Chamber News
October 2014
Growing Business in Cheltenham
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Women's Business Club

See Maximise Women's Business Conference below

Maximise Women’s Business Conference is jammed packed with so much this year that you will not want to miss out! We have a full day at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel on 14th November with dynamic speakers, carefully selected exhibitors, speed networking, great food specially prepared for you and discounted access to the spa. The afternoon offers our Dragon’s Den with great prizes from local businesses, followed by a jazz and innovation session with a live jazz band. We end the day with our annual Business Woman of the Year awards ceremony – men are welcome to join us and celebrate alongside our women. 

Find out more and book your delegate ticket for only £25 at



Member Profile: David Jones

Managing Director
Evans Jones Ltd.

There is a lot happening in Cheltenham with respect to town planning, as with the rest of Gloucestershire. Boots Corner, North Place and additional housing are just some of the projects on the go, along with the much discussed Joint Core Strategy (JCS). Which brings into focus the talents of chartered building surveyors, Evans Jones Ltd., led by its Managing Director, David Jones. We caught up with David to ask him about his career, various projects and the way ahead for town centre planning in Cheltenham. Read more.


Chamber Lobbying on Several Fronts
(Joint Core Strategy, Railway Station Upgrade, Commercial Property)

Jon Leamon, Deputy Chamber CEO

This month’s lobbying work has included the Joint Core Strategy, which is now going forward for approval by the three councils (Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury), the redevelopment of North Place, which is also going ahead with Morrisons, who are committed to the project, and the Brewery development, which has now commenced building work. The Portland Street housing site is, however, currently on hold as the site is up for resale. Read more.


Literature Festival's Business Focus

         Mark Price                              Digby Jones                            John Lanchester

(Bookings in red below)

The Cheltenham Literature Festival has key business speaker events which you won't want to miss, including Mark PriceMD of WaitroseDigby Jones, former CBI Director General, and presenter of BBC Two series The New TroubleshooterJohn Lanchester, author of How to Speak Money.

Panel/group discussions include: Margaret Heffernan (A Bigger Prize), and Oliver James (Office Politics) discuss our dependence on competition and its downsidesGuardian journalist Aditya Chakrabortty, Professor of Economic History at LSE, Tirthankar Roy (India in the World Economy) and Patrick French, author of India: A Portrait, examine the Indian economy, growth and sustainability. Rose George (Deep Sea and Foreign Going) and Horatio Clare (Down to the Sea in Ships) discuss international shipping and its economic impact. 

Chamber News readers are also invited to join Craig Sams, co-founder of Green & Blacks, for free networking (7th October, 5pm – 6.30pm, HSBC Hospitality Lounge, Montpellier Gardens), chocolate tasting and conversation. If you are interested in booking a chocolate themed menu in The Supper Club onsite at the Festival after this event, please click hereA 10% discount is available for more than 10 tickets and the option to book hospitality in the Hospitality Lounge. Bookings (0844 880 8094)To sign up for alerts and programme information, read more.

Christmas Preview and Special Offer
to Chamber members

Christmas Menu Preview
Believe it or not, Christmas is fast approaching, and this year, Jamie and our team have worked hard to create some beautiful Christmas menus that will make your festive events really special. 

Exclusively for members of the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, we are holding a complimentary Christmas menu preview on 21 October between 5:30pm-6:30pm. Come along and sample some dishes, including our famous antipasti planks and free-range Italian roast turkey, all washed down with a glass of Prosecco. Book your place here.
Special Offer to Chamber Members
All reservations made for Christmas parties on 17th November though to 4th December inclusive, will receive 20% off the menu price. This offer applies to both of the festive menus and to parties of any size!

Our team will be there to run through the menu in detail and take your Christmas party reservations on 01242 500193, or stating that you are a Chamber of Commerce member. Read more.

Willans News

Silver Anniversary for 'Diamond' Lawyer 


This month marks 25 years since conveyancer Steve Diamond joined leading Gloucestershire law firm, Willans LLP.

Steve took a rather unusual career path into law. He originally studied hotel management at GlosCat, then spent a number of years helping his best friend’s family run the fish and chip shop on Bath Road, (now known as ‘The Big Fish) and sold office equipment before starting his legal career with Willans in September 1989. Read more.


Cheltenham in Bloom Annual Awards

This year's Chamber of Commerce Business Trophy was awarded at Cheltenham in Bloom's Annual Awards Evening at The Victory Club on September 12th.  The Mayor Cllr. Simon Wheeler (above) presented a certificate and trophy to Mr Mohammad Rahman (above left), MD of The Spice Lodge.  The award was won for the Spice Lodge's consistency in providing good hospitality and fundraising activities for charities across the county.

 The Newcomer Trophy was awarded to St. Vincent's & St. George's Phoenix Centre (above right),  for their garden's within Well House, Lansdown, along with providing function rooms and hospitality at the Phoenix Centre. Read more.


Severn Trent Reopens Suffolk Road


Severn Trent Water has taken the decision to reopen Suffolk Road on Friday (26 September), after difficulties with ground conditions has stopped the company from putting new sewers in place. The work, which will prevent sewer flooding in the area, will start again next year once investigations are complete and a new design is in place. Read more.

New Accounting and Legal Secretary Diploma Courses

Pitman Training Cheltenham announce an AAT Level 3 Diploma in Accounting as well as the AAT Level 2 Certificate in Accounting and a new Legal Secretary Diploma.

For further details on these and many other course offerings, contact Kath or Kevin Daws on 01242 228080.

The Happenings in September
(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

The Chamber had a lot going on in September, as usual, including the Everyman's Business Lunch, the Women's Business Club seminar, Connect Business event and lobbying efforts on behalf of our members and business community. More is to follow in October with the networking evening at Lister's Lexus Cheltenham showroom, Jamie's Italian special offer for Chamber members and upcoming seminars (see opposite column). 

Connect Business Event

The Chamber's Dan Harris, Simon Dye,
Jon Leamon and Kevin Daws

veryman Theatre's Business Lunch
with MD Geoffrey Rowe (4th fr. left) and guests

GFirst LEP CEO David Owen,
Everyman Theatre's Business Lunch

Top Table: GFirst LEP's David Owen (4th fr. left)
and Chamber's Deputy CEO Jon Leamon
(5th. fr. left) and guests.



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

Local Website Designer and the Chamber's Ecommerce Advisor, Simon Dye (above), is leading the latest Cheltenham Chamber Business Seminar. Read more.

Business Seminar Series
September - December 2014
(all seminars 11.30am - 12.30pm)
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
Lexus -Toyota Networking Event

28th October 5.30pm - 7.30pm
£5 members; £10 non-members
179 Tewkesbury Rd.
Gloucestershire GL51 9DT

Bookings (01252 252 626)


Connecting Gloucestershire
Organised by:
Business in the Community (BITC)
Gloucester Rugby Club
8th October, 8am - 11.45am


GFirst LEP's news and  events calendar.
Download GFirstLEP Annual Report

Chamber Quiz
13 November
Mark Your Calendars!
More details next month.

New Members


            Contact: Simon Wall           


Simply About People offer a range of HR services to support your business in ensuring you have appropriate and legally compliant employment contracts, policies, procedures and advice. Whether you are looking to outsource your HR service requirements, you need assistance in specific HR projects or you are simply looking for ad hoc support and guidance, we are here to help you.


Contact: Andrew Pearce

AgathonHR are HR Software & Service providers. We provide easy to use and cost effective cloud-based HR systems aimed at small to medium size businesses and software based HR systems aimed at medium to enterprise level businesses.


Contact: Simon Dye

We were the first website design agency in Cheltenham to be led by a professionally qualified Chartered Marketer in 1998 and are award winning internet experts who specialise in helping Cheltonian businesses - large and small, to make money online.


Contact: John Phillips

John Morgan Partnership Ltd, based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire is a contemporary, state-of-the-art independent General Insurance Broker, offering bespoke services to our clients.


Contacts : Daniel Perkin
and Neil Perkin

Established in 2001, and with a growing reputation for excellence, Regency Hampers is your one-stop online emporium for deluxe food hampers and premium gifts to suit any sentiment. As one of the UK's leading providers of food and wine gifts, we aim to be the last word in luxury and the first choice of the connoisseur.

Contact: Clare Davidson

Small team of highly experienced professionals who can tell you how to get more sales through better understanding of markets and customers, how buyers buy, sales team management and motivation and customer experience improvement.


Members Events


IT Schools for Africa
10th Anniversary Event
Thursday 9th October 


Cheltenham charity IT Schools Africa (ITSA) celebrates a remarkable decade of transforming IT education in Africa. In just ten years, the charity has sent over 44,000 recycled computers to eight African countries, equipped over 1,500 schools with computers, trained over 750 teachers and provided an estimated 3 million children with access to IT. Read more.


All Golds Business Breakfast

'Work, Rest and Play'
Featured Speakers: David Orchard Smith
and Anita Navin

Friday, 10 October, 7.30am - 10am
The Growth Hub
Oxstalls Campus
Gloucester Gl2 9HW


The Gloucestershire Business Show

Free Admission
Tuesday 7 October - Kings Head Hotel, Cirencester
Tuesday 14 October – Stroud College*
*(Speaker: Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy CEO)

Tuesday 21 October - Spice Lodge, Cheltenham



Taster Session
Business Kitchen
Thursday 30th October
5.30pm - 6pm
Maggie's Centre
College Baths Rd.

Read more. Contact.

Employment Law ‘to go’
Breakfast Seminar

General employment law update

Thursday 27 November 2014
7.30am - 9am, £15 incl. breakfast
Gloucester’s Business Parks
Holiday Inn Express Gloucester South
Read more

Member Offers


Off-Peak Membership Offer - Only £99

Unbeatable value membership offer at Fitness4Less Cheltenham, for all “Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce” members! Join by 12pm on Thursday 31st October on annual off-peak membership at only £99 for the year (equivalent to £8.25per month), and receive the following great benefits:

  • FREE 30 minute Personal Training session
  • 5 x FREE day guest passes for friends and family
For off-peak access hours and no contract peak membership details, read more


A Hatton Hotels Hat-Trick.

3 Cotswold hotels break!

1 night at Hatton Court (Gloucester)
1 night at The White Hart Inn (Winchcombe)
1 night at The Snooty Fox ("Royal" Tetbury)

Your Cotswold Hat-Trick Break includes:
 Accommodation in a Classic double room 
Free upgrade to Superior Room at The White Hart.
Full English Breakfast each morning
Cotswold Cream Tea each afternoon.
3 course Candlelit Dinner each evening.

Usual Price - £450, Special Offer £299
per couple for 3 nights.
Limited number of rooms available at this rate.
Must book by 19th October to get this special deal !
Upgrades to Jacuzzi Rooms available at a small supplement.
To book call 01452 617412 and quote Hatton Hat-Trick.




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