Business News Archive for February 2012

The importance of small print – and of curbing your sales team’s enthusiasm   Posted 29 Feb 2012

When a market becomes stressed, people will pore over your terms and conditions with a fine-tooth comb, looking for ways of wriggling out of a commitment. Here's how to enforce your small print. Let’s face it: contract terms and conditions (t’s and c’s) can be dull, especially for most sales staff who are typically driven by more exciting business challenges, such as closing deals and (on a good day) racking up sizeable commissions

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Watford Business Against Crime   Posted 27 Feb 2012

Welcome to Gerald Holderness - Our new Watford Business Against Crime Manager

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Businesses offered free training to get mentoring   Posted 23 Feb 2012

The Government has launched a new online training tool to encourage experienced business owners to mentor fledgling SMEs.

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Small Business incentive to join Watford Business Against Crime   Posted 21 Feb 2012

WBAC and its members strive constantly to achieve loss prevention in order to benefit not just their own businesses, but every business in Watford so that the town is a safer and more attractive place to visit for us all. If you are interested in joining the scheme please contact Gerald on 01923 442442 Business incentive to join Watford Business Against Crime.

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GROWING AGAINST THE FLOW   Posted 20 Feb 2012

It’s tempting to see the almost daily barrage of bad economic headlines as an omen of impending financial apocalypse. How businesses can grow in tough economic times By David Breger, HW Fisher & Company

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Watford Apprenticeship Programme   Posted 15 Feb 2012

As part of his Watford Apprenticeship Programme, Richard Harrington MP is inviting all local businesses to attend a reception to learn more about the benefits that hiring an apprentice may hold for their company.

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UK retail sales rise 0.6% in December   Posted 1 Feb 2012

UK retail sales volumes rose by 0.6% between November and December, official figures show, after heavy discounting by stores. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) also said that sales were 2.6% higher than December 2010.

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Charity Golf Day for the Peace Hospice   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Despite the fact that its still cold and dark spring is not too far away and what better way to cheer yourself up than by signing up to play in the next Chamber Charity Golf Day in aid of the Peace Hospice which takes place at Aldenham Golf Club on Tuesday May 15.

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Asnu Win Two Awards at Sema Show in Las Vegas   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Bushey based company ASNU, manufacturers of the ASNU Fuel Injector Testing & Servicing System, won two awards, one in the Best New Product – Racing and Performance section and one from the Global Writers Association, for their Adaptable Injector Programme, held at the SEMA Show, an Automotive & Performance Exhibition held in Las Vegas, Nevada during the first week of November

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‘The Future of Pharma’ Proves Successful   Posted 1 Feb 2012

On Monday 23rd January 2012 The Watford Chamber of Commerce with Matthew Arnold & Baldwin hosted a lunch-time seminar entitled “The Future of Pharma” by Professor Brian D Smith.

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GREAT NEWS FOR WATFORD   Posted 1 Feb 2012

After many years of discussions the Department of Transport has recently announced that the £120 million Croxley Rail Link project has been approved. It is anticipated that building work will commence in 2014 and when the scheme is completed two years later the Metropolitan Line will run from Croxley Green through two new stations at Ascot Road and the Health Campus before terminating at Watford Junction. It is proposed that trains to London will run every ten minutes during peak periods and every fifteen minutes during the rest of the day. The scheme will also help to underpin Watford as a key transport hub for the Capital.

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The five marketing mantras for entrepreneurs Five ways to make your marketing more effective in 2012.   Posted 1 Feb 2012

The five marketing mantras for entrepreneurs Five ways to make your marketing more effective in 2012.

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Welcome to our New Members   Posted 1 Feb 2012

We are delighted to welcome our eleven new members to the Chamber

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Fragrances & Toiletries Ltd   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Local Perfume Manufacturer Fragrances & Toiletries Ltd will be exhibiting at Cosmoprof Bologna 9TH – 12TH March 2012 - International Hall 30, Stand A, Block B36-C35.

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The Portas review   Posted 1 Feb 2012

On 17 May 2011 the Prime Minister announced that he had asked Mary Portas, leading retail marketing consultant, to undertake a review of the English high street. The report was published on 13 December 2011:

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Britain is the shoplifting capital of Europe   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Britain is the shoplifting capital of Europe - the crime has increased by over 12% in the last year. This film heads to the front line of the battle between shops and robbers, revealing the cunning and clever up-to-date tactics employed by both sides.

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Enjoy Cooking Love A Curry   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Would you like to learn how to cook wonderful Indian dishes and be able to impress all your friends with the taste of sensational Indian Food then come along and join the team at Chamber Member the Prince of Bengal Indian Restaurant at 51 Langley Road Watford.

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UK in recession says Item Club economic forecasters   Posted 1 Feb 2012

UK Andrew Goodwin, senior economic advisor for the Item Club: "Confidence is heavily damaged" in recession says Item Club economic forecasters

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Queens School Needs Your Help   Posted 1 Feb 2012

In order to provide help and guidance to their students Chamber Member Queens School is holding a Careers Fair at the School on Tuesday March 27. The aim of the Fair is to provide as much information as possible about career opportunities as students need to start to consider their options at the end of their A level studies. Students from years 10 to year 12 will be invited to attend and it is estimated that between 100/200 will be present on the evening. The local press have also been invited to attend in order that the event and those companies attending receive plenty of publicity.

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Facebook unveils 60 apps under latest expansion plan   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Facebook is adding a series of new applications to let users share such things as photos, travel or fashion. The online social network firm unveiled more than 60 new apps that users can share on their Facebook profiles, known as their Timeline.

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Bank of Mum and Dad keeps lending   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Tradition has it that the keys to the family home are handed over to a young man or woman when they reach the age of 21. But the tradition has become obsolete. Nowadays, it may be more appropriate for sons and daughters to give the keys to their first homes to their parents.

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Business leaders make rallying call for export growth   Posted 1 Feb 2012

Business leaders including Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon, legendary investor Hermann Hauser and Lastminute.com's Brent Hoberman have made a rallying call to increase the number of UK firms that export. Read their New Year message here.

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Euro drops to 16-month low over bank concerns   Posted 1 Feb 2012

The euro has dropped to its lowest rate against the dollar in 16 months as concerns continue over the health of Europe's banks. The euro fell to $1.2797 against the dollar and was at an 11-year low versus the yen.

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