Chamber of Trade

 

 

Presteigne Chamber of Trade, Commerce and Industry, aims to promote, develop and encourage business in the town, as well as to attract locals and visitors alike.

 

Celebration of shop open for 50 years.

Audrey Cole opened her shop on the High Street 50 years ago on Friday 14th April. The Community Plan Group supported by the Chamber of Trade arranged a celebration on the day. Click here for more details.
 

Background and Objectives.

The organisation has been in existence for over 50 years. Our views are often expressed to local authorities, national bodies and our A.M. and M.P. The Chamber is seen by Powys County Council as a valuable point of contact with the local business community. We also have close links with the local press and the tourist information office.

Our objectives include:

Providing a platform for members to air their views

Providing a united voice on local issues

Promoting the trading and visiting appeal of Presteigne

Organising regular social activities for the community & the membership

It was the Chamber's responsibility for the original Town Guides that has brought about the launch of the Town's website and the re-launch of the revised and complementary Town Guide and Town Trail.

Events and Functions

Each year, the Chamber organises the annual Llanaandras Christmas Fayre. It also runs a number of other social and fund raising events.

The Chamber presents an annual prize, "The Judge's Gavel" to the Vintage Sports Car Club's most promising young person, when the club visits Presteigne and the surrounding hills in October.

A recent undertaking has been to take over and run the Recycling Centre, to prevent it being closed by Powys County Council. This facility is very well used by the community and would be sorely missed if it was closed. The Chamber receives payments from Powys County Council based on the amount of recycling processed, and this is a valuable source of income for the Chamber.

Volunteers to assist with all our events are always welcome, you do not need to be a member to help!

Membership

Our current membership represents a broad spectrum of local business people, from high street retailers & local businesses to other professional people in the Presteigne and the surrounding area. We encourage all businesses to join us because the more businesses that we represent, the greater the voice of business interests in the town. Membership does not mean that you have to take an active part in every, or any, event. However the active membership does work hard but also has FUN.

We are always looking for new members and new ideas for the promotion of the town, the local area and the Chamber itself. Current membership cost is only £20 per annum. This amount includes updates through minutes & bulletins, general meetings, invitations to special events as well as representation to Town Council & Powys County Council.  Now, through our page on the Town website, you and your business can be part of a wider virtual community.

Welcome Pack

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber please click Welcome Pack. This contains an introductory letter, a synopsis of activities and events, our constitution, contact details for officers, and a membership application form.

Contact Details

CHAIR – Leon Abecassis, The Salty Dog, in the High Street, Presteigne, email  saltydogpresteigne@hotmail.co.uk.

VICE CHAIR - stands in for Chair when absent. Peter Mace, The Ducks Nest, in the High Street Presteigne,  email quackyourwayin@gmail.com

TREASURER - keeps financial records.
David  Tennant-Eyles, Boultibrooke House, Norton road, Presteigne, Powys, LD8
2EU. Email davidtennanteyles@gmail.com 

SECRETARY - deals with minutes, agendas, and ongoing membership.
This post is currently vacant
There is a honararium of £300 per annum for this post.

PRESIDENT – chairs the AGM when the above positions are subject to reelection.
James Tennant-Eyles – Telephone 01544 267363. Email jtennanteyles@gmail.com

Approved Minutes

If you want to view or download approved minutes please click as appropriate January 2017May 2016, March 2016February 2016October 2015, September 2015, August 2015, July 2015,  June 2015,  May 2015, April 2015March 2015February 2015November 2014October 2014, September 2014 August 2014,  July 2014,  June 2014

Minutes of Meeting of Chamber of Trade held 9/1/17

Radnorshire Arms at 7pm.

Attendees:  James Tennant-Eyles, David Tennant-Eyles, Marian Hardiman, Peter Mace, Wendy Toomey.

Guest: Richard Studer.

Apologies. Lysette Phillips, Rory Bennett and Charlotte Dobson, Colin Felgate, Graham Harkness.

Minutes of the last meeting on the 9/5/16 - approved without alteration.

Matters Arising – none.

Treasurer’s report – Balance at Bank on the 3/1/16 was £6968.49. There had been a number of payments and receipts since the last meeting. A list was provided for inspection by members. It was noted that part of the bank balance was due to receipt of £2065 from the Awards for All Big Lottery grant. It was also noted that the cost of the new lights and installation, a figure of some £2300, had not yet been paid.

The Judges Lottery Tour and the Queen’s Street Party - both been very successful and the former realised a surplus of £161.73, and the latter a cost £792.35, (plus £500, the cost of medals paid directly by Town Council).

The Christmas Fair - had been extremely successful. A letter to the Chamber from the Town Council was read out, complimenting all involved for all their efforts, and thanking the Chamber for putting on the event. The cost of the event including expenses noted at the date of the meeting was £556.38, very much in line with previous Fairs. There was extensive discussion about the next Fair and a number of ideas were noted.

That consideration be given to moving the Fair to a new venue, perhaps Broad Street or the Churchyard.

That significant improvements are required in the management of the electricity supplies from a health and safety point of view.

That consideration should be given to the basis on which stalls were invited to take part in the Fair. Should they be restricted to local businesses only?

That consideration should be given to inviting all the shops to have a stall.

The Christmas Lights - had been a great success and many compliments had been received. It was noted that the lights are now supplied and installed by a specialist contractor. Also noted that the Town Council had taken over responsibility for the lights as this enabled significant cost savings on VAT and insurance, but that the cost itself is still bourn by the Chamber of Trade, whilst they have sufficient income from the Recycling. Although the new lights belong to the Town Council, the contractor would store them once he had taken them down at his own premises. They would be tested before storage and tested again before reinstallation. It was agreed that next year they could be extended as far as the garage thus encompassing the whole of the “trading area” of the Town.

The Town Council Grant for 2017/18 - for the Lights and Fair was discussed and it was agreed that in view of the recycling income, of some £2000 per annum that it was unreasonable to ask for a grant while this income source continues. It was felt that as the recycling income is gained as a result of the efforts of volunteers working for the general good of the community that it is entirely appropriate that the income resulting from those efforts should be spent for the benefit of the whole community, in providing the Lights and the Fair.

A grant from Awards for All had been successfullyapplied for by the ex-chair in respect of the Queen’s Birthday Street Party, with a concept of making the event inclusive to all in the community specifically including those from abroad. Unfortunately this grant was awarded too late to be applied to the Queen’s Birthday Street Party. JTE had been in touch with AfA and had been advised that the funds could be applied to another event if the Chamber could come up with an event that matched the criteria. Members agreed to bring ideas to the next meeting, but if nothing ensued that the money should be returned to the AfA.

The emails that had been sent to Powys County Council in October in respect of the hot food van on the bypass were discussed at length. It was clear that no malice had been intended towards the trader, but the matter had been badly handled and there had been no proper membership approval of the emails before sending. It was decided that a letter of apology should be sent to the trader and JTE agreed to draft one for approval by email circulation to all members.

Any other business – none.

Meeting ended 9.30.