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Chamber News

March 2016

Growing Business in Cheltenham
Rob Duncan (above), Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce's Planning Advisor, explains the issue surrounding the town's employment land . See video.

See also Chamber
Employment Land press release.

Video productions
Julian Wellings


New Moves at the Chamber

The Chamber would like to express its thanks for the hard work and dedication of Kevin Daws, who has stepped down from his Chamber PR and social media role to pursue other opportunities. Chamber CEO, Michael Ratcliffe, said, 'Kevin has made a significant contribution to the Chamber, and we wish him well in his future endeavours.'

Managing the Chamber's PR and social media going forward is Jane Dyer, 
marketing and fundraising manager for Gloucestershire Young Carers. Jon Leamon, Deputy Chamber CEO added, "Jane's skills and experience will be invaluable in helping build awareness and promote both Chamber and member activities. We feel fortunate to have her on board."
Great Jazz on Your Doorstep
Enter Prize Draw Competition
for 2 Free Tickets!

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is taking place across six days from April 27th – May 2nd. Read more.

To enter the free prize draw for two free tickets to the double-bill Rita Satch and Tony Momrelle (above) on Sunday 1 May, 2.30 pm in the festival's Big Top, answer the following question: 'In which year was Cheltenham Town Rugby Club established? You'll find the answer in the Member Profile video (above, opposite column); then enter competition.
Celebration Launch at
The Spice Lodge
Mohammed Rahman (above left), owner of the Spice Lodge, recently entertained His Excellency Zulqar Nain (above right), Assistant High Commissioner for Bangladesh and many local notables to the delicacies of their Pan-Asian cuisine. Read more.
David Borrett and Sam Bowe (Sue Ryder) with
Nigel Whittaker (Willans)

Willans Helps National Charity Acquire
Out-of-Town 'Superstore' 

Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP acted in the shop expansion of national charity client, Sue Ryder, which recently opened a 4,200 sq ft superstore on Tewkesbury Road in Cheltenham. Read more.
Willans Announce 2016 Employment Law Seminars
Willans Employment team:
Front: Laura Davis and Matthew Clayton
Back row: Jenny Hawrot and Helen Howes

A new series of employment law briefings is being provided by Gloucestershire law firm Willans LLP, with the first two focusing on the latest changes being introduced in the new tax year in April. Read more.
Partner Nick Wagstaffe
With Gloucester Rugby’s future now in the hands of sole owner Martin St Quinton, Harrison Clark Rickerbys supported the sale by acting for the majority shareholder Try Investment Services.Read more.

Thought Leaders
Inheritance Tax Exemptions
By Karen Kay,Tax Manager 
Inheritance tax exemptions can be a useful way of helping minimise any future inheritance tax liability. It is often seen as a tax on already taxed income, but it is in part the notional tax on the untaxed growth of assets such as property and investments on death. In a way you are swapping capital gains tax in life for inheritance tax on death! Read more.

Member Moves
Adding fresh expertise to Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ strong commercial property team in Cheltenham is Annabel Hull, focusing on commercial landlord and tenant work, but also covering commercial sales and purchases. Read more.

County Business News

News and Events Calendar 

Skills Fest 2016
11th - 12th March
Read more


Chamber Gallery
Chamber Photos by: Brian Chaplin
The Chamber needed the extra leap-year day to fit in all the activities in February. Highlights included speed networking at the Queens Hotel and supporting a launch event for The Gloucestershire County Business Show taking place 18th and 19th May. In addition, the Chamber hosted seminars and attended local government meetings on planning and transport, among others, in Cheltenham and around the county.

The Chamber would like to thank
Luan Wise for her excellent social media seminar as well as David Black, Fraser Russell, for his insurance update seminar. More to follow in March.
Luan Wise, Social Media Seminar
David Black, Fraser Russell
Insurance Update seminar
Speed Networking at The Queens Hotel
The Chamber's Anna Freeman and Jon Leamon
(l-r) Jon Leamon, Catriona Murray, Antonia Coles, Belinda Wilson and Pete Allison
(l-r) Michael Ratcliffe, Mary-Ann Markham, Anna Freeman, Catriona Murray and Jon Leamon
Having recently won 'UK Rugby Club of the Year' from a field of thousands, Cheltenham Rugby Club is going from strength to strength. From its inception over a century ago, the club has been active at both domestic and international levels. We spoke with the club's Chairman, Steve Ratcliffe (above), to learn what the club's success and longevity have meant to the community and sporting life in Cheltenham. See video.

Jazz Festival Prize Draw
Enter prize draw for two free tickets to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival by correctly answering the following: 'In which year was Cheltenham Town Rugby Club established? See video for the answer, then enter competition.
Chamber Business Lunch
Everyman Theatre
14 April, 12.15 pm 
Guest speaker: Diane Savory OBE
Chair, GFirst LEP
£18 members and guests
Non-members £36

Read more

Seminar Series
March - April 2016
(All seminars Thursdays 11.30 am – 12.30 pm)
Stalking at Work
21st April
 Free for members; £6 for non-members. Seating limited. Cheltenham Chamber’s Business Centre, 2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham, GL50 1UH. Contact.
Member Events

Spring & Tonic Networking
Special guest, Cicely Elliot-Berry, Sibling Distillery  

Cheltenham Park Hotel
Free admission
Thursday, 10 March, 6 pm to 9 pm

View Map; Bookings 
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At Windrush Care, we support mainly private clients who need care and wish to remain in the familiar surroundings of their own home. We provide this through visiting care, live-in care, respite and home from hospital support, in and around Cheltenham.
The Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts is a festival of music, drama and dance and is held in May every year to promote education in the arts. It encourages children and adults to perform in a supportive environment and learn important life skills.
Dee and Griffin Solicitors provide advice and services on a wide range of legal matters including both residential and commercial conveyancing, matrimonial, civil litigation and wills and probate.
Universal Uniform suppliers for work, school and leisure. In house design service available.
The Cheltenham Wine Festival is an annual event featuring a Grand Wine Tasting at which top independent wine merchants from the organisation showcase over 250 premium wines. It is an unmissable event for all wine lovers with the opportunity to taste, enjoy and discover special wines from the world's best wine regions.
Whether you’re planning a conference or corporate event, a wedding, accommodation or a private function, The Royal Agricultural University can offer the perfect location, nestled in the heart of the peaceful Cotswold countryside.
Ambition2 is associated with organisational and personal development. Our primary focus is working with people and organisations to improve performance through lean management, improved customer service, quality management, cyber and system implementation (e.g. CRM). New website coming soon!
For over 50 years, discerning foodies have relied on Foster Events for exceptional dining, whatever the occasion. Our talented chefs use only the finest, freshest local and seasonal produce to design imaginative and tasty menus, perfect for any event.
Contact: Rachel Slater
K&R Management is a family-run business which manages property development and lettings including flats and holiday lets, such as Crane Hill Farm (above) in Woolstone.
Contact: Anna Saunders
The Cheltenham Poetry Festival is a not-for-profit organisation which offers live literature events 12 days a year and community activities throughout the year. Our 2016 festival is 5th - 15 May.
Patrol & Protect supplies clients with a premium service for individuals or companies, either as a single or a combined solution service. We constantly strive to supply "Customer Service Excellence" above and beyond our competitors, which makes us stand out above all others.

Content Submissions
If you or someone in your organisation is interested in submitting an article to Chamber News, please send your idea or proposal the editorDan Harris.(right),  Read more.
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