A note from the Chairman of the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Wow, what a busy hot summer we have had. It is hard to believe that the nights have drawn in and preparations for Christmas will soon be upon us.
During the summer I had the pleasure of judging one of the categories for The Blackmore Vale Business Awards and visited several of the finalists. There are some amazing business in our Town and surrounding area, all worthy of mention, however, I am proud to say that Gillingham’s Howell landscaping was one of the deserving finalists in the Small Business Awards and Keith Browning from Dextra, one of our past Chamber Committee members won Business Man of the year award. Many congratulations to both.
In September we started a monthly Network Happy Hour Evening on a 3-month trial basis which has been extremely successful, we aim to continue this regular event in 2019. We welcome fellow business owners to join us in the Wine Bar for a Happy Hour to have an informal chat and a chance to network so please look out for future dates and join us.
Sadly, the Next Steps evening was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, we are waiting to hear from Gillingham School before we announce the new date. We will be sure to let you know. This evening offers an opportunity to showcase your business to the next generation of workers.
For those members with shops and businesses in the High Street, Gillingham Town Council have organised a Festive Lighting Event, starting with a Window competition for the best dressed Christmas Window, Judging will be on the 28th November. On the 30th November, Entertainment will start at 5 pm on the meadow and Father Christmas will Parade along the High Street starting at 6 pm lots of fun for all the family.
Over the last three months, we have said fond farewells to our Treasurer Robert Setchell who has moved to pastures new in Devon, Rob remains a member as he still operates the Dorset Chef. Julie Cousins our Secretary has retired due to work commitments and Vice Chairman Rebecca Anthill has left to start a new job in London. We wish them all well;
We are very excited to welcome our New Treasurer Bev Kemp from TS Accounting, Karen Auckland from Farnfields is our new secretary. We have two new committee members Tom Shean from Clifford T Shean Electrics and Mark Hansford from Telecom Services, so looking forward to some fresh ideas and moving forward with the new committee;
I would like to take this opportunity by Wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2019