Pre-election Panel Debate
The Queens Hotel
(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
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.
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 -
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.
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.makhad.org.