What’s it all about?

To encourage and foster local relationships…

Business@Brooklands is an established business community initiative designed to encourage and foster potential business relationships and to truly ‘keep business local’. The initiative also supports collaboration and gives support within the Brooklands business park and the local area of Weybridge and Byfleet. With 500+ businesses within a 2 mile radius, this is a perfect way for you to get to know your neighbouring businesses – large and small.

Where else can you find local news, events, editorials (written by members), features, corporate social responsibility and community support for local businesses all in one place?

Do we really know our neighbours here at Brooklands? How many of them can you name, and more importantly how many of their services could your business utilise without shopping further afield?

Business@Brooklands has 3 key elements:- quarterly events; quarterly CSR (corporate social responsibility) 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.

 

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Even though the area has been associated with innovative business and leisure activities for nearly a hundred years, I am amazed at the diversity of the companies trading in this part of north west Surrey; and it seems highly appropriate to bring those businesses together – in such an innovative way through the directory and its associated events – to capitalize upon that diversity for everyone’s business benefit.

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Committed to our Community…

As a part of our commitment to you, we’ll keep you updated on local issues, feed back your comments to local councils and act as a ‘voice for Brooklands’. We support our community and our members in various ways, for example we arranged a visit to a member’s premises from our MP, Rt. Hon. Philip Hammond; we were instrumental in the suspension of Queen’s Road parking during the controversial Byfleet Road closure; and we are constantly identifying opportunities and facilitating personal introductions between Gold and Platinum members.

How did it start?

The concept of a business magazine in isolation is hardly new. However, the combination of a business magazine, together with business events coinciding with the magazine issues  – all driven with a strong focus on local community – that is new! It has also been developed by a business in the heart of Brooklands that is run by a local businesswoman and a natural networker.

Karen Sutton, Director of Limelight Design & Marketing Limited, has lived in the area for ten years and undertakes graphic / web design, print, photography and marketing for a number of the SMEs and multi-nationals within the park. She saw the potential for local businesses to forge strong connections, source products and services locally and react and respond with a single voice to social, political and environmental issues impacting the park. Plus, as a marketing agency, Karen wanted to come up with something different to market her own business as well.

“If anyone was going to launch an initiative like this, it had to be someone with local knowledge who knew many of the local businesses here in the park,” said Karen. “I’m overwhelmed by the response that the initiative has received so far from the local business community; that positive response is the driving force behind the initiative and is why it is proving so successful. We want every business in the membership zone to be part of it, so please spread the word!”

Certainly Karen’s own business shows how successful the initiative can be for its members: as a result of Business@Brooklands, 70% of Limelight’s clients are now based in Brooklands, saving valuable travel time between clients, and obviously helping the environment too!

In 2015, Karen built on the success of the local CSR Forum and founded the National CSR Awards, which celebrates business excellence and innovation in Corporate Social Responsibility across a broad range of disciplines including Sustainability, Carbon Footprinting, Community Development, Staff Welfare, Education and Leadership; making it the only one of its kind in the UK.

In 2016, following the success of the National CSR Awards, Karen recognised Surrey Chambers of Commerce as an ideal organisation to take over its running and future development, allowing Karen to focus on the awards, so an acquisition of Business@Brooklands took place in March 2016.

The Team

Louise Punter | Chairman

Louise Punter has worked as the Chief Executive of Surrey Chambers of Commerce for 12 years, following 17 years working in manufacturing and business services. Whilst building Surrey Chambers into a strong representative organisation for Surrey businesses, Louise has become involved in all sectors of the community. She is a trustee of Surrey Satro, a Board member of Surrey Young Enterprise, a member of the 14-19 strategic Board, was governor of Fullbrook Academy and is now a director of Local Enterprise Partnership, EnterpriseM3 and Surrey Connects.

Louise says of Surrey Chambers recent acquisition of Business@Brooklands “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”.

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Karen Sutton | Founder & Non-executive Chairman

Karen Sutton set up Limelight Design & Marketing, an agency in the heart of the Brooklands Business Park – the location inspired by her enthusiasm for Motorsport.

Recognising the potential to encourage and foster business relationships and to truly ‘keep business local’ within the area, she established the business community initiative Business@Brooklands (of which she ran from 2011 to 2016) and the associated Brooklands CSR Forum, designed to recognise opportunities within the community and unite local businesses to work together towards their individual goals and CSR Policies.

The National CSR Awards initiative was born out of this local idea; but Karen’s drive and enthusiasm, together with her passionate support of local and global charitable activity, have transformed it into a National event.

As a result of her time commitments to the National CSR Awards, Karen recognised that Surrey Chambers of Commerce would be the ideal organisation to take over its running and future development, so an acquisition of Business@Brooklands took place in March 2016.