The Chamber Voice - February Edition
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Chamber President:
David Clarke

It is that time of the year once again where we hold our Annual General Meeting and reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the forthcoming year ahead.  We always try and make our AGM's as interesting as we possibly can whilst carrying out the important business of reporting to our members and electing our directors and this year is no exception. I am very excited that we will be welcoming Matt Adams, Editor of the Herts Advertiser, to speak at our AGM this year. Matt will share with us the trials and tribulations of being a local newspaper editor and discuss the challenges and opportunities which come with such a publicly prominent role. 

The AGM, which is being held at the Abbey Theatre, also provides the Board and I a fantastic opportunity to thank our members for their amazing support during the year just gone and to share with everyone our exciting plans for the rest of 2016 and beyond. 

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News Release
Boost for business

Businesses have welcomed major work by St Albans City and District Council to make it easier to compete for Council contracts and to use its services.

An online survey was undertaken to test the reaction to steps taken or being considered to make the Council more business friendly.

Of the 35 firms that responded, 88% backed the idea of procurement workshops giving advice on how to bid for contracts.
The Council is holding its first such workshop for small and medium sized businesses next month.

Other findings include 94% approval of an initiative to publicise opportunities for doing business with the Council through the District’s Chamber of Commerce.
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David Hughes 
Canopy Law

Chamber member David Hughes has recently published his new book 'Shareholder Agreements: the 30 minute guide', which explains the typical issues that arise when company owners want to put in place a Shareholder Agreement and how to overcome them.

Currently available as e-book, with a paperback version coming soon, it can be purchased from multiple websites including Amazon and The Endless Bookcase

David, a company lawyer, decided some years ago to leave the big commercial law firm he was working for and set up a niche company law consultancy called Canopy Law. Since then he has developed his business with the aim of keeping the legal process simple and sensible.
Canopy Law Website


Raising Finance
Preparation is key

Vanessa Crawley, a Corporate and Commercial Lawyer at SA Law comments on the ways in which a business can raise finance, and offers considerations for business owners when looking at the available options to them:

At SA Law we’re not afraid to be honest, and I think we all agree that over the last few years the M&A market has been sluggish.  However, we are pleased to report a significant increase in the volume of instructions we’ve received on good sized deals that demonstrate renewed confidence in this previously delicate discipline.

We have also received a noticeable increase in clients requesting advice and assistance on the various ways to raise funds with the intention of growing the business to expand, making strategic acquisitions or maximising potential with a view to a structured exit strategy.
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Annual General Meeting 2016
with a buffet dinner & glass of wine 

Following our AGM, delegates will enjoy a buffet and some wine before we hear from our key note speaker: Herts Advertiser Editor, Matt Adams.

An insight into the challenges of a newspaper editor. Matt speaks candidly about the job, all aspects of the news operation, including the content of the paper, budgets, alongside being a manager, PR expert and the importance of a good quality community newspaper. 
Wednesday 23rd March at 6pm
The Abbey Theatre, Westminster Lodge, Holywell Hill, St Albans, 
AL1 2DL. 

Attendance at AGM only:

Main event: 
£25.00 Members
£30.00 on Members

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Crowd funding target reached for new playground! 

The local community is jumping for joy today as it was announced that the Friends of the Victoria Playing Field (FVPF) had reached their crowdfunding target.

This means that the much needed new playground for the Playing Field will be installed.

Two pledges from local businesses, Waffle House and the local BP garage which is situated next to the playground, meant that the target was hit comfortably.

“We are thrilled to be part of this amazing project in our community. The contributions from the local residents and businesses have been amazing and a great achievement. Myself and the store team are looking forward to seeing how we can continue to be part of the development” said Raj Sarbiaya Store Manager BP St Albans.
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We are pleased to welcome the following members to the Chamber:

The Hospice of St Francis
Silicon Abbey 
Herts Health and Wellbeing 
Thomas Cleaning Ltd
AJL Plumbing and Heating 
Sinead Howland Career Coaching
Tender Assist Ltd

We welcome membership applications from all types of businesses in the district and currently have over 425 active members. We endeavour to provide a variety of forums for lively debate, positive networking and encourage strong business relationships between our members so we can all prosper. Being an active Chamber member can significantly help your business grow and develop.

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