Meeting with the new mayor
Craig met with the new mayor of Haslemere Town Council, John Rabini. The president updated the mayor on what the Chamber is up to along with the current position of the Business Centre.
The Business Centre now has three desks available. Two of these vacancies are due to the incumbents having outgrown the Centre and moving to bigger premises. A meeting room will soon be available to use in the Centre. This will be free to those who rent a desk in the Centre. The committee are looking at a charging system for non-clients.
The town council have taken on board the Chamber’s view that CCTV has little support amongst members. Craig will be attending a crime prevention meeting on Thursday 11th July.
There is now a BID team up and running. Each member is going to approach five to six businesses each to give information and to get feedback. These businesses have already been decided upon and are going to be visited in the next couple of weeks. Craig will report the findings to the Four-Chambers meeting on 30th July. Craig has offered chair the BID committee until a successful application is made.
We have 117 members. During the month one member left, while another business joined.
There will be a rotation list on where the monthly Chamber Drinks meeting is being held.
Meet the business offers business to promote themselves to other members. The Chamber will sponsor those taking part £50 for costs of hosting the evening.
Four Chambers networking
Discussions have been taking place about creating a networking event that involves all the four Chambers in Waverley – Farnham, Godalming, Cranleigh and Haslemere. Haslemere Chamber will offer to organise the inaugural event.
First aid training
The Chamber is exploring the provision of first aid training through a recognised provider, as a service to local businesses.
The inaugural Business Barometer shows that most businesses expect to neither shrink or grow in the financial year. There were 46 responses, with retail being the biggest sector to respond. Nine out of 10 respondents are from businesses of less than 20 employees.
Other findings show that Brexit and political uncertainty are the biggest concerns. Staffing and footfall are also cause for worry.
Quarterly business survey to tell the world what the views of Haslemere business are. Craig believes this could be a gamechanger and helps to represent the town. The results are going to be presented to the local MP and prospective PM Jeremy Hunt.