A business plan and an idea of those projects to be funded in the event of the town’s BID application being successful should be confirmed by December. Chamber president Craig McGowan reported that this date had been agreed at the meeting of Waverley’s four chambers he attended the previous evening.
BID (Business Improvement District) could allow the accessing up to £60,000 a year of funding through local business rates to improve the commercial prospects of the area.
There was much discussion about the future of Chamber events. In particular, how to make them more relevant for the members and businesses of Haslemere. Various ideas put forward included:
- Bring a friend for £10, which is refundable if they join the chamber
- Different businesses could host the events
- Evening events to include training
- Networking with the other chambers in Waverley
- Chat, chow and charity – fundraising dinners
- Quiz nights
- Events tied to other local event
An events sub-committee has been formed to explore these issues further and report back to the Chamber committee. It will also have responsibility for helping to organise future events.
Membership on the up
The Chamber now has 112 paid-up members. It was noted that there were several businesses that were members last year, but are still to renew despite several opportunities. They are to be approached one more time before being removed from the Facebook page and the website.
The view on CCTV
The committee agreed to seek the opinions of Haslemere businesses on setting up some form of CCTV in the town and Wey Hill.
UPDATE: Following consultation with members, feedback to the committee was that the money would be better spent elsewhere, and the matter has been passed to the town council.
The committee is looking to publish the results of its recent member survey. There are also plans to have a quarterly survey to discover the confidence of businesses within Haslemere and the surrounding area.
Haslemere charity week
The committee received a proposal for the creation of a Haslemere “Work for Good” charity week, which it has agreed to support. The idea is that during the week the town’s businesses choose to support their nominated charity
The committee has had an offer of the use of Stepping Stones School in Hindhead as a free venue for business meetings. The committee are grateful to the school for this offer and will consider how to take up the opportunity.
Love Haslemere. Hate Waste.
The committee received an update on Love Haslemere Hate Waste, an initiative that aims to make Haslemere a zero waste town. the founder has been letting local environmental organisations and businesses know about how the initiative is going to work and is going to come up with a plan.