President's Message - February 2020

Posted: 5th February 2020, 12:10pm

Anna, Emma and I were delighted to welcome Daisy Cooper MP to the Chamber Office last week to discuss how and where we can collaborate for the benefit of the district’s business community. At our meeting we outlined the aims, objectives and membership profile of the Chamber while Daisy gave us an insight into her role as an MP, and the process and procedures for bringing issues to the attention of parliament. 

While the Chamber will maintain its non-political stance, I am keen that we give support, where we can, to any initiatives that further business interests in particular, but also the interests of the wider community. Protecting business space and pushing for Business Rates reform are two areas where the Chamber can, and has, provided evidence and insight. And we have started to look at a number of other pertinent topics including IR35 and loan charge, in relation to which we are hoping to run a joint event with Daisy, for Members, in the coming months. Daisy is keen to attend our events when she can, and has kindly agreed to speak at a future Chamber meeting. 

A positive and open dialogue between us and an understanding of our respective roles places us in good stead to work for the good of businesses in the District.
 
We have some great events coming up in February and March, starting with our inaugural “Thirst Thursday” this week – a chance to network informally without agendas and name badges and for free (other than the cost of a drink), and still be away by 7.00pm! We have two excellent breakfast meetings ahead, and I’m really looking forward to celebrating International Women’s Day on 5 March at our Lunch at St Michael’s Manor: this is open to everyone, not only businesswomen, so gentlemen, if you haven’t yet booked and wish to come, do so quick, before the event sells out - there’s just a handful of places left. 

I look forward to seeing you all at our breakfasts, lunches and pub evenings. And, in the meantime, if there’s anything you’d like us to add to the list of topics to look at with Daisy, do let me, Anna or Emma know.

Best wishes
Alastair

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