Company of the Month – May 2020

 

 

At CoPear Global communications, we are focused on delivering innovative, cutting edge services and future proofing solutions, providing intelligent cost-effective solutions and services that enable businesses and individuals to evolve. CoPear gives them the ability to embrace new technologies and benefit from them.

CoPear specialise in IT, communications networks and platforms, working with clients of varying sizes and needs. In addition, we can help clients maximise the return achievable from their IT investment and infrastructure.

In recent months we have been forging and developing relationships with strategic partners in the UK and overseas. This is with a view to extending our capabilities within, new innovation, R&D education and training.

We offer tailor made packages and services which best meet your current and future needs. This month we are delighted to be able to offer members of the London Southside Chamber of Commerce the opportunity to benefit from our services for less.

Our “LSCC members end of year offer” entitles all member to at least 30% off any of our services booked before the of December 2019.
Call us today to book your free consultation: 020 3475 3272

We very much look forward to hearing from other LSCC members and working with you.

Emmanuel Enoh | IT Manager

e. emmanuel.enoh@copear.com

w. https://copear.com

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Business News: COVID-19

Dear Members and Colleagues

I hope you are keeping well and managing to cope as best as possible in the current situation. Given the advice from the government, we have postponed all networking events until further notice, when we are all informed that things are improving.

However, let’s all try and stay in touch and do please feel free to let me know if there is anything we or other members can do to help out with.

Gerry
Tel: 07958 584479
Email: gerry@londonscc.co.uk

Many LSCC members have offered up advice along with their own services as an aid during this time, we’ll be updating this page with info as it comes:
  • Guy Bridger of Taxfile suggests looking at the following site:

https://www.sage.com/engb/coronavirus/utm_campaign=ACS_20Q2_C4L_GBIE_INSU_Accountants_ABDataCleansePreEmailfix&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

  • Debra Wilson of Anthony Gold suggests looking at the documents below:

  • Andrew Charnock of HR Dept suggests www.hrdept.co.uk/coronavirus. He is also happy to speak to members regarding advice on employment-related issues in the current situation and can be contacted on 0845 8630663 or andrew.charnock@hrdept.co.uk He has also sent a PowerPoint detailing the job retention scheme which can be downloaded by clicking here.
  • Simone Bowman of Bow Law Chambers is offering 15-minute legal advice sessions over Zoom/Skype on anything relating to:
  1. Immediate drafting of Wills, Powers of Attorney (In Welfare and Finance/Property, which means granting a loved one the power to deal with their affairs in the event that they cannot)
  2. Probate advice and administration of Estates for anyone who has unfortunately passed away
  3. Reviewing their Employment Contracts, Risk Policies
  4. Consideration of Redundancies and the legal framework they should follow
  5. Advice on temporary laying off staff
  6. Professional Ethics and Compliance with Home Working and drafting disclaimers and data protection of Client data if appropriate
  • Cosimo Fenocchi of Mbare points out that his restaurant in Clapham is currently closed but members can purchase vouchers for when it reopens on the following site:

https://lovelocalclapham.co.uk/collections/restaurants/products/mbarefbclid=IwAR1BmTBG9VYs_A0jSpSnfujko6FioZftgcMLDmjVmmzRLyRGhNplM4aw9YM

  • Radiana Vlahova of Staybridge Suites tells us: Staybridge Suites Vauxhall is remaining OPEN. We are here to support key workers and we are taking every possible measure to ensure the safety of our team and guests while cooperating closely with UK Government requirements. We have reduced many of our services to comply with social distancing rules – this is for both YOUR safety and for the safety of our EMPLOYEES. We are following rigorous cleaning routines providing calm, positive, and well stock sanctuary for our guests. Sanitizing wipes and handwashing facilities are available throughout the property.  With effect from Monday 23rd of March to avoid gatherings, the Social Evening events are canceled until further notice and breakfast are offered on a ‘grab and go’ basis for guests to enjoy in their suites. Drop me a message for any questions: radiana@vauxhall.staybridge.com #weareinthistogether #staybridgevauxhal
  • Maria Lacatus of Morley College points out that, when it becomes possible, the College will be running some courses that could be of interest to other members or their employees. They lead to professional qualifications such as ATT Diploma or Certificate in Accounting and Payroll Level 1 and 2.
    • Level 1 Award in Payroll for Business – acc Bridge Rd – Learners will gain knowledge and skills to process the payroll under edited course – Start date: 15 September 2020 – End date: 24 November 2020 – Tuesday – 18:00-21: 00- At Morley College – Westminster Bridge Rd. – This course Introduces payroll record keeping and processing Level 2 Award in Payroll for Business – accredited course – Start date: 19 January 2021 – End date: 27 April 2021 – Tuesday – 18:00-21:00 – At Morley College – Westminster Real Time Information (RTI) regulations and keep accurate payroll records –Full fee £545- 20% discount per student enrolled sing using commercially available computerized software –Full fee £500- 20% discount per student enrolled
    • AAT Level 2 Foundation Certificate in Bookkeeping – accredited course – Start date: 19 September 2020 – End date: 16 January 2021 – Saturday – 09:30-17:00 – – At Morley College – Westminster Bridge Rd – This AAT Access Award in Bookkeeping qualification will develop your understanding of the role of the bookkeeper.  This qualification is suitable for students with no previous accounting experience but who wish to develop basic bookkeeping skills to improve their employability or to progress in their current occupation – Full fee £691 – 20% discount per student enrolled

  • Stephen Ventham of Ventham Consulting has expressed concerns of fraudsters capitalizing on the outbreak and you can find more detailed advice he has provided on the matter here.
  • The Government recently announced advice and plans for the future, these can be found here.
  • Guy bridger of tax file is aiding chamber members and the public in claiming all they can from the government aid schemes, to find out more click here.
  • Phillip Henwood of 4 Eyes Ltd talks about the surge in alcohol prices caused by the pandemic, how the EU distance selling regime is fueling this, and the implications this has for distributors and online sellers alike. If you’d like to read this in full click here.

Note: The last day to submit a new member of staff to the furlough program was Wednesday 10th June. This was because the furlough scheme is being closed for new entrants from June 30th, after that employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full three-week period prior to 30 June.

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John White Awarded MBE

We are happy to congratulate a construction-industry stalwart and LSCC member, who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

John White is the manager of Southwark Construction Skills Centre, which has provided training to 8,000 people since it was founded three-and-a-half years ago and joined the Chamber at the same time. The Centre is a partnership between another member, Lendlease, which is sponsoring the Awards and Southwark Council, one of the programme’s organisers.

John received the confidential news of his award a few weeks before the formal announcement on January 1.

“It was a surprise, very shocking,” he said. “I was digging the garden and someone said ‘you have a letter here, do you want to open this, it looks very official’ and I did, then I went back to digging as I couldn’t quite believe it.”

The Skills Centre, located in Lendlease’s Elephant Park, works closely with employers and residents, to provide employees with the skills required by businesses.

John said: “We work within our community, within South London. We are going to employers, finding out what they want. If they are going to employ people, what jobs are on offer? What are the skills they need? What kind of person are they looking for? Then, we run the training.”

“My big push is to make sure the training is open to everyone. There are barriers to training, maybe age, previous qualifications, and we want there to be no barriers. If you are 16 or 74, no matter where you come from in the community, the opportunity is open. If you’re the right person, you’re the right person.”

The centre trains ex-offenders, ex-military and ex-gang members, people referred from the job centre, or those who just drop in – for no appointment is necessary – such as mums with children in tow. The training includes new skills as well as upskilling, for example, of retired members of the construction industry coming back to work in a less labour-intensive, more plant-dominated environment. John also reached out to the local Latin American community in Elephant Park, with more than 200 people turning up to his initial presentation.

Apprentices are also important and John is “keen that they go into the community to work rather than just into our yard or classroom”.

The many and varied projects apprentices have become involved in include Southwark Peace Gardens in Walworth Road, dedicated to reducing knife crime and providing support to community members affected by it.

The Diversity Garden in King James Street and Surrey Docks Farm in Rotherhithe are also beneficiaries.

In 2020, the Centre will be expanding to Brixton and to Stratford in partnership with Transport for London. John will also be attending Buckingham Palace to receive his medal.

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Company of the Month – January 2020

We offer the next level of Home away from Home. Only celebrated our 5th Birthday this year, we have 93 Studio and one-bedroom suites, all with fully equipped kitchens and welcoming amenities. Our aim is to make every guest feel like a VIP and become part of the StaybridgeFamily.

A comfortable central London hotel offering suites for short and longer stays with kitchens, free Wi-Fi and a daily buffet breakfast included. We are in a quiet and leafy street, only five minutes’ walk from Vauxhall’s bus and Tube stations, with fast connections all over the city. You can walk to Westminster within 20 minutes, where Big Ben and the London Eye can be explored. Albert Embankment and Tate Britain are just next door as well.

You can hold meetings on-site in The Den, a smart space for up to 14. A 52-inch TV with a wireless connection helps take the stress out of presentations. Major exhibition and sports venues like Olympia and The Oval are less than five miles away.

Enjoy our fitness centre or stock up on groceries from The Pantry, open 24 hours, and prepare dinner in your suite’s fully equipped kitchen. If you’re up late, the free laundry is also open 24 hours. Don’t miss the midweek Manager’s Social, with free drinks and the chance to network with your neighbours.

Chamber News – November 2019

The chamber has seen many new developments in recent times due to our chamber events as well as cooperation between members that has resulted in opportunities coming to light which would would not be possible without such inter-connectivity. 

A good example of what cooperation between members can achieve comes from furniture design and production company Graniti, International Members of LSCC, who have recently been awarded an EU grant of 500,000 euros to install state of the art painting and cutting equipment. This was obtained through a proposal put together by another of our members – Michael English of Crozier International Ltd.

Another notable achievement in cooperation is underway between the international IT company Seavus and our most recent company of the month, CoPear, who are currently in discussions regarding a UK suite of projects that involve: Research & Development; Collaboration of new products and a UK Sales Partnership. CoPear will be meeting with Seavus at their European Head Office within the next few weeks.

Future possibilities are constantly being pursued by the chamber, and a critical part to that is developing relationships with other chambers internationally. From 19th to 23rd November Mr Parim Bajrami, Secretary General of the Kosovo Chamber of Commerce, will visit London and will be the Chamber’s guest at a special dinner on the evening of 20th November. Earlier this year LSCC signed an M.O.U. with the Kosovo Chamber. This sets out the assistance that members of each Chamber can receive when visiting Kosovo from the UK or vice versa.

Additionally, in the course of our Trade Visit to Sofia last month, we signed an M.O.U. with the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce. Any member visiting Bulgaria for business or tourism can obtain business contacts and some very attractive hotel rates as a result of the terms of co-operation agreed.

Talks have also been taking place with Uzbekistan business leaders with a view to establishing trade and technology links and platforms in at least one of the country’s major cities. It is hoped that the Business School of LSCC members, South Bank University, will act as the project’s educational partners. We wish to further this relationship with them in our second trade visit to Uzbekistan during June 2020 (exact dates to be confirmed).

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Company of the Month – July 2019

At Seavus, we strive to create future-proof solutions that rethink industries, enterprises and technologies. The AI-powered products and services we develop empower organizations and deliver efficient outcomes in the Banking, Finance, Telecom and iGaming industries.

We fill the engineering capacity gap with nearshoring teams that take advantage of the geographical proximity, cultural similarity and legislation to maximize their potential. Having available resources at hand makes Seavus a flexible and cost-effective solution, with compact and stable outsourcing teams that would drastically increase trust-levels, improve productivity, and build long-lasting relationships.

Our competencies cover but are not limited to Software services, Managed and Infrastructure services, DoAI (Artificial Intelligence with cognitive capabilities), Gaming development services, Business Intelligence and much more. Seavus enables companies focus on their core business, while we take care of their solution architecture, business analysis, testing, database development, UA and UX testing and deployment, system integration and implementation or, in other words – the whole technical aspects plus project management.

Founded in 1999, Seavus is a software development and consulting company with a proven track-record in providing world-class business solutions and services from several offices in the world. We serve over 4,000 customers worldwide, with the experience and expertise of over 900 ICT experts.

For more info visit: https://seavus.com/

 

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Company of the Month – June 2019

Net72 is a full service online and offline marketing agency that specialises in helping organisations improve their communications with visitors, staff and clients.

Our specialism is in designing and building websites. Our services include, but are not limited to; virtual marketing department or director, design, copy-writing, creating brochures and mailers, writing newsletters, running email marketing campaigns, building exhibition displays, filming and organising print. We are not just a website design company!

We will take you from concept, through development of the design to the final release at each step, checking back to the brief to make sure we are hitting the mark.

To visit the net72 website please follow – https://www.net72.co.uk/

LSCC Members Website Offer

Free Hosting for the first year.

As a member of the LSCC we can offer free hosting in year 1 – Saving you £360 +VAT.
With an option to finance the website build over 3 years. Get in touch or call +44 20 7940 5503.

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Website Launch & French Wine Tasting Event

The next event in the calendar is to celebrate the website launch and allow Net72 to show our members how the website works and how you can use it for maximum gain.
Net72 will also be talking us through their exclusive website promotion to all LSCC members.

The evening will double up with a French themed wine tasting where you will have a chance to try a sparkling rose on arrival, followed by 4 southern French wines.

SPACES LIMITED TO 20 PEOPLE

(if there is sufficient interest, we will run an extra night).

 

Members’ Area

There is a lot of useful functionality within the Members’ Area, designed to make your life easier and intended to keep you informed of what is happening in and around our business community.

In the Members’ Area, you will be able to: view upcoming events, reflect on past event reports, private message fellow members, and communicate with the LSCC community via forums.

Events

Upcoming Events will appear within the events section with details including dates, timings, venues, organiser and cost of the event. For breakfasts & lunches we also include menus. These events can easily be added to your personal calendars via the calendar button at the bottom of each event.

Past Events and reports can be viewed by clicking previous events on the Events page.

Members

View Active member’s details on the website, add chamber members as friends to get in touch via a private messaging tool.

Groups

Join Groups of likeminded individuals that you may have an interest in such as IT, Insurance, Marketing etc.

Forums

Start and get involved in topics of interest via the Forums section of the website, you can also view and reply to topics started by other members.

 

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The Palace of Westminster

This event was hosted by The Lord Kennedy of Southwark on behalf of London Southside Chamber of Commerce and Southwark Chamber of Commerce

Forty-five members of London Southside, Southwark and South East London Chambers enjoyed a fascinating guided tour of the Houses of Parliament and were able to experience the rich culture and history of the Palace of Westminster.

The tour lasted just over one hour and was conducted by Lord Kennedy himself. It was followed by drinks on the Terrace of the House of Lords, which provided an opportunity for members of the three Chambers to network while enjoying some pleasant early summer weather overlooking the River Thames.

Letter of Appreciation – Pamela Price

Dear Lord Kennedy,

I am not sure if this is the proper form of address but whatever it should be this is a heartfelt thanks for your tour yesterday with the two South London Chambers. It was a joy and a privilege to be taken round the  Houses and to see them going about their business and for us to see some of the rich history which has made such democracy as we have. Thank you.

I could have spent far longer particularly in the library corridor which was not so full of dry titles as I had imagined and looking at all the pictures and fitting them in with such history as I remember and finding out about the ones I don’t know, who was Montrose, why did Lord and Lady Russel part? I am sure you know and I shall find out, so thank you again for arranging such an evening and then for drinks on the terrace where I could check out the wards and windows that I had stayed in at St Thomas’s opposite and meeting and chatting with new acquaintances. A very enjoyable way to spend a Wednesday evening so again Thank you.

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Stress in the Workplace & Mindfulness Business Lunch

Tuesday 19th March 2019, 8:30am to 10:00am

Anthony Gold Solicitors, The Counting House, 53 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QN

“Stress in the Workplace” & “Mindfulness”

This event was organised and run in association with Southwark Chamber of Commerce

This Breakfast Briefing event focussed on work-related stress, maintaining good mental health in the workplace and minimising sickness related absence. It considered the difference between Pressure and Stress, provided tips on handling stress factors and signposted to some useful resources

The speakers were Professor Kevin Fenton, Director of Place & Wellbeing at Southwark Council; also Janice White, a yoga therapist and mindfulness instructor. She explained how mind-body practices such as yoga and mindfulness can help manage work-related stress.

Here are some slides from the Lunch you may fins useful, click to download: