Looking Forward to the Cricket Festival
Pictured above: last year's Cricket Festival being enjoyed by Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber CEO, Steve Ratcliffe, MD of Beam Construction holding the Olympic torch, Councillor and former Mayor Colin Hay, and Chamber Deputy CEO, Jon Leamon. The Chamber has sold out this year's tickets. (photo, Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)
at the Spice Lodge
(Pictured right are Angela de Souza, King's Daughters, Maralyn and Dave Reynolds, Flat-Broke Films Ltd., Francesca Goddard, Everyman Theatre, and Eric de Souza; photo by Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo).
Chamber members enjoyed an engaging networking event over a delicious Thai and Indian buffet at the award-winning Spice Lodge on Wednesday, 26th June. The Chamber would like to thank owner Mohammed Rahman for his warm hospitality and excellent cuisine.
Here are a few tweets from attendees:
What more can we say except make sure you don’t miss our next event! If you'd like to host or join us at a Chamber event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Darren Stevens of Prestbury Marketing said, “Thanks - it was a great event.”
Anna Freeman of Anna’s Parties said, “Excellent evening for networking business spent in the company of pleasant people with engaging conversation and fabulous food!”
JS Facilities Group commented, “Thanks, it was a great evening”
Find Social Media Scary?
When I go round talking to local businesses, both new and established, it is not unusual for the conversation to include a mention of using the social media.
I find that some people are a bit scared of the social media either because they do not understand it or only know a little about it. The typical comments I hear include:
Using the social media takes up too much time.
Social Media does not lead to new business
Only young people use Twitter and Facebook.
I am too old to understand the social media
The reality is that you can use the social media to raise the profile of your business but it will not happen overnight! Read More.
Chamber Survey: Events and Clinics
The Chamber is looking to expand its service offerings. Recently, there has been keen interest from members desiring to share their knowledge and expertise to other members through free seminars and clinics. We would like to find out your interest level in this service and the type of topics that would interest you the most. Your input is very important to us and will help us better plan this program for you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey by clicking on the link below. This survey is conducted confidentially and anonymously. Thank you for your time. Click here.
If you or a member of your staff wishes to offer a free seminar or clinic to Chamber members, please contact us on 01242 252 626, email@example.com.
City-trained lawyer, Laura Davis has joined Cheltenham-based law firm, Willans LLP, this week. She has been recruited to work alongside our head of department, Matthew Clayton, in order to further bolster Willans’ employment law service.
Member Profile: Catriona Murray
Laura is a former associate of the employment team at international law firm Squire Sanders. She trained and worked in their London office before transferring to their Birmingham branch. Laura is a graduate of Birmingham University and a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. Read more.
£19 Million Government Funding
for Green Energy Initiatives
The funding comes from the second phase of the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. The Fund has already allocated £16 million since autumn 2012 to help bring a range of new and innovative low carbon products to market. The previous phase funded projects including energy storage, heat storage, tidal turbine testing, a thermally-insulating window and an ‘Eco power shower’. The deadline for the second tranche applications is 12 July. Read more.
EBC Group, subsidiary of member e-solutions, has won the prestigious title of Winner of the ‘Private Cloud Project of the Year’, at this year’s Data Centre Solution Awards. Now in its third year, the DCS Awards honours those companies operating in the data centre fields, recognising the achievements of end users, manufacturers and suppliers. Read more.
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Celebrates Launch at Hotel du Vin
Harrison Clark Rickerbys held its official launch party on Thursday 27th June at Hotel du Vin, Cheltenham. Around 200 guests joined staff in a celebration of the merger between two leading Three Counties' law firms; enjoying canapés, conversation and fizz.
Derek Jones, head of Harrison Clark Rickerbys' Cheltenham office, commented; "Harrison Clark Rickerbys is growing nationally as well as locally. In the industry sectors of Education; and Health and Social Care; we are in the top 5 leading firms in the country outside of London, for our expertise and experience. We now have 350 staff, across 5 offices in the Three Counties and Reading, and serviced offices in Birmingham and London. We are also within close reach of becoming a Top 100 law firm, a target which we should easily achieve by early next year." For further information, contact Laura Clifford..
Gloucester Rugby Announce Signing of
JS Security for Matchday Security
Gloucester Rugby have today announced their latest new signing - leading Gloucestershire security company JS Security as the provider of their matchday security services for the next two years.(Above: Stephen Vaughan, Managing Director, Gloucester Rugby (left) and John Search, Group Managing Director, JS Security (right)).
The contract, which will amount to a six figure sum over the two years, will cover match day security (including the hospitality areas), car park security and any additional security requirements for special events at the famous Kingsholm ground. The contract will begin with the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7’s Series on 1st August. Read more.
and Training Fair a Success
The Cheltenham Careers and Training Fair on 21 June, organised by Pitman Training and sponsored by GlosJobs, was opened by Cheltenham MP, Martin Horwood (pictured right), was a big success with 18 local companies exhibiting and many local people coming in to look round and talk to the stall holders.
There were also three free workshops which were a huge success
· Finding work using social media - Jonathan Pollinger of IntranetFuture
· Interview preparation – Scott Rogers of TABS Training
· How to make your CV stand out from the crowd – Fiona Doughton from the National Careers Service
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t firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01242 228080.
Advertising and Sponsorship
Members can secure advertising space at advantageous rates and participate in sponsorship deals which will be available on the upcoming new Chamber website and other areas. Make a smart move by including the Chamber in your marketing plans for 2013! Contact the Chamber office (01242 252 626) for details.
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