|Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month (excluding the months of August and December). The meetings alternate monthly between a Business and a Networking emphasis. |
The Business Meetings
These are crucial to ensure that local news concerning road closures and works, parking tariff changes, police information etc etc is passed on to everyone. This is where new ideas are presented and discussed and they are the essential factor to why the Chamber has become the success it is today. Everyone contributes with ideas and thoughts and ways of marketing and promoting the Town are born. To ensure things 'get done' there is a smaller Committee of Members who meet outside the Business Meetings to progress ideas. It is an opportunity to invite other clubs and event organisers around the Town to ensure everyone works together and supports each other and many events have become bigger and more successful due to this co-operation and integration.
Business Meetings are usually held at The Swan, Swan Street in one of their upstairs meeting rooms but sometimes businesses offer to host the meeting and open up their premises for the networking meetings.
The Networking Meetings
The aim is to meet and get to know other traders and businesses in order to be able to promote and hopefully use those new contacts either ourselves or to pass on to friends and customers. These meetings are a great opportunity for new and potential members to pop along and have a chat in a very informal and friendly environment and you will be able to find out what is going on for the future and get to chat to many of the Members. It has become a pleasure to walk down the street and know that you will be seeing fellow business owners who have become friends and associates and know you are all working together for a common goal.
Networking Meetings are the perfect opportunity for businesses to show off their hosting abilities with many of the meetings alternating between venues to allow everyone to get a little insight into fellow traders and businesses. Successful venues have been Franks Mussel Bar, The Swan, The Joiners Arms, The Abbey Arcade, West Malling Flowers, The Tea Room in Mill Yard, Q Hairdressing, The Farmhouse - to name a few.
The Training Meetings
Members of the Chamber are offered discounts and sometimes FREE training events on things that concern and directly enhance their business. Subjects such as social networking, marketing and window dressing were all suggested topics but new ideas are always welcomed.
If you wish to know more about West Malling or the Chamber of Commerce, please contact one of the Members on the Contact page or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Chamber of Commerce then why not pop along to one of our meetings or networking breakfasts and we will be more than happy to meet you.
DATES of NEXT MEETING
Meetings commence at 5.30pm with reception and sign in, with a start time of 6 pm and run for approximately 2 hours depending on the event.
January - Tuesday 27th... 5.30pm @ the Farmhouse, High Street
February - Tuesday 24th.... Networking Meeting - TBC
March - Tuesday 24th.... Business Meeting - TBC
April - Tuesday 22nd AGM @ The Swan, Swan Street