Chamber News
 May 2014

Growing Business in Cheltenham
Cheltenham Chamber Networking and AGM Event, 27 May 5 pm, Cheltenham Town FC

Come and meet fellow Chamber members for informal business networking over a glass of wine or soft drink and canapés at Cheltenham Town Football Club.  This is a free event for members (non-members £10.00) and a chance to see the local football club facilities. We are also delighted to welcome Paul Baker, the Chairman of Cheltenham Town Football Club, who will give an insight on the future plans for the club. 

AGM: 5 pm - 6pm, including executive committee elections; Business Networking: 6pm - 8pm. Please RSVP by email or telephone (01242 252 626) by Friday 20 May 2014 Read more.

Member Profile: 
Liz Hazeldene, Managing Director
Kohler Mira Ltd.

You’re probably familiar with Kohler Mira’s world-wide reputation for fine bathroom products, which include Mira Showers and its water-control valve division, Rada. If you were also paying attention to the business news in April, you’ll know that Liz Hazeldene has been named Managing Director of Kohler Mira Ltd.  Liz joined the company in 2002, spending five years in product marketing and four years as National Sales Manager, then guiding Rada to commercial success since 2011. Her excellent all round performance has won her plaudits as the company’s first female Managing Director. We caught up with Liz to ask about her rise to fame and the company’s operations in Cheltenham and the UK, including a few things which may surprise you. Read more

Unemployment Declines in Cheltenham
Cheltenham Town Centre

According to a recent government report, the UK rate of unemployment in March was 2.9%, Gloucester 3.2% and Cheltenham only 2.0%.  Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy Chief Executive, says, "It is very encouraging to see the low unemployment figures relative to the rest of the UK. This demonstrates once again how Cheltenham punches above its weight and why the town is such an attractive place to do business.” Cheltenham also saw the biggest monthly decline of 9.3 % from February, with the UK and Gloucester seeing a fall of 3.8% and Gloucester 3.4% respectively. Read more.

Cheltenham Science Festival
Where Business and Innovation Meet
3rd - 8th June

The Cheltenham Science Festival Explorer Zone

Richard DawkinsDavid Willets, MPEvan DavisRory Cellan-Jones


The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which this year is guest directed by DeadlyCheltenham Science Festival Explorer Zone 60’s Steve Backshall and television and radio personality Richard Bacon, brings all the top names and hot topics in science and innovation to Cheltenham.

There are big thinkers (above) like Richard Dawkins, David Willetts MP, broadcaster Evan Davis on ‘Why do Economists get it wrong?’, BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones talking about what Google is up to and 'The Internet of things'; plus, other topics including sport, the natural world and health. 

The Cheltenham Science Festival Explorer Zone

Group bookings are available on many events (10% off for a party of ten or more). Please contact the box office on 0844 880 8094. Browse the full programme online at


Major Road Closures During Severn Trent's
£5m Anti-Flood Sewer Work

Business is bracing itself after it was announced major roads in Cheltenham could be closed as part of a £5 million project to replace sewers. Severn Trent Water is expected to replace 3km of old sewer pipes across the town. Read more.

Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital
Launch Event

Wednesday 21 May 2014
Holiday Inn Express, 5.30 pm - 7 pm

The Chamber would be delighted if you could join us on Wednesday 21 May 2014 for the launch of REACH - the Gloucestershire pressure group campaigning to restore full-time accident and emergency services at Cheltenham General Hospital.   Our keynote speaker will be local Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood. Refreshments and a light buffet will be served. MapRSVP:  01242 544549 


Growth Hub September Launch
Gloucestershire Growth Hub September Launch 
(Diane Savory, Chair, GFirst LEP; University of Gloucestershire's Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor,
and Laura Crabb, Business Development Director; and David Owen, Chief Executive, GFirst LEP

The Growth Hub – a pioneering partnership between GFirst LEP  and the University of Gloucestershire will open its doors in September this year based at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus. The Growth Hub will be in a completely refurbished space designed with business in mind. Visit the Growth Hub website

Cobalt's 50th Anniversary

13 June 2014, 
Pittville Pump Room

You may have seen the launch of Cobalt’s 50th Anniversary Appeal in the local media. This is now well underway and help to raise £500,000 for pioneering cancer and dementia diagnosis and research for local people. Paula Baldwin (below right) is organising the Golden Hanna-versary Ball, so named after Cobalt founder Dr Fred Hanna, on Friday June 13th at Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham.

If these options are of interest, please get in touch with Paula Baldwin or Sam Watson, Head of Fundraising at Cobalt, or phone 01242 535908. For tickets, read more.

Council Tax Advisors CIC
Seeks Non-Executive Directors

As a new CIC, Council Tax Advisors is looking to strengthen its Board by the addition of two Non-Executive Directors. Experience in the Not for Profit or Community or Debt Counselling sector together with experience at Board level is CTA's ideal profile to meet governance requirements. Read more.

Expert Advice for the Elderly from SOLLA
Neil Gayler & Co.

Accessing quality and specialist advice is crucial to older people now more than ever.  SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisers provides a framework which ensures this advice is available and easily accessible to those who need it. Read more.

The Chamber Calendar: Busy April
More to Come in May and June

(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

April continued to be a busy time in the Chamber calendar. In addition to the many meetings and initiatives in which the Chamber is regularly involved, there was the sold out  Business Networking Lunch event at the Everyman Theatre with guest speaker, Geoffrey Rowe, Everyman MD. Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy CEO, handed out gift certificates prizes to Nigel Knowlman (Sunnyfield Marketing) and Naresh Patel (NPA Facilities Management) for the Chamber's Membership Referral Programme. We would like to thank the Everyman Theatre for its continued support and warm hospitality.

The Chamber provides useful training as well as entertaining and engaging events, including our trading with China seminar, hosted by Candy Yu (Yuan Ltd.) and Mitchell Wolfe. 

Cheltenham Chamber Business Lunch, Prize Presentation
Nigel Knowlman, Jon Leamon and Naresh Patel  
Geoffrey Rowe, MD of the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham
      Geoffrey Rowe, Everyman MD, Jon Leamon             
Selling to China Seminar: Mitchell Wolfe, Candy Yu, Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe and Martin Horwood MP
Mitchell Wolfe, Candy Yu, Michael Ratcliffe 
and Martin Horwood MP

Cheltenham Chamber Business Lunch, Everyman Theatre
John Carter, David Black, Shaun Scott, Joe David 
and Steve Conlay    

For further information, see our events and seminar pages.

Keep up to date on business in Cheltenham via Twitter (@CheltChamber), Facebook and
Chamber website.

Cheltenham Chamber
Business Seminar Series
May - June, 2014

(All seminars 11.30am-12.30pm)
     8 May    
Customer Journey Mapping: Win and
Keep Customers Forever
Presenter: Jerry Angrave (above)

Empathyce Customer Experience
22 May
Protect Your Business by
Protecting Critical Data
Presenter: Paula Williamson, Consultant Solicitor 

Harrison Clark Rickerbys
6 June
Effective Business Communication
Impress and Win
Presenter: Alan Barker

*11.30 am - 1.30 pm
Kairos Training Limited
19 June
Successful Online Marketing
for Small Businesses
Presenter: Robert Hughes

Creative Message

Seminar organiser, JoAnne Fairchild, states, "All businesses will find a lot of value in our upcoming seminars. It's a great line-up to finish off the first half of the year."

Seminars will be held at the Cheltenham Chamber’s Business Centre, 2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham, GL50 1UH. Free for members; £5 for non-members. For reservations, call 01242 252 626. Spaces are limited
. Read more.

Meet the
Chamber Event

The Royal Oak Prestbury

The Royal Oak, Prestbury
Thursday 5 June, 6 pm
Free Admission
Compl. Drink and Canapes

Bookings; Read More


 GFirst Annual Review
17th June
Gloucestershire Airport
GFirst LEP's events calendar 

Member Events

Employment Law
‘To Go’
Seminar Series

Willans Employment Seminar

Top 5 Employment Law Issues
for Professional Practices
Thursday, 15 May
7.30 am - 9.00 am
Contact: Lesley Kadwell 
(01242 514 000), 
Read more

The Gloucestershire
Business Show
Launch Event

Manor by the Lake, Cheltenham
Manor by the Lake
Tuesday, 20 May
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hatherley Lane, GL51 6PN
Read more

Employing Young People
Department of Work and PensionsAbbey Business Equipment
Hosts: DWP and
Abbey Business Equipment

Wednesday, 21 May
8 am - 10 am
Neptune Business Centre
Free Admission; Bookings
Read more

The Business Kitchen

Taster Session
The Business Kitchen
Wednesday, 21 May 
5.30 for 6.00pm 
Maggie’s Centre, The Lodge 
College Baths Road 
Cheltenham, GL53 7QB

Read more.

Growing Gloucestershire Conference
Growing Gloucestershire Conference
University of Gloucestershire
Oxstalls Campus
Wednesday 11th June

Tickets: £35 (£25, CIM, CMI and CIPD ) 

Buffet lunch and refreshments.
Read more


CCP's Cheltenham Challenge

22 June 2014
The Cheltenham Challenge is an annual fundraising event supporting and raising awareness of mental health issues. Read more.

New Members


The Cheltenham Chase HotelThe Cheltenham Chase Hotel
The Chase Hotel
Contact: Cheryl Waring



The Montpellier AssociationMargaret Cavanagh, Chair, Montpellier Association
Montpellier Association 
Margaret Cavanagh 


Beaumont HouseBeaumont House
Beaumont House
Contact:  Alan Bishop


Gloucestershire Enterprise GEL
Contact: Kevin Holt



Neil Gayler & Co.Neil Gayler & Co.
Contact: Neil Gayler     



Council Tax Advisors
Council Tax Advisors
Contact: Chris Richards


Luke Allsebrook




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