BoA Business...

.. is a community of more than 450 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 knowledge 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.




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!


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.


The next Business Breakfast

is at Woolley Grange Hotel

8am on Friday 19th January

After another record breaking November business breakfast, we return to the beautifully situated Woolley Grange Hotel. Winner of the Family Travel Awards in 2017.

You may need to book early for this one. The last three breakfasts have seen attendances in the high 30's. There is capacity for only 30 people, so please don't start 2018 with an air of diappointment at missing out!

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, Widbrook Grange Hotel, Fat Fowl, Glove Factory Studios, Timbrell's 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.


Our next meeting will be

a Workshop on the Benchmarking report

6.00pm Wednesday 17th January 2018

at the Swan

Our next meeting will be all about the Benchmarking report and agreeing priorities to work with the Town Council. All welcome for what will be lively and constructive debate about where our Town is for business and where it wants to be.

We will also be putting on a Thai buffet to help our brain cells be more productive. If you can attend, please let us know so we know how many people to cater for.




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.


The Bradford on Avon Town

Christmas Elf Trail 2017

28th November to 24th December

The Town Centre Elf Trail is running from Tuesday 28th November to 24th December 2017. All forms should be handed in Piha by 12 noon on the 24th December and the draw will take at that time.

Entry is free and all you have to do is visit the businesses on the Trail, find their Elf and write down the name of the Elf on the form which can be downloaded here.

All correct entries will be entered in to the prize draw to win great prizes!



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



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.


Get Involved


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.



Chair - Andrew Eberlin, Brighterside

Vice Chair - Ruth Warren, Doghouse

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



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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