Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Time for another CEO Report

5 Dec 2017 by Sandra Doherty

After our Chamber meeting on the 6th I joined quite a few other Chamber members at a Brexit Seminar hosted by Barclays Bank at Hotel Du Vin.  I am not sure I am any the wiser, but some interesting thoughts were put forward from Andrew Jones MP and some future investment advice from Barclays.

Although I had an invite to The Ivy opening I failed to make it so I should apologise to them for missing such a prestigious event but I had to spend a tedious 5 hours at Harrogate A&E with my Mum.

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It has been a seasonal November for a minute I thought December had come early as every meeting seemed to have a Christmas theme. Christmas Lights, Christmas Market being the main ones.

I went for a wander round the Market which was …. Lovely for those who know me shopping really isn’t my thing, seemingly I shop like a man! That means I have a list I go to the shops that sell what is on the list, I buy what I need and leave. Andy is the one who likes a wander round and can be tempted into buying more than he set out to get.  So the Christmas Market involved a few bits and bobs for relatives who usually get plants. Sorry Daleside seems I won’t need to buy those Poinsettia this year.

We then walked up the hill to the Christmas Lights switch on which was an upbeat affair hosted by Stray FM and filmed by Daisybeck for the forthcoming TV programme. I hopefully stayed out of camera shot and just enjoyed hearing who had won the shop window competition and thank all the retailers who took part.  It is such a shame that more people don’t join in and give towards the Christmas Lights as it does make Harrogate look so special at Christmas time.

We then followed the Children with their lanterns proudly made at a workshop in the Victoria Centre to a Carol Service at St Peters where we enjoyed singing a well-remembered traditional carol or two.

Then lastly on to M&S who put on a delicious spread for those of us involved with the Lights.

A chilly evening walk round Harlow Carr to the Glow Evening which was worth every shiver as it looks so pretty and very different in the dark. Its on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until the end of December so do give it a go.

A very busy Thursday started and ended in Leeds with an invite from Graham Strugnell to a post budget talk from the Bank of England representative over a lovely lunch. A quick dash back to Harrogate just in time for a BID meeting at Betty’s (no I avoided the biscuits as I was still full) We have now set on a professional to drive the BID process forward so hopefully at our January Meeting we will have some information to share with you all.

Just enough time to get home and leap into a posh frock and drive to Leeds United to the Young Achievers Awards by kind invitation of Peter McCormick to a humbling evening watching just how some young people overcome adversity to get where they want to go and do it with such courage.

And now it is December and out Safari at Harrogate College has taken place. Sadly, nine people gave backword on the afternoon of the event which does cause some logistical problems with the table planning and seems sad that the lovely food provided by Harrogate College students wasn’t all eaten up.  I did try my best and had at least 2 trips round the buffet.  We collected £60 (4 x £15) from members who had 2 attendees. This was given to the students who had given up their evening to feed us. They were very pleased and we all cheered and clapped them at the end.  For those of you who came I hope you gained several valuable contacts and made a few new friends.

Coming up is Henshaw’s Christmas Concert at the Royal Hall, a Christmas Lights and a Christmas Market meeting on the same day but sadly not at the same time. St Michaels Hospice Christmas Networking event, A Yorkshire Bank Xmas Drinks do at the Crown and another Transport meeting with Brian.

The saddest thing will be attending Ian Woods Funeral on Friday as a kind caring person and the jolliest Harrogate Santa he will be missed. I have sent our Chamber thoughts to his wife Beryl and will wear something red to his funeral.

All that remains is to wish you all a happy Christmas and hope you enjoy spending time with family and friends and eat and drink to your hearts content.

See you all in the New Year

Sandra