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The Hungerford Chamber of Commerce

Committed to supporting the growth and development of local business.

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Christmas Social

6 – 8pm Thursday 7th December
Magistrates Room, Hungerford Town Hall

Join us for wine and nibbles and festive cheer. All Chamber members and local businesses welcome. Please click here to RSVP

 

General Meeting

Thursday 2nd November 7.00pm
Magistrates Room, Hungerford Town Hall

  1. Appoint a new Chair
  2. Finance Report
  3. Trade Showcase:
    • Review success of this great local event
    • Thank Martin Crane for his work organising the event
  4. Facebook/Instagram Recommendation Campaign
    • Everyone bring a laptop with access to their business facebook pages
      We will show you how to recommend businesses. We can all recommend each other, share and like content etc to boost reach and effectiveness of social media campaigns
  5. Christmas Extravaganza Update
    • Review the Good Exchange Funding efforts so far
    • Any news and updates
  6. Regular Monthly Networking
    • Suggestion of a regular monthly networking event put forward by Natalie Chappell and Penny Locke
  7. Membership Update and Subs
    • Payments to be made by monthly standing order of £5 per month or annually in advance for £50 from commencement of membership
  8. Advance Notice of December Chamber Meeting
    • Meeting on 7th December to be social event held in the Magistrates Room in the Town Hall with all Chamber Members, Town Council and Town and Manor.
  9. The future of the Chamber and whether it should continue based on point 1
  10. Natalie Has Updated Noticed Board Under Bridge With ChamberInformation

 

Hustings – Question Time debate

Thursday 1st June 6.30 for 7.30pm
Corn Exchange, Hungerford Town Hall Complex

‘Question Time’ style Hustings event. Come along and put your questions to our local candidates for the upcoming General Election. Richard Benyon (Conservative) and Judith Bunting (Liberal Democrat), David Yates (Apolitical), Alex Skirvin (Labour) and Paul Field (Green)

This is a free event, open to the general public. If you have a question you wish to be considered for the list, please email your question to The Secretary, David Small here, outlining your question, stating your name, if you question is chosen you will be expected to attend the evening and put the question to the candidates.

A retiring collection will be taken to help fund the hire cost for the hall. All donations gratefully received.

Chamber General Meeting

Thursday 4th May 6.30 for 7.00pm
Bear Hotel, Riverside Suite

Agenda 

– Welcome and introductions:  Christina Finlay
– Reports:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer – to present the monthly budget
  • Membership – current member numbers, call for new members
  • Other reports – marketing committee
  • Mayor (TBC)

– Planning update (Salisbury Road) and discussion – David Small
– Christmas (Victorian) Extravaganza current situation and the plan for 2017 – Neale Marney and Terry Darby
VOTE PLANNED:  Should the Chamber of Commerce be running the Extravaganza, or should it be”spun off”?
– 2017 General Election  June 1st, Chamber of Commerce will host a hustings in the Town Hall. So far, two candidates have agreed to attend (Richard Benyon and Judith Bunting).  This will replace the June meeting of the Chamber. Christina Finlay
– AOB
 Thanks and Close Christina Finlay

Speaker Natalie Chappell from Zest for Media
Digital Marketing & Social Media to help grow your business

Natalie Chappell is the Managing Director of Zest For Media Marketing Ltd, a fast-growing digital marketing company based in Hungerford. Her expertise is in getting businesses found and remembered online. Natalie’s core strengths include SEO, Social Media Management, and Pay-Per-Click Advertising for local businesses. Natalie is a Google and Bing Accredited Expert, and Twitter, Facebook, and Hubspot Certified Professional. Zest’s clients are diverse across many industries and locations, bringing a unique ability to deliver value and results to every business.

In this presentation, Natalie will talk about:
Getting started with SEO for your business website (why you should be doing it, and helpful tips and ideas you can use to make a start yourself today)
How to use Social Media to actually bring in new business (not just have 100’s of followers)

Chamber General Meeting

Thursday 6th April 6.30 for 7.00pm
Three Swans Hotel, Cygnet Suite

Agenda 

– Welcome and introductions:  Christina Finlay
– Reports:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer – to present the monthly budget
  • Membership – current member numbers, call for new members
  • Other reports – marketing committee

– Membership subscriptions:  a proposal for a reduced rate for returning members who have been absent for over a year:  Derek Loft
– The Victorian Extravaganza – big changes for 2018:  Nigel Perrin
– Planning issues (Garden Art, Station Road, Salisbury Road) – to inform Chamber correspondence to WBC:  David Small
– Date of next meeting and location
– Ian Sloan, business rates expert (more information at www.hungerfordchamberofcommerce.co.uk)
– AOB
 Thanks and Close Christina Finlay

Speaker: Ian Sloan of Bankier Sloan, Chartered Surveyors
Small Business Rates Relief and the implications

Ian Sloan

Ian will speak for 20-30 minutes regarding Small Business Rate Relief and the implications of the recent revaluation.

BANKIER SLOAN has been operating from North Oxfordshire since November 1984 and we specialise in advising businesses on commercial property matters. We realised some years ago that a majority of occupiers were unaware of this scheme and at the same time local authorities were very poor at publicising the availability of the relief. We have been regularly promoting this matter on both a national and local basis for over five years. We make no direct financial gain from promoting the scheme, but have gained instructions from a number of new clients on related commercial property issues.

Followed by a Q & A session

All businesses welcome – you do not need to be a Chamber member.

Chamber Committee Meeting

Tuesday 28th March 6.30pm
John O’Gaunt Pub

To set agenda for upcoming meetings