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Networking event focuses on export advice

Shrewsbury Business Chamber members, businesses and the public are invited to a free networking/export event at Shrewsbury College’s Origins restaurant on London Road, at 6pm on Wednesday, 14th May 2014. Attendees from businesses of all sizes can expect to find out exactly how they can become involved in global exporting.

With the help of sponsorship from Hatchers Solicitors, Shrewsbury Business Chamber is working with Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) adviser team to provide local businesses with information on exporting. They will be offering support for businesses seeking worldwide opportunities for goods and services, providing both inspiration and practical help. There are opportunities for exporting product and services for everyone. Attendees will be inspired by Paul Noon, Regional Director of UKTI West Midland (pictured) and Richard Sheehan, Chief Executive of Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, with his team of support. If you would like to attend the event, which includes a buffet and refreshments, please contact Val Povall on 01939 236001 or email, or register free here on Eventbrite.
23rd April 2014

Priory School's Victoria is our Enterprise Cup winner

Victoria Evans, a year 8 student at Shrewsbury's Priory School, participated in the Business Academy Challenge in December by making a range of jewellery. She had an excellent range of products on her stall in the Darwin Centre, making well over £100 in profits. She has continued to sell and design products which look fantastic – very creative and professional. She has shown tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit with her enthusiasm and commitment to making and creating products for her target market. She is already planning on participating in the Business Academy Summer Challenge!
14th April 2014

Have your say on future of UK transport taxes & tolls

Shrewsbury Business Chamber members, businesses and the public are invited to take part in a public debate at Shropshire Conference Centre, Mytton Oak Road, Shrewsbury, 6.30-8.00pm on Thursday 3rd April 2014, covering views on the best way for the Government to raise money from motorists. The result from this session in Shrewsbury and other places around the UK will be presented to Government by the Independent Transport Commission, Britain's research charity committed to improving policy on transport, land use and planning. 

A key problem is the predicted decrease in revenue with more vehicles paying less road tax due to, for example, increased fuel efficiency and the popularity of hybrid cars which pay less road tax.  This decrease could affect investment in roads. The discussion session will focus on preferences for different systems of paying for roads ranging from increases in general income tax to congestion charging. 

Shrewsbury Business Chamber has been representing businesses in the Shrewsbury area since 1903, and has a dedicated executive committee of volunteers which meets every month to discuss all issues affecting business in the area. As the main platform for businesses, Chamber membership is open to all business types in and around Shrewsbury. Details are available on the website

The session will be conducted by Social Research Associates who are recognised as the market-leading research consultancy for social aspects of planning, social policy and transport.
30th March 2014

BID proposal backed by town

The Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) proposal has received significant backing from businesses in the town. Ballot results showed that 76% of all those who voted are in favour of the BID progressing.  For the BID to be successful, a ‘majority by rateable value’ was also required, and this was achieved with 83% voting in favour.

A BID aims to improve the trading environment of its area through additional projects and services that businesses wish to see delivered on their behalf.  A BID is democratically elected, and is led and funded by businesses and organisations within its boundary.

The first BID to be established in Shropshire, the Shrewsbury BID is expected to start in early 2014 and run for five years.  It will be funded through a BID levy, which will be invested in the projects already identified by local businesses. The BID will see companies levied for 1.5% of their rateable value, bringing in a total of around £1.8 million over the five-year term.

It is envisaged that just over half of the amount raised will be invested in marketing and promotion activities. Other priorities identified are car parking and access, with a further £150,000 earmarked for schemes aimed at supporting businesses.
27th November 2013

Mark Pembleton joins Chamber Executive Committee

Green buildings are top earnersShropshire Business Chamber is pleased to announce that Shropshire Council’s Mark Pembleton has accepted a position on its Executive Committee, with immediate effect. He will bring to the Committee a wealth of experience in economic development at local government level, complementing that already offered by the other members.

Mark Pembleton is the Business and Enterprise Manager at Shropshire Council, and as such heads up the Council’s 20 person strong Economic Development Team. He has held this position for the last 5 years and lives in Shrewsbury. He has worked in senior economic development positions for a range of Councils for the last 17 years. Before that he enjoyed a career in the private and voluntary sectors. His private sector experience was as an accountant with Grant Thornton in the North West.

Shrewsbury Business Chamber has been representing businesses in the Shrewsbury area since 1903, and has a dedicated executive committee which meets every month to discuss all issues affecting business in the area. As the main platform for businesses, membership of the Chamber is open to all business types in and around Shrewsbury.

“We are very happy that Mark has decided to join our Executive Committee,” said Val Edwards, Vice Chairman of the Shrewsbury Business Chamber. “We look forward to passing on to our members the benefits of the additional specific expertise that he can provide our organisation.”
27th November 2013

New training restaurant for Shrewsbury College of Arts & Technology

Buy local to save energyShrewsbury College of Arts & Technology has announced the name for its new London Road training restaurant.

The new facility has been named ‘Origins’ after a competition attracted over 240 entries from students, staff, school children and the local community. The winning entry was submitted by College lecturer Steven Harris, and is based on ‘The Origin of Species’ by Charles Darwin. It reflects the local Shropshire produce that students incorporate into their dishes, and suggests where students have come – i.e. their training at ‘Origins’ will mark the beginning of their careers.

Origins Restaurant will be open to the public and take bookings from September 2013. Shrewsbury Business Chamber members will get to sample the cuisine early on Wednesday, 18th September for one of their regular breakfast networking opportunities. Keep an eye on the website for the details!!!
1st September 2013

Business for breakfast

Shrewsbury Business Chamber welcomed 26 people to its business breakfast presentation on Wednesday 13th March.  Apart from a fabulous breakfast thanks to the staff and students of Shrewsbury College’s Radbrook Campus, it was a great opportunity to build new contacts, share business ideas and hear from our guest presenters.

Paul Harris and Dan Packwood, PWC’s R&D tax experts helped us understand how we can approach the development of innovative ideas, such as new ways of construction or developing bespoke software so that we can take advantage of Research and Development Tax incentives.  They also shared information regarding the governments new Patent Box Tax Relief.  Paul and Dan have kindly shared their presentations slides with members of Shrewsbury Business Chamber.

Clive Wright, Shropshire Council’s Operations Director, outlined how the Council are starting to work differently and how they want to work in partnership with local businesses to grow the local economy.  He shared some of the initiatives already underway as well as how they are helping local businesses.

Our next event will be held on Wednesday 26 June when we will look at the funding options available to business.  We will welcome a number of fund providers including the Bank of England and Midven who provide venture capital for growth companies.
14th March 2013

Shrewsbury Food Festival

Come on you foodies! Let’s put Shropshire on the map for amazing tastes. We are proud to promote Shrewsbury’s inaugural Food Festival, which will take place 29 – 30 June.

For more information, and to get involved, please visit
21st February 2013

Green Deal offers opportunities for the Marches region

The Marches LEP announce the following Green Deal opportunities: Elimination of the need to pay upfront for sustainable energy measures, with the cost covered by the savings made on energy incorporated into utility bills.

Funding is now available for businesses in the Marches which wish to purchase capital equipment for projects or investments which will improve the efficiency of their operations.
15th February 2013

Public consultation into plans to introduce new on-street parking charges in Shrewsbury on Sundays received just four responses, it has been revealed.

[as appeared in Shropshire Star 19 December 2012]

Officials at Shropshire Council have admitted it has been difficult to draw accurate conclusions about public opinion over the plans for the county town due to the ‘extremely low response rate’ to the idea.

But Jonathan Hayes, passenger transport manager at Shirehall, said the wider advantages of the town’s car parks being used more would offset the concerns of local residents.

Shropshire councillors are set to decide today whether to bring in the new charges for next month in Shrewsbury and Ludlow, in a move which could bring in additional income of about £30,000 per year.

Income from on-street parking will be put towards providing park and ride bus services in the two towns, with any surplus used to subsidise local bus services.

Of the four responses, there were two objections by members of the public, one statement of support by a business and a neutral response by the police. In comparison, 54 responses were received from Ludlow on the consultation, between November 16 and December 7.

Graham Galliers, chairman of Shrewsbury Business Chamber, said people were not properly aware of the consultation. “The consultation has been done at a very awkward time. The timescale wasn’t very good, it wasn’t long enough,” he said. “Nobody really knew about it.”

Rai Fisher, from Roses and Fishes in Ludlow, said: “Sunday is a special day in Ludlow and is celebrated by a huge number of people attending church, shopping and going to pubs.

“People can relax and not bother about when the meter will run out. Most people don’t want these charges and think there are better options. It would be a travesty if the cabinet went against the wishes of so many local people.”

Simon Jones, Shropshire Council’s cabinet member for parking, said: “The aim is to ensure longer-stay vehicles are in car parks, remove congestion and allow more people easier access to town centres.”