For those that don’t know me, just a short introduction: I have run David James Jewellery in Bromyard High Street for nearly 20 years. Since my election of Chairman in December 2017, there have been a few changes .A new committee has been formed to take control of the Christmas lights, allowing them to apply for charity funding. This means that the Bromyard Chamber is now able to concentrate in representing local businesses, festivals and events in the Bromyard area.
As a local trader, I hope that the Chamber can become a focal point for local business people to get together, to share experiences and contacts. We hold regular meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, meeting at the Falcon, Broad Street, Bromyard at 7.30 p.m.
It was good to see so many people at the meeting on 7th February and feedback suggests that people found the talk by Alfie Best of Wyldecrest interesting – he was an excellent speaker.
Following the meeting on 7th February, we have sent out questionnaires – thanks to those who have responded. Comments from the questionnaire indicate that the Chamber is perceived as being a bit too formal. This was my second meeting as Chairman, so I am still learning, but I and my Committee are keen to lose some of the formality of previous years and make everyone feel welcome and free to express their views.
Areas of particular concern seem to be parking and empty buildings and I will be feeding this back to our representatives on Bromyard Council. The problems are of course not new issues, but with good support from local businesses we stand a better chance of getting things done.
The main message from the questionnaires was that people were proud of our town and countryside and keen to work together to encourage visitors and income to our local area.