the world’s biggest economic club, 0.13% is a tiny price to pay. The next daft idea is that free from Europe, Britain will be able to trade elsewhere in the world and expand business. Backed by the clout of being part of the EU, haven’t we tried to trade elsewhere to date? Obama pointed out that alone we will be at the back of a slow negotiation queue. There is then the argument about democracy and sovereignty. The EU is run by a president elected by the council; the council comprises the democratically elected 28 prime ministers of the member states. Outside the EU, Switzerland and Norway both contribute more per capita than the UK and yet have no say whatsoever in the EU edicts. So why leave? Politicians such as Boris Johnson (until recently uncertain about leaving) and Michael Gove clearly don’t care about their party let alone the country and want power. Billionaire tax exile press barons such as Rupert Murdock have never made much headway in Europe and don’t like it. UKIP and the extreme right wing of the Tory party have thinly veiled jingoistic and often racist agendas. Privately I have heard them spout divisive and offensive European country slang nicknames, whilst waving their anachronistic flag promising that Britain will once again rule the waves. In reality there is no reason why one can’t wear union jack under pants and yet still be a part of and leading this great community under which peace has reigned for 70 years, and Britain has flourished and will continue to do so if we stay. Does anyone really think Merkel and Hollande are not promoting their own countries?

Having totally lost the economic argument the Brexitiers tried to focus on immigration. There is a problem here and this needs to be addressed but it won’t be solved by leaving of Europe. Firstly the majority of immigration is from countries outside Europe, secondly both Norway and Switzerland have higher immigration from other EU Countries than the UK, so being outside is not a magic ticket. It also ignores what will happen to the 1 million, and 0.5 million Brits that live respectively in Spain and France, travelling there without visas, often enjoying their healthcare system, and legal protection. In an act of desperation Brexitiers have said that the campaign to stay is led by elitists who don’t care about the working man, the hypocrisy is staggering. Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage are all from top public / private schools. This also totally ignores the Treasuries forecast that the average person will be over £4,000 per year worse off. The fear of what is to come has already cost my small company £300k in lost fees, a US company pulled out of taking offices for 600 staff, and a bank refused a development loan. If we actually leave this will be the tip of the iceberg. The real arguments in favour of staying could fill books, but I trust the majority of businesses will see how important the EU is to Southwark Businesses and Vote Stay on the 23rd of June. Richard Kalmar


Still not decided yet but some of the ‘Economic stay arguments‘ are tremendously biased to the well- heeled government paid jobs (our taxes again). They are all promoting vigorously to stay for Economics but they haven’t got a clue about the man in the street.

They have an assured well paid job with a pension, and perks whereas the man in the street is struggling to compete with low paid migration from Eastern Europe to get a job They have no trouble with migrants taking up school places, their children go to private schools.

They have no trouble with overcrowded hospital beds and doctor’s appointments as they have private Healthcare.

They have no trouble getting housing, a Mansion is included in their employment package and their neighbours will not be Eastern European, Balkan Gangsters or Racketeers.

Their world is protected from the effects of European migration.

This argument is not all about Economics, standard of life is important for the man in the street and it should be respected and reflected as such.

Barry Martin

The opinions expressed here represent those of the individual and not those of Southwark Chamber of Commerce or Benham Publishing.

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Mental ill-health has a significant impact on the workplace and on the wider economy. One in six employees is dealing with a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety or stress . In 2014, the OECD reported that mental ill-health costs the UK economy an estimated £70 billion, equivalent to 4.5% of GDP a year. Yet despite the impact of mental health and the regularity with which it arises in the workplace, managers have to date been given little or no support or guidance.

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Referendum investment opportunities The key differences between savers and investors are how long you want to invest your money and can you really afford to lose it.

History shows us that, although investing in stock & shares can certainly be risky in the short run, equities remain one of the best-performing asset classes over the long term. While periods of market instability can be hard to tolerate, they can also represent an opportunity for

savvy investors, whilst savers might simply stick to cash deposits. During periods of general market decline and uncertainty, the share prices of high-quality businesses tend to fall alongside those of companies that are experiencing genuine problems, providing astute investors with an opportunity to pick up bargains. Moreover, as we struggle with the referendum issues the recent market volatility represent a real opportunity for investors who want to make the most of their investments and utilise tax efficiency through their ISA allowances.

investment portfolio reflect my investment goals, personal circumstances and tolerance for risk?’ If you cannot answer ‘yes’ to these, it is probably time to review your portfolio. You should ensure you are positioned to achieve your longterm aims, while weathering shorter-term storms and, if in doubt, talk to your adviser.

2016 is shaping up to be a challenging year for investors. Sentiment has already been undermined by high levels of instability in financial markets, caused by concerns over China, falling commodity prices, interest rate policy and wider geopolitical referendum anxieties. While it is easy to understand why many investors are unsettled, it is also worth taking a step back and looking at the whole picture. Investors should ask themselves two key questions ‘Is my portfolio adequately diversified across different asset classes and geographical areas?’ and ‘Does my

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Thoughts from Justin urquhart stewart

Head of Corporate development, seven investment Management Oh gosh…I am sick of the "custard pie" fights between politicians who seem to be becoming increasingly eccentric in their claims and counter claims about our lives after the referendum. From threats of population explosions to European dictatorships, they don't seem to realise that the more extreme and shrill they sound, the less credible they are. If there is a common theme, it seems to be that the loudness of their ranting is in direct proportion to their lack of any worldly experience, having a proper job, running a business or being truly responsible for people's livelihoods as many of you are. More constructively perhaps, we should look at some real facts. The 24th May saw the release of EY’s annual report on foreign direct investment (FDI) into the UK. I have always found this


useful as it is a very clear measure as to what the outside world thinks of the UK. We need to know much money will be committed to British firms, including those run by Chamber members.

2015 saw the UK attract 1,065 FDI projects that apparently may create 42,000 jobs. Well, I think you have to be quite circumspect about such numbers, but it certainly will be positive. This put the UK at the top of the European leader board. However, what I found most fascinating was how this was so broadly distributed across the country. In fact, 90% of the growth has come from the regions. The North West saw a 118% increase in projects, followed by the North East with 83% and Yorkshire at 66%. Unfortunately, the number in the South East fell by 22% - I hope, but am unable to tell from the report, that Southwark baulked the trend here.

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However, the indication for figures for this year are much lower, not because of any fundamental change in the UK economy, but because of concerns over the referendum and a final decision as whether we are staying in or not! Whatever your view on the vote, it has certainly given some key investors the excuse to delay a decision, no doubt causing some significant frustrations.

The report also highlights the paucity of local funding in the UK for longer term investing. The London Stock Exchange (LSE) seems to have largely forgotten that its primary function is to raise finance for businesses in the best way possible. The AIM market suffers from layers of regulation that prevents it from being the clear and simple beast that started life in Glasgow. Shorter term private equity and venture capital are not acceptable, and only recently have small businesses seen

some glimmer of hope from the FinTech area where online fundraising structures (with effective due diligence on both companies and investors) are providing a valuable and viable alternative. And I don't mean most of the crowdfunders, which I fear may well be a disaster waiting to happen. The LSE could have led a valuable and responsible initiative here, but has instead chosen to stay in its comfort zone of the larger national and international combines. More radical common sense here please.

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By Margaret Rowse executive Committee


Borough Market They make great pasta affordable for everyone, and indeed plates here start at £5.50.

Marble counters surrounding the restaurant’s open kitchen double as decadent dining surfaces in the bright and airy upstairs space, while the bulk of tables are in the slightly cosier basement.

Tim Siadatan and Jordan Frieda, have opened a new pasta restaurant at Borough market facing Borough High Street which is a simple idea, specialising in just pasta.

There is often a queue of those peoplewatching who head straight for the windows overlooking busy Borough High Street, from where you can watch fresh pasta being rolled by hand during the day.

The simple menu consists of six antipasti and eight pasta dishes - all on regular rotation.

The beef carpaccio (made with fillet of Dexter) is delightfully earthy tasting, while a burrata with Tuscan olive oil is perfectly creamy, almost molten and the high quality of the produce is obvious.

Intensely meaty: Pappardelle with eight-hour beef shin ragu

Of the pastas, a pappardelle with slowcooked beef shin is deep and intensely meaty. A tagliatelle with fennel sausage ragu is fresh in flavour - light in spite of the meat’s richness and the generous lavishing of parmesan makes it rich and satisfying, particularly interesting is the pici cacio e pepe - basically fat spaghetti in a rich creamy cheese sauce with black pepper. It’s a lesson in successful simplicity, and no one does that better than the Italians.

The freshly made pasta is star, with just enough bite to satisfy and flavour to add interest, while leaving the rest up to the sauces.

If you are passing take the opportunity to peek through the window, it is a delight.

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sky Bar Waterloo Road

The strangest thing about the sky bar is that for some reason Southwark Council has limited people to only 10 allowed outside on the terrace?

The bar itself is on the 8th floor and is light and airy, a bit IKEA looking with plastic chairs and low tables, but the views are good. We visited on a Thursday early evening and the bar was busy, but the head bar man/manager seemed to spend all his time stopping people from going outside as their ‘quota’ was full and he had some sort of mental list of who was next to be allowed out there if someone else came inside! They serve cocktails and usual drinks but no draught beer. The food on offer is Spanish Tapas and prices are


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reasonable,they also have burgers and sandwiches and the portions are large, I didn't see anyone finish the plate.

They do need also to add a few signs as when you get out of the lift there are no signs to guide you to the bar, but worse they have hidden the toilets!

There is no sign on the door to tell you where to go, it is a blank door, through which there are more lifts and one door showing it is the ladies toilet but nothing on the gents, they have to guess!

If you want an after work drink then this is nice, if you want a night out maybe not. And if you should want to go out on the terrace BOOK in advance or you may have a long wait.


natural Kitchen Waterloo station

Not somewhere that would immediately spring to mind for a dinner date, but you would be missing out if you didn't visit whether catching a train or not.

Natural Kitchen started life in 2007. This is a new branch recently opened. Since that time they have grown slowly and are now regarded as one of the premium healthy dining options for Londoners, City workers, locals and visitors. They have a deli counter offering great healthy food and drink choices. They offer a full table service and also a casual A la Carte, and their cafes our renowned for food to go from deli and juice bar.

For those with busier lifestyles from early morning until late in the day you enjoy with them or takeaway. Staff are friendly and helpful and they have a really relaxed atmosphere it is like being in your own kitchen, you are greeted at the entrance by rows of fresh produce, shiny fruit and vegetables that says eat me, on the other side at the entrance is the deli counter which will tempt you to take something home (or for your journey, perfect for a picnic lunch.) They have a licence and service British wines from Sedlescombe and have draught and bottle beers, together with cocktails and spirits. The bar is at the back of the

restaurant and you are very welcome to just have a drink. There are quite a few tables and the dĂŠcor is rustic and has some old furniture mixed with basic wooden tables. Food choice is extensive and the plates are generous. Go and meet your Waterloo, it's a winner.

The Pont de la Tour

Butlers Wharf, riverside front of shad Thames

The wine cellar is highly impressive, with some 800 old and new world wines, including wine from legendary Maisons in France, Italy and California and rare grand crus all carefully selected by Head Sommelier Jean-Marie Contestin.

Superb wining and dining at Le Pont de la Tour.

It's a romantic setting of old warehouse bridges, higgledy piggledy balconies and cobbled streets and an iconic location for this newly refurbished 25 year old restaurant, which was originally a 19th century tea warehouse, overlooking Tower Bridge, the City and the Thames.

It's now an elegant French restaurant with a highly imaginative cuisine, which still maintains a strong traditional French focus. Their innovative, award winning head chef, Frederick Forster, has worked at many of the world's finest restaurants, honing his skills under such luminaries as Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Michel Roux Jr. Consequently, his dishes are fabulous, with perfect presentation and superb flavour.

The restaurant offers lunch and dinner sittings from seafood to foie gras and some vegetarian options too. Those who choose the dinner sittings have the added enchantment of the floodlit Tower Bridge. We dined at 8pm, so had great pleasure watching the sun go down and the bridge light up, it is a magical sight. The service, under restaurant manager Richardo Mimosa, is impeccable, and our waiter, Luca and Sommelier, Jean could not have been more helpful. With some guidance, we chose a Taster Menu, with its succession of bursting with flavour dishes.

We started with a glass of Moet & Chandon champagne which perfectly enhanced the delicious flavour of the starters - poached native lobster, marinated turnips, cucumber and lobster gazpacho, and roasted scallops, braised oxtail and pureed petit pois. These dishes were light yet packed with flavour, every mouthful was a delight and so well balanced that we were left completely satisfied, yet still plenty of room for our main courses.

herb gnocchi and basil pesto, the sides came separately, so our dishes were accompanied with new potatoes, French sand carrots and buttered French beans. To complement the meal Jean recommended a bottle of Fleuie Domaine du Prion ' La Mondone' 2011, wonderful full bodied red. The dishes were an absolute vision and cooked to perfection with flavours that tantalized the taste buds.

The meat was tender, succulent and delicious. The gnocchi was probably the best I have ever tasted, and the vegetables were perfectly cooked, al dente and full of flavour. To cleanse our palates prior to our desserts we had a mango sorbet soaked in prosecco crisp and fresh and very tasty. It was a choice of genius and a real treat. Then came three glorious desserts, a wonderful Crepe Suzette, Rum Baba and Tarte Tatin. Our Sommelier, Jean pulled out all the stops with two fabulous dessert ice wines, Vin de Glace "Chandelune", Val d'Aosta 2013 and a Riesling Spatlese John, Jos, Prium, Mosel, Germany 2003.

We finished the meal with coffee, truffles and miniature cookies. To say our appetites were satisfied would be a huge understatement!

These ranged from Lobster Thermidor to Dover Sole, Chateaubriand to Roasted Quail, Breast of poulet noir to Ravioli of ratte potato with lentil veloute. We had a mouthwatering loin of venison, hispi cabbage, wild mushrooms and butternut squash, and a cannon of lamb with provencal vegetables,

From the moment we were shown do our table we were looked after with so much care, consideration, attention and professionalism. Every dish was cooked to the highest standards and they all tasted absolutely wonderful. I cannot praise the team highly enough. To sample French cuisine at its very best, I strongly recommend a visit to La Pont de la Tour. Tres magnifique!

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What was your first job and what was the pay packet?

My first job was as a Saturday assistant at Jackson the Tailors (no relation!) and my pay was just over £4. My first proper job was as a Graduate Trainee for Newcastle Breweries which is where I got the beer bug… and my salary was a slightly more respectable £4,150 pa.

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Generating consistent sales – we operate on a week to week basis and every Monday morning is another blank sheet of paper

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