Traders form a col­lec­tive voice

New cham­ber of com­merce for town

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

SHOP and business own­ers in Eastcote now have a col­lec­tive voice thanks to the found­ing of a new cham­ber of com­merce.

Traders along the high street, as well as business own­ers who work else­where in Eastcote, can now join the Cham­ber, which held its first mem­bers’ night at Cham­pers Wine Bar, in Field End Road, on Septem­ber 25.

Chair­man Vince Small said: “The Cham­ber was set up in June to help put the vi­brancy back into the town, at­tract more shop­pers and gen­er­ally im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment.

“There are a num­ber of goals to ac­com­plish, from en­sur­ing that the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions and lights are com­pleted, to the more mun­dane things like the paving. We wel­come sug­ges­tions on what we should be do­ing to im­prove the town.”

The Mayor of Hilling­don, Cather­ine Dann, sup­ported the group and the event by pre­sent­ing those join­ing up with their mem­ber­ship packs.

“Each of the lo­cal coun­cil­lors from the Cavendish and Eastcote and East Ruis­lip wards also at­tended to show their support for the col­lec­tive voice for the traders in Eastcote, which ev­ery­one agreed has been long over­due,” Mr Small said.

The ob­jec­tives of the Eastcote Cham­ber of Com­merce in­clude giv­ing ad­vice and support to re­solve business prob­lems and op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses to pro­mote and raise their pro­file.

It will also of­fer mem­bers sub­sidised business support by ac­cred­ited Business Link Providers and free skills au­dit and train­ing ad­vice from Uxbridge Col­lege.

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