The established business community initiative Business@Brooklands has been acquired by Surrey Chambers of Commerce, which was made official at the quarterly event at Brooklands College Training Restaurant on 3rd March 2016.
Business@Brooklands was established on 24th February 2011, exactly 5 years ago, by local entrepreneur Karen Sutton, Managing Director of Limelight Design and Marketing, whose office location, in the heart of the Brooklands Business Park, was the inspiration behind the initiative. The initiative was designed to truly ‘keep business local’, encouraging and fostering potential business relationships and supporting collaboration between the 500+ businesses within the Brooklands business park and the neighbouring areas of Weybridge and West Byfleet.
Since inception Business@Brooklands’ 3 key elements – quarterly events; quarterly Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) meetings and support programme; and the communication of members’ news and events, and other information relevant to the park from Elmbridge Borough Council and Surrey County Council – have attracted a strong and growing membership of both SMEs and multi-nationals including JTI, Brooklands Hotel and Mercedes-Benz World.
Commenting on the change, Karen Sutton said “It has become clear this year that my commitments with the National CSR Awards mean that I cannot dedicate enough time to driving Business@Brooklands on to continued growth and success. Surrey Chambers of Commerce have the perfect combination of experience and resources to continue this work, taking the initiative to the next level. I am honoured to have been asked to remain as Non-Executive Chairman and I shall certainly continue coming to events”.
Surrey Chambers of Commerce is the county’s largest independent not for profit business support and networking organisation. Representing the interests of 1500 businesses (55,000 employees), all of the Chambers’ services and products are directed by the business community for the business community.
Chief Executive Officer Louise Punter said “We are really excited to be able to carry on the great work Karen has been doing in the Brooklands area. We intend to maintain the ethos of the initiative, whilst building on the benefits enjoyed by the local businesses. We are also committed to growing the Corporate Social Responsibility forum to help businesses across Surrey to learn from the best practice of others”
Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede & Weybridge, who has attended several of the Business@Brooklands events since its inception in 2011, said “Whilst I’m sorry that Business@Brooklands is losing its founder, I know that Karen’s National CSR Awards commitments are taking up more and more time. I am confident that Surrey Chambers of Commerce will continue with Karen’s excellent work in bringing together the local business community.”
Carol Squires – Surrey Chambers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Sutton – Limelight – email@example.com