July 1, 2013 by oswestrychamberoftrade
Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce Meeting
5th June 2013
Welcome and apologies from Heather Noble who welcomed those present, and gave apologies for those committee members absent.
Oswestry’s Night Time Economy
A fascinating look into the CCTV cameras in Oswestry’s town centre by Jim Stafford who has been tasked with renewing and replacing the CCTV system. The system has been in place for 12 years and there are 15 cameras . The Town Council funded the first 11 in the late 1990s in response to problems with shoplifting and antisocial behaviour.
His presentation included information about the development of the system and what is planned for its future. For example, it is run on grants from Oswestry Town and Shropshire Councils.
He played us some eye-opening videos captured by the cameras which illustrated the antisocial behaviour aspect that the cameras have helped to control over the last 10 years or so. These videos were from around 10 years ago when the problem was quite bad and as the cameras have done their job very well in resolving these problems, there aren’t recent videos showing such violence. This is testament to how valuable the cameras are to the town.
Frank Francis of Pubwatch and landlord of The Red Lion pub took over to explain some of the ways in which the camera footage has been used to reduce incidents. For example, the number of individuals responsible for these offences has reduced drastically because they have been able to identify and take action against them.
Also, because they are aware that there are measures in place to stop this kind of behaviour, they are more likely to modify their own behaviour accordingly.
There are also measures in place for venues in terms of licenses issued and restrictions and controls on them.
He appealed to the Chamber to help by appealing to the council licensing and planning departments to maintain a sensible balance and to consult with police over pavement licensing applications.
Questions from the members covered why Oswestry has more late licenses than other towns such as Shrewsbury; the problem of underage drinking in Oswestry and the measures taken to stop it.
Councillor David Lloyd, who was present at the meeting, spoke to commend these measures.
Getting the most from your membership
Heather Noble explained that there was some confusion between Oswestry Chamber and Shropshire Chamber amongst certain people in the business community.
However, this aside, Shropshire Chamber have kindly extended an offer to the Oswestry Chamber to be able to join their Oswestry Breakfast Club without having to join as a member of Shropshire Chamber first (as is usually the case).
The usual restrictions apply, which is that there is a limit to two business per industry at any Breakfast Club, for example two accountants, two solicitors, two builders etc.
Anybody interested can contact Shropshire Chamber for more information or to apply.
She then handed over to Paul Wiseman to present a new initiative by Oswestry Chamber whereby we will spotlight a different business every month.
The chosen business will have a five-minute slot to introduce their business in order that we can understand them a little better.
If anybody wants to present in this slot they can book their place by contacting a member of the committee.
He asked if anybody wanted to take up the slot this month. John Pittaway picked up the gauntlet.
John Pittaway – The Homebuyer’s Friend
John explained very briefly about his energy-efficiency business. Anybody wanting to know more can visit his website at www.thehomebuyersfriend.co.uk or find his entry on the Chamber’s member directory.
Any Other Business
Representatives from The British Ironworks Centre asked if there was a benefits scheme between members as they would like to offer a discount on their products to Chamber members.
There is a scheme developing and if any member would like to offer their services at a special rate then they are requested to contact Heather Noble directly. Once we have a sufficient number of these we will look to putting a page on the website.
The Gift Experience then offered 20% discount off any of their products, you will need to contact them directly through their website www.thegiftexperience.co.uk to take advantage of this offer.
Chronicle Business Club
The focus this time is on the Chronicle Business Club Awards and two winners from the event, The Gift Experience in Ellesmere and GWR Fasteners in Oswestry, spoke about their businesses, how they got to where they are and their experiences of applying for and consequently winning their respective awards.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at 6pm as usual.
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