Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce News

Activity report from Chamber CEO

28 Oct 2017 by Sandra Doherty

Sandra's CEO Report

When I was looking I don’t seem to have done that much, but I then realised that it's only actually been two months since my last report to the Management Group Meeting, not the usual three.

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It seems to have been a time for celebrations: Cicada have had their 30th birthday which was celebrated at Harrogate Theatre in fine style and included the launch of their new logo.

Pavilions followed but not quite as old, celebrating their 21st birthday with some lovely nibbles and the launch of their new White Wedding Pavilion along with another new logo.

After a meeting with Debbie it was the biggest and best celebration. Harrogate College Graduation Ceremony was beautifully hosted at St Peter's Church. I gave the key note speech but really the stars of the show were the students who have made such progress gaining a wealth of qualifications from Fine Art to Child Care and a string of others to be proud of.

I've had the usual set of meetings BID (while Mike was away), Yorkshire Business Market and of course several Christmas Market meetings as well as a meeting with the police about terrorism.

Last but not least was a network and nibbles event at Harrogate College where Saint Michael's Hospice informed us all just how expensive it is to run their fantastic facility. It was nice to see some familiar faces and meet a few new people along with some delicious nibbles.   

I have been along to a couple of Council meetings which, apart from putting me off becoming a politician of any type, were interesting - especially the one where the proposal of putting £10k up for grabs to support the marketing of independent businesses was approved.

I have spoken to Jean MacQuarrie and discussd being a bit more vocal in the newspaper, and with that in mind I had a letter in last week’s paper about the terrible timing of the road works on Kings Road and Parliament Street. That was followed up by a quick phone interview and a comment in their article about the timing of such a big piece of work.

Another interview this time on film for Look North about the prevalence of A-boards on Harrogate streets. Simon, a disabled wheelchair user, and the team from the BBC came and filmed here at Alexa House. I can see his point of view but after Mike found out from NYCC the rules and regulations governing the use of A-boards I could only really support the businesses in town as they struggle to attract an ever-dwindling foot fall into their businesses.

A good few phone calls and emails from members wanting to know how to alter their profile or just a friendly word has me thinking what a pleasure it is to be your CEO.