Unemployment Declines in Cheltenham
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 Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which this year is guest directed by Deadly 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.
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 cheltenhamfestivals.com.
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
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. Map; RSVP: 01242 544549
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.