Building BID process
There are several businesses now on the BID working group, including one from Wey Hill. The sub-committee will create their own focus groups of a couple of businesses each to find out what they think about BID – then each ask a couple of other businesses about what they think. It hopes to report back to the committee in early July as Craig has to report back to other Chambers and Waverley on 30th July.
The committee heard that BID is the opportunity for Haslemere to build on the success so far, such as being rated one of the best places to live by the Telegraph.
Craig is going to approach more businesses in Wey Hill about joining the working group to get a more representative view.
The Chamber proposal is still under review by the Co-op. Craig is continuing to chase.
The town council’s proposal to have CCTV in the town has little support among members due to initial and ongoing costs. The Chamber will advise the council to explore alternative ideas.
Meeting with the Mayor
Craig is to meet with the new mayor of Haslemere, John Robini to discuss various local issues.
The events sub-committee has met and is looking to get the following events organised:
- Chamber drinks and rotating them between interested hospitality members. The membership secretary is to write to them to ask if they would like to take part.
- Meet the business every other month. Non-retail businesses could use the Business Centre.
- Quarterly meeting with the other Chambers.
- Charity, chat and chow – a twice yearly event of eating, networking and raising money for non-profits.
The sub-committee reported that three volunteers have come forward to help run the events.
Bank of England visit
The committee was also reminded that the Chamber is hosting a Bank of England representative at an event on 29th October about what is likely to happen in the economy in the near future, as well as to hear about the concerns of Haslemere businesses.
The Barometer is now live. So far there have been 32 responses and they currently show businesses are reasonably confident at the moment.. The closing date is 30th June.
The committee wishes to thank Ian and Michelle for the recent business survey and the work that Ian has done to setting up the Business Barometer. The results from both do a great credit to the Chamber.