The most recent Neston Business Matters Forum was very well supported by local Councillors and Council officers.
They had responded to an invitation from Neston & District Chamber of Trade to attend the forum at Elephant Coffee in Neston, which was co-organised by the Chamber and Neston Town Council.
In attendance at the event on Thursday June 25th were local Cheshire West and Chester Councillors Martin Barker (also a Town Councillor), Nige Jones, Louise Gittins and Andy Williams. They were joined by Neston Town Councillors Kay Loch, Mike Shipman and James Wilkie.
Cheshire West and Chester Council also fielded several officers, from Highways, Business Development and Localities. Also on the guest list to give advice and answer questions from local businesses was Cheshire Police Sergeant Daniel Greenhalgh.
Steered by MC for the evening, Paul Davies, business people in attendance were given the opportunity to introduce themselves, their product and/or service before a period of networking with other attendees. A planned Question and Answer sessions with Councillors was not needed as no issues were raised on the night, but it is envisaged that it will form part of future events.
Speaking after the event, Councillor James Wilkie said: “This latest meeting of the Neston Business Matters Forum provided an extremely valuable opportunity for local entrepreneurs to explore with local councillors and officials what more might be done to support and assist their businesses.”
Katy Pierce, Town Centre Manager, added: “Neston Business Matters Forum shows what a vibrant group of local businesses we have in the area. In the relaxed environment of Elephant Coffee, the Business Forum is the perfect way to come together, make new introductions and build on existing business connections.
“With a number events and seasonal, retail campaigns going on in Neston throughout the year, the Business Forum is also an excellent place for businesses to bring their ideas for, or finding out how they can take part in future local campaigns.”
Zoe Chapman, Visitor Services and Commercial Operations Manager at Ness Gardens, said: “The Neston business event was an enjoyable opportunity to meet other businesses and councillors as well as representatives from the emergency services.
“I made a number of new contacts, which are already developing into strong and mutually beneficial working relationships. The event was professionally hosted by Carrie and Katy, and the venue was wonderful – I am already looking forward to the next one!”
Carrie Spacey, Chairman of Neston & District Chamber of Trade, said: “This is the second Forum we have organised and we are still very much testing the waters to see what local businesses want from these events.
“We were absolutely delighted with the number of guests from the local Councils and Police who came along, taking the time to come and address issues that business people may have and to show their support for businesses in the area.
“At future events we would all like to see more business people coming along. It’s important that people attend even when they don’t have specific issues at the time – the more people that come, the more likely it is that we can continue to find support for the events and ensure good attendance from the people that businesses would like to be able to talk to when they do have issues.”
If you have any suggestions regarding the organisation of the Neston Business Matters Forum, or issues you would like to see discussed, please contact Katy Pierce, Town Centre Manager by email, or Carrie Spacey, Neston & District Chamber of Trade, by email.
Photos by Rob Clive