Everyman Theatre Business Lunch
with David Owen
Chief Executive, GFirst
23 September, 12.15pm start
Two course meal with glass of wine
£15 members, £30 non-members
Come join Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce at the next Everyman Business Lunch with featured speaker, David Owen, CEO of GFirst, Gloucestershire's LEP, who will speak on 'Growing Gloucestershire's Economy - A Plan for the Future.' This popular speaker series is always engaging and thought-provoking for the Cheltenham business community. For bookings, contact Pauline Harris (01242 252 626).
Paul Bence, Managing Director
It takes talent, dedication and energy to keep any business ticking over year after year. To be successful since 1854 is rather mind-blowing. But that's what George Bence & Sons have done, becoming a mainstay in Cheltenham’s and Gloucestershire’s business life. It has won many business accolades and prides itself in its sustainability ethos which, like its great customer service, is
embedded in its DNA. That DNA is exemplified in its Managing Director, Paul Bence, who is leading the family business into its next stage of development. We caught up with Paul to ask about his career, what it takes to run a successful family business and his time as a Nittany Lion. Read more.
The Times and The Sunday Times
Cheltenham Literature Festival
3-12 October 2014
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, 3-12 October, attracts the biggest names in culture, business, politics and sport. Taking place over ten days in Cheltenham’s Town Hall, Imperial Square and Montpellier Gardens, the Festival hosts a range of talks, workshops, debates, and other entertaining events, such as themed meals and teas in its spectacular Spiegeltent. The Festival also has its brilliant Book It! family programme, which boasts around 100 children’s events designed to celebrate story telling in all its forms.
Stay tuned for a special promotion in the September issue for Chamber News readers.
Full programme details will be announced on 9th August; booking opens August 26th. To sign up for alerts and programme information, read more.
Senior appointment to Willans’ Wills,
Probate & Trusts Team
Front l-r: Associate Ruth Baker, partner Simon Cook. Back: paralegal Miranda Hawkes, solicitor Jennifer Emerson and paralegal Elspeth Thomson
Simon Cook has joined as Partner in the firm’s wills, probate & trusts department. Simon has a wealth of experience in dealing with private client work, including trusts, wills, powers of attorney, the Court of Protection and estate planning and administration. Read more.
Sue Ryder Fundraising Target Achieved
Willans has hit its fundraising target of £5,500 for its charity of the year, Sue Ryder. The staff at the company chose the palliative and end of life care specialists and its Leckhampton Court Hospice because of its close ties to the local community. Read more
Customer Engagement Sessions on
Borough Council Restructuring
The Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) is holding three presentations on its restructuring plans. The presentations will be relevant to different sectors of trade in the town (developers, licensed premises, planning agents, business owners, etc) and particular sectors, providing an overview of the plans and enabling feedback from attendees. Read more.
(Photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo and Pauline Harris)
Chamber members joined the Cheltenham Town Football Club at the Cricket Festival and benefited from the glorious weather and some fine cricket. We'd like to thank Marie Carter and CTFC for their warm hospitality. A great day out was enjoyed by one and all.
(l-r) Jon Leamon, Marie Carter, Michael Ratcliffe
(l-r) Colin Pilsworth, Pauline Harris, Rod Harris, John Forward,
Martin Quantock, Anna Freeman
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