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Business Club Meeting

This event was hosted by CoPear Managed IT Services in association with London South Bank University

This evening’s event focussed on the essentials of moving forward with IT and the new innovations and systems that businesses and individuals need to prepare for it.

The session was led by CoPear. The company are members of LSCC and specialise in:

  • Making up-to-date credit checks on potential new customers.
  • Monitoring the credit rating of existing customers.
  • Ensuring your company cash flow runs smoothly.
  • Cloud-based, automated invoice chasing, freeing up valuable office time.
  • Making sure you always get paid in full and on time
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Uzbekistan & The Silk

Unaiza Malik (IT sector)

Meticulous planning and great attention to detail ensured a memorable trip
Our group was very diverse and demanding representing a range of sectors. Will explore the possibility of doing business with the country and hope to return there

Tony Waters (Security sector)

Very much enjoyed the trip to Uzbekistan with the London South Chamber of Commerce. The tour company was very professional and I had outstanding service from them. My Security business takes me all over the world but I had not previously visited Uzbekistan. This trip provided an insight into the business opportunities there and I hope to return and develop the contacts made.
Akhtar Hussain (Property sector) Thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Uzbekistan.I have travelled all over the world and I have never seen a clean country like Uzbekistan anywhere else.

The people are so polite and helpful. The Country has so many historical and beautiful places to see in Tashkent, Khiva, Bokhara and Samarkand. There must be some other places as well which we have not seen. The country is full of Architectural wonders going back to centuries old. I have recommended my son to visit this country. He is an Architect.

Gerry MacDonagh (Chamber of Commerce)

The group was a very mixed one with people from diverse sectors. It was an eye-opener and members of the group are now much more aware of the business opportunities in the country. We will return to explore these further.

Jean Comley (Catering & Hospitality Sector)

I have a friend who runs a very well know language school here in Margate with students from all over the world including arabic and asian countries. I think he speaks Russian as well. I would like to give him contact details regarding maybe being able to offer his services. He would be very interested in taking students from Uzbekistan and will attend any follow-up meeting organised.

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Colin Crooks awarded an MBE for services to disadvantaged people and the environment

Colin Crooks, 57, CEO of Tree Shepherd a Southwark-based social enterprise, has been awarded an MBE for services to disadvantaged people and the environment after 30 years of helping more than 2500 people across London.

The entrepreneur, who has most recently been in the headlines for supporting local traders facing relocation from the Elephant and Castle shopping centre, has brought hundreds of jobs to London’s poorer areas, helped hundreds more start their own businesses and is currently working with traders facing the harsh realities of redevelopment across South London.

Colin has worked in South London for 25 years and has always been passionate about creating opportunities for the most disadvantaged – employing dozens of unemployed people to recycle paper, starting Cybercycle, which recruited young people from notorious estates to repair computers, and then setting up Green-Works, which reused and recycled 47,000 tonnes of discarded office and school furniture. The social enterprise created nearly 1000 jobs and completely furnished temporary classrooms in a school a week after a disastrous fire gutted it.

Over the last six years Colin has worked with South London’s communities on a new challenge – helping people start their own businesses. Tree Shepherd, based in Elephant and Castle shopping centre, has helped over 700 people start small businesses, and created a trading network leading to 900 jobs. With his team, Colin is currently supporting 19 businesses in Peckham Rye being relocated by the Peckham Rye Station Square redevelopment and advising 80 small independent traders in Elephant & Castle shopping centre to help them relocate when the centre is closed. It is also helping 74 Southwark residents and  over 50 residents of SE16 to start a small business. In 2019, Tree Shepherd is setting up a new shared crafts workspace in Surrey Quays.

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Raja Adil awarded an OBE in recognition of his work for Charity

Raja Adil, Chairman and Managing Director of the Adil Group was awarded an OBE in 2018 in recognition of his work for Charity.

Collin Crooks of Tree Shepherd has this year been honoured with an MBE in recognition of his company’s work in encouraging young people from the local community to start up and run successful small businesses.

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Trade Visit to Marseille

Trade Visit to Marseille 19th – 23rd September 2018

Gerry MacDonagh led a highly successful Trade Visit to the French port city of Marseille. Marseille is France’s oldest and second largest city, founded by Greek traders 2,600 years ago. As is the case with many port cities, over the years it has had a rather chequered past but was European City of Culture in 2013 and since then some £500 million has been invested in museums, cultural centres and reclaiming abandoned water-fronts. It remains, nevertheless, a very lively and interesting multicultural city, fast acquiring a reputation as a place where style and history meet and now one of the most visited cities in France.

Twenty members of LSCC came on the visit, representing the following sectors:

Banking, Constuction, Corporate Intelligence & Security, Hotels & Catering, Law, Restaurants, Retailing, Satellite Communication, and Transport,

Through the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, and with the assistance of UK consular officials in Marseille, meetings were arranged with complimentary local businesses, both suppliers and potential customers. A number of these were highly useful and contacts with the interested paries are now ongoing.

As always, our visit enabled members of the group to learn more about the city and region, and enjoy its culture in addition to exploring potential business opportunities. During the 4 days spent there, they were able to choose on an individual basis the daily emphasis they wished to place on business, culture, touring or simply relaxing and enjoying excellent local food.

This was the third Trade mission organised by LSCC in 2018. Previously that year, we had visited Cuba in February and to Belgrade in Serbia in May 2018. Visits planned for this year include Uzbekistan this month, Portugal in May, Albania & Kosovo in October.


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Seavus Joins LSCC

About Seavus

What drives our spirit is innovation creating the next generation solutions that take the business world beyond success. We are focused on thinking further than what is expected, and this is why we are always proposing fresh solutions to the existing challenges.

We started our story back in 1999 with a few people and an idea. Today we are a multinational company that continuously delights the customers with services and products in an agile and business-value-first approach. With a strong belief of the capacity of our people, we are more than sure that the synergy of their creativity and expertise can make us the ultimate world class role model of a software development company. Every project that we started, created new opportunities for our people to reach even greater goals and knowledge.

We help over 3,500 customers worldwide to efficiently achieve their goals. Some of them are walking the road to success with us for over 18 years.

We have many partners with whom we have brilliant communication, understanding and awesome achievements together. Seavus has a very strong network of partners working on different levels and improving the quality of the products and the services: Microsoft Gold Partner, Oracle Partner Network, IBM, Green Hill Software, Attivio, CGS, Cysco Systems, Abby and many more. Lately, Seavus became Atlassian Silver Partner and Elastic Premium Partner.

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Graniti Furniture Joins LSCC

Graniti furniture factory, is a family run business established in 1993. The company is engaged in processing and selling wood related products, including household furniture and a wide range of chairs, TV cabinets, kitchen units, bedroom furniture and more, for the full range please take a look at .

They also offer interior decoration and space measurement services for interested customers.

Located in the Republic of Kosovo with the advantage of low manufacturing costs, unique bespoke designs, ISO/CE certified and meeting the latest EU fire and safety standards, the company is looking for distribution agreements to expand its sales abroad.

The company is also interested in manufacturing or outsourcing agreements with foreign furniture producers needing production resources.

Talk to our sales people for more information on our company

For more information on our unique range of modern furniture see

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Michael English joins as Director

Michael J.English


Following a lifetime working in the automotive sector on business development and general management, he spent many years working overseas based in Egypt, Dubai, Germany, and Russia, more recently in Macedonia and Kosovo.

In 1995 Mike established his own consultancy company Crozier International Ltd. initial working as a one stop shop consultancy operating in Russia successfully launching six companies.

In more recent years has been working on a variety of donor funded projects covering technical assistance, competitiveness and innovation; company restructuring and foreign direct investment.

For the past eleven years his has been involved with many projects in Macedonia; introducing one of the worlds leading automotive catalysis manufacture Johnson Matthey Plc to the country, which went onto established one of the biggest manufacturing investment in the country, this lead the way to encourage many other companies to move their manufacturing base to the country.

More recently has been involved with the Ministry of Education and Science in establishing a “Centre of research and engineering excellence” jointly with Warwick WMG, bringing education and business closer; a MOU was signed in Sept 2016.

Recently involved with setting up a Cyber Security academy with a leading University. Mike, in May 2017 also organised a trade mission for the London Southside Chamber of Commerce to both Macedonia and Kosovo, highly successful with some 16 companies and 30+ members and their partners. MOU were signed with both Country Chambers, resulting in four new International members.