Category Archives: Events

April 2016 Report

Tourism in Herefordshire is a considerable employer, supporting 8,500 jobs and is worth £411m to the local economy. In spite of the importance of this sector Herefordshire Council have withdrawn all support and the county have been reliant on voluntary help from a handful of tourism offices scattered around the county (including Bromyard). Hereford city does not even possess an office.
Hopefully this is about to change as Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce have taken over ‘Visit Herefordshire’ and on 1st June, they will be giving the Bromyard Chamber of Commerce a talk about their plans for the future. If you have any interest in tourism please do come along. The meeting is in the Oak room at the Falcon Hotel and starts at 7.30 pm.
Dates for your diary
June 1st 2016 – General meeting – Presentation by H&W Chamber of Commerce on ‘Visit Herefordshire’
August 2016 – No meeting
September 7th 2016 – General meeting – Review on Bromyard Speed Festival – How businesses can benefit from getting involved.
November 2nd 2016 – General meeting – Presentation on e-commerce by John Jones from Philip Morris Direct
December 7th 2016 – AGM

REMINDER – Subscriptions were due on 31st March and if not yet paid can you please contact Susan King to make arrangements for payment. email:
Chamber of Commerce website:

Workshops and advice for disaster recovery

Workshops and advice for Herefordshire businesses to plan for disaster

Have you ever considered the impact of severe weather conditions such as flooding on your business? Herefordshire has suffered its fair share of severe weather including heavy snowfall, cold icy temperatures and flooding in the past, thus organisations need to prepare for business interrupting events before it is too late.

Herefordshire Council in collaboration with Biscon Planning Ltd are offering a free awareness session to help organisations prepare for the worst. The event will take place from 8.00 – 9.30 Wednesday, 25 November 2015 and is being held at the Airport Lounge, Herefordshire Council, Plough Lane Offices, Hereford – HR4 0LE (Bacon sandwiches and refreshments will be provided on arrival.)

Speaking about the initiative Councillor Philip Price, cabinet member for infrastructure and a local business owner, said, “Recent incidents have shown us that it is critically important to be prepared for disasters beforehand. It is important that everyone can conduct their business as usual during emergency situation or crisis, especially smaller businesses as their employees or even the business owners themselves might not have the resources to keep their business closed for long, or even pay for the cost that may arise as aftermath. Through these sessions business owners will be able to learn good practices to mitigate the worst effects of disruptions such as flooding or blizzard conditions. I highly encourage business owners to participate in this event.”

The session will include advice and guidance from representatives from the Fire Service, Balfour Beatty Living Places, Environment Agency, Herefordshire Council and Biscon Planning advising on various aspects of responding to winter weather including role of the emergency services during flooding events, gritting (stockpiling salt and why certain roads are gritted), winter forecasting and weather warning systems, maintaining the road network – among many other topics.

There is also an opportunity to have 1-1 advice after the event on Business Continuity Planning so please stay after the event if you wish to discuss things further. If you would like to attend this free informative event, please reserve your place by visiting the Eventbrite website.

If you would like further details regarding the event, please contact Steve Lambert, Biscon Planning Ltd, at

*Please note that parking charges apply on all parks around the Plough Lane offices.  Free parking at the top of Plough Lane turn left prior to the Heineken entrance and park in the farthest two car parks.

Starting Your Creative Business

A free two day workshop is offered in Hereford.

“Starting Your Creative Business” is aimed at creative individuals in the West Midlands region aiming to set up or in the early stages of running a creative enterprise. It runs from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm on Thursday 27th and Friday 28th November 2014 at Hereford College of Arts.

More detail can be viewed here.

You can book onto the course via Eventbrite.

More details from Carrie Rolfe, Project Assistant
e:   t: 024 7615 8304

Free Marketing Workshop

We’ve just received the following which offers free training on getting more visitors to your website and converting more of the to paying customers. Sounds like a good deal. If interested please contact the providers direct.

“I work for a EU funded project called Touch Digital based at Coventry University. We provide fully funded (free) support to West Midlands based businesses who want to learn about and integrate digital technology into their business plans. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and there is no cost to businesses who receive support.

On 26th and 27th November we’re holding a completely free of charge, 2-day workshop for eligible Herefordshire businesses and sole traders titled: How To Get More Visitors to Your Web Site and Convert them into Paying Customers. The event will take place at Munstone House, Nr Hereford from 9.15 am – 4.30 pm each day. More information about the event and details of how to book a place online, are available here

We have 8 places remaining on the workshop (total 25 places) and I wondered if you could spread the word to businesses in the Bromyard and surrounding area please?

Thanks in advance!


Agenda for September 2014 meeting

Bromyard & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Meeting to be held on Wednesday 3rd September, at the Falcon Hotel, Bromyard, starting at 7.30 p.m.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Minutes of Last Meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Treasurer’s Report
  5. Possible affiliation to Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber – update by Chairman.
  6. Update re Chamber Website
  7. Any other business
  8. Date of next meeting

Agenda for August 2014 meeting

Bromyard & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Meeting to be held on Wednesday 6th August, at the Falcon Hotel, Bromyard,

starting at 7.30 p.m.


  1. Apologies for Absence
  2. Presentation by Mr Miles Dewhurst, Managing Director of Park Leisure Ltd.

Re Park View Holiday Park

  1. Minutes of Last Meeting
  2. Matters Arising
  3. Treasurer’s Report
  4. Possible affiliation to Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber – update by Chairman.
  5. Update re Chamber Website
  6. Proposed wind turbines at Pencombe and Acton Green
  7. Businesses Opening and Closing
  8. Any other business
  9. Date of next meeting

Agenda for July 2014 Meeting

Bromyard & District Chamber of Commerce & Industry

AGENDA for meeting to be held at the Falcon, Bromyard, on 2nd July 2014, starting at 7.30 p.m.

1.  Apologies for Absence
2.  Minutes of Last Meeting
3.  Matters Arising
4.  Treasurer’s Report
5.  Affiliation to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Industry  –  report by Chairman
6.  Local Bus Services
7.  Update re Chamber Website
8.  Update from members
9.  Any other business
10.  Date of next meeting