Chamber News
 September 2015
Growing Business in Cheltenham
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Member Profile:
Belinda Wilson

It would be difficult to find someone in Cheltenham busier than Belinda Wilson. In addition to running her company, Belinda helps manage many other initiatives including www. and the business networking group, Cheltenham Connect, which has on-going events throughout the year, including the upcoming yearly event, Connect Business, at the Pavilion (see below). Belinda took time out to speak with us about her career and what has driven her to be so involved in Gloucestershire's business community. See video.

Your Chamber Briefing
Rob Duncan (above), Cheltenham Chamber Planning Executive, gives us an update on the various planning developments and his view on Cheltenham's business prospects (see video).

Productions by:
Julian Wellings 


UKTI Offers Subsidised Visit to Poland
Only £200 + VAT, flights, meals, hotels,
transportation included

6th to 8th October (deadline 18 September)

Yes, you've read it correctly. UK Trade and Investment are providing a great opportunity at low cost to Southwest businesses to understand first hand the Polish and East European marketplace. But you have to act soon (application deadline 18/9/15)!

UKTI South West are running several international visits during 2015-16, including an upcoming trip to Warsaw for the subsided price of £200. All your expenses will be covered: flights, transfers, accommodation and meals. This service is open to businesses with little or no international business experience and who are not already doing business with the market they are visiting. 

To book a place contact UKTI's International Market Visits Advisor, Angela Maynard-Smith on 370 944). See also for other upcoming trips. For press release, read more.

Member News

Don't Miss
Cheltenham Literature Festival's...

Adrian WooldridgeProf. Damian HughesShaa WasmundMartin Amor and Alex Pellew

Every year the Cheltenham Literature Festival is in the privileged position of welcoming leading voices from the business world, and this year it hosts its first Business Day, aimed at connecting these leading thinkers with the vibrant business community in the local area.

We have designed a day of mini seminars to provide insights and stimulate discussion across a range of business topics; taking in managing change, effectiveness in business, idea development and leadership and motivation. Each session will offer plenty of time to ask the questions you want answered. Read more.

Prize Draw Competition

Win a pair of tickets to one of the Festival's business events by entering our prize draw competition. To participate, click HERE and answer the question contained in Belinda Wilson's Member Profile video above. Correct answers will be included in the draw; the winner will be contacted by the Lit Fest team. Deadline entry is Friday 11 September, 12 noon, so enter now!

Pop-up Shops:
Temporary Salvation or Long-term Headache?

Nigel Whittaker

Pop-up shops continue to be popular in many high streets with landlords being unable to secure long-term tenants for commercial retail premises due to adverse market conditions. They can operate as an ideal solution in filling empty properties but the following points should be kept in mind...(Read more).

Creating Company Marketing Material?
Don’t be Innocent

Theresa Grech

One such case, Fresh Trading Ltd v Deepend Fresh Recovery Ltd, involved the copyright of the logo of the well-known smoothie business Innocent. The design agency, from whom Fresh Trading (the owner of Innocent) commissioned the logo under a consultancy agreement, went into liquidation.Read more.

Fifth Annual Connect Business Day


All local business people are invited to the fifth Connect Business Day - a free to attend conference and exhibition at the Pavilion 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.

Marie Carter Transitions
to Dean Close School

Marie Carter, Former Commercial Manager of Cheltenham Town FC , has been appointed as Business Development Manager at Cheltenham’s prestigious Dean Close School. This is a newly created role and Marie’s task is to drive the growth of the commercial arm of the school, generating income to re-invest in the school through year round and wide ranging business activity. Read more.

Autumn at the Vine

The Vine is a private networking space in the basement of the Tayabali Tomlin offices at 20 Imperial Square in the centre of Cheltenham. The Vine is fully equipped with Wi-Fi and consists of three rooms decorated in a contemporary, relaxed style, which comfortably accommodates up to 12 people making it an ideal venue for business meetings or working lunches. Read more.

For the Vine's Autumn and Winter Business Builders Forums and 
Workshops, contact concierge@thevinehub.com01242-583772

Cheltenham Chase Hotel 
Maintains Gold Standard

The Cheltenham Chase continues its golden start to the year, retaining its VenueVerdict Gold Standard Accreditation in the second quarter of the year which recognises the hotel as a recommended venue for a conference or event based on customer feedback. Read more.

Free Tax and Accounting Guide
for Start-ups

Following on from Willans’ free guide ‘Legal tips for start-up companies’ in July’s newsletter, Paish Tooth brings you a free guide for start-up businesses seeking advice with their tax and accounts. Read more.

County Business News

News and Events Calendar

Chamber Gallery

 See upcoming Chamber Events

Spice Lodge Launches Business Lunch Menu

The Spice Lodge celebrated its 10th Anniversary by launching a new business lunch menu on 27th August. Chamber members were on hand to help celebrate and partake in the delicious fare.

MD Mohammed Rahman and staff

The new business menu enjoyed by attendees.
Keep up to date on business in Cheltenham via Twitter (@CheltChamber), Facebook and
Chamber website.

Everyman Theatre Business Networking Lunch

The next Chamber of Commerce Networking Business Lunch will be held in Matchams Restaurant at the Everyman Theatre on 25th September.

The guest speaker will be Alex Chalk MP (right) who will speak about his first couple of months as MP and what steps are needed to support Cheltenham's businesses. See details below. (Read more).

Seminar Series
September - December

(All seminars 11.30 am - 12.30 pm)

The Customer Journey 
Getting the Most Out of
Your Digital Channels?

Thursday 17 Sept 
Stefano Pucello

Cloud Computing

Thursday 1 October 
Tom Henson 

How Good Branding and
Design Can Help Your Business

Thursday 15 October  

Rich Bell 

Keeping Your
Business Safe

Exploring Threats and Problems
of Cyber Crime 

Thursday 12 November
Mark Godsland 
Gloucestershire Constabulary

The Art of Uphill Skiing
How Attitude Can Affect Your
Success in Business

Thursday 26 November

John Denley

Beware the Bear!
Employment Law Update

Thursday 10 December
Matt Jenkin


Chamber Events

Gloucestershire Chambers
of Commerce Breakfast

Queens Hotel
Wednesday, 23rd September
7.30 am - 9 am
Speakers: Peter Bunguard, Chief Exec. Glos. CC, Martin Surl, County Police Commissioner, Michael Ratcliffe, CEO, Cheltenham Chamber 
(Chamber Member Discount)

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, Hatherley
Cheltenham, 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)
Members Events

‘Ask the Experts’
Employment Law
Breakfast Briefing
22 September 2015, 7.30 am

Matthew Clayton         Laura Davis

National Star College.
£15 (Open to non-CIM members)

Contact: Lesley Kadwell
(01242 514000)


Safeguarding Your Brand:
The Legal and Tax Implications of IP 

15 September 2015, 6 pm

Paul Gordon,               James Geary

        Willans                Randall & Payne 

Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), Willans LLP solicitors
and Randall & Payne accountants 
The Growth Hub, Gloucester
£15 Member; £25 Non-member


& WSP Solicitors
Pied Piper Appeal and
Gloucestershire Young Carers
Marling School Hall, Stroud
Wednesday 16th September at 7pm.
Tickets are £50 per team of four


Sue Ryder Winter Ball

Pittville Pump Room
Friday 11 December, 7 pm - midnight
Charity Auction and Raffle
Tickets: £90 

Bookings: 01242 240 270

See also Sue Ryder's
Leckhampton Court
Autumn Fayre 

12 September


New Members

Utility Warehouse

Contact: John Denman

For over a decade Utility Warehouse have been helping SOHO, SME and households, throughout the area remove the cloud of confusion surrounding their utility spend. Ask for a no-obligation review to see how you can make significant savings on your telephony and energy spend, plus additional savings on a wide range of routine purchases.

Bourne Baking Ltd.
Contact: Esther Bourne                

Bourne Baking makes a variety of delicious pastries for businesses and consumers, including layer cakes, celebration cakes, cupcakes, macaroons and decorated cookies for all occasions. We run two workshops on a one to one basis: teaching the basics of how to bake a cake or how to bake six cupcakes with a buttercream swirl. Gluten free cakes available.

Contact: Mike Flooks
LiquorShaker is a cocktail events company that brings training to the client. We are cocktail enthusiasts, dedicated to providing enjoyable cocktail classes which will teach the fundamentals required to make professional quality cocktails at home. 


Contact: Marie Carter
Established in 1886, Dean Close School is a co-educational day and boarding school in the centre of Cheltenham, which provides continuity of education from age 2+ to 18. Visitors regularly comment on the atmosphere, saying how warm and friendly they find it and it is felt that this positive environment can be attributed directly to the school's Christian heart and principles. 

Members Offers


Oxford Chelt Wine School 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