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Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting 3 October 2012

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October 9, 2012 by oswestrychamberoftrade

Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting 3 October 2012

The Chairman opened the meeting, welcoming those present included invited guests.

Osyteers – 1 year on

Osyteers founder, Mike Lade, reported achievements by the group one year after it started, including; participation by local businesses, some of which being – Practiceplan, HSBC and Oswestry School; sixty six requests for help of which 62 have been actioned. Work undertaken has comprised; garden taming, replacing light bulbs, re-tuning TV’s, befriending, building a vegetable garden at a primary school, etc. Anyone wanting help or willing to pledge help should contact the group. Contact details are on the groups website.

Moreton Park Garden Centre – Barry Pearson

Barry Pearson of Shropshire Leisure, who own the garden centre and Lion Quays Resort, spoke to members about their conceptual idea of a small shopping area with log cabins on the site of Moreton Park Garden Centre; creating a street atmosphere with a country feel. Barry explained that they want to speak to local businesses and do not want to compete with Oswestry Businesses but would like to work together by; possibly offering short term leases of the cabins, offering to promote and sell the wares of local businesses within the garden centre as well as with the log cabin development. The log cabin idea is in the very early stages and no plans have yet been drawn up but Barry is looking to engage with Oswestry businesses to obtain their thoughts on the concept. One member suggested that to have a tourist office at the site would be beneficial.

The advantages of the idea to Shropshire Leisure is to drive more business into the garden centre as it is suffering due to the internet and current economic climate. At the same time, they hope that it will also be good for local businesses, giving opportunities to, perhaps, small businesses who can’t afford to take a shop on themselves but could come together with other business owners to utilise a cabin at the site with lesser financial risk.

They are looking to work with businesses now, by providing local goods for sale and display in the garden centre. In particular, they are looking for a local florist to provide services within the centre.

Martin Anderson asked for then for a flyer regarding the proposals that could be put on the chamber website. Anybody with an interest in this development should contact Barry Pearson directly.

Heather Noble – Speaking with confidence

Heather gave a stimulating presentation on speaking to groups of people, with some useful tips and the do’s and don’t’s.

Oswestry 2020 work stream

Martin Anderson and Peter Lloyd explained to members that ideas are sought for the economic development of the town and the 2020 working group will shortly be putting together a questionnaire to send out to individuals. The consultation with the community has to be completed by Christmas and they are also looking for ideas on consulting with the larger businesses on the Industrial Estate. The chamber have been asked to think about retail and more broadly about the Oswestry economy. Martin Anderson reported that Martin Bennett will be attending the next Chamber meeting to talk about the plan.

Plans for Christmas in the Town

A chamber town event is planned for 15th December. The group putting together a nativity style scene are keen to contact anyone with a pet donkey 🙂 to add to the scene. Martin Anderson informed members that the chamber has asked the Town Council for free parking at specific times on the run up to Christmas and we are awaiting the outcome.

Traffic free route

Martin Anderson explained that the chamber had been asked to support a traffic free route linking Gobowen and Oswestry and had met with both the cycling and the railway groups to talk through the issues. A statement of support was made and ratified by members.

Start of The Business Book Club

John Waine described a new chamber initiative and invited members to join in. Members will be reviewing the first book at the November Chamber Meeting. Those wanting to be involved should contact John Waine on oswestry@thebestof.co.uk. The first book is ‘Will It Make the Boat go Faster’.

Future Events

Blackberry Day at Whitchurch is on 6 October.

Business Start Up Sessions being run at the Guildhall 5.30 to 7pm on 9 October, primarily aimed at 16-25 year olds. They are also looking for mentors for young people.

Shropshire Chamber Expo event at Lion Quays on 11 October, networking with Shropshire Businesses including a seminar ‘Romp Around Reputation’ session with Jools Payne.

Supermarket/Apple day at the Bailey Head on 20 October, this is to celebrate a new orchard and various events will take place that day including a musical performance.

Rhydycroesau Autumn Fair on 20 October.

The chamber Christmas party will be on the first Wednesday in December (5th), and will replace the formal chamber meeting. It will be held at Wilsons’s, and the likely cost will be £10 per ticket with tapas and one free drink on arrival. Tickets will be available to purchase at the next meeting. This will be a good opportunity to meet fellow members in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Llangedwyn Primary School holding a food festival on 8 December.


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