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					         Chamber News: June 2005
        Newsletter of the Burnham-on-Sea Chamber of Trade

                         NEXT GENERAL MEETING:
               6PM, TUESDAY, 5 JULY 2005
      UPSTAIRS FUNCTION ROOM, THE SOMERSET & DORSET PUBLIC
                             HOUSE
     OPEN TO MEMBERS AND PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS
                                             SPEAKERS:

                ANNE-MARIE SPALDING, TOWN CENTRE MANAGER
                FOLLOW UP & ACTION PLAN FROM APRIL’S INTRODUCTION

                       MARK NEWMAN, BURNHAM-ON-SEA.COM
                  USING THE WEB TO PROMOTE BUSINESS IN THE TOWN

          Cllr. LOUISE PARKIN, CHAIR OF THE TOWN IMPROVEMENTS
                                 COMMITTEE
              EXPLAINING THE TOWN COUNCIL’S PRIORITIES FOR 2005/2006

                       JOSH HAYWOOD, RADIO COAST – 105FM
           INTRODUCING A NEW LOCAL RADIO STATION FROM 2 AUGUST 2005

                                           COMMITTEE
                ‘SHOPPING IN BURNHAM’ PROMOTIONAL LEAFLET
       UPDATES ON REGENERATION, THE LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN, CHRISTMAS
                                  LIGHTS
                              AND MUCH MORE!



    WORKING TOGETHER WITH                           We are very pleased to be working with
   WWW.BURNHAM-ON-SEA.COM.                          www.burnham-on-sea.com, the leading local
                                                    website, which attracts up to 1500 visitors per
                                                    day. Mark Newman will be explaining more on
The Chamber of Trade is delighted to announce
                                                    Tuesday, 5 July 2005.
that shortly it will have its own page within
www.burnham-on-sea.com. This page will be             PROMOTIONAL LEAFLET ABOUT
regularly updated with important information,           ‘SHOPPING IN BURNHAM’
events and contact information for the
committee.                                          The Town Council produces an excellent
                                                    Resident’s Guide. Sedgemoor has a wide range
The aim is to develop a virtual business            of leaflets about tourist attractions. But there
community to promote business in the town,          is little promotion to tourists of Burnham’s
with links to member’s existing websites or their   businesses.
own page on www.burnham-on-sea.com.
The Chamber of Trade wishes to fill this              support emergency services and charities. Info
marketing gap by producing its own leaflet.           at www.oft.gov.uk/news.
However, this cannot be done through general
Chamber funds and so we would like to hear            Watch your identity! Fraudsters are attempting
from any businesses that would be interested in       to steal the identity of small firms through
promoting ‘Shopping in Burnham’ through               forging and lodging forms at Companies House.
advertising.                                          This risk can be minimized by using the online
                                                      filing system at www.companieshouse.gov.uk.
Further information about this promotional
leaflet will be available at the meeting on           Businesses should plan now for new age
Tuesday, 5 July 2005.                                 discrimination laws due to come into force in
      TRANSPORT & PARKING                             October 2006. Ageist jokes and remarks are
                                                      likely danger areas if matters proceed to a
                                                      tribunal. Info at www.eleweb.org.uk.
The Chamber very much enjoyed reading the
174 pages of draft Local Transport Plan and 66
pages of draft parking strategy!                           UPDATING OUR RECORDS:

Within the rather short consultation period, the      If members would like to receive this newsletter
Chamber made a response to these documents,           via email, please would you drop David Baker an
which really did not address the chronic              email? This will help to reduce the Chamber’s
transport and parking problems faced by               costs. David’s contact details are below. Please
Burnham. Copies of the Chamber’s response will        note that your email address will only be used
be available at the meeting on Tuesday, 5 July        for Chamber of Trade business.
2005.
                                                            IMPORTANT: A-BOARDS
On a more productive note, John Edwards &
Alex Turco had an excellent meeting with
                                                      The Town Council will only allow advertising
Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset
                                                      boards where pedestrians are allowed 6ft
County Council in April about Parking Signage.
                                                      (1.8m) of clear pavement. Otherwise, boards
                                                      should only be flat against premises. Under no
Already some of the dozen of improvements to          circumstances may boards be attached to street
signage have been made, including enhanced            furniture, or obstruct the highway. Compliance
signage to the Oxford Street and Berrow Road          does not negate the possibility of civil action in
car parks, and maintenance to signage on              the event of injury. Please contact the Town
Berrow Road and Sea View Road. Further                Clerk on 788088 for further guidance.
enhancements within the core of the town are
anticipated imminently.
                                                                YOUR COMMITTEE:
        FEEDBACK REQUIRED:                                     Chairman: John Edwards.
                                                               (T) 794751, 07742 390569.
It is proposed that Technical Street should be             material.needs@btopenworld.com.
made one-way. The Chamber will be making a                      Secretary: David Baker.
formal response and members should contact               (T) 782326, david.jhp@btconnect.com.
David Baker as soon as possible with any views.              Treasurer: Jonathan Walter.
                                                                    (T) 01454 846033
             BUSINESS TIPS:                                Vice Chairman: Gerry Germain.
                                                         (T) 785031, castle.antiques@virgin.net.
The Government’s Small Business Service wants           Committee (Newsletter, Transport,
to know which pieces of red tape businesses                   Regeneration): Alex Turco.
would like to see removed. Fill in the                       (T) 788646, alexturco@aol.com.
questionnaire at www.sbs.gov.uk.                      Committee (Christmas Lights): Mike Ham.
                                                                        (T) 782568
Please be aware that it is illegal for cold callers
to sell advertising space in publications that
IF YOUR BUSINESS WOULD LIKE TO JOIN
OR RENEW CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP,
PLEASE CONTACT DAVID BAKER.

The production of this newsletter has been facilitated by:




which is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services
Authority  in    the    conduct    of    investment     business.
www.fsa.gov.uk/register: 232489. 55 Victoria Street, Burnham-on-
Sea, Somerset, TA8 1AW. Contact Alex Turco on 01278 788646.

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