Meet the Chamber at
the Royal Oak in Prestbury
Thursday 5 June, 6pm
This is the latest in a series of "Meet The Chamber Events". Following on from the success of our “Meet the Chamber” event in March, we are holding another on Thursday 5th June at 6.00pm at the well-known Royal Oak Pub in Prestbury which has a reputation for fine food, real ales and quality ciders.
Michael Ratcliffe, Chief Executive of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce commented, “More businesses are reserving their place at ‘Meet the Chamber’ events. This is an excellent opportunity for non-members to find out more about the Chamber benefits, which will no doubt encourage them to join the Chamber themselves.”
Please RSVP by email or telephone (01242 252 626). Read more.
Margaret Cavanagh, Chair
One of the main things Cheltenham is widely known for is its retail sector, which offers a variety of shopping experiences across the town. With its elegant, customer friendly shops, adorned by Georgian architecture, Montpellier is one of Cheltenham's prime shopping areas, frequented by both the well-heeled and bargain hunter alike. For an elegant and restorative shopping experience that can lift the spirits, look no further. Montpellier has been a shopping destination for the past two centuries and now boasts a host of independents, which gives the area its USP. Representing these businesses is the Montpellier Association, with Margaret Cavanagh, co-owner of Neal's Yard, as its chair. We caught up with Margaret to ask about the goals and direction of the association, its relationship with local government and other business organisations, and her advice on what it takes to succeed in Montpellier and in today's retail environment. Read more.
The official launch of REACH (Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital) to fight against cuts to A&E services took place on 21st May. The meeting was opened by Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe (above left
) and featured Consultant Geoff Cox (second right
), Martin Horwood MP (far right
), prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate, Alex Chalk, and an audience of residents and officials. Read more. (photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)
New Local Cafe Opens in Oriel Road
The Isbourne is pleased to announce the opening of The Isbourne Cafe, a new competitively priced eatery snugly tucked in the basement of the Isbourne Centre and College at No. 3 Wolseley Terrace. This quiet oasis caters ideally for people working in the town centre or visiting the Isbourne or Chamber who wish to meet clients while enjoying the benefits of the
café's ambiance and delicious fare. Read more. Contact.
Surrey Hills Chamber Choir Wins Gold Cup
at Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts
(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)
The Chamber would like to congratulate the Surrey Hills Chamber Choir for winning the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts. The Festival was originally established by the Cheltenham Chamber in 1926. Read more
. (above left: Chamber Deputy President, Catriona Murray, presenting the Cup to Guilia Draycott; The Surrey Hills Choir).
A Cheltenham-based financial adviser and Chamber member, Neil Gayler of Neil Gayler & Co., was honoured at The Symponia Crystal Dolphin Awards for his expertise and commitment to advising elderly people and their families on the complex workings of care fees planning. Read more.
Willans Plays Vital Role in Landmark
Contemporary Sculpture Exhibition
(September - October, 2014)
The biggest names in contemporary sculpture are coming together in one of the largest exhibitions in the UK at Gloucester Cathedral. Crucible 2 will display 100 sculptures by many of Britain’s most renowned sculptors and internationally famous artists and Gloucester Cathedral will provide the magnificent setting. Helping to make this exhibition a reality is Crucible2 lead sponsor and Chamber member, Willans LLP. (right, Willans Partner, Margaret Austen, and Dean of Gloucester, The Very Reverend Stephen Lake). Read more.
The Chamber Calendar:
Visit from Baroness Kramer,
Chamber AGM and
(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)
May continued to be a busy time in the Chamber calendar. At the Mayflower Restaurant, we welcomed Baroness Susan Kramer (above top
), Transport Minister, who lent her support to the Chamber’s efforts to improve Cheltenham’s railway station. We would like to thank Jerry Angrave (above, left
) MD of Empathyce, for his excellent seminar, Build Loyalty with Positive Customer Experience
; Paul Baker (above middle, Getty Images)
, Chairman of Cheltenham Town FC for hosting the Chamber's AGM; and Chun Kong (above middle with MEP candidate, Kay Barnard)
, owner of the Mayflower, for the warm hospitality and engaging networking evening.
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