Businesses in the town and the surrounding villages

Chamber update: January

Chamber update: January

2 Feb 2017

Chamber Project Leader Neil Prigent reported on Wilton Parkway progress with confirmation that money has been received for the next stage feasibility study.

Wilton Gateway signs: Andy Rhind-Tutt, and Mark Stanbury are still discussing positioning.

The Chamber’s Rural Business Strategy will be revived in the better weather conditions, with a new application form and a welcome letter going to possible new members.

Town co-ordinator  Zoe from CLT is working closely with Our Wilton.  Sue, from Our Wilton, is working hard raising funding for the  VETS Centre and Enterprise (business hub.

Wilton Heritage Plan is ongoing and updated.

Neil advised that he had spoken to George Brutton, Building Skill Ltd, about becoming an ‘Apprenticeship Champion’, since George has a keen interest in this subject, whereby liaising between business members and individuals, thus adding value to members and the community. It was decided to put it to the members via the next newsletter, to ask members to support a WDBC initiative and consider taking on work experience and apprentices. Members are to be asked: “Would you – could you  support the project by offering a position? (Government funding is available to help cover costs.)”

The EU is 60 years old on March 25. MEP Julie Girling is coming to help mark the occasion and tell members about Brexit at a VIP lunch at South Wilts Golf Club on March 24. Book now to be sure of a place.

Town Trail project is still in progress, having been taken over by Wilton Town Council.

The Business Manager reported:

No new members since last meeting, two have paid

1 affiliated (Sarumbear)

48 Members in total to date.

ES will be away for the February breakfast networking event, as it is half term, but she will prepare everything for a Committee Member to stand in for her.

Meet the Neighbours – a discussion took place for a prestigious local venue to host.  Phil Matthews spoke to Chris Rolfe about using Wilton House, and it was agreed to set a date after Wilton House season ends. Sponsors would be required, and a guest speaker . Members may like to suggest the format for the evening, and are urged to support it because other chambers had hosted successful networking evenings recently.

Contact Emma, or a committee member.