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BoA Business...

.. is a community of more than 400 businesses based in and around Bradford on Avon in Wiltshire.

Membership is free and open to all businesses in the area.

The group was formerly the Chamber of Commerce. At its AGM on 18th March 2015, the Chamber voted unanimously to end paying subscriptions as a basis of membership and to create a new, open and more informal business community.

 

Our aims are:

1) To create an effective network based on mutual support to help each other develop our businesses

2) To give business a voice on the key issues effecting Bradford on Avon and surrounding villages.

3) To run a calendar of events that encourage businesses to share concerns and celebrate successes, while providing networking opportunities in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

4) To contribute positively to the economic and social sustainability of the town by supporting community events.

 

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Who we are

We are an open membership business community that is free to join. We invite all businesses based in Bradford on Avon and the surrounding area to get involved.

To join, we just need your email address - or follow us on Twitter - or join our LinkedIn group.

You will be invited to events, asked for your views and invited to contribute in any way you like. At present, our events and breakfasts are run at cost.

Positive ideas

The success of this business group relies on wider participation and a supportive enthusiasm for getting things done.

We believe in a positive view of the town. We encourage constructive ideas and solutions that help drive progress and beneficial change.

If you have a good idea, why not start the ball rolling yourself and we will help you roll it further? We probably know someone who can help!

Events

To foster an active business community we hold a series of events each month.

If you have an idea for an event, please share them with us.

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The next Business Breakfast

is at 8am on Friday 17th March

at Widbrook Grange Hotel

Our freshly prepared March breakfast will be our first morning visit to Widbrook Grange Hotel.

Widbrook Grange is an original Georgian model farm on the edge of Bradford on Avon. Recently refurbished, this quirky farmhouse has been lovingly restored to embody its rustic roots.

These are informal events. No talks, no name badges, no referrals. Just local businesses getting to know each other better. All businesses are welcome - you don't have to be based in the Bradford on Avon area to attend.

 

 

Business Breakfasts are normally held on the third Thursday or Friday of the month at various locations in and around Bradford on Avon. Past venues have included Cumberwell Park, Fat Fowl, Glove Factory Studios, Timbrells Yard, The George at Woolley, the Boathouse, The Swan, The Bunch of Grapes, Sebastien's, The Weaving Shed, Bridge Tea Rooms, Woolley Grange Hotel and Hartley Farm.

 

Easter Duck Trail

1st March to Easter Saturday

The Town Duck Trail runs from Wednesday 1st March to Easter Saturday.

All forms should be handed in to Piha by 11am on the Saturday 15th April. Draw is midday.

Entry is free just is visit the businesses below, find their Duck and write the name of the Duck. All correct entries will be entered in to a prize draw to win great prizes!

 

 

 

Our next meeting will be our AGM

6.30pm Wednesday 22nd March

at the George, Woolley

All businesses are very welcome to attend the BoA Business AGM. 

This will be our second AGM since we changed our name from the Chamber of Commerce to BoA Business, and our structure from subscription based to a free and open network for all businesses in the BoA Area.

There will be opportunities to discuss what our priorities should be for the forthcoming 12 months. 

The meeting starts at 6.30pm and we aim to finish by 7.30pm. It will be followed by a freshly prepared hot buffet (a choice of beef bourgignon or fish pie or mushroom risotto, served with vegetables and followed by bread and butter pudding or a cheese plate). The buffet is being paid for by BoA Business although you will have to pay for your own drinks.

So that we can advise the George how many people to cater for, we would be grateful if you can you let us know that you would like to attend below before 11pm on Monday 20th March.

 

 

We also invite nominations to fill the key roles of Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. Please fill in the form here.

 

Meetings

Monthly meetings are limited to an hour and are action based. They offer the chance to review where we are and to generate ideas for the future. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Everyone is welcome - it is not a closed committee! Please do come along and find out what we are hoping to achieve and please feel free to contribute any ideas. Meetings are limited to one hour.

Previous Action Plans can be read here.

 

If you feel as though you can contribute in any way with any of these initiatives, please do get in touch.

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A voice for business

BoA Business has a key role to play in the community. We want to give the town’s business community a strong voice that will be listened to on issues of importance both to the business community and the people of Bradford on Avon.

A successful town provides a balance between the needs and aspirations of all parts of the community. As wealth generators, employers and providers of goods and services to residents and other businesses locally and globally, Bradford on Avon’s businesses have much to offer.

BoA Business aims to be the catalyst and driving force for beneficial change that will benefit and help to improve the town and surrounding villages. It is in our own interest that we succeed in this.

We maintain close contact with all relevant external influencers, including Town Councillors, Wiltshire Councillors and our MP. We actively contribute to the Town Council’s Economic Development and Tourism Working Groups.

Increasing footfall

Our overriding and immediate objective is to increase footfall in the town. Increasing footfall helps retailers, hospitality and service businesses to develop successfully. This in turn leads to a vibrant community where people want to live, work and spend their money. We campaign to increase footfall in three ways:

a) Make it easier to come into town (improving transport, safety, parking, signage)

b) Provide good reasons to come into town (organising events, appealing shops, great places to eat and drink and watch the world go by)

c) Encourage more businesses to base themselves in the area.

 

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Becoming a member is easy and free!

Send us your email address (see below) and you will be included in all communications. Or, if your inbox is too full, you can follow us on Twitter or join our LinkedIn group.

We also welcome all contributions, whether helping to organise events or providing constructive ideas that you are prepared to help bring to fruition

Above all, we want your passionate involvement in making this town the business success we all want to see.

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Contacts

Chair - Andrew Eberlin, Brighterside

Vice Chair - Ruth Warren, Fetch Pet Shop

Treasurer and Secretary - David Allan

Jackie Allan, Piha

Helen Davies, Pink Flamingo Shopper

Gerald Milward-Oliver

Tim Rogers, Antony Best Dynamics

James Sullivan-Tailyour - Swan Hotel

Sue Thomson, Make it Happen

 

Funding

We are very grateful to one of Bradford on Avon's most innovative companies, AB Dynamics, who have generously provided funding and support for BoA Business.

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