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Chamber News

January 2016

Happy New Year!
Your Chamber Briefing
Michael Ratcliffe, Cheltenham Chamber CEO, looks back on 2015 and gives his perspective on a promising year ahead. See video.

Video productions by Julian Wellings

Member News

Understanding the Tax Rules of Property Income

Karen Kay, Tax and Accounts Manager

As a landlord, there are three main ways in which you can source residential rental income. These are: furnished lets & unfurnished lets, rent a room exemption and furnished holiday lets. Each of these types of income attracts differing rules and varying tax treatments, and it’s important to be fully aware of what the tax implications may be. Read more.

Ratcliffe Consultants are delighted to announce that they are able to assist all the Chambers and business groups in the county, by offering discounted insurance for themselves and their members!

Claire Thayers (above), on behalf of Ratcliffe Consultants and in cooperation with the Association of Gloucestershire Chambers, is meeting with every Chamber to understand their insurance challenges. Read more.

Hazlewoods Wins
Top National Award

Hazlewoods are celebrating after winning one of the biggest awards in the accountancy world.

Hazlewoods Tax Team won the “Top 50 Tax Team of the Year Award” at the prestigious 2015 British Accountancy Awards.Read more.

Social Responsibility -
Professional Partnerships

by Paul Riddick, CEO
In business today one of the many targets businesses are asked to achieve usually involves Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), which may include sponsorship, volunteering or skills sharing. Thankfully many see CSR as a key part of their business plan and not just as a PR opportunity (although it is of course a very good PR opportunity!). Read more.

Mary Wright Launches
New Stationery Business

by Mary Wright
Spotlight Stationery is a selection of contemporary stationery for our subscribers, which is dispatched in letterbox-friendly packaging to customers both in the UK and abroad. We choose only premium brands and artisan products including items you won't commonly find on the high street. Read more.
People News at Willans

At one of Gloucestershire’s leading law firms, Willans LLP, two private client solicitors have achieved full membership accreditation of a professional panel and a new solicitor (aboveSimon Bridgens) has joined its commercial arm. Read more.

New Moves at...

Corporate lawyer Chris Cook (above right, congratulated by Partner, Head of Corporate Development, Richard Wilkey) will be celebrating the New Year with promotion at leading law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys in Cheltenham. Read more.

Chamber Gallery
Chamber Photos by: Brian Chaplin

The Chamber had a busy festive season, which included the annual Christmas Dinner at the Spice Lodge. We'd like to thank owner Mohammed Rahman and his staff for their warm hospitality and exquisite Indian and Thai cuisine. We'd also like to congratulate Mohammed (see below) for receiving the coveted 'Best Restaurant in the South West' by the British Curry Awards during 2015.

We'd also like to thank
Matt Jenkin, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, for his excellent employment law update seminar. More to follow in 2016.


(l-r) Jon Leamon, Mohammed Rahman, Catriona Murray and Michael Ratcliffe

Jon Schofield and Kevan Blackadder

Mohammed Rahman with 2015 Best Restaurant  in the South West award.

Annual Chamber Christmas Dinner
at the Spice Lodge

Matt Jenkin, Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Matt Jenkin's Employment Law Seminar
Member Profile
Julie Finch, CEO of The Cheltenham Trust, gives her perspective of the town's leading art, culture, heritage and sporting venues and activities for 2016 and beyond. See video.

Chamber Events

Chamber Visit to The Wilson,
including the Audrey Hepburn exhibition
The Wilson logo
Wednesday 20 January
6 pm - 8 pm
Members: £12; non-Members: £24

includes welcome drinks and canapés
Read more.

Speed Networking Event

Thursday 25 February
5.30 pm onwards
Queens Hotel
Members £5; non-Members: £10

Read more.

Seminar Series
January - March 2016
(All seminars 11.30 am – 12.30 pm)

Getting the Best ROI

28th January

Pete Allison
Events & Management Services Ltd.

Insurance Update,
including ramifications of the
Insurance Act 2015

11th February

David Black
Fraser Russell

Stalking at Work
25th February  
Hollie Gazzard Trust

Making Your
Service Business Work

10th March

Nicki Stewart 
LeMay Consultancy

Free for members; £6 for non-members. Seating limited. Cheltenham Chamber’s Business Centre, 2 Trafalgar St, Cheltenham, GL50 1UH. Contact.

New Members

Contact: Terri Berry

Thirlestaine Park Care Home opened in 2014, offers an ideal, purpose-built retirement development for a wide range of personal needs. Short and long-stay packages are welcome and the team specialise in many complex nursing needs and also dementia care.

Member Offers

Qualitas Refunds Chamber Membership with Business and Prestige Home Insurance!

Protect your business and save on your Chamber Membership! Business Insurance and Prestige Home Insurance for Chamber Members, arranged by Qualitas Insurance Brokers. *Up to 10% of your insurance premium refunded. Read more. 

Take a Picture Competition! 

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce member, Belinda Wilson (below right) is running a competition in January 2016, with a £50 cash prize. Throughout the month, 50 Stagecoach buses across Gloucestershire will be running a side banner for Belinda's website 

For a chance to win the £50 cash, all you need to do is take a photo of a bus with the banner and do one of the following: 

On 1st February 2016, one lucky winner will be drawn at random. For more information, please visit or email

County Business News

News and Events Calendar


Content Submissions

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

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