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Minutes from August 2013 Oswestry Chamber meeting


August 8, 2013 by oswestrychamberoftrade

Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce Meeting

7th August 2013


Welcome from Heather Noble who introduced tonight’s agenda.

Hope House Children’s Hospice Corporate Challenge

Lyndsay Culvert introduced us to the work of the hospice before speaking about their Corporate Challenge fundraising idea.

The idea is that they give 100 local business (upon application) £50 each and 90 days to grow it by as much as is legally and ethically possible.

They have a team on hand to offer support in any aspect of fundraising.
Heather Noble declared that the Chamber would put together a team for this and appealed for volunteers to join the team.

There are approximately 10 spaces left so if anybody would like to submit a team, please contact Lyndey Culvert at Hope House Hospice. For more information, see

Shropshire Council – Steve White and Susan Coleman

Steve White

Steve spoke about his role as Community Enablement Officer in engaging Oswestry businesses to make this a more vibrant town.

Steve will be attending at future Chamber meetings and anybody who wishes to share any views or ideas with him are invited to contact him at the council or speak to him at meetings.

He is interviewing some local businesses and there is a questionnaire, with the aim of finding out what local businesses need. He invited volunteers to complete the questionnaire and/or participate in interviews.

Contact Steve on 01691 677287.

Susan Coleman

Susan is the Business Support Officer for Shropshire Council, covering the North Shropshire area, mainly for Oswestry.

She highlighted various grant schemes, including Regeneration Grants Scheme which aims to renovate shops with flats above.

Also up to £5k available for Bed & Breakfast businesses, and the StartUp Britain Clubs run by Fay Easton of Young Britain, amongst many others.

Anybody wanting to access funding or support for their business venture, whatever stage the business is at, should contact Susan on 01743 252597 or email to see if there is any help available to you.

The Oswestry Connection – Chamber Expo event

Fiona Barnes gave a presentation announcing this event which will be held at the Wynnstay Hotel on Wednesday 8th October (the week after the normal Chamber meeting) with the support of the Chronicle.

Free to attend, however stands are available at a rate of £20 for members or £40 for non-members (to include 2013 membership). Anybody wanting to take a stand should email Fiona at for more information.

Your Business in the Spotlight – British Ironworks Centre

Clive and Ben Knowles of the British Ironworks Centre spoke about their recent work including for the Olympics, Buckingham Palace.

They also pride themselves on getting involved with local community projects, including the widely publicised Oswestry Safari Adventure Trail. Hence, they won the Community Champions award at the Chronicle Business Awards earlier this year.

They handed out goody bags to all in attendance.

More information about them can be found on their website

Any Other Business

  • Victoria Rees-Francis invited everyone to the launch event of her new All Nails business within the Hi-Style Salon on 19th August.
  • Alberto of Woolston House is holding a pop-up dining event in association with Fiona Asson Fiona on Fish on Saturday 17th September. To find out more, email or visit
  • Graham Breeze reminded everyone that next month’s Chamber meeting is followed by the Chronicle Business Club where they will be talking about their campaign to install defibrillators at various locations around the town.
  • Ellesmere College Careers Conference is to be held on Friday 18th October between 2pm and 4:15pm at Ellesmere College. It is free to attend and businesses are invited to hold a free stand at the event. Contact the college for more information.
  • David Clough invited anybody who is planning on any town centre Christmas initiatives, if you know of any, please get in touch with him.
  • Heather promoted a new project by FootFall – a new mural to compliment the train mural in the town. They need £300 and are asking businesses for donations towards this. Please contact Heather if you can help.

Everybody invited to spread the word about Chamber and bring a guest to the next meeting.

Meeting Close

The next meeting is on Wednesday 4th September 2013.


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