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Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting 4 April 2012 & AGM


April 16, 2012 by oswestrychamberoftrade

Minutes of Oswestry Chamber of Commerce meeting 4 April 2012
& Annual General Meeting

The Chairman, Martin Anderson (MA) welcomed members to the meeting.

Items discussed:

Treasurers report for the year
Louise Hudson reported the Chambers finances for the 2011 calendar year. Opening bank balances in January 2011 were £5,398. Expenses for the year were £3,096, which included £2k contribution to CCTV which was given prior to the new management committee taking over. Receipts totalled £1,158 including membership receipts of £1k representing 52 members. Closing bank balances at 31 December 2011 were £3,460. Membership for 2012 currently stands at 43 members. Cost is £20 to join and membership cards are now available which can be used to obtain discounts etc at various outlets in the town. A notice on the chamber website will inform members of the offers available.

AGM business
The chairman advised that the existing members of the management committee (MC) were happy to stand for a further year and also that Ingrid Knowles had volunteered to join the MC. MA thanked Wendy Unwin for her contribution to the organisation over the year, noting that due to work and family commitments she had to stand down as vice chairman. Rachel Edwards had agreed to be vice chairman for the forthcoming year. Paul Wiseman proposed that the existing committee plus Ingrid Knowles be re-elected and this was seconded by Alan Davies.

Olympic Torch coming to Oswestry
Kate Garner of Shropshire Council attended the meeting to inform members about the plans for the torch visit. This will take place 30 May around 10am. There will be some brief road closures that will affect some traders. Some members expressed concern about the choice of the route through town and Kate was asked if the council had a budget set aside specifically for this event and she confirmed that no budget exists specifically for banners and improvements along the route.

Oswestry Games
John and Suzie Hancock told members about their plans taking place between 6th and 15th July starting with an opening ceremony and ending with an event at the leisure centre. The Games are increasing in size with more and more individual events being organised as part of the whole ‘Oswestry Games’ week. Each club/association in the area puts on its own event within the week and there will be prizes/medals for winners. There will be a parade through Oswestry of all sports clubs on 30 June. Anybody wanting to sponsor the event / advertise in the Games programme should visit the website

Portas Bid Update
The application has been submitted. Ideas and discussions generated from the process will run on for some time yet and MA advised that the Chamber has an important role to play in this. It was suggested that at the May chamber meeting a longer discussion is held about the Portas bid and ideas stemming from it.

Art & business – Inside Out Arts Group
John Swogger spoke about the idea of art and business working together and gave examples of successful partnerships that they have already formed which had benefited both artist and the business. Anybody interested in speaking to John about how art could help their business should contact the Inside Out Group.

Forthcoming events
–    Ingrid Knowles mentioned setting up a working group to look at a possible apprenticeship scheme tailored to Oswestry area businesses. Those people interested in joining in should contact the chamber/IK.
–    Graham Breeze of Oswestry Chronicle reported that 60+ entries had been received for the business awards which have now been judged with the awards night to be held on 26 April at Lion Keys. He thanked chamber members for their entries.
–    Oswestry Sports Council awards on 20 April at the Pedigree. Celebrating sport in Oswestry.
–    Local Joint Committee next closing date for applications is 25 April.
–    Walkers are Welcome – will be a launched in May.


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