Business Secretary Dr Vince Cable
Visits the Chamber
(l - r: Michael Ratcliffe, Cheltenham Chamber CEO,
Business Secretary, Dr. Vince Cable, and Martin Horwood MP)
(photo: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)
Thursday evening 30th October saw the Business Secretary, Dr. Vince Cable, meet some 60 members of the Chamber at an event held at the Mayflower Restaurant. Following a brief resume of the British economy the Dr. Cable gave his views on the benefits of Chambers of Commerce and commented on how important it was to have a strong and vibrant Chamber such as our own in Cheltenham. Dr. Cable then fielded a variety of questions covering a wide range of local topics including, not least, the A417 and Cheltenham’s Railway Station.
Appreciation must go to owner Chun Kong of the Mayflower Restaurant for hosting this enjoyable event.
Meet the Chamber Event
Manor by the Lake
5 November, 5.30 pm - 8.00 pm
Yes, it is Bonfire Night and you are invited to a cracking networking event with a complementary refreshment and an opportunity to learn how Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce can help you.
We are holding the next ‘Meet the Chamber’ at Manor by the Lake, one of Cheltenham’s top wedding locations as well as an excellent family and corporate venue. Meet the Chamber has established itself as the number one networking event in Gloucestershire” commented Chamber CEO, Michael Ratcliffe. The event is open to members and non-members of the Chamber. To reserve your place, please book here.
Member Profile: Peter Sharpe
What makes a successful charity? You’ll find plenty of literature on the subject, but you need look no further than Cobalt, one of the leading charitable organisations in the southwest. Well-run, with a highly-skilled and dedicated staff and, most importantly, a good cause that supports a wide-range of oncological conditions, Cobalt is a medical charity providing state of the art diagnostic imaging services to the NHS. Leading Cobalt is this month’s profiler, Chief Executive Peter Sharpe, who tells us about Cobalt’s cancer research and analysis facilities and what makes the organisation tick. Read more.
New Housing/M5 Jct. 10/Vince Cable/Events
Jon Leamon, Deputy Chamber CEO
Your Chamber Executive team have continued the lobbying and negotiation work throughout the month.
We are still fighting for more employment land in the Borough. It’s all very well setting aside new sites for housing, but where are the new residents going to work? Over the past 20 years more than 300,000 square feet of commercial property space has been converted to residential use, and there seems to be no end in sight of this trend towards housing. We believe that a 100 hectare industrial park near the M5 Junction 10 would go a long way to filling the gap, but only if the junction is upgraded to 4 way traffic movement. Read more.
Total Wins National Best Mobile Distributor Award
Paul Taylor (Voiceflex), Ben Foulds (Focus Partner Mgr., Total),
Lorrin White (MD, Total), and comedian Marcus Brigstocke
Cheltenham based technology and telecoms company Total Ltd. named as Best Mobile Distributor 2014 at the Comms National Awards. The exclusive national event was held at the Park Lane Hilton on the evening of 16th October. Read more.
Pitman Training Announce Launch of New App
The #MyCareerSelfie Web APP was launched this week at the Grow Gloucestershire Skills & Careers Event at Cheltenham Racecourse.
“We are delighted that so many people who visited our stand were interested in creating their own MyCareerSelfie,’ commented Kevin Daws, Training Manager. “I have even posted my own ‘MyCareerSelfie’ on the website to let everyone know what I do as a Training Manager".
For further information or comment please contact Kath
and Kevin Daws
on 01242 228080. Read more
Cheltenham Transport Plan
The County Council has made some amendments in response to representations to the proposed Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) with respect to Cheltenham Town Centre. To review these changes and provide feedback, please read more
and respond by 22 November.
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