Cirencester Chamber of Commerce monthly report (September, 2020): David Fowles, joint vice president
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 independent surveys which expressed the combined views of 900 local business people and residents.
The message was clear - 'Don’t kill our town'. Car parks are already half empty so don’t make it worse!!
Although we were unsuccessful, we are making progress:
We have requested that the car park monthly income and occupancy figures are published as we go forward and we will let the numbers speak for themselves
We have held the first of our planned ‘Town centre and business support’ meetings with the town council chief executive officer and senior officers to identify the issues affecting businesses and to find solutions.
We have also had an inaugural meeting with other stakeholders and the portfolio holder for economy and skills and the economic development officer at the district council. These will continue and will be productive.
The Virtual Business Awards 2020
Pictured: Winners from the 2019 awards. Picture by Kay Ransom Photography
As we write this article, we are putting the finishing touches to the Virtual Business Awards which will take place on 20th November at the Barn Theatre.
We want to be able to shout about and celebrate your success
We have already received quite a few awards entries, but we need more in order to make the awards a celebration of business success in GL7! And the deadline for entries (16th October) is fast approaching.
To remind you, the award categories are as follows:
Business Person of the Year.
Team of the Year.
Corporate Social Enterprise of the Year.
New Business of the Year.
Hospitality and Entertainment Provider of the Year.
Retailer of the Year.
Young Entrepreneur of Year.
Business of the Year.
Apprentice if the Year.
We will also have our three voted-for media awards:
The Wilts and Glos Standard Customer Service Award.
The Ciren Scene Creatives’Champion.
The Cotswold Life Business & Professional Cirencester Ambassador
As well as the Cirencester Chamber President’s Award chosen by Annemarie Thurgood, our president.
Business Awards Sponsorship
There are still some sponsorship opportunities left for this year’s awards.
Please Sarah our Chamber Secretary on 07896 297738 or Info@cirencesterchamber.org.uk
Business Awards Entries
The awards are open to all businesses in the GL7 area. Members entries are free. Non members can either join the chamber or pay £25.00.
As in previous years all our judges will be external and independent.
For further details and to download the application forms please refer to the Chamber website www.cirencesterchamber.org.uk.
David Fowles, joint vice president, Cirencester Chamber of Commerce