SBC is a membership and service organisation for businesses based in or doing business in Surbiton and the area immediately around it.
SBC does four main things through and on behalf of its members:
- SOCIAL – It’s a social group for business people to meet and relax together.
- SUPPORT – We are a channel for business support opportunities – some training, advice or events we coordinate ourselves, some are organised externally.
- PLACE – We aim to make Surbiton a better place for doing business. This means using our collective voice to shape the infrastructure and regeneration of the Surbiton within Kingston and Greater London.
- ACTION – We engage in collective action with local groups, sometimes to help with a community project, sometimes to participate in a special occasion.
Our principal aim is to promote a united business community for all Surbiton businesses (offices, retailers and home businesses). SBC will provide the structure for enabling businesses to work together to help make Surbiton a better place for all who live, work, shop and run businesses here.
Every business based in or doing the majority of their business in Surbiton (KT5 and KT6 postcodes) is encouraged to join SBC.
Member businesses may be enterprises with or without premises, home-based businesses or sole traders, but not private persons unless they are sole traders. Branches of multiple-unit businesses are welcome to join if the branch is independently managed in Surbiton. It is not necessary for a business to have its registered office in Surbiton.
Members are organisations not individuals, i.e. a membership fee will cover all individuals working in an organisation.
Member businesses get a space on the SBC website on the interactive map.
Member businesses are encouraged to take part in sector driven networking events.
Members receive 10% discount from participating outlets.
Surbiton is a large population centre with a rich industrial history and excellent transport links. It has a strong and independent business community.
SBC exists because we believe that Surbiton businesses benefit from collaboration and from increased exposure to local people – their customers, suppliers and influencers who can help them to become even more successful.
Businesses come in all shapes and sizes. SBC caters for all of them if they operate in Surbiton, from the kitchen table start-up to the multi-national.
How does SBC operate?
We have a membership who pay a small annual subscription, a Board to manage affairs and working groups. We have a constitution which you can download explaining the mission and function of SBC in more detail.
SBC came into being on the initiative of a few founding business people supported by a seed grant from RBK. SBC is a young group, having held it very first Annual Members Meeting on 11 June 2015, but our timeline already includes some significant achievements. You can see some of the things that we have been doing if you follow us on social media.