Chamber News
June 2013

Growing Business in Cheltenham

Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber CEO, Spice Lodge owner, Mohammed Rahman, and Chamber Deputy CEO, Jon Leamon.
(photo, Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo)

Cheltenham Chamber Networking Evening
at the Spice Lodge
Thursday 27th June, 5.30 pm - 8 pm

Members: £12; Non-members: £24

Come and meet fellow Chamber members at an engaging networking event over a delicious Thai and Indian buffet at the award-winning Spice Lodge on Thursday 27th June.  This has become one of the signature events of the Chamber calendar and always popular with the Cheltenham business community. On hand will be the new-look Chamber Executive Committee, and a prize draw for a dinner for two will be provided courtesy of the Spice Lodge.

To reserve a place, please contact Pauline Harris (01242 252 626; Members £12, non-members £24. We look forward to seeing you at this special event. Read more.

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual General Meeting
The Cheltenham Chamber AGM was held on Monday 20 May at the Council Chamber at the Municipal Offices. See Jon Leamon's article below.

(photo by Brian Chaplin, EuroVideo)

New Faces at the Chamber
by Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy CEO

We are very aware of the need to be able to offer more business benefits to our members. Our future plans include the development of a full range of services which will enhance your membership package and give you even better value for your annual membership fee. To help us deliver this work we have added four new Executives to our team. They were all voted in at the recent Chamber AGM.
Vicky Muller (above right), Your Local App Cheltenham, will be helping us with our website and marketing support for our members. Kevin Daws (right), Pitman Training, will be helping us with our press releases, sponsorship packages, and managing our social media communications. 
JoAnne Fairchild (right), Belena Ltd, will be helping us by setting up a range of business seminars and clinics, as well as a work station facility for our members. Daniel Boden (below), English Mutual, will be responsible for Chamber membership.

These additional “pairs of hands” will allow the rest of the team to work on other projects for the benefit of our members. Each year your Chamber becomes stronger as we continue to grow, and we will offer you more. We will keep you informed of our progress throughout the coming months.

The Chamber also elected a new President, Martin Quantock, Town Centre Manager and Head of the Cheltenham Business Partnership (right: Jon Leamon, Deputy Chamber CEO, Martin Quantock, and Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber CEO). We would like to thank the outstanding contribution of Jon Whitbread, Partner at Harrison Clark Rickerbys, who has been Chamber President the past two years. Jon will continue to represent our Chamber and the town on the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). (picture, Brian Chaplin, EuroVideo)

We thank Edward Gillespie (right),  former Managing Director of Cheltenham Racecourse, for his excellent talk at the AGM on the history of the racecourse and its development over the past two hundred years. We'd also like to congratulate Brewin Dolphin for winning the The Everyman Cup, given for outstanding business sponsorship to the EverymanTheatre. (Below rightGeoffrey Rowe, Managing Director of the Everyman Theatre, presents the cup to Paul Nurden, Brewin Dolphin)

We look forward to another great year in supporting you, our members.
Jon Leamon
Deputy Chief Executive
Member Profile: Steve Lewis
July 2011 saw the launch of Jamie's Italian in Cheltenham. Purveyor of delicious, healthy Mediterranean cuisine and positivity which exudes from its celebrity chef, Jamie's Italian is already going from strength to strength, expanding across the UK and internationally. Overseeing the Cheltenham restaurant is the Holding General Manager, Steve Lewis, equally positive and passionate about good food and excellent service like the man at the top. We caught up with Steve to find out more about how that success is achieved. Read more.

Cheltenham JobCentre Jobs Fair

Tuesday 25 June, 10am – 4pm
Municipal Offices
Cheltenham Jobcentre has joined with Cheltenham Borough Council to organise a Jobs Fair to be held on Tuesday, 25th June 2013 at the Municipal Offices on the Promenade.
Previous Jobs Fairs have proved immensely popular and we are looking forward to a lively day with hundreds of jobseekers attending throughout the day.
There will be a range of private and public organisations exhibiting, including Endsleigh Insurance, The Puma Hotel Group, Savers Retail group,TSS Security, The House of Fraser, The Thistle Hotel Group, Armed Forces Recruitment, Bugfinders (IT) and Gloucestershire College Apprenticeship Team and other leading employers.

If Chamber members would like to participate as an exhibitor, please contact Catriona Murray  or Katie McLeod for further information (Read More).

Local Enterprise Partnership Update
Jon Whitbread, President 

Cheltenham Chamber 
Jon Whitbread, Partner at solicitors Harrison Clark, provides a monthly update of the Local Enterprise Partnership's (LEP) Business Membership Group (BMG) in which he represents Cheltenham. The LEP continues to gather momentum and is increasingly growing into its role. For a full update on some of the most recent developments and news, please have a look at the LEP website, You can also check out a recent summary of LEP activities on the Cheltenham Chamber website. Read more.

I would also encourage Chamber members to attend 'Growing Gloucestershire Conference 2013', Wednesday, 12 June at University of Gloucestershire Park Campus - a full day conference of speakers and seminars, bringing you insight into ways to grow your business. Speakers include Dame Fiona Reynolds, formerly Director-General of the National Trust, now Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge and Senior Independent Director of the Executive Board of the BBC; Andy Hunt, formerly the CEO of the British Olympic Association and Chef de Mission of Team GB for the London 2012 Olympic Games; Simon Moore, International Director of the Confederation of British Industry; Stephen Marston, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire; and David Owen, Chief Executive of GFirst LEP, on the second anniversary of Gloucestershire's Local Enterprise Partnership.  For the full day's agenda and bookings, Read More.

The LEP's structure is broken up into a number of specialist boards which deal with a particular sector (e.g. retail, leisure, advanced engineering and manufacturing etc). The following link shows how the boards fit together: LEP Boards. To provide feedback on these and other LEP activities, please contact the Chamber office.

Commercial Lawyer Takes
New Legal Role at Willans

Willans LLP, a leading Gloucestershire law firm, is delighted to announce the appointment of Theresa Grech to its Legal 500–rated company commercial department. Theresa trained at Davies and Partners and joined Bristol-based law firm Lyons Davidson upon qualifying in 1997. She became a partner in its corporate team in 2008. Read more

Free Publicity For Your Company
Do you want some free publicity? Why not submit event dates and pictures for display in the new  Chamber website, including the home page and high traffic pages. What an opportunity to build awareness of your company at no cost!  We'll be happy to promote you via Twitter - but you have to let us know! Send your submissions to the Chamber office today.(Photo by Brian Chaplin, Eurovideo).
Upcoming Events

Cheltenham Cricket Festival
Tuesday 16th July 2013
1 Day Match Gloucestershire v Northamptonshire
Pauline Harris 
T: 01242 252626 
Marketing Business Clinic
HymnSheet Sales and Marketing
Free for Members
Tuesday 11 June 2012
9am -12pm
Chamber Offices
Contact: 01242 252 626

Not getting the most out of your marketing plan? All companies, large and small, experience problems achieving revenue targets or creating greater brand awareness. But there's help. Book your place for a free, confidential marketing clinic with Dan Harris, Director of HymnSheet Ltd., a strategic marketing company and Chamber member. Bookings.
Modern Life Skills  
VIP Event 
Friday - 28th June 2013*
Complimentary entry for Chamber members
Reception, refreshment and
three-course lunch
Cotswold Conference Centre, Worc.
WR12 7LJ
01242 700 027; 

If you want a greater sense of achievement, the Cheltenham Circular Challenge offers a great way to raise sponsorship money for CCP, a local charity which provides support for vulnerable children, young people, families and adults across Gloucestershire. The CCP Challenge Team Trophy is a great opportunity for a little friendly interoffice competition, beat the company next door, do some team building, or enter just for fun. The CCP Challenge Trophy will be awarded to the qualifying team that raises the greatest amount of sponsorship money per head for CCP. For more information and to register, click here.

Growing Gloucestershire Conference 2013 

Wednesday, 12 June 
University of Gloucestershire Park Campus
£21 pp, includes lunch and refreshments
(See Jon Whitbread's LEP summary opposite column)


Public Sector Procurement Seminar

Harrison Clark Rickerbys
in conjunction with
GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership
Friday 7th June 2013
8.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Harrison Clark Rickerbys
Ellenborough House
Wellington Street
Cheltenham, GL50 1YD

Contact Laura Clifford:
email:, t: 01905 746 459 
Read More.

Members Offers

Free 5-day Memberships for
First 20 Respondents

Help your employees and colleagues get fit and stay active with Fitness4Less Cheltenham. The first 20 companies to respond get 20 “free 5-day memberships” for their employees!
To claim please email Petya Collins ( Fitness4Less Cheltenham is located just off the High street, behind Argos and offers two hours free parking to members courtesy of Beechwood shopping centre, free classes, ladies-only and unisex gyms and more. The club provides the ideal opportunity for early morning or late evening fitness enthusiasts, or for those lunch-time break express workouts. Valid until 30.6.13. Read more.

Who’s Watching Your Business?
Chamber members are being offered a special rate to attend the Cheltenham Cyber Security Conference, organised by Cheltenham Festivals, which will provide a guide to protecting employees and businesses from online attacks. Partnering with your Chamber, the Festival organisers have reduced the FULL DAregistration from £130 to £99. The delegate pass can be shared on a half day basis with one other member of staff from companies who register by this date.
With speakers during the day including Rt. Hon. David Willets, MP, (top right) and Professor Dame Wendy Hall (below right) the morning session includes a business breakfast and the afternoon begins with a networking lunch. For the current agenda, click here.
To receive this special rate, please quote LB13 when booking tickets via Cheltenham Festivals box office on 0844 880 8094 or on-line by clicking the link here. The conference organisers will then be in touch separately to ensure that all delegates sharing tickets are appropriately registered and dietary requirements recorded. 

Spice Lodge 25% Discount Offer 
The Spice Lodge would like to offer Chamber members 25% discount off main courses (valid from 1 May- 30 June) at the restaurant To redeem please quote your Chamber’s membership.  Read more.

New Members

Anna's Parties

 Anna Freeman,,Director
Anna's Parties offers regular, singles social events, including introductions, helping to bring together unattached and interesting people in professional vocations - without the pressures and disappointments of other singles organisations.

Yewbridge Technical Services provides independent construction and project management to the commercial and private sectors. Our clerk of works services include site monitoring and inspection, compliance, quality, health and safety, snagging. and CDM-consultancy (Construction Design and Management 2007 Regulations) . 

Provides property development in Gloucestershire and the southwest. Also serves as Planning advisor on the Cheltenham Chamber Executive Committee.

Advertising and Sponsorship
Members can secure advertising space at advantageous rates and participate in sponsorship deals which will be available on the upcoming new Chamber website and other areas. Make a smart move by including the Chamber in your marketing plans for 2013! Contact the Chamber office (01242 252 626) for details.

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Please note: deadline for submissions is the 24th of each month.

Edited by Dan Harris