The Chamber’s Committee met for its first monthly meeting of the year on Wednesday 6th January.

The Committee discussed the Annual General Meeting (AGM) and agreed that this will be held on Wednesday 22nd April at Red.H on West Street from 18.00.

As ever, the Business Improvement District (BID) plans were a major focus of discussion, with an update from the President on the BID team’s work towards creating a business plan and submitting an application for BID status in May. BID team members believe that the best way to drive forward the BID process is to merge BID activity and the Chamber of Commerce into a new organisation to oversee and deliver the work around the BID. This would require a change in constitution and the support of 75 percent of Chamber members. The proposal will be scoped out with BID specialist consultants The Mosaic Partnership who will develop options for a new organisation and these will be put to the membership at the AGM in April.

The Committee discussed ways to get feedback from members, including the current status of the third Haslemere Business Barometer. While the Business Barometer is in its infancy and we are keen to establish this as a key channel for gathering regular about business confidence, the Committee will explore other potential options to let members share their thoughts and views with us. Ideas from Chamber members are always welcome.

Safety and security were also on the agenda with the President confirming that a meeting had been arranged with Detective Superintendent Ben Lee of the Surrey Police Serious Organised Crime Specialist Crime Command later in January. The President would feedback member concerns about local crime rates and seek advice on prevention activities that local businesses can undertake to safeguard their activities and operations.

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