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Minutes of February meeting

Posted on February 27th, 2018




There were 35 attendees

1. Welcome by Mrs. Aimee Smith (President)

2. Minutes of last meeting – signed as true record

3. Update on Chamber Matters – by The President
Closed Facebook – this was now up and running. The President encouraged members to participate and share information off line.

Breakfast meeting – Bookings were good for Friday 20th April with Tom Kerridge – guest speaker. Encouraged those who had not signed up to do so asap. Suggested that some businesses might like to make up “goodie bags” for the event when final numbers were confirmed.

New members – unanimously agreed
Crest Nicholson South
Marketing Finance Ltd.

4. GDPR – presentation by Paul Laird of Fish Partnership who pointed out that things were changing and this was a very important development and members should take note – to do nothing was not an option. The new legislation comes into force on the 25th May the consequences of not taking action were very serious and could result in major financial implications. Members should ascertain their risks and make sure they are covered for their particular business.

Paul suggested two publications which would be helpful:
a) ICO (Independent Commissioner’s Office) Quick guide to employment practice code – ideal for small businesses.
b) ICO – Preparing for GDPR – 12 steps to take now.

Mr. Laird would be very happy to discuss any issues with members if they would like to contact him on 01628 527956 or e-mail

5. Car Parking – Jocelyn Towns continued with the theme “to do nothing was not an option”. She went on to say “As you are aware the Parking consultation is in progress, the drop in session was last Thursday at Borlase School, the Chamber, the Marlow Society and Marlow Town Council worked together talking to residents as they came in and giving them a list of ‘reasons why’ to help them complete the consultation. Happy to pass these on to anyone that would like them.

Unfortunately, the BCC presentation was confusing, officers had the incorrect information and were misleading residents, the yellow lines in particular being included in the parking consultation has really clouded the consultation. JT has written to Mark Shaw with a copy to Ian Thomas clearly outlining the flaws in the consultation and the process.

We still have a major job on our hands here, we all need to do out bit for Marlow, but sharing the consultation details and encouraging all our friends and family to take part. We need to show that there is a huge groundswell of feeling against this proposal.”

6. Presentation by new member – Katie Colledge-Price of Carpendale – Katie first mentioned that she was really enjoying being part of the Chamber and had met many interesting people. She gave details of her business which encouraged ownership of electric cars and she pointed out the many benefits e.g. saves money, reduces transmission etc. She could assist members by advising them the type of car/van that would best suit their business. In answer to questions there are charge points in High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St. Peter and she was working with other sites to have them available in that area.

Katie offered a one hour free consultation to Chamber members. For more details contact her on 01494 792219; Mob: 07734 67849 or e-mail

7. Presentation by new member – Richard Collins of Eco-Brand – Richard’s aim is primarily to assist with branding which is vital for all types of business. On line branding was particularly important in the first instance as this would encourage customers to make verbal contact. Richard organises workshops and offered Chamber members a 2 hour workshop free of charge. For more details contact him on M: 07831 857332 or e-mail

8. Planning – Mr. Deriaz gave brief details of current planning applications at Globe Park
1) Travel Lodge – 83 rooms with 66 car spaces
2) Decked car park at Marlow Club extra 102 car spaces
3) Amended plan for cafe at Globeside – approved – will be open to the public
4) Fourth Avenue – Emmerson building – specialist veterinary service
5) Newtown Pit – under bypass bridge – approved for 200 car park spaces, will be overspill – temporary parking.

9. Member’s News, Offers and Events
Team building Event- Annie Mulady of Mulady Solutions was offering a team building event for 4-14 people which could be run by department, across departments or a company as a whole. On offer is a ½ day course and a full day course. For further details contact Annie on 01628 475988 Mobile: 07920 104940 or e-mail

BizBuzz – Mark Harris would be recording on Marlow FM at 2pm on Thursday with a specialise speaking on GDPR.

Bucks Business meeting – Mr. Spittle had attended a meeting and discussions had taken place on the final budget – a proposed increase. Business rates were also discussed and he had 5 copies of the booklet relating to the Brexit Conference held at High Wycombe on 18th December for anyone who wished to take a copy.

Rennie Grove Hospice – Claire Redrup wished to thank all those who had voted for the Rennie Grove Hospice recently – they had received a donation of £3000 due to the number of voters.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.05 continuing with networking and the kind hospitality of Bernard Burger and his staff.

Date of next meeting – Monday 19th March 6pm – venue to be finalised