Welcome to Haslemere Chamber in 2018 – a new year that is off to a great start with useful knowledge-sharing and networking events already on the calendar and more being planned.

The Committee held its first meeting of the year last week and is prioritising activities with potentially positive spinoffs for local businesses.

On Thursday this week, Breakfast Club kicks off the year with a presentation on using Facebook and LinkedIn to attract customers. To read more about this event, click HERE, then follow the link to book your place.

This is the second event in a series of Breakfast Club sessions designed to help members make better use of online resources. It will be followed in February with a look at the Chamber’s online tools, and how members can take advantage of these free facilities. Booking for this will open shortly.

Our regular month-end get-together, Chamber Drinks, takes place on the last Thursday of the month – for January it’s the 25th – from 17:45 to 19:45. This month we are again meeting in the Snug at The Mill.

We’ll be continuing the practice of ‘The first one’s on the Chamber’.

Chamber Drinks is an informal networking event to which all members are invited – along with any other local business people who may be thinking of joining the Chamber. It’s advisable to bring a supply of business cards – you may meet an important new contact.

There will be a change in routine in February, with Chamber Drinks giving way to a major ‘Wellness at work’ event that the Chamber is planning in conjunction with Holy Cross Hospital and several local specialists in related fields. More details on this important event will be announced shortly.

For news on upcoming diary dates through the year, check our Events page frequently.

The Committee notes with thanks the receipt of a substantial number of membership renewals already .

Members are reminded that the annual subscription of £60 per member business is due by 31 January. Payments should be made either by BACs or GoCardless, instructions for both can be found on the Join Us page of the Chamber website.

Some members still have standing orders at the old rate of £50. It would be appreciated if they would amend their payments in future and, in the meantime, submit any outstanding amounts.

The Chamber does not wish to take a heavy handed approach with businesses with outstanding subscription amounts, but reserves the right to withdraw defaulting members’ website privileges. Members whose subscriptions have not been paid are ineligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting in April.