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Nominate Wallington and Carshalton’s business champion

Wallington and Carshalton MP, Tom Brake, is asking residents to nominate a company in Carshalton and Wallington for the Responsible Business Champion 2016 award.

Tom is looking for a business that consistently supports the local community, invests in a healthy workplace, offers apprenticeship and training to all age groups, and promotes equality and diversity in the workplace. He is urging constituents to nominate a business that they think exemplifies these qualities.

Tom will choose a business to represent the constituency at a summer reception in Parliament for the National Champion 2016.

Tom said, “Carshalton and Wallington is lucky to have some outstanding businesses which play key roles in our community. I am looking for a business that goes beyond their legal and contractual obligations to support its employees, our community and goes the extra mile for wonderful Wallington and Carshalton and its residents.

“I call on residents to nominate a company they think is most deserving of recognition as our local Responsible Business Champion.”


If you know of a business that meets the qualifications, please email with the name of the business and why you think they qualify. Submissions must be in before the 10th April 2016.

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Carshalton Beeches gallery staging latest art exhibition

Carshalton Beeches’s own Corner Gallery is staging its latest art exhibition with work from Liz Charsley-Jory from Monday April 4.

Canadian born Liz emerged with a Fine Art and Theatre Design Degree, and was designing and making props for west end shows – CATS, Phantom of the Opera, Aspects of Love, Miss Saigon, among others – before deciding to re-engage with her art practice, completing an MA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Art in 2008. Her drawings reflect a need to escape the hectic pace of city life and to make time for contemplation of the natural world.

Meet the Artist monday 4th @ 6pm. Exhibition dates 5th  – 30th April 2016

1793666_origBut that’s not all there is also Owl and Pussycat Garden furniture – stall on the lawn Saturday 2nd april.

With an abundance of duck egg blue and victorian grey garden tables and chairs our lovely garden guru is also throwing in vintage fabric deck chairs and everything for the 5th room (thats new speak for garden to you and me!). she’s coming loaded with a truckfull so get here early. On our lawn. Bring mint tea!


Corner Gallery, 11a Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 3LB

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SV TV meets Merlene Emerson

SV TV’s David Blackmore meets Merlene Emerson, Lib Dem London-wide candidate. They talk about why people find the London elections so confusing, and with the Lib Dems taking quite a battering in the General Election last year, David asks if Merlene thinks this will be replicated across London in these elections.

They also discuss previous results in Sutton & Croydon that saw Abigail Lock, the previous Lib Dem candidate, coming very close to beating Labour to second in 2008 but was almost 30,000 votes away from Labour in 2012 and David asks if the realistic battle now for the Lib Dems here is to remain ahead of UKIP and the Green party. Merlene also gives her view on how much the EU referendum will impact the Lib Dem campaign in London? Continue reading SV TV meets Merlene Emerson

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Carshalton College joining with others to launch gaming event

Carshalton College Computing and Creative Industries Centre in collaboration with Kingston University, Sutton Arts Network and Autodesk lead the way with their exciting gaming event to celebrate the launch in April of the London Games Festival.

This community based event will take place in Sutton’s St Nicholas Shopping Centre from 10am  to 5pm Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 April 2016.

There will be lots of interactive fun including; robot competitions, a chance to have a go at making game levels using Autodesk Stingray, or try your hand at short stop motion game animations. There will also be an Information Point providing advice about educational and career opportunities in Games, Animation and VFX.

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Sutton business advisers issue more details on Lifetime ISAs

Sutton business advisers and accountants Harmer Slater has issued details of the new “Lifetime ISA”.

In the Budget, the Chancellor announced the introduction of a new flexible savings plan to help the under 40’s save for the future. Starting in April 2017, the government will launch a new Lifetime ISA that will help those aged between 18 and 40 to save for a new home or for their retirement.

The new scheme will see the government provide a bonus of 25% on yearly savings of up to £4,000 until the saver’s 50th birthday. Any savings put in before the Lifetime ISA holder’s 50th Birthday will benefit from the 25% bonus. This could mean an extra £1,000 for every £4,000 saved annually from the age of 18 to 50. In total this could see savers who invest the maximum contributions of £128,000 receive a maximum government bonus of £32,000.

The savings and bonus can be used to purchase a first home worth up to £450,000 anywhere in the UK or to save towards retirement. A saver will be able to withdraw the savings tax-free after their 60th birthday. The funds can remain invested after age 60 and any interest and investment growth will be tax-free. The money can be withdrawn earlier (for something other than the purchase of a first home) but the government bonus will be lost and a 5% exit charge will be payable.


Harmer Slater are an independent firm of chartered accountants and business advisers located in Sutton, close to central London with experience in dealing with listed and unlisted businesses operating across a range of industries in the UK and overseas. For full details go to HARMER

Any contributions to a Lifetime ISA will be part of the overall ISA annual contribution limit. This limit will increase to £20,000 from April 2017. The government bonus will be paid annually at the end of the tax year.

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Borough’s businesses urged to “join the pledge” for cleaner streets

Sutton Council has just launched a voluntary Clean Streets Sutton business pledge in which businesses can commit to taking a number of simple, easy steps to keep their premises clean and work with the council to reduce litter in the surrounding area by reporting it.

They will also receive a business pledge sticker which they can display in their shop window to support the campaign and encourage others to sign up.

The business pledge is part of a wider anti-littering campaign being run by Sutton Council, called Clean Streets Sutton, after it successful bid for funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government. Other activities will take part in Sutton High Street and the local schools in the coming weeks.

Already, Tazza Coffee, ABC Catering & Partners and KIPPA BID have joined the business pledge.

Cllr Jill Whitehead, Chair of the Environments and Neighbourhood Committee at Sutton Council, said:

“We all have a responsibility to keep Sutton tidy in order to help achieve our One Planet Sutton goals to be a greener borough. We are delighted to be working with our businesses because cleaner streets will make Sutton more attractive to shoppers and visitors who can enjoy the borough in comfort and cleanliness.

“I must congratulate Tazza, ABC Catering & Partners and KIPPA BID for leading the way by signing up to the Clean Streets Sutton business pledge straight away.”

Bob Law, owner of Tazza Coffee, said:

“Tazza Coffee is delighted to support this initiative as it will help strengthen our community and make Sutton a better place to live, work and visit.”

There are many incentives for businesses to keep their environment clean. Clean public spaces look better, and create a nicer space in which to work. They also attract more custom – people prefer to visit businesses in pleasant surroundings.  Untidy forecourts and premises can negatively affect custom and may result in citations from environmental health officers.

The pledge outlines a number of issues which business owners should monitor and take appropriate action about if necessary.

1. Display the Cleaner Streets Sutton business pledge window sticker.

2. Assess the litter hot-spots near the business premises.

3. Discuss findings with staff to get their ideas & input, and also the council if there are issues outside their premises.

4. Implement an action plan to reduce littering – this could be to install more bins inside their premises for staff and customers, organise regular litter-picks in litter hot-spots, reduce product packaging and work with the council to reduce street litter.

5. Talk to neighbouring businesses and encourage them to sign up to the Clean Streets Sutton business pledge.

6.  Be vigilant to littering in the borough – use our online reporting tools to let the council know about excessive littering or fly tipping.

The Council also offer businesses the opportunity to sponsor litter bins, chewing gun disposal bins, and prizes or incentives for anti-litter campaigns.  For further details about the Clean Streets Sutton campaign please call 020 8770 5000, email, or visit our Clean Streets Sutton webpages here.

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Fantastic discount from College’s beauty salon in April

Carshalton’s College’s Renaissance Beauty Salon is offering a great discount with 30% off all Waxing and Eye Treatments during April.

To book appointment, please call 020 8544 4419

The Renaissance Beauty Salon offers a relaxed yet professional and stylish learning environment where members of the public can book an appointment for a fraction of the price they would pay on the High Street.

This on-site training facility gives our students the opportunity to offer a high quality beauty service at College prices. A College tutor and technican are always on hand to oversee treatment and ensure the highest standards.

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Remarkable WW1 exhibition now offering great discounts

Organisers of a remarkable new exhibition Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front are offering great discounts on ticket prices for those who come early.

Remembering 1916 is a new showcase which is being presented by Whitgift school to coincide with the centenary of the First World War.

The WW1 Exhibition runs from Thursday March 10 – through to August 31 at the Whitgift Exhibition Centre, Haling Park, South Croydon CR23 6YT.

There is to be an amazing 50% discount off all tickets until March 31st.

Remembering 1916 – Life on the Western Front is a major new exhibition telling the story of a pivotal year of the First World War, through a unique series of personal stories.

Follow the fascinating personal testimony of those on both sides of war and uncover a fresh perspective on the battles of Verdun, Jutland and the Somme; and well-known characters such as Lord Kitchener and Manfred von Richthofen, later known as the infamous ‘Red Baron’. In contrast, Remembering 1916 also reveals a sequence of previously untold stories of individuals, on both the Western and Home fronts; ordinary people with extraordinary lives. These lives, events and themes of 1916 are illustrated by more than 600 original artefacts, many of which have never been on public display before.


Opening Hours
10am – 5pm, 7 days a week (last entry 4:00pm)

Tickets will be available for purchase on the door.  Groups of 10 or more people may reserve tickets in advance, and school parties must pre-book.
To pre-book tickets for a group (of 10 or more):
Tel: +44 (0)20 8633 9902
To pre-book a school party:
Tel: +44 (0)20 8633 9932
Email:  (Michelle Parker-Brown, Education Officer)
More details got to EXHIBITION

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Borough businesses being urged to join in Sutton’s EU debate

The countdown to the EU referendum is now on and Sutton is being presented with a unique opportunity to hear both sides of the debate – and the organisers are keen that businesses also make themselves aware of both sides of the discussion.

The “Should we stay or should we go” debate is being co-ordinated by Carshalton Beeches Church of the Good Shepherd vicar Rev Warner Pidgeon who is organising the event on behalf of the Anglican churches in and around Sutton, for the benefit of the whole community. ​

The borough’s two MPs Tom Brake and Paul Scully will be giving opposing views and answering questions at a public meeting which is to take place on Friday April 15.

Carshalton and Wallington MP Tom will be speaking for staying in the EU and Sutton and Cheam MP Paul will be putting the case for an exit from the EU.

“Following the successful election Question Time that was organised last year I thought that it would be a great opportunity to repeat the event but this time deal with the topic of the European Union. Thanks to our two MPs the opportunity has now presented itself to give the residents of the borough the chance to hear first hand the reasons for the positions that each MP has decided to take,” said Rev Pidgeon.