President's Blog 25 June 2015

25th June, 2015

President's Log 25 June 2015

It’s blog time again and it’s been a busy month for Penrith and Eden. 

We are now much clearer about the Tour of Britain and its passage through Cumbria later on in the year. Businesses can get involved in a number of ways to capitalise on the footfall that is expected to hit us before, during and after “the day” September 10th. The town will we hope be bedecked with bunting, businesses doing interesting things to their shop windows and decorating the town with painted bicycles and bunting. We want the millions watching live worldwide on TV to want to visit Penrith at the earliest opportunity! Have a look here:

http://www.eden.gov.uk/your-community/aviva-tour-of-britain-cycle-race/

This was one of the items we discussed at the Chamber B2B (Business to Business) meeting held recently at Marshal Mason as guests of Laura McIntosh and Lee. And what a fine turnout it was with some excellent prosecco and nibbles to accompany great conversations. We heard from Laura and Lee about why they chose Penrith to open their fine kitchen show room.  As for me, “you will always find me at the kitchen at parties.” (Go on show your age if you can remember who sang that song!) We also heard more about Tour of Britain from Emily Bond from EDC and Kevin Beaty, Leader of EDC about how he hopes to add value to Penrith’s developing vision. We had representatives from the Glenmore Trust a non-profit making organisation with a charitable status who provide much needed breaks for carers who support a family member with a learning disability and/or a physical disability at home.  They are holding an Afternoon Tea at 2 Newton Road on the 11th July 2015 from 1pm-4pm and will be holding a raffle, Tombola and other stalls and were asking local businesses to please consider donating a raffle prize for the event. If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Emma on Tel 07834657934 or Tel 01768 899490.

And so on to the sold out Chamber Annual Dinner at North Lakes for our annual Stars of Business Awards event impeccably managed by Lisa Jackson lisa@acorn-marketing.co.uk and Kate Cunningham our Secretary. The best of Cumbria were there. I gave the traditional President’s address and our guest speaker David Beeby (recently retired CEO of Innovia) spoke about the success that Innovia had achieved in gaining the contract from the Bank of England to print money! Tim Gustard, celebrated Cumbrian fine artist and fishing correspondent from the Herald was a highly entertaining MC. Have a look here for a full list of winners, review and my speech in full.

http://www.cumbriacrack.com/2015/06/16/penrith-stars-of-business-awards-winners-announced/

We look forward to seeing you all at the next members’ meeting to which those of you wishing to join as new members are also openly invited attend, tell me you are coming or just turn up, we would love to see you. We will have a short guest slot from John Clasper from Eden Housing Association and further updates about town centre matters, the Food and Farming Festival (http://www.edenfoodfestival.org/penrith-on-a-plate.html) leading up to the Penrith Show http://www.penrithshow.co.uk/ the artisan market, BID http://www.discoverpenrith.co.uk/), Tour of Britain, the Dalemain Marmalade Festival, Kendal Calling, Winter Festival, Winter Droving, the Penrith Pound...who said there’s nothing going on in Penrith! Pull me up if I have missed anything.

“Summer is acoming in” it’s been a long time coming but it’s here now! ...enough song titles, Ed.

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