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February 2015 – Business Meeting Minutes

Posted on February 20th, 2015





There were 30 attendees

1. Welcome – the President welcomed everybody to the meeting and handed over to Chris Lenton – official fundraiser for the Rowing Club. £2.5m in total had been raised to build the new Club and the committee are now looking to market the facilities. The view over the river from the club house balcony is a bonus and social membership is available to take advantage of the position and facilities available.

 2. Apologies – received from: Messrs. Wyncoll, Heighway; Graham; Bower; Cantell; Ms. Julie Tompkins and Ms. Emily Davis.

 3. Minutes of last meeting – signed as a true record

 4. Update on Chamber matters

Town Maps – these were now available and the notice boards would be renovated to take them, when the weather allowed.

Marlow Bottom business meeting – concern was raised by the president over the timing of a meeting to be held in June at Rebellion Brewery i.e. 7pm. Other venues were being sought but nothing suitable as yet in the area. Following discussion it was proposed by Cllr. Mark Harris that the meeting took place with the proposed fish and chip supper. The President agreed to put the proposal on the agenda for the next Policy & Management meeting and a decision would be made.

Web site – the suggestion of a special meeting to be held for Mr. Thornby to give instruction on Members’ best use of the Chamber web site for the marketing benefit of their companies was met with enthusiasm. This would also include a reaction from members to suggested enhancements to the online benefits available to them and a general digital marketing Q & A session. Agreed that the Secretary would locate a suitable venue when a definite date was decided upon.

PR – Ms. Mulady noted the continuing number of visitors to the web site and requested any information to be sent to her for inclusion in the newsletter etc. She would also be asking for information with regard to the Chamber and its members as reported in the Bucks Free Press and Maidenhead Advertiser to be included on the web site. To assist in increasing membership she would be asking for an editorial in the press as she felt that businesses should be made aware that there was more to belonging to the Chamber than just attending business meetings.

5. New Members – formally approved:

The Hand & Flowers; Sara Hughes; DMI Embroidery.

6. Planning Update

Mr. Deriaz reported:

Harleyford Manor planning application for change of use from offices into 9 residential units.

Dog Grooming Salon (Barkers – subsidiary of Pets at Home) now moving into Little Stone House in the High Street.

Globe Park – application had been lodged to refurbish the outdated Volvo House.

 Applications for “Eclipse”; “Globe House” and Lunar House had been approved and in all £15/20m was being invested in Globe Park at the present time.

 Mrs. Towns pointed out that D & B and Marlow International site had also been refurbished.

 The Business Improvement District (BID) had been approved and Mr. Deriaz had attended the inaugural meeting and was to become the advisor to BID with regard to traffic, signage lighting and safety etc., particularly during the winter months in Globe Park.

 The Highway Authorities and Bucks County Councils were being asked to look at the whole of Globe Park estate and in a co-ordinated way with regard to lorries, cars etc. using the roads.

 Mr. Deriaz also pointed out that Whistles had taken the initiative and secured some car parking at Marlow Rugby Club, running a mini bus from there for staff. This was beneficial both to Whistles and to the Rugby Club.

Flood Relief – the Town Mayor gave brief details of the flood plan being put together by councillors and some residents.

7. Information to Share

PAYEMr. Spittle – reminded everyone of the requirement for filing PAYE information weekly if applicable and to contact their accountants for further guidance. The temporary exemption from late filing in penalties for employers with less than 50 employees cease on 5th March 2015.

Soft Skills – Ms. Mulady pointed out the importance of customer service (soft skills) which greatly contributed to the UK economy.

Government project – Mr. Bramhall – gave brief details of the Enterprise National Market Place (Growth vouchers) which potentially give subsidies to small businesses.

Patios – Mrs. Braybrooke pointed out that members contemplating power jetting their patios ready for the spring should be prepared to carry out some repointing following the work.

Google – Mr. Thornby gave brief details of UK Government’s plans to allow driverless cars on public roads – a development that follows similar trials by Google in USA.  Also Google glasses, which had been the subject of privacy concerns, had been withdrawn but only to improve them:  They would be back.

Fuel Savings – Mr. Spittle reminded everyone of the need to check their car tyre pressures as the right pressure could increase fuel consumption.

8. A.O.B.

Marlow RegattaMr. Paddy Gallagher of Churches Together gave details of a suggestion for a ‘Regatta Week’ with events taking place during the week preceding the Town Regatta. This could consist of a bike ride, entertainment, or demonstrations from experts. He would be interested to hear from any businesses who felt they could offer their business skills and ideas and would like to be involved. Contact the Secretary – Jo Braybrooke – who would pass on the information.

Links with Schools – the Chamber is working on this initiative and had made contact with Great Marlow School and Borlase.

Maidenhead/Marlow rail link – investment was being made to improve the frequency of the trains and upgrade stations etc. The improved public transport and approach to that part of the town was welcomed.

Meeting with Marlow Town Council – to be held shortly to discuss varying topics. Contact the secretary – Jo Braybrooke with any matters you wish to be discussed.

Business Breakfast Meeting – the Chamber Secretary was in contact with Charles Meakings of Wycombe District Council with the intention of organising a business breakfast meeting possibly in September.

Marlow Society – Mr. Blunkell – Chairman – gave details of the research being carried out with regard to events that affected Marlow during WW1. Boards giving details would be shown in Marlow Museum, but businesses were more than welcome to display these in their reception areas etc.

9. Date of next meeting – Monday 16th March 2015 – Burgers Tea Rooms

 There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.05pm and continued with networking and the kind hospitality of the Marlow Rowing Club.