Chamber News
 August 2015
Growing Business in Cheltenham
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Member Profile:
Richard Cole
Director, The Famous 1886

Keeping in the tradition of the family business, Richard Cole, Director of The Famous 1886, is building an innovative, start-up tailoring business that is going from strength to strength. With the help of a mystery celebrity model, Richard demonstrates the reasons for choosing  a personal approach to tailoring which can work successfully for different budgets. See video.

Chamber Helps Secure £10m Transport
for Cheltenham Railway Station

Chamber members will be delighted to know that the Department for Transport has recently confirmed some £10m is to be invested in Cheltenham Railway Station. Your Chamber has been working on this programme for some eight years and so it’s pleasing to see our endeavours coming to fruition. Read more about this exciting development. See also Echo article.

Kevan Blackadder Describes Experience of
St. Vincents and St. Georges'
'Wheelchair Challenge'

Have you ever wondered how easy it is to move around a modern town centre in a wheelchair? Cheltenham disability charity St Vincent’s and St George’s Association asked just that question of 12 able-bodied people on Friday. They were tasked with completing a circuit of the town in a “Wheelchair Challenge”. Cheltenham town centre manager and former editor of the Echo, Kevan Blackadder (right) joined them and described what he found. Read more.

Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service
Changes Response
to Automatic Fire Alarms

It is estimated that false alarms cost the UK in excess of £1 billion a year. Businesses suffer lost production and disruption for staff. This can be eradicated with effective management of fire detection and alarm systems. Read more.

Response to Chancellor's 2015 Budget

Chamber Member and Finance spokesperson, Mark Owen, Crowe Clark Whitehill, gives his assessment of the Chancellor's 2015 Budget and its impact on businesses and the wider economy. Read more.

See what Chamber members thought of the budget. Read more.


Member News

Fifth Annual Connect Business Day


All local business people are invited to the fifth Connect Business Day - a free to attend conference and exhibition organised by community group Cheltenham Connect to encourage local networking and sourcing. Last year saw 200+ attendees and this year’s event promises to be even larger.

2015 speakers include new MP Alex Chalk, international business guru Geoff Burch and the Gloucestershire Echo’s business editor Peter McMillan, while an expert panel will discuss digital marketing in the afternoon. Read more. Contact info.Belinda Wilson, 01242 700435.

New Business Improvement Workshops 
Launched by G Acceleration

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce member
G Acceleration has announced a series of new business improvement workshops. Established six year ago by Gerald Crittle (right) in Gloucestershire, G Acceleration provides practical solutions for companies to support a wide range of business activities and have now launched new and innovative workshops for organisations of all sizes and sectors to improve business efficiency through the use of technology. Read more.

Chamber Gallery
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(Chamber photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

The Chamber sponsored its own marquee at this year's Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival. And it was a sellout! Always a great venue for top class cricket, the day combined excellent dining with networking before and after the meal. Many thanks to Michael Ratcliffe and the Chamber team for organising the event and, of course, to all those who attended .

The Chamber would also like thank
 Caroline Bell (Business in the Community) for her excellent seminar presentation in early July on the business benefits of working with charities. 

Brewin Dolphin Cricket Festival

Guests take in the Cricket

Jon Leamon, Charley Stanton and Anna Freeman

Dame Janet Trotter and Mayor Cllr. Duncan Smith

Business in the Community Seminar

Caroline Bell

Photos by
Brian Chaplin


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Chamber Business Centre
Has Plenty to Offer
The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce has many things to offer its members, not least the Business Centre. It can be an oasis for those needing a place to work, host meetings or connect to the internet for videoconferencing or a Skype call. Check out Chamber President Catriona Murray's message below about the Business Centre and other Chamber benefits. Read more

Your Chamber Briefing
President Catriona Murray

Newly elected at May's AGM, Chamber President Catriona Murray gives her perspective on the value of Chamber membership to both current and prospective members (see video).

Production by:
Julian Wellings 

Chamber Events

Everyman Theatre
Business Lunch

Guest Speaker, Alex Chalk MP
September 25, 
12.15 pm - 2.00 pm
Two course meal with drink on arrival
£18 members; £36 non-members 

Read more.

Cheltenham Chamber at Cheltenham Connect Event

Thursday 24th September 2015
10am – 3pm
The Pavilion
GL51 6PN

Come visit the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce stand at Cheltenham Connect 2015. Members of the Executive Committee will be on hand to discuss the Chambers activities, events and membership benefits. For further information contact Anna Freeman. Read more. (photo by Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)


New Members

Contact: Paul Watkins


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Contact: Jonathan Porter
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Members Offers


WSET L2 Award in Wines & Spirits Course
10% Discount for Chamber Members


Oxford Chelt Wine School is running the Wine and Spirits Education Trust’s (WSET) Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits over three consecutive Mondays starting 12th October from 9.30 am to 5.00 pm at The Beehive pub in Montpellier. This qualification is suitable for those with a basic knowledge of the broad range of alcoholic beverages available. Read more.

Content Submissions Sought
If you or someone in your organisation is interested in submitting an article for Chamber News, please send your idea or proposal to the editorDan Harris. (below),  Read more.
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Please note: deadline for member submissions is the 24th each month.

Contact: Dan Harris, Editor