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January 2017 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY – JANUARY 2017
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.
The next meeting on 1st February has a speaker from Herefordshire Council talking about business waste management. There are considerable pressures on all councils to increase recycling and this is impacting on householders and businesses alike. Much is spoken about this, but I would guess very few really understand what Herefordshire’s and our responsibilities are. This should be an interesting talk and hopefully generate a lively discussion.
The Bromyard Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for over 70 years and over this period has been working hard to improve the lot of businesses in the area. We would like to see many more businesses joining our Chamber and as an inducement, OTR has kindly offered 4 half page advertisements for every new member who joins the Chamber this coming year and if you join now we will throw in the last three months of the current year. The cost is only £20.00 per year and for this you will get:
• Networking opportunities with other local businesses
• Access to help from Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce
• Regular talks on business related matters
• Your company details included in our business directory on our website
You can apply through our website (see below) and hope to see many of you at our next meeting.

Dates for your diary
February 1st 2017 – Waste management for businesses
April 5th 2017 – Running festivals – Pete Nozworthy from Nozstock

Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

December 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – DECEMBER 2016
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.

At the time of reading this you will be clearing away your Christmas decorations and your thoughts will be on plans for the coming year.
It was lovely to see the number of shops who joined in with the Christmas spirit and decorated their windows. I am told that there were 54 shops that joined in and for those who have not seen the winners certificates in the shop windows, below is the list of successful candidates:
1st (Gold Award) – Snuggs Coffee Bar
2nd (Silver Award) – A & E Pettifer
3rd (Bronze Award) – Rowlands Pharmacy
4th (Highly commended) – Sarah Thomas Florist and Tenovus
Chairman’s cup – Inn at Bromyard
Cup for established business contribution to the town – Food for All
Cup for best new business – Escape: Beauty in Bromyard
Cup for most money collected for the Christmas lights throughout the past 12 months – Falcon Hotel
Cup for most money collected over Christmas period – This will be decided in January
The switch on day collection made a whopping £695.62 for which we must extend our heartfelt thanks for all of you who put your hands in your pockets. It costs around £6,000 to put on this event every year and after the town council’s generous contribution, which pays for the insurances, all the rest is made up from contributions from the public via collections and donations.
We are very fortunate to have such a varied and interesting range of shops, the likes of which many towns much larger than Bromyard would love to see. For this we must be very grateful. However time marches on and we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. On line shopping and national shopping brands are all affecting the footfall in small towns. Last month we were fortunate to have a speaker talking about e-commerce and how their Hereford based business has encompassed this new way of shopping, that is not only growing their business, but increasing, substantially, the footfall in their Hereford shop.

I would guess that relatively few local people actually do the majority of their shopping in town because they believe that it is far more expensive than in the surrounding towns. What is being done to encourage these people to shop locally? At the moment very little. We at the Bromyard Chamber of Commerce & Industry would love to be able to address this situation, but unless we get more support from traders, we can do very little. The cost of membership is only £20.00 per year.

I mentioned in the December issue about the ‘Great British High Street’ competition and suggested that we should consider entering for 2017. To date I have received one reply and would love to hear from more of you. This would be a great opportunity for the town, but we do need more support from the traders. Please email to: d_grant@btopenworld.com or drop a message, addressed to the Chamber of Commerce, to the Falcon Hotel if you are interested.

We do have a similar situation concerning Facewatch, which seemed to be very well received, but only a few businesses have expressed interest in having this set up. Hereford, since setting up Facewatch, has seen a substantial drop in low level crime. If you are interested, can you please make contact to the addresses shown above. We would need at least 12 businesses to make it worthwhile.

Dates for your diary
February 1st 2017 – Waste management for businesses
April 5th 2017 – Running festivals – Pete Nozworthy from Nozstock

Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

November 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – NOVEMBER 2016
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.

The year end is rapidly approaching and I would guess all thoughts on the coming Christmas season. We have just one event left, which is the AGM on 7th December. It would be good if we had a full turnout, for what is expected to be a quick meeting.
The year starts for the Chamber of Commerce general meetings on 1st February with a presentation on waste management for businesses. Perhaps not the most thrilling of subjects, but nevertheless most important for us all.
We received some information a few weeks ago on a competition called the ‘Great British High Street’. This has a number of categories including one for small market towns and it would be good for Bromyard if we could but in an entry.
Putting together an application could have many benefits for the town, besides the obvious benefit of publicity, should we be fortunate enough to be a finalist, but also a great way for the businesses to work together to determine our strengths and weaknesses.
Leominster entered this competition this year and are one of three finalists in the rising star section. We have had some interest and would like to hear of other businesses who would like to become involved. Please email to: d_grant@btopenworld.com or drop a message, addressed to the Chamber of Commerce, to the Falcon Hotel.
Best wishes to you all.
Dates for your diary
December 7th 2016 – AGM
February 1st 2017 – Waste management for businesses
April 5th 2017 – Running festivals – Pete Nozworthy from Nozstock

Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

October 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – OCTOBER 2016
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.
It was good to see new faces at the September meeting and do look forward to seeing more of you in the future.
For the November general meeting we are having a talk by John Jones from Philip Morris Direct on e-commerce. The Philip Morris retail business, in the centre of Hereford, has been transformed by using e-commerce, which is rapidly becoming the first choice for a majority of the shopping public. Please do come and find out what is involved and how you can benefit by setting up an on-line shopping service.
At the time of writing it seems more like summer than autumn, so any mention of Christmas may seem premature. Unfortunately, for the Chamber of Commerce planning for the Christmas Switch on is a year-long event for this most important promotion for the local businesses and the town. Last year we produced a flyer promoting the switch-on, which included details of events on the day, which included details of special events that retailers were putting on. For this year we would like to do the same again and should there be enough interest, perhaps make it a pamphlet.
It does seem a shame that with such a good light display, that we have not been making the most of it and put on late night shopping during the period leading up to Christmas. Is there enough interest to have late night shopping this year? Should you have plans for an event or promotion for the switch-on, which this year is on 19th November, please email details to d_grant@btopenworld.com or drop off information in to the Falcon for the attention of the Bromyard Chamber of Commerce – trade and charity events. Please let us know if you would be interested in opening your shop for late night shopping – email to the above email address.
Dates for your diary
November 2nd 2016 – General meeting – Presentation on e-commerce by John Jones from Philip Morris Direct
December 7th 2016 – AGM
February 1st 2017 – Waste management for businesses
April 5th 2017 – Faster broadband for rural areas

Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

September 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – SEPTEMBER 2016
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.
It was good to see new faces at the September meeting and do look forward to seeing more of you in the future.
For the November general meeting we are having a talk by John Jones from Philip Morris Direct on e-commerce. The Philip Morris retail business, in the centre of Hereford, has been transformed by using e-commerce, which is rapidly becoming the first choice for a majority of the shopping public. Please do come and find out what is involved and how you can benefit by setting up an on-line shopping service.
At the time of writing it seems more like high summer than autumn, so any mention of Christmas may seem premature. Unfortunately, for the Chamber of Commerce planning for the Christmas Switch on is a year-long event for this most important promotion for the local businesses and the town. Last year we produced a flyer promoting the switch-on, which included details of events on the day, which included details of special events that retailers were putting on. For this year we would like to do the same again and should there be enough interest, perhaps make it a pamphlet. It does seem a shame that with such a good light display, that we have not been making the most of it and had late night shopping during the period leading up to Christmas. Is there enough interest to have late night shopping this year? Should you have plans for an event or promotion for the switch-on, which this year is on 19th November, please email details to d_grant@btopenworld.com or drop information in at the Falcon for the attention of the Bromyard Chamber of Commerce. (trade and charity events). Please let us know if you would be interested in late night shopping on Thursdays or Fridays and email to the above email address. If enough interest we could arrange for street entertainment and promotion in the neighbouring towns.
Dates for your diary
November 2nd 2016 – General meeting – Presentation on e-commerce by John Jones from Philip Morris Direct
December 7th 2016 – AGM
February 1st 2017 – Waste management for businesses

REMINDER – Subscriptions were due on 31st March and if not yet paid can you please contact Susan King to make arrangements for payment. email: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

July 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – JULY 2016
The remaining two general meetings should be of great interest to businesses in Bromyard. The Speed Festival planning for 2017 is well underway and promises to be bigger and better than this year’s event. Many local businesses who took advantage of the opportunities benefited greatly and are keen to get involved next year. Find out how this new festival can help you.
For the November meeting we have a presentation on e-commerce, perhaps the saviour for small rural businesses.
We had an enthusiastic response to the presentation by West Mercia Police at the July meeting. Nick Semper explained about an on-line community called ‘Facewatch,’ which has had a dramatic effect on low level crime in Hereford and seen their crime figures drop significantly, while crime figures in the surrounding counties have seen double digit increases. At the moment we have an unconfirmed date for the special meeting we will be holding with the aim of setting up a Bromyard Facewatch. The confirmed date will be in the next edition of OTR and posters around the town.
All meetings are held in the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.
Dates for your diary
August 2016 – No meeting
September 7th 2016 – General meeting – Review on Bromyard Speed Festival and plans for 2017 – How businesses can benefit from getting involved.
September 21st 2016 – Special meeting – Setting up ‘Facewatch Bromyard.’ – Provisional date – to be confirmed.
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: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

June 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – June 2016
For such an important part of our economy, tourism now has considerably less support than 10 years ago. Hereford & Worcester Chamber of Commerce have taken on the role of running ‘Visit Herefordshire’ and are busy revamping based on its sister business ‘Visit Worcestershire.’ They plan to produce a Herefordshire guide and generally increase Herefordshire’s profile. For those who did not manage to get to the Chamber meeting, copies of leaflets and brochures are available at the Tourist Information Office.
Unfortunately, too many of us have suffered in one way or another from crime and to this end we have arranged for a visit from West Mercia Police to give a presentation on some new system to help in the fight against crime. This will be an additional meeting prior to the Directors meeting on 6th July and is open to all businesses. This will be at the Oak room at the Falcon and will start at 7.30pm.
Dates for your diary
July 6th 2016 (additional meeting) – Presentation by West Mercia Police by Nick Semper and Mr Dan Guerche from HBID and HAND.
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: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

May 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – MAY 2016
If you are involved in any way with the tourism industry (Hotels, B&Bs, Restaurants, Retail, Historic houses etc.), the next Chamber meeting on 1st June has a presentation by H&W Chamber of Commerce on ‘Visit Herefordshire’. They took over the running of this last year and they will be giving an update on progress and plans for future development. The meeting is at the Falcon Hotel and starts at 7.30pm. This meeting is open to all.
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: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

April 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD –APRIL 2016
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: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/

March 2016 Report

BROMYARD & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY LTD – March 2016
On 6th April we have a presentation by Clive Evans and Alison Dods about the future of St Peters Church. This important grade 1 listed building costs an enormous amount of money in upkeep and doing nothing is not an option. The building, within the next few years, will require a considerable sum spent on it to maintain the fabric. Could this be the opportunity to incorporate changes to benefit all the community?
Over the past year a small group from the church have been doing a lot of work researching funding opportunities and visiting other churches in the area who have successfully incorporated changes including shop, coffee shop, conference facility, office and exhibition space etc.
This is an exciting project which could not only secure the financial future of the church, but see the building in daily use, perhaps with some of the facilities found in those visited churches. Come and find out what they have in mind. This is a very early stage in their planning process and questions and suggestions will be welcomed at the end of the presentation.
The meeting will be in the Oak Room at the Falcon Hotel and will start at 7.30pm.
The first Bromyard Speed Festival will be held on Sunday, 3rd April and a large number of visitors are expected. This festival, as all the others held throughout the year, can bring in much business and we do hope that our members and other traders will open on this day.

REMINDER – Subscriptions are due on 31st March. Our new Membership Secretary will be contacting you shortly about this. For new memberships please email Susan King at: business2businessconsultant@outlook.com
Chamber of Commerce website: http://www.bromyardchamberofcommerce.co.uk/