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					                                                                      Newsletter September 2009
  Bradford on Avon
        Chamber of Commerce

Carbon Neutral by 2050
At our recent meeting, we unanimously agreed to
support Climate Friendly Bradfordʼs 2050 Carbon
Neutral Declaration.

Climate Friendly Bradford will attend our next general
meeting to discuss how this could work.

A working group will also be set up to include
members from the various organisations in the town to
agree an action plan, and to provide a forum to
support and advise businesses and individuals in
achieving this target.

Forthcoming Events                                              New Business Competition
Thursday 8th October: Social Evening                            Closing date for entries is 25th September, so if you
Itʼs been a while since our last social evening so we           would like to enter, please complete the entry forms
though it time for another. Members and non members             ASAP.
are very welcome, so please do invite guests.
Proceeds from the evening will go to helping the TIC            As a reminder, there is a £1000 prize for the Bradford
pay for their lead roof which was recently stolen.              on Avon winner, and a further £2000 for the overall
7.30pm at the Fat Fowl.                                         winner. To enter, your business must have
                                                                commenced training after 26th September 2008.
Weds 7th October: Business Breakfast
We continue our highly successful business                      An entry form is now available from John Upson at
breakfasts. This month our Guest Speaker will be                Kitchens at No. 32 on Silver Street (01225 862800).
Allan Parker from The Performance Solution on "How              Closing date for entries is 25th September 2009.
a Goldwing turned into a Harley - a lesson in business.
Please contact Mike Andrews for further details.                2009 DATES
8.00am at New Inn, Westwood. £10 for members,
£12.50 for non-members, to include a choice of                  25th Sept: Closing dates for entries
cooked breakfast and coffee or tea.                             7th October: Bradford on Avon Judging at the Fat Fowl
                                                                28th October: Presentation to Winners of the heats at
                                                                the West Barn 7.30pm
Monday 5th October: General Meeting
                                                                20th November: The Final at Bowood Golf and
Our monthly meeting.
                                                                Country Club
5.45pm at Widbrook Grange Hotel

                                         If you have a news story about your business, you could get it included in the
                                         Wiltshire Times In Business Section. Send your story of about 100 words by the
                                         18th of the month to our secretary David Allan ( and
                                         he will forward it on for you.
   Bath Lions

   You may remember, Bath running a highly successful public
   art event last year with lots of pigs appearing in and around
   the Bath.

   Next May, they will be repeating this popular event, but this
   time it will be with Lions. We have successfully applied for 3
   Lions for Bradford on Avon and this should help to attract lots
   of visitors and interest to the town from Bath.

   Each Lion costs £1,150. Mini Lions will also be available at £35. We
   have already had a number of enquiries about sponsoring these
   Lions. If you or your business is interested in taking part in this
   activity, please contact John Upson at

   Women In Business Network Group                                             Christmas Lights

   Jackie Allan and Mandy Andrews are setting up                               Buy a bulb for £1 will be available shortly. All
   a Women in Business Network group for                                       retailers who would like to sell the bulbs, will
   Bradford on Avon businesses. They had their                                 receive a small bucket, stickers and forms. The
   inaugural meeting on 6th September at The                                   winner of the prize draw will not only turn the
   Castle and are planning further events.                                     lights on, but also be treated like a celebrity for
                                                                               the day. For more information, please contact
   For more information, please contact Jackie at                              Arlene Caddow at

Action Group Updates                                                 Member News
EVENTS are busy organising the Social Evening for 8th                If you would like to submit a news story, please email
October to help raise funds for the TIC roof. They are also by 30th September.
launching the Christmas Light Buy a Bulb activity this
month.                                                               Piha Surf and Skiʼs new winter stock is now arriving in
                                                                     store. To celebrate, they are holding a joint promotion with
MARKETING have launched the new Chamber website at                   Blooming Scrumptious. Spend more than £25 in Piha and and the new Members Directory                   get a free cup of coffee at Blooming Scrumptious. Spend a
which is available for download in the Members section of            certain amount in Blooming Scrumptious and get 10% off at
the website. You can also download past copies of this               Piha.
                                                                     Widbrook Grange Hotel have just announced their
PUBLIC FACING BUSINESSES have successfully applied                   Christmas menu. On New Years Eve, they are having an
to get 3 of the Bath Lions for next May, situated in Bradford        Orient Express themed Banquet which will include recipes
on Avon with the aim of attracting visitors from Bath.               that have been served on the famous train journey from
                                                                     London to Venice.
BUSINESS TO BUSINESS had a very successful
business breakfast last week at the Toll Gate in Holt. The
event sold out and had 28 businesses there. Duncan
Hames, prospective MP for our Chippenham Constituency
also gave an interesting talk on the Wave Hub project. Next
                                                                     St Laurence Street Party
breakfast is on Weds 7th Oct at the New Inn, Westwood at             26th September 3.30pm - 8.30pm
                                                                     Just to let all the Chamber know that the objection to the
EDUCATION will now be led by Jane Wragg who has taken                licence for the street party has not been upheld and it has
                                                                     been granted. There has however been an amendment
over from Jackie Allan who will spend more time
                                                                     which does not allow the school to let any stalls out to
developing the Women In Business network for Bradford on             businesses. All stalls must be run by a charity.
                                                                     This will severely dent the profit the school makes at this
                                                                     event. I would urge all businesses on this evening to
                                                                     remain open later as this event brings around 5,000 people
Newsletter designed and edited by Andrew Eberlin.                    in to the centre of town and could potentially increase your                                                 presence to local people.

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