A note from the Chairman of the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry is on the up, with plenty of new members continuing to join us, Terry Lucas, Moto Corsa, Chart Taxis, Sunshine Florist and Kingsbrook Accounting. During the past six months we have also welcomed several new businesses to our High Street.
Charlies bar has re-opened after recent refurbishments along with new management in the Wine Bar, Queen street; We were delighted to hear that the local TSB has decided not to close which is a welcome relief for many residents and businesses who bank with the TSB. Work continues on the old ‘Paws Jaws & Claws’ building, excited to see who will be filling this commercial space, opening another shop on the High Street, Folks it is very important to continue to support and use the local businesses to keep the local economy buoyant.
Our Network Happy Hour Evening will be taking place on the 2nd Thursday of September, we welcome fellow business owners to join us in the Wine Bar for a Happy Hour Event to have a chat and a chance to network so please drop by and join us on Thursday 13th September from 6pm until 7ish.
Gillingham Chamber has continued to support local events, In the month of June we supported Gillingham in Gear and The Great Picnic on the Meadow, both events were very well attended, the sun shone all day making both days fabulous fun for the whole family;
We are looking forward to August 15th when Gillingham and Shaftesbury show will be held at the showground, so come along and support the event which is normally attended by 1000s of people, Local Businesses will be displaying their services and products.
In September we shall be joining the partners of Farnfeilds and Nicolls to help host the quarterly Breakfast Club meetings held at the local Rugby Club, these events are very well attended, interesting talks and a great place to Network. Further information can be obtained from Farnfeilds and Nicholls.
I am also excited to announce that after our Skillsfest evening at the Olive Bowl, Rebecca Antil our Vice Chairman and Fran Hill our Marketing Manager have had successful talks with Gillingham school to help organise the “Next Steps Evening” on the 1st November introducing local businesses of Gillingham to the young students, some offering local apprentice schemes or employment opportunities and advice on routes to success. This is very exciting and we look forward to working with our local school for a successful event to benefit all.
Wishing you all success and enjoy the rest of this lovely hot summer