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Posted 06/02/2017

GOOD NEWS FOR 2017

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Ratcliffe says 2017 will be a year of exciting development in Cheltenham – from the new John Lewis store to the town’s redeveloped railway station.

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Posted 01/12/2016

FUNDING AVAILABLE TO SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE COMMUTING

Gloucestershire County Council are working with the Department of Transport to help improve the accessibility of your workplace for both staff and visitors and to benefit the local community by enabling access to opportunity and employment. Aecom and Go Travel Solutions are working on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council and would like to engage with Gloucestershire businesses to develop a solution focused action plan.

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Posted 22/11/2016

CHELTENHAM RUGBY CLUB – COMMUNITY CLUB OF THE YEAR

Cheltenham Rugby Club was awarded “Sports Community Club of the Year” in a glittering ceremony on Thursday 17 November promoted by the Gloucestershire Echo.

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Posted 27/10/2016

THE ASSOCIATION OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE BUSINESS GROUPS LAUNCHES NOVEMBER 2016

From the 1st November 2016, a new business support group will ‘hit the roads’ throughout Gloucestershire. This new group will be known as AGBG – the Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups.

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Posted 25/10/2016

INVESTMENT IN CHELTENHAM'S TOURISM CONTINUES AS ANNUAL GROWTH OF 5% IS REPORTED

New figures released for Cheltenham have revealed that the tourism economy in Cheltenham in 2015 was worth £154 million, an increase of 5% on 2014, with overnight stays up 2% (356,300 visits) and UK visitors to the town increasing by 5%.

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Posted 05/09/2016

CHAMBER NEWS SEPTEMBER 2016

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Posted 01/09/2016

COBALT IMAGING CENTRE ACCREDITATION SUCCESS, SIX YEARS RUNNING.

Local charity Cobalt believe every patient deserves the highest of standards of service. For six years running the local medical imaging charity has been recognised by The Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS) for delivering consistently high quality services. ISAS is an accreditation programme designed to help diagnostic imaging services such as Cobalt constantly improve and maintain quality across the range of procedures and services they provide.


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Posted 08/08/2016

GET YOUR TOURISM BUSINESS PROMOTED ACROSS THE UK & WORLD

Until 31st August 2016 advertising opportunities are available for all tourism related businesses across Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury, Stroud and The Cotswolds so this is your opportunity.

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Posted 05/08/2016

SUCCESSFUL LOCAL BUSINESSES SHARE THEIR SECRETS AT CONNECT BUSINESS 2016

If you’ve ever wondered how well-known local businesses developed from a bright idea to where they are today, or how they expanded into new markets, Connect Business 2016 will provide some of the answers.


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Posted 02/08/2016

CHAMBER TO ATTEND CHELTENHAM CONNECT

The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce will be attending Cheltenham Connect, 22 September, 10am - 3pm at The Pavilion, (Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6PN). On hand will be the members of the Chamber Executive Committee, who will be delighted to discuss the work of the Chamber, benefits of membership, upcoming events and more. The Chamber is donating raffle prizes on behalf of the Cheltenham Connect event, which include a one-year's Chamber membership and a bottle of champagne.

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Posted 26/07/2016

CHAMBER LUNCHTIME SEMINARS

The Chamber has run a wide range of seminars during the year offering the opportunity for members to gain a quick overview on a business topic

We have had a wide range of speakers this year covering all aspects of business from Marketing to Cloud Computing, Employment Law to Cyber Crime; Auto enrolment pensions to stalking at work and social media to insurance

Feedback from the seminars show most delegates have found the sessions to be either very good or good. Our thanks to the many speakers and business who have given their time to present to Chamber members.

We are now putting the Autumn programme together – if you have a suggestion for a topic or would like to put forward a topic to present please contact

Nigel Knowlman, Seminar Co-ordinator nknowlman@cheltenhamchamber.org.uk 07969 043 117

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Posted 06/07/2016

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER HELPS SUE RYDER’S LECKHAMPTON COURT HOSPICE WITH FLOOD RECOVERY

Sue Ryder’s Leckhampton Court Hospice was flooded during the recent storms, which caused huge damage requiring residents to be temporarily evacuated and all the flooring to be replaced. Deputy CEO Jon Leamon said, “As a long standing Chamber member we felt we should help Sue Ryder and make a donation of £300.”

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Posted 19/05/2016

CALL FOR RESURFACING WORK ON HIGH STREET

Chamber Deputy Chief Executive Jon Leamon attended a meeting hosted by Cheltenham Borough Council to discuss the unacceptable condition of pavements and walkways on the town’s high street.

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Posted 22/03/2016

RUTH DOOLEY, TAX PARTNER FOR HAZLEWOODS, OFFERS AN INSIGHT INTO THE RECENT BUDGET

Ruth Says: “It was quite a good budget for small businesses, probably at the expense of larger businesses. There were 50 changes in all.” Here are a few of Ruth’s highlights:

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Posted 25/02/2016

CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS IS CELEBRATING ITS 90TH ANNIVERSARY

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce members in 1925 were responsible for the founding of the two day competition that has evolved over the years into the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and 2015 marks the 90th anniversary of its existence with a 13 day event.

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Posted 18/02/2016

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER QUESTIONS THE GLOUCESTERSHIRE LOCAL TRANSPORT PLAN

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce has registered its concerns about the Gloucestershire Local Transport Plan 2011-2031.

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Posted 17/02/2016

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPPOSE THE PROPOSED BENHALL BUS LANE

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce have opposed the proposed Benhall Bus Lane and lodged their objection with Gloucestershire County Council in good time.

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Posted 17/02/2016

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER CALLS FOR ALL EXISTING EMPLOYMENT LAND TO BE PROTECTED FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH AND NEW JOBS!

At a recent meeting Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce agreed that land already designated as Employment land should be safe-guarded to prevent any further changes of use from employment to housing, and also no more office buildings should be converted to housing.

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Posted 04/02/2016

HARRISON CLARK RICKERBYS RECOGNISED BY MOD FOR FORCES SUPPORT

Three Counties law firm Harrison Clark Rickerbys has won a prestigious award for its support for the armed forces as part of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

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Posted 30/12/2015

RATCLIFFE CONSULTANTS LAUNCHES NEW INSURANCE PROGRAMME FOR CHAMBERS

Ratcliffe Consultants are delighted to announce that they are able to assist all the Chambers and business groups in the county, by offering discounted insurance for themselves AND their members!

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Posted 16/10/2015

POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER'S BUDGET SETTING SURVEY

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gloucestershire is currently consulting with members of the public and local businesses regarding a possible rise in council tax to help fund the Constabulary next year. We are very keen to gather the views of local business owners and I have been advised that you may be able to assist in facilitating this for the Police and Crime Commissioner?

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Posted 07/09/2015

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE LAUNCH AUTUMN SERIES OF BUSINESS SEMINARS

We are launching the new series of Business Seminars on 17th September with Stefano Pucello of Stefano Pucello Consulting Ltd. - SPC asking “The Customer Journey – Are you getting the most out of your digital channels?”

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Posted 30/07/2015

KEVAN BLACKADDER SHARES HIS ACCOUNT OF THIS WEEKEND’S ‘WHEELCHAIR CHALLENGE’

Have you ever wondered how easy it is to move around a modern town centre in a wheelchair? Cheltenham disability charity St Vincent’s and St George’s Association asked just that question of 12 able-bodied people on Friday.

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Posted 29/07/2015

GIVE YOUR FEEDBACK ON BID PROPOSAL

Businesses in central Cheltenham are being asked to have their say on the proposed Business Improvement District (BID).

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Posted 29/07/2015

CHELTENHAM RAILWAY STATION RECEIVES £10M INVESTMENT

Chamber members will be delighted to know that the Department for Transport has recently confirmed some £10m is to be invested in Cheltenham Railway Station.

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Posted 15/07/2015

GLOUCESTERSHIRE FIRE & RESCUE SERVICE - CHANGES TO THE WAY WE RESPOND TO AUTOMATIC FIRE ALARM ACTIVATIONS

It is estimated that false alarms cost the UK in excess of £1 billion a year. Businesses suffer lost
production and disruption for staff. This can be eradicated with effective management of fire detection
and alarm systems. Last year, Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service attended more than 1,700
emergency calls to fire alarm activations where there was no fire. This diverts vital emergency
resources from attending real emergencies, wasting our time and taxpayers’ money.

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Posted 09/07/2015

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S RESPONSE TO THE BUDGET

Chamber member and Finance spokesperson, Mark Hunt of Crowe Clark Whitehill gave the Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce’s response to the budget which contains both good and bad points for local businesses

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Posted 03/07/2015

BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP TO PUSH MAJOR TOWN CENTRE IMPROVEMENT PLANS

The Cheltenham Business Partnership is delighted to announce that it is pressing ahead with plans to explore the creation of a Business Improvement District (BID) in the town centre.

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Posted 02/07/2015

RESTRICTIVE PARKING PROPOSALS IN LANSDOWN

RESTRICTIVE PARKING PROPOSALS IN LANSDOWN
By Rob Duncan, Chamber Planning Advisor
Members living near the Railway Station, in the Lansdown area or the West End, will probably already know about the County Council’s proposed parking restrictions throughout the area but others, who are regular users of the Station or who park in any of these areas and walk the rest of the way to work, may not.

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Posted 02/06/2015

UNIVERSAL CREDIT INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS

Universal Credit is a new benefit that supports people who are on a low income or out of work and helps ensure that they are better off in work than on benefits.

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Posted 02/06/2015

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER IN THE LOCAL ANSWER

See attached file.

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Posted 28/05/2015

LOCAL BUSINESS SURVEY

The fieldwork period for this quarter's Local Business Survey (QES) opens on Wednesday 27 May, and closes on Monday 15 June.

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Posted 26/05/2015

NEPAL APPEAL FUND RAISING DINNER

On Tuesday 12th May Mohammed Rahman hosted a Fund Raising Dinner in aid of the Nepal Earthquake. It was coincidental that earlier that day there was a second earthquake. Although not as violent as the first, because the initial one had weakened so many buildings, the devastation was not much less. It also occurred near the mountains so avalanches were caused which added to the problem. A further 42 people died and over 1000 more were injured.


Mohammed will also be doing a collection at the Mosque on Friday. He still has a Collecting Box for the Appeal at Spice Lodge so if you would like to contribute please call by.

He would like to stress that because two of his staff are from the Nepal area they have local Charity contacts in Nepal so the money will be going directly to whe

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Posted 06/05/2015

DISPLAY TOP STUDENT ARTWORK IN YOUR COMPANY

The Fine Art Course of the School of Art & Design at the University of Gloucestershire is offering businesses the opportunity to display original artworks in their offices. The scheme provides works on loan from the university’s leading art students to businesses in the Cheltenham area.

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Posted 02/04/2015

PRE-ELECTION DEBATE SHEDS LIGHT ON POLICIES

More than 130 Chamber Members and guests attended a Pre–Election Debate at The Mercure Cheltenham Queen’s Hotel on Friday 27th March.

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Posted 02/04/2015

KEY REPORT ON CHELTENHAM’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY BY ROB DUNCAN, CHAMBER PLANNING ADVISOR

For all of you who are interested in the overall economic well-being and future of Cheltenham, a recent report prepared for the Borough Council by Athey Consulting is well worth reading. The Town’s previous economic strategy is so far out of date that it is virtually non-existent and as a result Athey were instructed to carry out a review setting out an economic strategy developing Cheltenham as a business location.

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Posted 27/03/2015

NEW BUSINESS GUIDE AND DIRECTORY FOR CHELTENHAM

A new free business guide and directory for Cheltenham has been launched this week in both a brochure format and an online guide.

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Posted 05/03/2015

CONTENT SUBMISSIONS SOUGHT FOR CHAMBER NEWS

If you or someone from your organisation are interested in submitting articles for Chamber News, please send your idea or proposal to the editor, Dan Harris. If accepted, Chamber News will publish the title, author’s name and picture, and link it to the full article on the Chamber or member’s website.

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Posted 04/03/2015

AWARD WINNING RESTAURANT, THE SPICE LODGE, HOSTS CHELTENHAM MAYOR’S CHARITY LUNCH

Long standing Chamber member, The Spice Lodge, was chosen by the Mayor, Simon Wheeler, to host his annual Charity Lunch on Monday 9th February. 40 guests joined the Mayor and his wife for a superb 4 course Pan Asian meal and to listen to the guest speaker, Dame Janet Trotter, the Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire.

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Posted 03/03/2015

INVESTMENT IN OUR TOWN - RECOMMENDATIONS

By Chamber Deputy CEO Jon Leamon
Further to my request last month for feedback on how best to invest the £7.8 million received by the Borough Council from the sale of North Place and Portland Street car parks, I have forwarded it to the Council for discussion at the budget meeting in March.

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Posted 02/02/2015

INVESTMENT IN OUR TOWN

In our role of representing all business interests in Cheltenham, we are regularly approached by the Borough Council for feedback on proposed investment and expenditure on infrastructure. I’m sure most people will be aware that the Council sold the North Place and Portland Place car parks for £7.8m last year and this sum is to be reinvested in our town. There may also be further funds available to supplement this.

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Posted 02/02/2015

PIVOTAL YEAR FOR TRANSPORT

The successful Chamber networking evening at Jamie’s Italian Restaurant on Wednesday 21st January allowed me to speak about some of the positive developments currently taking place in the town.

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Posted 02/12/2014

CHAMBER CEO MICHAEL RATCLIFFE CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

As I look ahead there will be many exciting developments taking place in Cheltenham during 2015, increasing both the economic and cultural well-being for those who live and work in the town. I have no doubt this will have a beneficial knock-on effect for the town’s many businesses and in particular the Chamber’s members.

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Posted 28/11/2014

‘REGIONAL CYBER UNIT ALERTS SMES OF PBX FRAUD’

Gloucestershire Constabulary received an alert from the Regional Cyber Unit warning of a PBX (private branch exchange) fraud affecting SMEs, community centres, schools and colleges. The Constabulary states, “over the last few months we have had a number of reports of this type of attack around the region costing victims a substantial amount of money.”

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Posted 28/11/2014

JCS UPDATE

As the Chamber’s Planning Executive, I have become increasingly aware of the number of buildings, and the amount of floor space, in the Borough which have been changed to residential us.

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Posted 19/11/2014

INVITATION: PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT, RIVERSHILL HOUSE, CHELTENHAM – PUBLIC CONSULTATION

• Monday November 24, 12 noon until 7.30pm
• St Andrew’s Church Hall, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham GL50 1SP

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Posted 30/10/2014

CHELTENHAM TRANSPORT PLAN REGULATION

Following the initial consultation process in April/May Gloucestershire County Council have made some alterations to the nature of the Traffic Regulation Order. Please find an explanatory letter attached (sent to all those who have made an individual representation).

Re-consultation will go out for public comment 30th October to 22nd November 2014. All relevant information will be available at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/extra/ctptro (this will be ‘live’ 30th October)

Please send any comments you wish to make by November 22nd 2014.

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Posted 14/10/2014

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER SAYS THANK YOU TO ITS SPONSORS

“We are delighted that the Cheltenham Hospitality Association and the Women’s Business Club were the first two sponsors of our Chamber News” commented Jon Leamon, Deputy Chief Executive, “We would like to thank them for their support and invite other local businesses to contact us about sponsoring future editions which will enable them to reach over 2,000 local businesses”

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Posted 03/10/2014

SEPTEMBER CHAMBER REPORT FROM JON LEAMON

This month’s lobbying work has included the Joint Core Strategy, which is now going forward for approval by the three councils (Cheltenham, Gloucester and Tewkesbury), the redevelopment of North Place, which is also going ahead with Morrisons, who are committed to the project, and the Brewery development, which has now commenced building work. The Portland Street housing site is, however, currently on hold as the site is up for resale. ;'

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Posted 03/09/2014

AUGUST - NOT SUCH A QUIET MONTH

Jon Leamon, Deputy Chamber CEO Not everyone knows just how much work the Chamber Executive team get through on behalf of our members to ensure we have the best possible representation and influence regarding developments within our town and the County.

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Posted 28/05/2014

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF REACH ON 21ST MAY

Are you aware that local health services in Cheltenham are under threat?

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Posted 28/02/2014

ASSOCIATION OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE CHAMBERS & BUSINESS ORGANISATIONS

Since it started the Association has encouraged and developed closer working between its members and the recent meeting showed how much progress is being made. We have set up 3 sub-committee who are working very hard in the following areas:

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Posted 29/01/2014

ASSOCIATION OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE CHAMBERS & BUSINESS GROUPS SUPPORTS THE CAMPAIGN TO ‘FILL THE MISSING LINK’

The newly formed Association of Gloucestershire Chambers & Business Groups is throwing its weight behind the campaign to ‘Fill the Missing Link’

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Posted 29/01/2014

BUSINESS LEADERS AGREE TO SET UP NEW COUNTYWIDE VOICE FOR GLOUCESTERSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF GLOUCESTERSHIRE CHAMBERS & BUSINESS GROUPS

“At last week’s meeting of Gloucestershire Chambers of Commerce and county-wide Business organisations it was agreed to set up the Association of Gloucestershire Chambers & Business Groups to allow businesses to speak with one voice on the ‘Big issues’” commented Michael Ratcliffe, Chair of the newly formed Association of Gloucestershire Chambers & Business Groups, “We have agreed a number of common objectives and would like to work in partnership with others in making Gloucestershire the UK’s number 1 destination for new business in addition to supporting local businesses across Gloucestershire.”

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Posted 21/01/2014

REACH STILL UNHAPPY WITH HOSPITALS’ ANSWERS AT SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

A representative of REACH, the campaign to restore full-time accident and emergency services at Cheltenham Hospital, attended the County Council’s Health & Care Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HCOSC) meeting last week and came away more unhappy than ever even though Committee members did their best to get clear answers from the NHS Trust.

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Posted 13/01/2014

FUNDING FOR SKILLS TRAINING

Cheltenham-based companies can now make use of a skills development fund that will enable them to train their staff in vital business skills, completely free of charge.

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Posted 17/12/2013

PROPOSED WITHDRAWAL OF EMERGENCY SURGERY AT CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL?

“The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce and REACH are deeply concerned about the proposal for the possible withdrawal of emergency surgery at Cheltenham General Hospital” commented Michael Ratcliffe, Chair of REACH and Chief Executive of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce, “This would be more than unfortunate for Cheltenham and would turn Cheltenham General Hospital into a hospital where major surgery is no longer performed.”

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Posted 19/09/2013

CHAMBER'S BUSINESS CENTRE OPENS!

The Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the opening of its Business Centre, available free for members and at a reasonable cost for non-members of the business community.

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Posted 03/09/2013

CHAMBER FIGHTS FOR FULL-TIME A&E AT CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce has taken a lead in setting up a broad based coalition to work for the re-instatement of a fully functioning and 24 hour A&E at Cheltenham General Hospital. The Steering Group, named Re@ch, has agreed the following overr

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Posted 29/08/2013

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUPPORT THE CHELTENHAM TRANSPORT PLAN IN PRINCIPLE BUT

At today's meeting of Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce with officers from Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire County Council a number of concerns were expressed about the possible consequences of the pedestrianisation of Boots Corner.

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Posted 12/08/2013

FULLY FUNCTIONING A&E AT CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL

Yesterday a number of residents and local business representatives came together to express their concerns about the overnight closure of the A&E Department at Cheltenham General Hospital and to consider what actions should be taken in response.

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Posted 22/07/2013

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER TO CONTINUE THE FIGHT FOR A FULL-TIME A&E AT CHELTENHAM HOSPITAL

Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce have vowed to continue the fight for a full time A&E Department at Cheltenham General Hospital, following yesterday's 'flawed decision' by the Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group (GCCG) to divert all Emergency Ambul

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Posted 16/07/2013

CHELTENHAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OPPOSE THE OVERNIGHT CLOSURE OF A&E AT CHELTENHAM GENERAL HOSPITAL

Starting next month (August) the Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group (GCCG) are intending to divert all emergency ambulances from Cheltenham General Hospital to Gloucester Royal Hospital between the hours of 8.00pm and 8.00am

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Posted 02/07/2013

WANT TO KNOW THE CHELTENHAM CHAMBER’S POSITION ON KEY LOCAL ISSUES?’

The Cheltenham Chamber Comments on Key Local Issues

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Posted 29/05/2013

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE FLYING THE FLAG FOR BUSINESSES IN CHELTENHAM

Despite the recession it has been a good year for business in Cheltenham. More new business start-ups in Cheltenham in 2012 than in 2011. Increased footfall already this year in the Regents Arcade

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Posted 08/05/2013

£791,000 BID SUCCESS TO SUPPORT BUSINESS START-UPS IN THE COUNTY

More start-up businesses in the county will have a chance of success, thanks to a winning funding bid led by the University of Gloucestershire to develop business incubation units in the county.

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Posted 03/01/2013

ON STREET PARKING CHANGES

Single contractor chosen for on-street parking in county

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Posted 17/10/2012

HOW TO REPORT A POTHOLE

The declining state of Cheltenham's roads are a concern to both residents and businesses.

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Posted 25/09/2012

REPLACEMENT OF THE GREAT WESTERN RAIL FRANCHISE:

The chamber's comments

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VINTAGE 1920S CHELTENHAM FILM AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS

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LETTER SENT TO JOINT CORE STRATEGY TEAM

Attention Ms T Crews

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE CONSTABULARY TO LAUNCH 101

From 19th September

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