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BoA Business...

.. is a community of 500 business people 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.

 

Members

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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 Woolley Grange Hotel

 

at 8am on Friday 18th January 2018

 

Our January business breakfast will be a return to Woolley Grange Hotel.

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.

 

Online booking coming soon

 

 

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 No.10 Tea Gardens, 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.

 

Elf Trail 2018

Saturday 17th November to Christmas Eve 2018

Thank you for joining in the Elf Trail from Saturday 17th November to 24th December 2018. Entry is free and all you have to do is download a form, visit the businesses, find their Elf and write down the name of the Elf.

All correct entries will be entered in to the draw to win great prizes! – All forms should be handed in to Piha by 12 noon on the 24th December for the draw.

Please take photos and post on Social Media with #elftrailboa18

 

 

Our next meeting

will be Christmas Drinks at the George at Woolley

at 7.30pm on Wednesday 19th December

Monthly meetings last up to an hour and a half 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.

 

Women's Networking

Friday evenings 5-7pm

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.

For more information, please contact Jackie Allan.

 

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

Rachael Arnold, Groovy Movers

Anita Jaynes - The Business Exchange Swindon and Wiltshire

Donna Spence, Creme de la Whiskers

Gerald Milward-Oliver

James Sullivan-Tailyour - Swan Hotel

 

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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