Chamber News
 March 2015
Growing Business in Cheltenham

Pre-election Panel Debate
 The Queens Hotel
Martin HorwoodAlex ChalkPaul GlibertChristina Simmonds
Adam Van CoevordenRichard Lupson-DarnellRuth Dooley
(Top l-r: Martin Horwood MP - Lib Dem; Alex Chalk - Cons., Paul Gilbert - Lab.,Christina Simmonds - UKIP; Bottom l-r: Adam Van Coevorden - Green, Richard Lupson-Darnell - Ind, Ruth Dooley - Hazelwoods, Peter Goatley - Barrister)

Friday, 27 March, 6 pm - 9 pm
Free Admission
Members Only and their Guests

Sponsored by Cotswold BMW

On behalf of the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, long-serving member Hunter Page Planning has organised a Pre-General Election debate at The Queens Hotel on Friday 27th March. The evening is sponsored by Cotswold BMW. 

All of parliamentary candidates for the Cheltenham seat will be present providing an ideal opportunity to question their plans and policies for the future of our Town. After a short introduction from each candidate, questions will be taken from the floor (see opposite for details) The candidates will be joined by Ruth Dooley (Hazelwoods) and Peter Goatley (Barrister) with moderator Paul Fong (above right), Hunter Page Planning. Read more.

Member's Profile

Roger Mortlock

CEO Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust

City types in Gloucestershire may not know much about nature beyond their gardens. Yet the county is mainly rural and agricultural, with stunning areas of natural beauty, all of which makes it one of the best places to work and live. Helping to protect this wildlife heritage is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust (GWT), which manages 60 nature reserves and 2,000 acres across the county. CEO Roger Mortlock leads GWT’s 40+ employees, 500 active volunteers and a local membership of over 27,500 people. 

We caught up with Roger to ask about his career, GWT’s wide-ranging environmental work, how Chamber members can engage with GWT, and his advice to new entrants planning a career in wildlife conservation. Read more.

Investment in Our Town -
3 Recommendations

Chamber Deputy CEO Jon Leamon

Further to my request last month for feedback on how best to invest the £7.8 million received by the Borough Council from the sale of North Place and Portland Street car parks, I have forwarded it to the Council for discussion at the budget meeting in March.

Three main areas for capital expenditure you felt would be most beneficial for the future prosperity of the Town are: Read more.

Member News

Are You Dealing with
Your Digital Legacy?

by Simon Cook

£25 billion. That is the current reported figure of unclaimed digital assets in the UK alone. Each internet service provider may have different policies for dealing with online assets on death.  Read more.
If It Can Happen to Nike –
Why Not You?

by Matt Jenkin
One issue that regularly comes up when I am discussing with clients post-termination restrictions and the risks posed by departing employees, is the view that it won’t happen to them and that employees in this day and age wouldn’t dream of leaving and taking with them valuable trade secrets and confidential information. Read more.

 Email Marketing: 10 Ways to Grow Your Subscriber List

by Julian Wellings
A question I am often asked by businesses who want to start email marketing is “How do grow my subscriber list?” It is far better to grow your list organically over time rather than clinging to the belief that you rapidly need to add 5,000 subscribers to make your email marketing successfulRead more.

Data Back-ups Are Only as Good 
as the Restoration Process

by Tom Henson

Have you ever had a discussion with your IT Have you ever had a discussion with your IT department about backing up your data, and they have always assured you that back-ups are done regularly so everything is fine? But is it?  Read more.


How Many Insurance Covers Can Your Favourite Restaurant Cope With?

by Madeleine Heaven

Most business owners will tell you that a business can live or die by its reputation. This statement is rarely better embodied than in the case of a successful restaurant.  Read more.

Just £2,000 to Build a Dam
for Bedouin Tribesmen

Charity Appeal

Cheltenham-based charity the Makhad Trust is asking Chamber members to help fund vital work for the Bedouin tribes of the Sinai Mountains and Desert in Egypt. £2,000 will cover the cost of one dam which will enable tribesmen to provide water for orchard gardens that could feed up to 250 people, including young children.

If you can help, please contact Helen Cranston at or on 07815 768753. Helen also has places available on a Working Journey in Sinai, where volunteers help to build the dams. More information at

Chamber Gallery
 See upcoming Chamber Events
(photos: Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

February showed no slow down in Chamber activities. Our Business Lunch Series at the Everyman Theatre welcomed Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director of Cheltenham Development Taskforce. There were also seminars offered by Jonathan Pollinger (Intranet Futures) and Michael Durkan (Durkan Cahill). Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe and Deputy CEO Jon Leamon were also on hand to help support Mayor Simon Wheeler's Charity at a festive Spice Lodge event hosted by owner Mohammed Rahman; our CEO also teamed up with the Mayor and others to launch a Business Start-up Diploma at Pitman Training.

The Spring looks set to be even busier at the Chamber. Don't miss out on any of our upcoming events 
and seminars

Everyman Theatre Business Lunch

l-r) Michael Ratcliffe, Jeremy Williamson,
Jon Leamon, Geoffrey Rowe and Alex Chalk

Presenter Jeremy Williamson 

Social Media Seminar

Jonathan Pollinger 

Directors' Duties and
Insolvency Law Seminar

Michael Durkan

Mayor's Charity Event at Spice Lodge

Spice Lodge MD Mohammed Rahman and guests

Launch of Business Start-up Diploma
at Pitman Training

(l-r: Pitman Training MD Kevin Daws, Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe, Mayor Simon Wheeler, Town Centre Manager Kevan Blackadder, Tony Solomon, Frederick's Foundation) 




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

New Cheltenham Business Partnership 
Town Centre Manager 

The Cheltenham Chamber would like to congratulate Kevan Blackadder (above) on his new role as Town Centre Manager for the Cheltenham Business Partnership. Following Martin Quantock's recent retirement, Kevan takes up the position after a distinguished career as Editor of the Gloucestershire Echo. Kevan will also join the Chamber's Executive Committee.

Chamber CEO Michael Ratcliffe welcomed Kevan and the depth of experience he brings to the role. "We are delighted with Kevan's appointment to this important position. He'll no doubt make a significant contribution to Cheltenham's retail business and in promoting the Town. I'm also looking forward to working with him on the Chamber Executive." (See Gloucestershire Echo Online).

Seminar Series
(All seminars 11.30am - 12.30pm)

Essential Data Protection

Thursday 12 March

Paula Williamson
Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Read more.

Cloud Accounting
Thursday, 26 March

Jim Glanville and Sam Deeley
Cirrus Cloud Accounting
Read more.

Cheltenham Chamber’s Business Centre
2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham GL50 1UH
Members: free; Non-members: £6
01242 252 626. 
Spaces are limited
. Read more.

If you would like to suggest a topic or provide a future seminar, please contact Nigel Knowlman (07969 043 117). 
Chamber Events

Pre-election Panel Debate

The Queens Hotel
Friday, 27 March, 6 pm - 9pm
Members only and their guests
Free Admission; RSVP to Sharon Rendell

at Hunter Page Planning.

Midlands Air Ambulance
and Cheltenham Chamber
Charity Networking Evening

 Jet Age Museum
Meteor Business Park

Thursday 16 April 2015, 5.30 pm – 7 pm
£12.00 members & guests
(£24.00 non members)
incl. glass of wine/soft drink and canapés
Gloucestershire Airport, GL2 9QL


Chamber Business Breakfast
Gloucestershire Business Show

Guest Speaker: Martin Surl
Gloucestershire Police Commissioner
Wednesday 13th May, 8 am - 9.30 am
£12.50 members; £25 non-members
The Entrepreneurs Bazaar
Hall of Fame Entrance
Cheltenham Racecourse 

BookingsRead more. 


GFirst LEP's news and
events calendar

£3 Million Fund to
Support Local Businesse

Read more.


New Members

Contact: Mary Wright

Mary Wright designs brand identities which differentiate client companies from their competitors, enabling them to attract and retain the customers they want. Graphic design services include branding and logos,collateral, stationery, signage, internet, exhibition displays and other marketing related materials.


 Contact: Phil Denman

Red Flag Alert is an online business information bureau and business intelligence tool based in Cheltenham, We help business owners and their advisers use data intelligently to make better decisions about markets and client relationships. We hold information on 6 million trading UK businesses, which is refreshed daily.

Hugh Curran 
ContactHugh Curran 

HC&A is a loosely-coupled, flexible group of experienced people who do interesting 'stuff' for other businesses.  Typically, we harness new technologies and conventional resources to achieve unconventional outcomes. We excel at ideas - having, running with or improving clever ideas, combining counter-intuitive approaches, brokering appropriate partnerships to create new and fresh ways forward.  


Contact: Edward Stallard 

A & E Fire Equipment Ltd. has been providing fire and security protection to businesses across the Midlands, London, South West and South Wales since 1965, including fire safety equipmentsecurity equipment, fire protection systems and specialist fire safety consultancy.We deliver on-site fire awareness and fire warden training courses as well as offering practical fire-fighting equipment demonstrations.


ContactBrenda Noori


Luxury Serviced Apartments provide top quality serviced apartments in Cheltenham. Whether you are looking for a holiday let or a longer-term accommodation solution, we have a portfolio of properties to suit your needs.


Dany Williams

           Contact: Dany Williams            


HortonWilliams is a brand and marketing strategy consultancy. Our clients are typically SMEs or start ups located in the West Midlands looking to develop and build their business. We work with clients to design or develop their brand identity and logo, websites and promotional collateral.

Contact: Chris Skinner

UBE covers all aspects of electrical installation, for business and domestic re-wirings and extensions to providing temporary power distribution for commercial events, concerts and exhibitions. We can also design and implement power requirements for industrial units, shops and offices.



Members Events

Matthew Clayton

Employment Law 'to-go'
Breakfast Seminars

Social Media and HR – The Legal Issues
National Star College
Ullenwood, Cheltenham
7.30 am - 9 am , 17 March 2015

£15 admission incl. light breakfast
Read more.
(See 2015 Seminars)

The Cheltenham Chamber will be at the Association of Gloucestershire Chambers stand
The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse 
13 & 14 May 2015
(ContactSee Video)


Breakfast Bites Workshop 

Monday 16 March 2015
6.30 am registration & breakfast 
7 am start
Cotswold Grange Hotel Cheltenham.
Free breakfast and parking

Speaker: Luan Wise.


Content Submissions Sought
If you or someone from your organisation are interested in submitting articles for Chamber News, please send your idea or proposal to the editor, Dan Harris. Read more.
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