Chamber News
 May 2015
Growing Business in Cheltenham
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Chamber of Commerce AGM

The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 2015 Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 27 May, 5pm - 7pm at the Municipal Offices, Guest speaker Andrew North, Chief Executive, Cheltenham Borough Council, will address members, and networking opportunities and refreshments will begin at 6pm (See opposite for details; visit Chamber Events).

Your Chamber Briefing

Cheltenham Chamber Deputy CEO Jon Leamon gives
an update on the month ahead (see

Win Tickets to the 

Cheltenham Science Festival
Science Festival Logo
2 - 7 June 2015

 The Times Cheltenham Science Festival is back to bring exciting science to people of all ages.

Speakers include Guest Director Steve Backshall, who will talk about Extreme Explorers, The Deadliest Animals on Earth, particle physicist and TV rock star Brian Cox, and Jurassic Park-advisor and inspiration for the Alan Grant character, dinosaur expert Jack Horner (see full programme; @CheltDino).

Following the competition in last month's Chamber News, the Cheltenham Festival and Cheltenham Chamber have organised another chance to win two pairs of tickets to attend the Cheltenham Science Festival.

To enter the competition, which is open to all Chamber News readers, view the Member Profile video (opposite, above right) and answer the following question: What sporting event does Paul Fong attend every year? Click here to enter your answer. All entries must be received by 12 noon, Friday 15 May; the winners be selected in a random draw, contacted by the Festival organisers on 18 May and announced in the next newsletter.

See The Times Cheltenham Science Festival's, @CheltDino.


Member News

Display Top Student Artwork
In Your Company


The Fine Art Course of the School of Art & Design at the University of Gloucestershire is offering businesses the opportunity to display original artworks in their offices. The scheme provides works on loan from the university’s leading art students to businesses in the Cheltenham area. Read more.

Dementia Awareness Week 17 - 23 May:  
A Good Time to Check
Your Affairs are in Order

by Paul Gordon, Partner

It has been reported that in 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK. In the lead up to Dementia Awareness Week 2015 which takes place in May, Paul Gordon, a partner in Willans’ litigation and dispute resolution team whose specialisms include inheritance and trust disputes, reminds people of the importance of making a will or power of attorney. Read more.
Marketing calls – Fines Imposed
by Theresa Grech, Partner

A first tier tribunal has upheld a monetary penalty notice for £50,000 for failure to comply with the rules on unsolicited direct marketing calls, as set out in Regulation 21 of the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003 (as amended). Read more.


Harrison Clark Rickerbys Launches
Eagle HR Services 

In conjunction with it’s sister company, Eagle HR, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has launched a full suite of business training sessions to help Gloucestershire businesses, Elaine Fisher (right), Senior HR Consultant says that she is confident that the services she is offering will be hugely beneficial to Management and HR personnel for businesses of all sizes, allowing them to gain competitive advantage in the current economic climate. (Read more).

Paishtooth Launches New App

Paishtooth's new app has been designed to help save you time and keep you on top of the latest news and tax changes. It’s updated on a regular basis, including after every Budget announcement, so you can be sure you’re always viewing real-time accounting data. Read more.


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


The Chamber would like to thank Bill Quinn (FlexableIT) and Gerald Crittle (G Accelerator) for their excellent seminars in April. We'd also like to thank organiser Susie Godwin, Midlands Air Ambulance, and the Jet Age Museum, Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton, for an engaging and thought-provoking visit on behalf of the charity. And many thanks to Kevin Daws (Pitman Training) for arranging the visit to the Gloucestershire Growth Hub. Lastly, and certainly not least, thanks to Brian Chaplin (Eurovideo) for his much appreciated photography work.

May will continue apace, so see
Chamber events.

Customer-Centric Seminar

Bill Quinn Seminar Presentation

Jet Age Museum Charity Event
Midlands Air Ambulance

Susie Godwin, Midlands Air Ambulance, and Jon Leamon, Chelt. Chamber
 Organiser Susie Godwin and Jon Leamon, Chamber Deputy CEO

Susie Godwin and Mike Sutton, Morgan car drive prize
Susie Godwin and Mike Sutton, winner of
Morgan car drive auction

Jet Age Museum Tour

Susie Godwin,
Midlands Air Ambulance

Jet Age Museum Audience

Gloucestershire Growth Hub Visit

(l-r) Phil Denman, Holly Sweet, Chris Gibbs, Nathalie Dawson,
Kevin Daws and Brian Chaplin 

See Chamber events




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

Paul Fong, MD Hunter Page Planning

Member Profile: Paul Fong
MD, Hunter Page Planning
(See video; enter Festival tickets competition here)

Hunter Page Planning has been involved in significant planning projects in Cheltenham for the past twenty years. The latest being the new flagship BMW dealership near the A40 between Cheltenham and Gloucester. Leading Hunter Page Planning is Managing Director, Paul Fong, who prides himself on delivering high quality work for clients and having an excellent team in his growing firm. We caught up with Paul to ask about HPP's success, working with the Chamber and his advice to recent graduates entering the planning field (see video).   

After viewing the video, click here to enter the competition for one of two pair of free tickets to the Cheltenham Science Festival. Last month's competition winners were
 Rosa Woodley, Sue Ryder Care, and Chris Hickey, Charlton Associates.

Video production by:
Julian Wellings 

Seminar Series 
May- July 2015
(All seminars 11.30am - 12.30pm)

Business Benefits of Coaching
Support and the
Growth Accelerator

Thursday 21 May
Tina O'Brien

Elle Coldman Associates
Read more

 Increase Your Sales
Thursday 4 June

Clare Davidson 
Thompson Marketing Ltd.
Read more

The Auto Enrollment Challenge -
Are You Ready?
Thursday 18 June

Sarah Withers
Auto Enrolment Bureau
Read more

Working with Charities Can Benefit Your Business
Friday 3 July

Caroline Bell

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

Chamber Business Breakfast
Gloucestershire Business Show

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

BookingsRead more. 

Cheltenham Chamber AGM

Pittville/Montpellier Rooms
Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham
Guest speaker Andrew North,
Chief Executive,
Cheltenham Borough Council

5.00 pm Everyman presentation
of the Chamber Cup

5.15 AGM, 6.00 pm Networking
Free for members incl. staff and guests
£10 Non-members
Drinks and refreshments

RSVP by 22 May; 01242 252 626


News and Events Calendar

4th Annual Review
Wednesday 10th June 2015
Gloucester Services Southbound 


See details of the Chamber visit above; bookings.

See also the Growth Hub's new Boost, Digital Growth Tool.


Members Events


The Cheltenham Chamber stand with
the Association of Gloucestershire Chambers 

The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse 
13 & 14 May 2015
(ContactSee Video)

Involve Gloucestershire
Launch Event
Gloucestershire Business Show

Panoramic Lounge
Cheltenham Racecourse
Wednesday 13th May 12:30pm - 2pm
(GBS entry not included)

Contact: Read more.

Matthew Clayton, Partner
Head of Employment

Employment Law 'to-go'
Breakfast Seminars

Disciplinary Processes - FAQ

14 May 7.30am - 9am  

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


Willans Charity Quiz Evening
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 7pm
Read more

Both Willans' breakfast seminar and
charity evening will be
at the National Star College

3rd and 4th June, 10am - 5pm
 UK and International 
Specialty Food & Drink Products
Organised by Hale Events

St. Vincents and St. Georges logo

Summer Evening Garden Party at Stanway House
(featured in BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall)

Friday June 5th 7.30pm
Special Guest:
Lord Lieutenant: Dame Janet Trotter
£25 incl. Supper
Contact: Les Bonney -- 01242 572621, 07940536504
Read more; Bookings


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 editorDan Harris. (below),  Read more.
Copyright © 2015 Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, All rights reserved.
Please note: deadline for member submissions is the 24th each month.

Contact: Dan Harris, Editor