President's Blog 27/5/2015

27th May, 2015

Greetings to all readers and thank you to everybody for telling me how much you enjoy reading this monthly blog! A few things to cover in this instalment as there’s a lot going on!

First some forthcoming events that you may be interested in:

June 2nd at North Lakes Hotel at 7pm-Come along and find out how your community or business can make the most of the Tour of Britain cycle race when it comes to Eden on Thursday 10 September 2015. Apart from Practical information about road closures, car parking, facilities, spectator information, the event will cover how Penrith intends getting our community involved - learning from the Tour de France Grand Depart Yorkshire experience so we can start planning community events, offering refreshments, generating income for our local community.

For businesses we can then discuss at subsequent Chamber business meetings how your business might benefit from the event through things such as the use of Tour of Britain logo, marketing materials and images, using the Tour of Britain to encourage new and repeat visitors to base themselves in Eden to watch both Cumbria stages of the race and explore Eden. There may even be some opportunities for sponsorship and engaging with the event through social media.   

I will be attending and will update you at the Chamber B2B event on 9th June (more on that later).

However, if you intend coming personally, email [email protected]

June 9th at Marshall Mason at 6pm-Laura McIntosh, the owner is hosting a B2B at their newly opened showroom in Penrith. I will update you briefly on the aforementioned Tour of Britain info then Laura and her business partner Lee will briefly talk through how they got where they did (good insights into their pre-planning, marketing customer research etc) and take questions. Usual networking and some drinks and nibbles will accompany. Please email Kate Cunningham at [email protected] to tell her that you are coming to ensure that there is enough catering provided. It’s going to be a great one.

June 12th Chamber Annual Dinner at North Lakes-this event is almost sold out but try [email protected] just in case there are some tickets that can still be made available. We will be celebrating the best of Cumbria and the voting process is now over. The winners will be announced on the night and we have David Beeby recently retired CEO of Innovia together with Tim Gustard, celebrated Cumbrian fine artist as guest speaker and MC.

Finally-are you looking for some evening entertainment at Penrith’s finest new arts venue-the Old Fire Station, Bridge Lane?

29th May 7.30pm-Katus & Yankuba Conte-Virtuoso West African Kora player and Griot singer. A world mix of English, Czech, Polish, Russian, Mandinka, Chinese ‘Hulusi’, West-African Kora, double bass, improvised tongue, gourd clarinets and fiddle!

5th June: 7:30pm- Liz Lochhead: Somethings Old, Somethings New

From the bittersweet to the rude and raunchy, Scotland’s Makar or national poet, Liz Lochhead, weaves a spellbinding and beguiling show, mixing poems, monologues and music. Accompanied by the soulful sax of Steve Kettley she presents an intoxicating mix of some of her best work over the past 45 years.

See you at the B2B on 9th June!



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