Chamber News
June 2014

Growing Business in Cheltenham


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.

Member Profile: 
Margaret Cavanagh, Chair
Montpellier Association

Don't Miss Montpellier Day, 28 June
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

3rd - 8th June
Where Business and Innovation Meet

The Times Cheltenham Science Festival, which this year is guest directed by Deadly 60’s Steve Backshall and television and radio personality Richard Bacon, brings all the top names and hot topics in science and innovation to Cheltenham.
Group bookings are available on many events (10% off for a party of ten or more).

There are big thinkers like Richard Dawkins, David Willetts MP, broadcaster Evan Davis on ‘Why do Economists get it wrong?’, BBC journalist Rory Cellan-Jones talking about what Google is up to and 'The Internet of things'; plus, other topics including sport, the natural world and health. 

Please contact the box office on 0844 880 8094. Browse the full programme at

Launch Event Raises the Alarm

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).

Neil Gayler Wins Award for Excellence in
Elderly Care Fees Planning

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
Networking Events

(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. 

For further information, see our events and seminar pages.

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

Cheltenham Chamber
Business Seminar Series

Effective Business Communication
Impress and Win
Friday 6th June, 11.30am - 1.30pm 

Presenter: Alan Barker (above)
Kairos Training Limited

Successful Online Marketing
for Small Businesses
 19 June, 
11.30am - 12.30pm
Presenter: Robert Hughes
Creative Message
Nigel Knowlman, the Chamber's new seminar organiser and MD of Sunnyfield Marketing, states, "the Effective Business Communication' seminar with Alan Barker, MD of Kairos Training, provides the skills and awareness to get your message across successfully to your target audiences. It's a must for small and large businesses alike." Nigel adds, "we'll release our autumn schedule next month, which starts in September with Angela de Souza, Women's Business Club, presenting "Sales without Selling." If you would like to suggest a topic or provide a future seminar, please contact Nigel via email or 07969 043 117. 

The Chamber would like to wish JoAnne Fairchild best of luck with her move to Japan and offer our sincere thanks for all her hard work and valuable marketing expertise over the past year.
Cheltenham Chamber’s Business Centre, 
2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham, GL50 1UH. 
Free for members; £5 for non-members.
01242 252 626. 
Spaces are limited
. Read more.

Meet the
Chamber Event

The Royal Oak Prestbury

The Royal Oak, Prestbury
(see opposite column)
Thursday 5 June, 6 pm

Free Admission
Compl. Drink and Canapes

Bookings; Read more.

Brewin Dolphin
Cheltenham Cricket Festival

Gloucestershire vs. Worcestershire
21 July (Day 1 of 4)
Hospitality in partnership with 
Cheltenham Town FC
Tables and Individual Bookings


 GFirst Annual Review
17th June
Gloucestershire Airport
GFirst LEP's events calendar .

Member Events

Training Briefing Session

Thursday 5 June
Twigworth Court Business Centre
0845 838 9964
Read more.

Growing Gloucestershire Conference
Growing Gloucestershire Conference

Wednesday 11th June
University of Gloucestershire
Oxstalls Campus

Tickets: £35 (£25, CIM, CMI and CIPD ) 

Buffet lunch and refreshments.
Read more


Cobalt's 50th Anniversary

Golden Hanna-versary Ball
13 June 2014, 

Pittville Pump Room

Contact: Paula Baldwin 
Sam Watson (01242 535908). 

Read more

Newlands Park  Summer Fete
Cheltenham Tigers RFC

Saturday 14th June
12noon- mid afternoon
Southam Lane
Bishops Cleeve GL52 3PE
Read more

 Business Breakfast

Featuring Dee Anderson 
'Thunderbirds are Go!'
Cheltenham Racecourse
18th June
7.45am - 9.45am
Read more.

CCP's Cheltenham Challenge

22 June 2014
The Cheltenham Challenge is an annual fundraising event supporting and raising awareness of mental health issues. Read more.

New Members


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At Fitness4Less Cheltenham members benefit from no-contract peak membership at £15.99per month, 2hours free parking at Beechwood centre car park, free classes, ladies-only and unisex gyms, sauna and more. Read more.


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