17th July 2015
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ
Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members networked and relaxed on a balmy summer evening on Wednesday, enjoying a delicious BBQ at The Richard Onslow.
This event has become a popular annual occasion and is an opportunity for members to bring partners.
The locally sourced burgers, chicken and sausages accompanied by salads and jugs of Pimms was much appreciated by the 27 attendees representing retail, horticulture, hospitality, leisure, financial and the services sector from Cranleigh and surrounding villages.
Following the welcome from the host, John Taylor of the Richard Onslow, Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce president Richard Graham talked briefly about the challenges facing Cranleigh businesses, in particular, retailers in the High Street.
He explained that the Chamber is working hard to promote, encourage and support those businesses to ensure an independent offering remains a key attraction for Cranleigh shoppers and visitors.
He congratulated the Cranleigh in Bloom volunteers for the excellent flower beds and displays which have added a welcome floral element to the village, for a further year.
Roger Coupe, a member of the Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce committee, said that new members were joining the revitalised Chamber every day and already the target of 100 business members has been increased to 150!
A raffle was held with prizes kindly donated by local businesses One Forty, Cranfold Physical Therapy Centre and Posture Perfect Pilates. The raffle and proceeds from evening made a contribution of over £260 towards the considerable cost of installing the annual Christmas lights.
The Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce has been responsible for raising funds for the attractive lighted decorations. The President said that each year it becomes more and more difficult to raise sufficient funds but thanked those current donors and encouraged additional sponsors from the community and businesses to come forward and contribute.
Businesses are reminded that the next networking event, which takes place on 16th September 2015, will be a breakfast at the Swallowhurst showhome on Ewhurst Road, kindly sponsored by Linden Homes.
Local historian and author Michael Miller will speak at this networking breakfast about the history of Swallows Tiles of Cranleigh. Invitations to this event will be issued to Cranleigh Chamber of Commerce members very soon.