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The Hungerford Chamber of Commerce

Committed to supporting the growth and development of local business.

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AGM 2018

6.30pm for 7pm Tuesday 24 April, Royal British Legion, 20 Church Way, Hungerford RG17 0JU

Report

The following Chamber Officers were elected:

Chairman – David Small
Treasurer – Derek Loft
Secretary – Frances Small
Membership Secretary – Jane Goldstein
Nigel Perrin (social media and e-marketing),
Penny Locke (website)
Martin Crane (liaison with Hungerford’s larger employers)
John Willmott

Membership renewals and subscription for 2018/19

It was agreed that the standard ‘sub’ should remain £50 p.a. with a discount to £25 for new and returning lapsed members. Chamber currently has 58 members and is growing.

Future events and initiatives

Hungerford Extravaganza: More volunteers are needed to attend Extravaganza committee meetings and help with preparations and collecting donations. There are only 4 meetings per year and only an extra 2 or 3 volunteers would make all the difference. Frances Small and Lis Allen said they would help and more would be welcome. The theme of this year’s event will be reviewed. More community involvement and support is welcomed in planning the event.

Trade Showcase – Martin Crane is arranging another ‘Trade Showcase’, to be held on 18thOctober at the Corn Exchange, further details to be circulated nearer the time. Any members interested in taking part are invited to contact Martin.

Town Team Hungerford will be creating a new leaflet for Hungerford as the last ones were very popular and successful. This will be supported by the Chamber of Commerce.

Neighbourhood Plan – Martin Crane addressed the meeting about this Town Council initiative, working in conjunction with West Berkshire District Council over a period of 2/3 years. A steering group has been formed to discuss what kinds of development would be beneficial for the town and anyone interested should contact Martin for further information.

Great West Way – Martin also mentioned that there will be a meeting to discuss the ‘Great West Way’ tourist initiative, to be held on Friday 27th April at 10.30am in the Magistrates’ Room in the Corn Exchange building – all would be welcome to attend.

Boat trip – there will be a social event on the 6th September, a canal barge outing on the ‘Rose of Hungerford’. All those whom would like to attend are asked to contact David Small or any other Committee member. Further details will be provided after the next Committee meeting and at future meetings of the Chamber.

Networking – The ‘5.30 Club’ meets for friendly, informal business networking at the Three Swans Hotel 5.30 – 7pm on the second Tuesday in each month. The next session will be on Tuesday 12 June. All welcome, not limited to Chamber members.

Smarten Up Hungerford Campaign

Many areas of the town have become overgrown with weeds and/or are dirty and untidy. These (or some of them) may have been maintained by West Berkshire Council in the past but financial cutbacks have resulted in neglect and deterioration.

The Chamber of Commerce is proposing a scheme to introduce more flower displays, weeding below hedges need weeding and improving the conditions of footpaths and pavements.

We as business owners know how important it is to project a good image and to have a welcoming feel upon entering Hungerford so Chamber will provide volunteer time, and seek funding and applying for any necessary permissions.

The Chamber is also investigating the possibility of erecting a Welcome to Hungerford sign on the roundabout next to the Co-op Garage and organising a monthly community litter pick.

If you are a local business or resident who would like to support these initiatives in any way please contact John Willmott at john@willmott.co

 

Date of next meeting – full Chamber members’ meeting Tuesday 5 June at Eliane’s, Hungerford High Street. Lis Allen will be the guest speaker.

 

 

AGM 2018

6.30pm for 7pm Tuesday 24 April, Royal British Legion, 20 Church Way, Hungerford RG17 0JU

Agenda

1          Welcome and Introductions

2          Chairman’s Report (David Small) and review of the last year’s activities

3          Treasurer’s Report (Derek Loft) and presentation of audited accounts

4          Other reports

5          Election of officers for 2018/19

–           Chairman

–           Treasurer

–           Secretary

–           Membership Secretary

–           other Committee members

6          Appointment of independent auditor

7          Membership renewals and subscription for 2018/19

8          Amendment of Chamber constitution article 10(c) (AGM to be held in future in April instead of March)

9          Speaker – Penny Locke (Penny Post – how the community newsletter and website has evolved as a business and supports other businesses in the area)

10        Chamber website

11        Future events and initiatives, including

–           Hungerford Extravaganza (Nigel Perrin)

–           Tourist initiative – revival of Town Team Hungerford

–           Neighbourhood plan

–           Future meetings and guest speakers

–           Social events including Rose of Hungerford outing

12        Any Other Business

Please note – any member wishing to raise any item for discussion under Any Other Business is asked to contact David Small on 0771 3094759 or David@dagsmall.co.uk

 

 

 

February Meeting

6.30 – 8.30pm Tuesday 6th February

in the British Legion in Hungerford: 20 Church Way, Hungerford RG17 0JU. 

 

 

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