Chamber News
 February 2015
Growing Businesses in Cheltenham

Everyman Theatre Business Lunch
Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director
Cheltenham Development Taskforce

Tuesday, 24 February 12.15pm 


The Cheltenham Chamber is pleased to partner with The Everyman Theatre for its first Business Lunch event of 2015. Our Speaker is Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director, Cheltenham Development Taskforce, who will discuss Cheltenham's new Transport Plan. The Chamber's Business Lunch series are popular, engaging events, so reserve your seat as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there! (details opposite). Read more.

Pivotal Year for Transport

The successful Chamber networking evening at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 21st January allowed me to speak about some of the positive developments currently taking place in the town. 

To recap, the upgrading of High Street pavements is once again underway as is the Brewery Phase II programme and the development of the old Haines & Strange site. Good news, indeed.
 Read more.

Member's Profile
John Forward
Centre Director, Regent Arcade

Noted as one of the retail destinations in the Southwest, Cheltenham's success has been due in no small measure to John's stewardship of the Regent Arcade. John has had a long, successful retail career, culminating as the Arcade's Centre Director. On the verge of retirement, we thought it opportune to get John's perspective on his career, the retail industry in Cheltenham and the UK, and his advice to new entrants in this ever-changing competitive industry. Read more.

Investment in Our Town

Chamber Deputy CEO Jon Leamon

In our role of representing all business interests in Cheltenham, we are regularly approached by the Borough Council for feedback on proposed investment and expenditure on infrastructure. I’m sure most people will be aware that the Council sold the North Place and Portland Place car parks for £7.8m last year and this sum is to be reinvested in our town. There may also be further funds available to supplement this.

We would appreciate your feedback on how this money should be spent. Read more.

Member News

Dr. Charlie Vivian

A Revolutionary Approach to
Workplace Health and Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing initiatives have become increasingly popular in recent years, on the basis that a healthy workforce is more likely to be a productive workforce. ( Wellbeing programmes typically address weight loss, exercise and smoking cessation. Modest benefits can be achieved from these interventions.

However, there is now a wealth of very good evidence that well-being is more a social than a medical issue, and indeed that good health itself is affected more by social factors than medical interventions.
Read more.

Chamber President Launches New Diplomas at Pitman Training

Chamber President Martin Quantock and
Cheltenham Pitman Training MD, Kevin Daws

“I was delighted to be invited by Pitman Training Cheltenham to launch these new diplomas which will provide skills that can benefit every local business, small or large” commented Martin Quantock, President of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, “I was amazed to find out that they offer over 130 different vocational courses, awards and diplomas. They also have a fantastic record of supporting students into work.” Read more.

Chamber Gallery
 See upcoming Chamber Events
(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

The New Year started strongly for the Chamber. A seminar by Charlotte Poole-Graham on Tax Efficient Profit Extraction and a networking event at Jamie's Italian highlighted the month along with a number of business meetings across Cheltenham and the county. February will continue apace with seminars (see opposite) and The Everyman Theatre Business Lunch Series. Come and join us at one or all of these great events!

Alex Chalk (Conservative parliamentary candidate), Robin Staddon (The Cornerstone Centre), PM David Cameron, Angela de Souza (Women's Business Club) at an event recognising community builders.

Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber Membership Secretary Anna Freeman, and Jamie's Italian General Manager, Barry Soars

Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe addresses members at Jamie's Italian networking event.

Charlotte Poole-Graham's Tax Efficient Profit Extraction Seminar

Martin Quantock and guests at Bentleys

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

Martin Moves On

(l-r) Edward Gillespie, Kevan Blackadder, Demelsa Coleman, Martin Quantock and Becky Morries at Bentley's Celebration (photo: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo).
Martin Quantock, Cheltenham's Town Centre Manager, is moving on to pastures new, having retired from his role to take up a part-time position with GFirst LEP. While Martin will remain as the Chamber's President until May, his contribution to Cheltenham's business community will be much admired and appreciated for years to come. "Martin's leadership of the Cheltenham Business Partnership and his work in the Chamber has been exemplary," said Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber CEO. "We'll miss his expertise and good company, and wish him well in his new role." Read more. (See also Gloucestershire Echo article).

Seminar Schedule
January - March, 2015
(All seminars 11.30am - 12.30pm)

What's the Future for
Social Media?
Thursday 5 February

Jonathan Pollinger
Intranet Future
Read more

Director's Duties

Thursday 19 February

Michael Durkan
Durkan Cahill
Read more.

Essential Data Protection

Thursday 12 March

Paula Williamson
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Read more.

Cheltenham Chamber’s 
Business Centre

2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham 
GL50 1UH
Members: free; Non-members: £6
01242 252 626. 
Spaces are limited
. Read more.

If you would like to suggest a topic or provide a future seminar, please contact Nigel Knowlman (07969 043 117). 
Chamber Events

Everyman Theatre
Business Lunch Series

Jeremy Williamson, Director
Cheltenham Development Taskforce

Tuesday 24 February
12.15pm Start; 12.45 Lunch
£18 members; £36 non-members

Bookings and Information

Additional £15 million Secured!
GFirst LEP have secured further funding for the Gloucestershire Growth Deal; an additional £15 million is being invested into the county, on top of the £62.5 million confirmed in July 2014. Read more.
GFirst LEP's news and
events calendar.

New Members

Contact: Richard Cole

The Famous 1886 is Cheltenham's leading made to measure and off the peg tailoring service. Visit my showroom for a consultation or take advantage of my visiting service to your home or workplace for suits, blazers, British and Harris Tweed sport jackets, country-wear, waistcoats and other fine apparel.

Contact: Terry Blane

Purman Purchasing & Management Consultants deliver early profit improvement through purchasing and supply chain effectiveness, including structured cost reductions, make/buy strategic reviews, new product cost reviews, organisation development, culture change, personnel mentoring & skills training. 


Furniture and Electrical
Contact: Prez Rymsza

We sell a fantastic range of outstanding value, good quality donated and new items; from suites, sofas, chairs, dining sets, rugs, beds and wardrobes to an array of electrical items including small electricals, TVs, hi-fis, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers. By shopping or donating, you're helping us to continue our life saving work.


Castlereagh Associates Limited
Wayne Lewis



Members Events


Countdown Event at the
Manor by the Lake

Tuesday 10 February 2015, 6pm
Drinks and Canapés
We’re also coming to:

3 February – Barnsley House, Cirencester
5 February – Calcot Manor Hotel, Stroud
12 February – Hartpury College, Hartpury
17 February – Taurus Crafts, Lydney
24 February – Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe
Free of charge. Bookings Info
      Gloucestershire Business Show
13 & 14 May 2015


Breakfast Bites Workshop 
Carie Lyndene

Master Coach and Business Trainer
24 February, 6.45am
Queen's Hotel

Members Offers

Contact: Liggy Webb

Reliance through
Change Masterclass
Chamber Member 50% Discount
Friday 27th February 2015
Farncombe Estate
Booking Info
(0)1242 700 027

Content Submissions Sought
Members Only

If you or someone from your organisation are interested in submitting articles for Chamber News, please send your idea or proposal to the editor, Dan Harris. If accepted, Chamber News will publish a brief abstract and link to the full article on the Chamber website. So, if you have words of wisdom from your skills and experience, we'd like to hear from you. Topics should be related to your business or on a subject that would interest our readership. This is a benefit available to members only.

Please send your proposal before the monthly submission deadline (the 24th) for the following month's newsletter. Thanks!

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