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Minutes of the November meeting

Posted on December 1st, 2017





32 attendees


1. Welcome by Mrs. Aimee Smith (President)

2. Minutes of last meeting – signed as true record

3. Update on Chamber Matters

The President gave brief presentation on her ideas for the year:

  • Meet Marlow Businesses (as last year)
  • Membership – Business Breakfast with guest speakers
  • Network – encourage members to bring along business associates – invite a guest to each meeting – the more members we have the more we can do to persuade Councils etc. to help make Marlow an even better place to live, visit or work in.
  • Meetings – invite speakers apart from the new member’s presentation.
  • Member benefits – she is hoping to send out a survey to ascertain the type of things members would like the Chamber to focus on..
  • Digital – there will be a closed Facebook page purely for members.
  • Market Square – another edition would be organised in the near future.

With all of the above she would very much like to receive suggestions/ideas from all members sent to her or the Secretary.

4. New Members – agreed

Carpendale EV Consulting

5. Presentation by Amanda Foister of Longridge

Amanda gave details of the Longridge charity which provides facilities for a range of disabilities and has some accommodation. In the spring fund raising would be carried out to upgrade the pathways, provide more lighting etc. They are always looking for volunteers to help with fund raising. Approximately £1m was needed for upgrading. Longridge provides facilities for corporate team building events, parties etc. for further information visit the web site or contact Amanda Foister on

6. Update on Marlow Town Council activities

The Town Mayor (Jocelyn Towns) focused on the recent proposal by Bucks County Council to install parking meters in the High Street. A successful on-line and paper petition had resulted in 7,400 signatures and she thanked FST and Shanly for their help in designing and printing advertising material.

The petition had been submitted and resulted in a delay to the consultation which would now be sometime in January giving more time for a case to be put together. The report should be ready for the final decision in February.

The Town Mayor had also made it clear to Bucks County Council how Marlow feel regarding the entire car parking issue and has asked for a meeting between Bucks County Council and Wycombe District Council which she would be trying to arrange.

Mr. Braybrooke wished it to be noted that the Town Mayor had done a fantastic job in organising the petition and dealing with the “powers that be” over the last few weeks.

7. Members News, Offers and Events

Car parking and double yellow lines. – Cllr. Collingwood gave further details..

New Homes – IMF – With regard to the flyers that had been sent to homes recently this would appear to be the work of speculators who wished to build on Green Belt land and were endeavouring to change numbers of houses needed in the Local Plan.

Flood Schemes – £8½m would be spent on the flood relief schemes at Gossmore and Pound Lane with pumps installed etc.

Marlow Bridge – a suggestion of height barriers had been made and Cllr. Collingwood would have more information in due course.

Obelisk – the work on this had been delayed and the obelisk would probably be taken away rather than worked on in situ.

BT box (outside Fegos) should provide Superfast Broadband.

National Grid – it would appear that there would be a total of 12 weeks when digging up the road would take place but this would be in 60 yard stretches. Hopefully the utilities would talk to one another in order that work was carried out at the same time.

Bucks Skills Brokerage – £150 Training Grants -Mark Harris gave brief details of a new programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium sized businesses in Buckinghamshire. The programme is delivered by Adviza in partnership with Bucks Business First and co-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA). In order to sign up to the project you have complete an online questionnaire. For more information contact Sarah Peace
or tel: 0773 626 9948

Bucks Business Group – Martin Spittle had attended a meeting in November relating to Bucks Growth Strategy (download your copy via this link) which was now expended to run from 2017-2050. This would look at areas that could be improved and efficiency capitalised upon.

He suggested that members keep an eye on the Bucks Business First web site for lots of valuable information on varying topics.

Mr. Spittle continued with information with regard to the following:
Business rates; Brexit summit; Local Government review; HS2 and other topics of interest to members.

Mr. Spittle on a personal note had had problems with fuses tripping at his home and eventually discovered that this was caused by the cable used to charge his laptop which then shorted out after 20 minutes. He wished to make members aware of the problem he had in case they encountered similar problems.

Late Night Shopping Event – the Secretary reminded everyone of the event taking place on Thursday 7th December. 65 pitches had been booked and Father Christmas in his grotto and live reindeer would be in attendance. Nativity characters would be parading up the High St. and Peppa Pig, Storm Trooper and Darth Vadar would be in attendance to meet children and adults! for free photograph opportunities. The High St. would be closed from 1.30 -10pm and the Secretary urged members to attend and join in the festivities.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.05 followed by networking and the kind hospitality of Longridge

There will be no meeting in December.
Date of next meeting: Monday 22nd January 2018
Venue: Great Marlow School