Chamber’s Christmas Marketplace
Here’s a chance to capture additional end-of-year sales by providing your promotional offerings to Chamber members to purchase in December. The Chamber’s Christmas Marketplace will make a list available in early December so members can purchase seasonal offerings from other members at a favourable discount.
Ideally, the special offers and promotional pricing should be better than what is offered to the general public. As a member, you can participate as a buyer or seller and also barter your products and services. To buy or trade, members will be encouraged to contact other members directly who are specified on the list.
This interactive approach is the main aim of Chamber’s Christmas Marketplace, giving members an opportunity to network, interact and do business with each other. Read more.
Member Profile: Martin Taylor
Director, We Deliver Change
Most people don't like change. Some do all they can to avoid it even though repeating the same processes doom them to failure. Einstein's old dictum about insanity springs to mind. This month's Member Profile shines on Martin Taylor, Director of We Deliver Change, who provides expert skills and experience to help organisations manage change while staying sane and prosperous. We caught up with Martin to learn how organisations can be successful living with and embracing IT-enabled change. Read more.
The Equality Act became law in 2010 to address a range of discriminatory issues in the workplace. Part of the Act covers the rights of disabled workers and effectively subsumes The Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
One aim of the legislation is to stop employers unfairly discriminating against employees with disabilities. In other words, employees with disabilities are encouraged to apply for jobs for which they are suitably qualified and able, and employers should look to employ them. Read more.
Cheltenham Chamber Broadens A&E Campaign
Update by Kevin Daws
The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce is writing to Parish Councils and community organisations across Cheltenham, Tewkesbury & North Cotswold to ask for their support to Restore Emergency Services at Cheltenham General Hospital. The Chamber is working with a new Action Group called REACH (Restore Emergency at Cheltenham Hospital) for the restoration of full, 24 hour A&E services at Cheltenham General Hospital (CGH). We are asking Parish Councils and community organisations to write in the next three weeks to GCCG expressing their concern and request restoration of the full 24-hour A&E service. Read more.
For further information and comment, please contact Michael Ratcliffe on 01242 544549 or Kevin Daws on 01242 228080.
Forging the Future:
Chambers Meet in Cheltenham
Update by Kevin Daws
In October Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce hosted a well-attended meeting of representatives from local Chambers of Commerce across Gloucestershire.
“This was a very positive and encouraging meeting where we all agreed to work together across Gloucestershire, Michael Ratcliffe (right), Chief Executive of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce commented. “We agreed that the benefits of working together should not be under estimated whilst a synergy of attending each other’s’ events can only be beneficial. Examples of this is the Business Seminars currently being run by Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce. We also agreed to share information, encourage and support the formation of new Chambers and to work in partnership with GFirst LEP. We have agreed there would be a further meeting later November."
For further information and comment please contact Michael Ratcliffe on 01242 544549. Read more.
Hunter Page Planning
Celebrates 20th Anniversary
The Cheltenham business community gathered at the Racecourse to help celebrate Hunter Page Planning's 20th anniversary. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Hunter Page Planning has gone from strength to strength by recently opening an office in Surrey in addition to its main office at Thornbury House, High Street in Cheltenham. Read more.
Nominations for Super Achievers 2014
Pitman Training Cheltenham are inviting nominations from local individuals and businesses for Super Achievers 2014. Last year one of Pitman Training's students, Ruth Ilgunas, was a finalist in the Student of the Year category. One of the UK’s leading independent training providers, Pitman Training launched the Super Achievers Awards two years ago to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward. With nominations now open until 1st January 2014, categories include:
Christmas 2013 Hamper Scamper Appeal is launched
For entries and information including a poster, read more.
Working Mum of the Year
Young Achiever of the Year
PA of the Year
Business Newcomer of the Year
Student of the Year (Nominated solely by Pitman Training Centres)
Pitman Training also has a FREE downloadable APP for members involved in coaching, teaching, training, careers advice. Cheltenham is currently the number one Career MOT Centre in the UK. For further information, please contact Kevin Daws on 01242 228080.
Christmas 2013 Hamper Scamper Appeal is launched.
With higher numbers of people falling on hard times during 2013, this year's Hamper Scamper Appeal needs even more support from individuals, organisations, schools and corporate groups.
Relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers, in 2012 the scheme provided gifts and food valued at an estimated £28,900! CCP was also able to support other charities and statutory services, in touch with vulnerable individuals and families. This meant that for the first time the charity's reach went beyond the people they support.
To make food donations by 30th November, please contact Chris Knight at CCP on 01242 228999 ext 123. Read more.
Charlton Park Hotel
Love handbags, jewellery, scarves?
Then we have the perfect evening for you. The Cheltenham Park Hotel invites you to join them on Monday 25th November at 6pm for a relaxing shopping spree! With perfect timing for Christmas there will be a great range of Tina lacovelli handbags and fashion accessories including all kinds of jewelery and beautiful scarves. The evening is exclusively for corporate clients with complimentary drinks and a finger buffet. Please bring a friend or colleague.
Please RSVP to Julie Butters – Director of Sales, Cheltenham Park Hotel – 07766410032
Successful Networking Event at Manor by the Lake
Update by Jon Leamon, Deputy CEO
On Thursday 10th October we invited all Cheltenham based businesses to the Manor by the Lake to “Meet the Chamber”. The evening provided a chance for everyone to see what we do for our members and how they benefit from their association with the Chamber. More than 80 business people (mostly non-members) attended and enjoyed canapés, drinks and a wonderful venue for networking. Several of the non-members have already seen the benefits and have signed up to join us. We expect many more to follow. A prize draw was held on the evening and the winner was Peter Raybould of long-standing member, Willans Solicitors. The Chamber would like to thank Manor by Lake for their continued support and generous hospitality. (top, l to r: Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy CEO; Peter Raybould, Willans LLP; Michael Ratcliffe, Chamber CEO; and David Emery, Sales and Marketing Manager, Manor by the Lake).
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