Business Groups

  • Chamber's open letter challenges PM to meet five business tests for covid restrictions

    Chamber's open letter challenges PM to meet five business tests for covid restrictions

    19-10-2020

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been sent a letter from the British Chambers of Commerce setting out five business tests it says must be met ‘to limit the impact of coronavirus restrictions on ...

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  • Video: Diane Savory - Cheltenham Economic Recovery Task Force is about 'ensuring a joined-up approach to recovery'

    Video: Diane Savory - Cheltenham Economic Recovery Task Force is about 'ensuring a joined-up approach to recovery'

    07-10-2020

    Video: Diane Savory, on what the Cheltenham Economic Recovery Task Force can do for Gloucestershire  “It is about making sure Cheltenham does not just survive but thrives. It is abou...

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  • Stroud economy could receive £4.5 million boost this month

    Stroud economy could receive £4.5 million boost this month

    02-10-2020

    Now an annual event, there should be no underestimating the potential economic impact of a modest Stroud event on the town centre.  As the town’s chamber of tradeunveils its plans to...

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  • Cirencester Chamber of Commerce monthly report (September, 2020): David Fowles, joint vice president

    Cirencester Chamber of Commerce monthly report (September, 2020): David Fowles, joint vice president

    28-09-2020

    On the September 8, we took a petition to the town council and asked them to lobby the Cotswold District Council to reverse the 30 per cent increases in car parking charges.We presented four independe...

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  • 'Great double act' to deliver insight into business and Gloucestershire

    'Great double act' to deliver insight into business and Gloucestershire

    23-09-2020

    It has been described as a “great double act” but I consider myself only the warm-up man for the main event – a private briefing from the man charged with Marketing Cheltenham.&nbs...

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  • Task force unveiled to spearhead Cheltenham’s economic recovery

    Task force unveiled to spearhead Cheltenham’s economic recovery

    10-09-2020

    An Economic Recovery Task Force has been formed to spearhead Cheltenham’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic – and its challenges became apparent immediately.  Bringing together...

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  • Video: The state of the Gloucestershire jobs market

    Video: The state of the Gloucestershire jobs market

    08-09-2020

    We might all think we could take a guess at how the jobs market in Gloucestershire is faring – what with little of cheer coming through national news media on the subject – but here is s...

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  • Businesses in Cheltenham pledge to support the town's youngest citizens

    Businesses in Cheltenham pledge to support the town's youngest citizens

    07-09-2020

    Member businesses of the mighty town centre partnership that is Cheltenham BID are one of the significant signatures on an initiative aimed at giving young people the very best start in life.  ...

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  • Poker with the pandemic: Stroud continues to play its cards cleverly as it emerges from lockdown

    Poker with the pandemic: Stroud continues to play its cards cleverly as it emerges from lockdown

    01-09-2020

    We’re well into the habit of wearing a face covering, managing queues and the challenges posed by enabling physical distancing within shops, hospitality, services and businesses in the distric...

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  • Panning for gold in difficult waters: We search for hope in the Business West economic survey

    Panning for gold in difficult waters: We search for hope in the Business West economic survey

    17-08-2020

    It is rather like panning for gold trying to pick positives from the biggest survey of its kind into how businesses in the region have been affected by the pandemic.  Just nine per cent of...

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  • Welcome back: The lure of fashionable Montpellier draws back the customers

    Welcome back: The lure of fashionable Montpellier draws back the customers

    07-08-2020

    One of the most stylish and fashionable shopping quarters in Gloucestershire has been described as ‘thriving’ post-lockdown.   Traders are happy to admit that shopping habits h...

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  • New appointment at Cotswold chamber of trade

    New appointment at Cotswold chamber of trade

    28-07-2020

    Her appointment is under the radar only because it has been lost in the melee of the small matter of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  Sarah Somers became the new secretary of Cirencester...

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  • So you want an economic recovery plan? This Gloucestershire market town could have just that

    So you want an economic recovery plan? This Gloucestershire market town could have just that

    24-07-2020

    On the day that compulsory face coverings in shops reminds us how long the shadow of covid-19 falls, the article below is a boon against negativity and points at a roadmap for others to follow. ...

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  • Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Regent Arcade manager Scott Lahive and Cheltenham BID's Phil Jordan reflects on the reopening of Cheltenham

    Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Regent Arcade manager Scott Lahive and Cheltenham BID's Phil Jordan reflects on the reopening of Cheltenham

    16-07-2020

    This is actually two videos. Both were shot just as Cheltenham town centre's retail and public houses were reopening and both seem to offer even more incite into where we were and where we are now for...

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  • Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Returning to work - tips for effective employee engagement

    Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: Returning to work - tips for effective employee engagement

    08-07-2020

    The way back to work while still in a pandemic is fraught with challenges. To make a successful transition, HR Star's managing director, Kelly Tucker, advocates an effective employee engagement stra...

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  • Cirencester Chamber of Commerce announces plans to hold a virtual Business Awards 2020 this autumn

    Cirencester Chamber of Commerce announces plans to hold a virtual Business Awards 2020 this autumn

    29-06-2020

    As each day brings another easing of the coronavirus lockdown, the business community is coming to terms with the impact it has had on the markets we are used to operating in.Shops have now started to...

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  • Nearly 20 percent of Gloucestershire workforce is furloughed LEP figures show

    Nearly 20 percent of Gloucestershire workforce is furloughed LEP figures show

    18-06-2020

    Data held by the powerful Gloucestershire business group GFirst LEP shows nearly a fifth of the county's workforce are currently dependent on the Government's furlough scheme.  Earlier thi...

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  • Businesses transmit clear message on safety and security in city centre

    Businesses transmit clear message on safety and security in city centre

    16-06-2020

    At a time when safety and security in our shopping centres is paramount businesses in Gloucester have revealed a new tool in their arsenal to make that commitment effective long term.  ...

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  • Cotswold Support business website continues to grow

    Cotswold Support business website continues to grow

    16-06-2020

    A service launched by a member of Cirencester Chamber of Trade to support Cotswolds businesses through the pandemic will continue after growing to a 160-strong listing.  Adam Vines, whose ...

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  • Retail is now entering a new frontier, says boss of Cheltenham's Regent Arcade

    Retail is now entering a new frontier, says boss of Cheltenham's Regent Arcade

    15-06-2020

    'Exciting', is how the centre manager of Regent Arcade summed up today's re-opening of retail, but added traders were now entering a new arena.  Many businesses, said Scott Lahive, would b...

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  • BID and council work together to prepare city centre for re-opening

    BID and council work together to prepare city centre for re-opening

    14-06-2020

    Shoppers and visitors to Gloucester will be met with what is fast becoming a sign of the times as lockdown restrictions begin to lift.  With more businesses looking to safely reopen, Glouc...

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  • Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: How £21.7m was delivered to Cheltenham businesses through the lockdown

    Cheltenham Chamber Hot Topic: How £21.7m was delivered to Cheltenham businesses through the lockdown

    11-06-2020

    Every month Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce takes on a hot topic - filmed and delivered to keep members up to speed on key issues and events in the town. This month (June) the chamber's Dan Harris talk...

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  • How do you restart a sector worth £1.4blln to the Gloucestershire economy?

    How do you restart a sector worth £1.4blln to the Gloucestershire economy?

    03-06-2020

    Before Britain became embroiled in the pandemic Gloucestershire’s visitor and leisure economy was worth £1.4 billion to the county, according to figure to the end of 2019. Possibly more s...

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  • Cheltenham businesses lobby Government to save UK high streets

    Cheltenham businesses lobby Government to save UK high streets

    05-05-2020

    Pressure is mounting on the Government to help the UK high streets with campaigners declaring they are just eight weeks from collapse.  Cheltenham BID, which represents businesses in the c...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    Trading Through Coronavirus 17. Greg Pilley. Adapting to survive - An independent brewer's tale

    03-05-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Greg Pilley, managing director of Stroud Brewery, about meeting the challenges facing independent breweries who have seen sales slump du...

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  • Website reveals Gloucester businesses adapting - and open

    Website reveals Gloucester businesses adapting - and open

    30-04-2020

    Pandemic-hit businesses in the centre of Gloucester have launched a new initiative to help ensure the shopping experience we know and love is there for everyone post-pandemic.  With the ci...

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  • 100 per cent state-backed loans for small firms applauded by FSB

    100 per cent state-backed loans for small firms applauded by FSB

    28-04-2020

    News from the Chancellor that small businesses are to get access to 100 per cent state-backed loans to help them through the coronavirus pandemic has been welcomed.    The Federation...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 14. Kerry Stagg. The world economic outlook & supply chain management

    Trading Through Coronavirus 14. Kerry Stagg. The world economic outlook & supply chain management

    22-04-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West chats to Kerry Stagg, market research manager at the business support and lobbying organisation, about the current global economic growth forecasts and w...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    Trading Through Coronavirus 13. Richard Bonner. Crunch week for UK business

    22-04-2020

    In this episode (April 20, 2020), Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Richard Bonner, director of Arcadis and president of Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative, about it being crunch week fo...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 12. Iain Wolsey. Coronavirus exit strategy planning

    Trading Through Coronavirus 12. Iain Wolsey. Coronavirus exit strategy planning

    22-04-2020

    In this episode, Nigel Barker of Business West speaks to Iain Wolsey, chairman of the business support and lobbying organisation about the importance of the British Government developing an effective ...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 11. Claire Ralph, The furlough scheme revisited

    Trading Through Coronavirus 11. Claire Ralph, The furlough scheme revisited

    22-04-2020

    In this update episode of the Business West video series, Nigel Barker catches up with Claire Ralph, policy project manager at Business West and former tax adviser, for a summary of the recent chang...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    Trading Through Coronavirus 10. William Frazer. The NFU and the COVID-19 Business Impact Service

    22-04-2020

    In this episode of Business West's videos taking us through the coronavirus crisis, Nigel Barker, speaks to William Frazer, county adviser at NFU (National Farmers' Union), about the launch of their n...

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  • Trading Through Coronavirus 9. Ian Mean and Phil Smith of Business West reflect on three weeks in lockdown

    Trading Through Coronavirus 9. Ian Mean and Phil Smith of Business West reflect on three weeks in lockdown

    22-04-2020

    If it were not all so serious Business West might be forgiven for puffing out its chest a little at the impact of its pro-active approach to helping firms through the pandemic.  According ...

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