About Corsham Chamber Of Commerce

Our objective is to promote and strengthen the business community in Corsham and the surrounding district, which includes Box, Lacock, Neston and Colerne and ensure a vibrant future for all businesses in our area.

Membership

Whatever your organisation size or business sector, there is always a reason to be a Corsham Chamber member whether it is to increase sales & profitability or get involved and increase your contacts. For as little as £90 per year, you can join the voice of your local business community.

Events

Corsham Chamber organises workshops, networking and special events regularly throughout the year, including the Corsham Means Business Show. All events are available at substantially discounted prices to members and many are also open to non-members.

Support

Raise local business issues, discuss challenges and receive business support via the Corsham Chamber. As a not for profit organisation which is part of Inspire by Wessex Chambers we help and represent businesses of every size, across every sector of the local economy.

Voice

Corsham Chamber exists to promote and encourage the business, commercial, industrial and retail interests of Corsham and the surrounding area. We keep our members at the heart of everything we do and are their voice in the wider Corsham community.

May Networking Breakfast Event hosted by Hartham Park

Corsham Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend our monthly Breakfast Meeting hosted by Hartham Park on Wednesday, 2 May 2018 from 7.30 to 9.00am. Katerina Pippi and Chloe Swift look forward to welcoming you to Hartham Park and updating you on the recent changes to this wonderful loca establishment and what exciting projects are in the pipeline that will benefit the whole community.

Keep up to date with everything to do with Corsham Chamber of Commerce and the Corsham Business Show. Join in the conversion and share with us your news via any of our social media channels.


The Corsham Business Show

Watch the video produced at the Corsham Business Show in 2016.

Following on from the success of the previous ‘Corsham Means Business’ Shows in 2015 and 2016, we are delighted to announce we are due to return on 21st March 2018.

About Corsham, Box, Lacock, Neston and Colerne

About Corsham Corsham is an historic market town and civil parish in north west Wiltshire, England. It is at the south western extreme of the Cotswolds, just off the A4 which was formerly the main turnpike road from London to Bristol, between Bath (7.5 miles / 12 kilometres) and Chippenham (4.5 miles / 7 kilometres). Find out more about Corsham, Box, Lacock and Colerne here...

Corsham Chamber Of Commerce Partnerships

Corsham Chamber works in partnership with local authorities, business groups and others, to build and maintain a regional business network and community.

Corsham Chamber Of Commerce News

Businesses thrive at Corsham Business Show

After months of careful planning, the Corsham Business Show which took place on Wednesday, 21 March 2018 has been deemed a success. The show which took place at the town’s Springfield Community Campus included a packed schedule with more than 50 exhibitors and a range of seminars and workshops from the likes of Founder and CEO of Melksham-based GripIt Fixings, Jordan Daykin and Rob Law MBE, founder and CEO of Trunki, the brand behind the much-loved ride-on suitcase for tots. Highlights from the show were published in the Gazette & Herald on Thursday 29 March, please click here to read the article in full.

Alison Edgar and Jordan Daykin at the Corsham Business Show

April Update from Corsham Town Council

 

 

 

Second Consultation on the Corsham Neighbourhood Plan
Wiltshire Council is now running the second – and final – public consultation on Corsham’s Neighbourhood Plan. It’s a last chance to have your say on the Plan before it’s passed to an independent examiner ahead of a community referendum later this year. It’s also a chance to offer your support for the Plan.

The consultation runs until 5pm on Friday, 25 May 2018, and the Neighbourhood Plan and all its associated documents can be viewed via Wiltshire Council’s consultation portal http://consult.wiltshire.gov.uk/portal. Paper copies are also available at Corsham Library, the Town Hall and Wiltshire Council’s offices at Monkton Park in Chippenham. You can comment via the portal, or download a form from the portal and email it to neighbourhoodplanning@wiltshire.gov.uk, or fill in a paper copy, which will be available at the three sites listed. For more information about the consultation, contact Spatial Planning at the email address above, or call 01225 713223.
Taste of Corsham
Taste of Corsham, 16 June 2018, is a delicious experience, set in and around Corsham’s beautiful High Street, with something for everyone. Come and try, buy and enjoy the best local and regional food – from gin and cider to ice-cream, pickles and chocolate cake. Companies already signed up include Mr Pastry, Lacock Dairy, The Free Range Chef, the Wiltshire Liqueur Company and Scout & Sage Gin, plus there will be sampling tents, master classes and guest speakers, and the chance to eat your way around Corsham as the great local cafes, pubs and restaurants offer a free ‘Taste’ of what they do best. Plus Taste of Corsham is teaming up with the Pound Arts Centre who will be bringing you music and entertainment on the Taste Stage, as part of the Blue Sky Festival (12-17 June). There will also be street theatre, crafts, some delicious art to enjoy and lots more fun for all the family – and you can get involved with The Great Get Together, in memory of MP Jo Cox. It’s also the 350th Anniversary of Corsham’s Almshouses so why not take a free tour around this historic building and enjoy even more activities in the grounds?Taste of Corsham, sponsored by Queens Square Wealth Management, runs from 10am-4pm and there’s free parking in town all day too so why not come and ‘Taste’ all that Corsham has to offer? To find out more contact Corsham Town Council on 01249 702130 or email towncouncil@corsham.gov.uk

Corsham Walking Festival

It’s time to get your walking boots on and step out into the glorious countryside and footpaths that surround Corsham. This year’s Walking Festival takes place from 8-10 June, features 27 themed walks allowing you do to everything from Climbing Up on Solsbury Hill to getting a taste of Nordic Walking, as well as walks for all the family including a Children’s Treasure Hunt. Booking is open now via the website or in person at The Pound.

Open Day at Heywood Prep

Please contact Heywood Prep for further details.

Gin Festival at the Methuen Arms

Calling all Gin lovers! Join us at the Methuen Arms on Saturday, 21 April for our exciting Gin Festival! We will have three guest gin makers and suppliers offering tasters and talks about their amazing distilleries. Local glass makers crafting and selling the prefect vessel for your tasty gin and tonic. Gin inspired food created by our team of talented chefs. Plus great live music. Tickets £10.

April News from the Corsham School

Business Reward Scheme                                          
The Corsham School has launched it’s Business Reward Scheme and would welcome new members. Over the past few years the school has built close relationships and worked with many local businesses through events such as our annual Careers Fair, STEM Day, Interview Day and our Employability Week.

We would like to continue to build an effective and close relationship with the local businesses community. Working more closely and forging links with local business will help to provide our students with key skills they will need when they go onto further education or the world of work.

There are many benefits in subscribing to the Corsham School Business Reward Scheme such as advertising, discount on hall hiring, invitation to school events and much more.  We have had several businesses join the scheme and would be delighted if you would like to join and be part of our school community. Please contact Lin Wheeler if you would like more information.

Curry and a Quiz
We are organising our very popular Curry and a Quiz evening, on Friday 20th April, 7-10pm. The event costs £8 per person (including food), with teams of 6 (over 18’s). There is a paying bar and raffle. Please join us for a fun evening.  Please contact Lin Wheeler if you would like more information.

 

Spring Ball – Cumberwell Park.
We are delighted to announce that the Spring Ball will be taking place on Saturday 12th May, from 7pm – 12am at Cumberwell Park. This will be a very special evening, guest attire is black tie, tickets are £25 per person with tables of 8 and 10 available. Drinks will be served on arrival followed by a two course meal and tea/coffee. After the meal you can dance the night away with Cumberwell Park’s resident DJ. There will also be an auction and raffle. We would be delighted if you could join us for this exclusive event at Cumberwell Park or if you can offer a auction or raffle prize please let us know. Please contact Lin Wheeler if you would like more information.

April Business in Focus – BCR Associates

This month we are discussion with BCR Associates, thank you to Associate, Ben Leightonfor taking the time to answer some questions.

 

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

I had been looking for a business idea that could match my business sales skills whilst incorporating my background in energy, offering a business consultancy with a requirement that all businesses have.

 

What was your mission at the outset?

Our mission was to provide a local business that would be accountable to our clients and to assist them to run their businesses more efficiently to save costs.

 

What services or products do you offer?

We provide an independent consultancy that assists business owners to select the correct energy contracts for their business as well as looking to reduce spend in other essential cost areas.

 

How do you advertise your product/service?

We gain most of our clients via referral as we have found in the past that general advertising has attracted clients but they are very rarely fully engaged.

 

To what do you attribute your success?

Patience and integrity: in an industry where some chase the next commission cheque we look to build long-term relationships with our clients and offer them clarity on a cost that many of them do not enjoy or fully understand.

 

Do you use the services of a professional accountant or solicitor?

Yes, we use Old Mill Accountants in Melksham, we have found that when the chips are down they deliver great advice very quickly.

 

Do you work locally or nationally?

We have clients all over the country but tend to work locally where we can visit and work face to face with clients; having had a career in international sales being able to work with local businesses is very rewarding.

 

Have you ever turned down a client?

Yes, a very rude and disrespectful potential client who felt he could speak to us however he liked. Being my own boss allowed me to walk away.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

Whatever your initial expectations and targets are, probably halve them!

 

What are your company’s goals?

Our goals are to have a sustainable long-term business where our clients understand our value and we in turn save them time, money and administrative effort.

Corsham Institute – Your Data, Your Rights


YOUR DATA – HAVE YOUR SAY!
For every local business and everyone who works or lives in the wider Corsham area, personal data and how you handle it, or how you or your family choose to share it, should be a hot topic. Two immediate reasons come to mind, the recent press stories about Facebook and how they profile people; and the introduction this May of GDPR, which confers new data rights on every individual.

How do you decide who to share personal information about yourself with? Are you happier to share with certain types of organisations than others? Do you care what you share online?

As part of a new local project called ‘Your Data, Your Rights’, Corsham Institute (Ci)wants your views. The first part of the project is an online survey to understand from as many people as possible who live, work or study in the greater Corsham area, which includes Colerne, Lacock, Gastard, Neston and Box, what they know, and how they feel about their personal data and the way it is used by organisations. Also, what they know about their data rights and whether they know how to use them.

Based on this feedback, Ci will then work with the Corsham community to identify and co-produce the information needed to help them understand their rights and how and when they can use them. The survey is open now until 22 April, and it should take less than 10 minutes to complete. Please click here to complete the survey.

Ci is an independent, not-for-profit organisation based in Corsham and London. They work to ensure that everyone can benefit from the opportunities digital technology brings, while being able to understand and manage the risks. Much of their work in communities is carried out in the Corsham area through their Digital Corsham initiative that works to make Corsham a centre of excellence for the digital world. For more information about the project, please click here.

And please, take part in the survey now to have your say!

Would you like to assist the Chamber of Commerce as our new treasurer?

We are now seeking applications from members looking to become more involved in running the Chamber.  The role of Treasurer is crucial in helping the Executive Committee to budget and allocate funds for new initiatives to support the town’s businesses. If you would like further information please see the job specification below or contact Stuart Pearce, president of Corsham Chamber of Commerce stuart@smartech-energy.co.uk.

 

Corsham Chamber of Commerce – Treasurer Outline Job Specification (March 2018)

  1. The Treasurer should either be a Chamber member in their own name or an employee of a member company
  2. The Treasurer will be a member of the Executive Committee and will need to attend the monthly Committee meetings
  3. The treasurer will prepare an annual budget of income and expenditure in co-operation with the Executive Committee
  4. The treasurer will receive from the Secretary details of day to day expenditure and financial commitments
  5. To collate this information and keep appropriate books and records of income and expenditure
  6. To liaise with the Secretary to ensure that Subscriptions and other income due are received. To report initially to the President and Executive  committee any breaches and actions taken to remedy these
  7. To act as a signatory on the Chamber bank account(s)
  8. To report the bank balances and give details of any exceptional matters at the Chamber members meetings
  9. At each committee meeting the Treasurer will summarise income and expenditure and report on these against the budget to highlight any discrepancies and provide sufficient information to enable to committee to make purchasing and other financial decisions
  10. At the end of the accounting year, the Treasurer will prepare the annual accounts for the Chamber in good time for these to be approved
  11. To present the accounts to the Chamber members at the AGM and deal with any queries arising therefrom

 

 

Corsham Chamber of Commerce Membership Survey

Corsham Chamber of Commerce has launched a Membership Survey to gain insight into each individual business’ needs which will help inform the Chamber on how best to rejuvenate its current membership offer.

The survey is only open to current members only. Please click here if you wish to participate.

Corsham Chamber of Commerce AGM

Last week Corsham Chamber of Commerce said farewell to retiring President Sue Stockley of 3iP and welcomed new president, local businessman Stuart Pearce of SMARTech Energy. Guest speaker on the evening was Wiltshire MP Michelle Donelan. Thank you to all who attended the AGM and welcome to all our new members this year. Blog post from Stuart to follow.

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