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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.

 

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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 No. 10 Tea Gardens, Avoncliff

 

at 8am on Friday 21st September

 

Our September business breakfast will be our first visit to No. 10 Tea Gardens, Avoncliff.

Situated next to Avoncliff Aquaduct, it's possibly the most picturesque setting for a business breakfast ever!

No. 10 Tea Gardens will be offering breakfast sandwiches, cereals with fruits and yoghurts, croissants etc, juices and tea and coffee. All from local suppliers or made by themselves. Cake and scones would also be available, but perhaps too early in the day for some!

 

The breakfast will be outside, but if it does rain...

.... we will relocate it to Westwood Parish Rooms (BA15 2AF). If this happens an email will be sent to all attendees the night before or very early on the morning of the breakfast. So please keep an eye on your Inbox.

 

Walk to Avoncliff (weather permitting)?

As it's such a lovely route, how about walking there from BoA? It's about half an hour. We will meet at the War Memorial in Westbury Gardens at 7.15am. Please let us know if you want to walk too by selecting the 'walk' ticket option.

 

Please pre-book

Breakfast costs £5 (plus Eventbrite fees) each with proceeds going straight to Sarah's nominated charity of Dorothy House.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Minerva Owl Trail, Westbury Gardens

 

3rd July to 10th September 2018

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Minerva's Owls of Bath 2018 is a major public art sculpture trail featuring a giant flock of 85 individually decorated, super-sized owl sculptures displayed across the World Heritage city of Bath and surrounding region including Bradford on Avon from 25 June–10 September 2018.

 

 

BoA Business Awards 2018

Nominations are now open

Nominations: Close 6pm Sunday 29th July

Public voting: 6th August to 7th October

Awards Dinner: Thursday 18th October

The BoA Business Awards are open to all and any businesses based in the BoA area (so that includes the town, Holt, Limpley Stoke, Monkton Farleigh, South Wraxall, Staverton, Westwood, Wingfield and Winsley).

Please sign up to our email newsletter or follow us on Twitter to keep up to date.

 

 

Women's Networking

Next event TBC

Open to all business women of the town and surrounding areas. Come for support, ideas, friendship and laughter. This will be a very informal get together.

As an option, if you would like to prepare a 30 second commercial about your business and / or a minute presentation to say what is sticking with you at the moment and as a group, we will try to give you some ideas and solutions.

For more information, please contact Jackie Allan.

 

Our next meeting is

6.00pm Wednesday 18th July 2018

at the Swan

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.

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.

 

Get Involved

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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, 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

 

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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