Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce

September Chamber meeting provides an open debate on important topics

David Cummings, Chairman of Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce commented:

“Our September meeting was kindly hosted again by the Gatehouse pub and restaurant.

The meeting opened with news from Phil Ramsden of the sumptuous Christmas fayre available in the restaurant.

There was a presentation by Andrew Cotton on the Young Enterprise initiative and businesses were given the opportunity to volunteer to help develop business ideas created by our youth.

There was a lengthy and open discussion about the MCC consultation document on protecting our Primary Shopping Frontages and I explained the Chamber’s considerable input to helping get the message across with the Welsh Government Active Travel plans to benefit walkers and cyclists.

I gave a detailed summary of progress on many issues important to local business and of new shops opening in the run up to Christmas.

The next Chamber event will be a joint one with the Hotel and Spa on the Wye at 6pm in the Shire Hall on 11th November.

For more details of the Chamber and its support for local businesses, or events planned, why not email me at chairman@mdctc.co.uk ? “ 

Chamber celebrates its succeses in 2015

David Cummings , Chairman of Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce commented . “ 2015 has been one of the most succesful years for the Chamber in helping improve the infrastructure of Monmouth in probably the last 20. We have played a pivotal role in working with MCC to secure planning for a new 60 bed Premier Inn on the Portal Road and for the new Rockfield Road car park;  both due for completion in 2016..

We were also the initiator of new road signage for the town, the new Town Centre signs for Glendower Street car park and the new interpretation panels on the mercantile history of our town. We have been a key contributor to the new Monmouthshire Cycling Strategy document and the Welsh Government Active Travel plan and also worked with the Town Council on relocating the cycle parking from outside the bus station to more useful locations for visitors and locals.

We continue to work with the county council on finding a use for the non hotel part of the Portal Road site that will not adversely affect the businesses of our town, which will include coach parking and possibly a new National Express coach stop.  Also to create 60 new long stay parking spaces at the top end of town to ease congestion in Glendower Street car park.

If you have a business in town then being part of the Chamber ensures that you are aware of any new developments that will affect your business. The role of the Chamber is to support, lobby and help the networking of local businesses. Why not join the Chamber ? You can join in September for less than £1 a week!

If you are a business owner and want to “try before you buy” then why not come to our next Chamber meeting, which will be kindly hosted by the Gatehouse Pub and Restaurant in their function room on Tuesday 29th September 2015 from 6pm

What do you need to do if you want to come along? Simply email chairman@mdctc.co.uk with your name, business name and the number of people in your party.”

AGM and GENERAL MEETING

18.05.15

The Chamber AGM was again kindly hosted by Richard and Jo Morris of Ancre Hill Vineyard. Chairman, David Cummings presented the Annual Report and treasurer Andrew Kyle the accounts of the year ended 30.03.15. All committee members remained in post.

Following the end of the AGM at 6.45pm, there followed an open format General Meeting.

David Cummings gave updates on A boards, including the meeting on 27th May, a business roundup,  including details on the situation with empty shops, car parks the Premier Inn Hotel, Gateway Wales  the new Interpretation panels and cycle parking in town.

Bob from the Rotary Club gave details of their activities in Monmouth and asked Chamber members to support their activities by sponsorship or by personal assistance at events.

Mark Lindley – of Logiplex gave details of offers to members and an invitation to 4Networking breakfasts.

David Cummings read out a statement from David Evans of Platform One about celebrations for Agincourt 600, to take place on the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August at Monmouth castle.

Those at the meeting voted to support Agincourt 600 from Chamber funds to the tune of £200.

The meeting closed at about 7.30pm and was followed by a tour of the magnificent new winery at Ancre Hill vineyard and a wine tasting with a selection of local cheeses and we heard news of plans ot open another vineyard. . The Chamber would like to thank Richard and Joy Morris for once again hosting our May AGM and meeting.

The Chamber next meeting will be held in late September.