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Minutes of May Chamber Meeting

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May 13, 2013 by oswestrychamberoftrade

Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce Meeting
8th May 2013

Welcome
The meeting was opened by new Chair Heather Noble who welcomed those present, introduced the new committee members and spoke of how the new committee hope to further improve on the good work of the previous committee to push forward the Chamber for the next year.

Chamber Awards Feedback
Jools Payne gave an interesting and lively presentation on this year’s event. Points raised included:
•    220 people attended this year, which is 50 more than 2012’s event.
•    She thanked Graham Breeze and Martin Anderson for making the event happen.
•    Martin Anderson received a special award for his services to the Chamber and to Oswestry business over the last two years.
•    Future Chronicle Business Club events will talk more about applying for awards and the benefits of doing so. They are also inviting winners of awards to speak at the next Business Club to talk about their experiences of the night and events leading up to it.
All in all, it was a very successful event.

Website
John Waine spoke to announce the new look and features to the website. This can be viewed at www.oswestrychamber.org.uk.
He invited members to respond to his recent email request for information to go into their business listing, particularly of an image to add to their listing – this can either be their company logo or a picture of themselves, whichever they feel appropriate. This will be added to as time goes on, and obviously as new members join.
He asked the floor if they had any particular requests or feedback for things they would like to see on the website and several suggestions were made that will be looked into. These included:
•    Private messaging/emailing system between members only
•    A noticeboard for members only to contribute to
•    Ways for members to interact privately

Members are invited to make further feedback or suggestions as to what they would like to see on the website by contacting a member of the committee so that these can be discussed at the next committee meeting and solutions can be sought as to what can be achieved.

Non-Networked Businesses
Heather Noble updated us on the progress of this topic which was raised at previous meetings.
A small committee has come forward and met a couple of weeks ago on this topic to discuss the basics. They raised several questions for further debate, which will be expanded on in future meetings.
Heather invited all members to offer their opinions on this by contacting her directly, either by telephone 01691 700800 or email info@salt-solutions.co.uk.

Change of Venue
Jools Payne motioned the idea of moving our monthly meetings to the Oswestry Cricket Club as they have just extended their clubhouse.
She ran through what the Cricket Club are offering.
Through a comparison, it was discovered that as long as there are more than 13 attendees at a meeting (which there usually are) then financially, we are better off at the Cricket Club.
One issue however is that meetings would have to move to a Tuesday as there is another event there on Wednesdays.
Concerns were also raised over car parking and whether there would be sufficient parking at the Cricket Club to cope with our busier meetings. Jools agreed to find out from the Cricket Club how many car parking spaces are available.
There are no clashes with cricket matches during the summer as they don’t play on Tuesdays.
Also, The Lion Quays were asked to put a bid together for what they could offer. Certainly if membership and meeting attendance grows, we may have to consider such a larger venue.

So three options have arisen from this debate:
1.    Oswestry Cricket Club
2.    Remain with the Wynnstay
3.    Lion Quays (quote pending)

Anybody with a view or preference on this is invited to submit comments and it was requested that a poll be added to the website to gauge opinion.

Making the Most of your Membership
Vice-Chair Paul Wiseman spoke about one benefit of Chamber membership that he regularly takes advantage of.
This is apparently something that many members weren’t aware of but the Oswestry Chronicle offers preferential rates to Chamber members for their monthly Chamber pages.
Adverts are full colour and they have a team of artists available to produce artwork copy. Also included free of charge is a 100 word editorial plus photograph.
Marcus Evans of the Chronicle added that anybody wanting further information can contact him through the Chronicle.
The Chronicle is delivered free to homes across Oswestry and Welshpool and has a circulation of over 11,000.
As so few people present were aware of this benefit, it was suggested that the website have a page of offers and discounts available to Chamber members only. In order to make use of online discount codes and keep those to just within the Chamber membership, it was requested that this area be password protected, i.e. within a members-only area so that the public couldn’t access these, although it would be pertinent to maybe say that there are many exclusive offers available to members on the promo/join us page.
Members are again requested to contact Heather Noble directly, as before, if they wish to put forward a special offer or benefit to Chamber members and once we have a sufficient number of these we will look to putting them on the website.

Meeting Close
The next meeting is on Wednesday 5th June to be followed by the Chronicle Business Club.


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