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Our next meeting is on Wed 24th June at 8pm at The Marlborough Club. The guest speaker is Councillor John Cotton - leader of SODC with special responsibility for the local strategic plan. He is coming to share the district council's stance on development in Didcot. Please do come along and make the most of this visit - it affects our businesses and it is important our views are heard.

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Added photos to Members' Meeting.

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"Fire safety, prevention, rules & regulations on and off business premises" explained in great depth by Graham Turner from Didcot Fire Station at members' event on 27th May.
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What did you think of the event from last night on fire safety? ... please add your comments to this thread or on the event thread https://plus.google.com/events/cccu1babg2tp4656sfsfbl0q28o

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The BACAs (Business & Community Awards organised by +Didcot First )  are open for nominations ! The details are at http://www.didcotfirst.org/page-galleries.html

Launch news: http://www.didcotfirst.org/article-2105_business__amp__community_awards_launch.html

2015 Election
 
Don't lose your voice - make sure you have YOUR say!

Today is the day!

Whatever colour you choose today 

Make sure your VOTE is counted!!

If you don't VOTE you DON'T have a say!!

#GE2015 #UKElection2015

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A special event by Trading Standards

In October 2015, consumer rules are changing. These are the rules which, on the whole, apply regardless to the majority of goods or service.

Trading Standards is running free seminars to help business understand the changes at the following venues;
3 June, Didcot Civic Hall, Didcot, 7:00-8:30pm

To book please contact 01865 815000 option 4, or email trading.standards@oxfordshire.gov.uk or visit www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/tradingstandards and fill in the booking form

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This was an exciting week for Didcot Chamber – we held 2 events and welcomed new members into our group. 
 
On Monday we met to discuss methods of promotion that had worked for our individual businesses. We shared stories relating to paid advertising v free editorial. Many businesses testified that the use of small village / parish magazines had brought much interest. We learnt that making a promotional offer needs to be quite explicit – 10% off means nothing to the consumer whereas £10 off is an exact, quantifiable amount. We ended the evening thinking about a ‘product’ for Didcot that all Chamber members could sell / use / give away etc. Local artist Linda Benton has been tasked with designing a ‘bag for life’ that would meet the purpose – a cotton shopper with a gusset (more practical than a flat bag).
 
On Tuesday we met prospective parliamentary and Town/District candidates in the forthcoming elections. It was the first time Chamber members had a chance of political dialogue. The atmosphere and format of the event was kept informal whilst exploring some tough topics e.g simplification of the tax system, national living v minimum wage, workplace pensions, business rates and naturally we strayed into housing, health and EU law! It was a worthwhile, informative evening where we were able to stress that SMEs might be on the parties agenda’s but when thinking about small independent businesses politicians should be aware that for us, small means less than 5 not 250 employees. That many businesses owners pay themselves less than the current minimum wage and forego holidays and sick leave!
 
Our next regular meeting is on May 27th at 7.30pm when fire officer Graham Turner will be presenting the requirements for fire safety in the workplace. Come and get the correct information about the need for a fire plan, fire risk assessment, signage etc. In the light of the recent fires at SODC, Didcot Power Station and The Randolph Hotel we know this is an important topic so do come along – it may even save a life!  http://www.didcotchamberofcommerce.co.uk/events.asp

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Graham Turner from Didcot Fire Station will be joining us to explain Fire Safety Requirements in the Workplace

Meet the parliamentary candidates: Tuesday 21st April 2015 @ 7.30pm @ Didcot Civic Hall, All Saints Room
Ask your business related questions! With the up coming election the Didcot Chamber have arranged a Q&A evening with parliamentary candidates Stephen Webb (Labour) & Alex Meredith (Lib Dem) and also Charlie Robertson (Conservative). All business owners (members and non-members) are very welcome to attend this free event and quiz the candidates on their party strategies for business e.g minimum wage / workplace pensions / business tax etc. This is a great opportunity to have your say. Due to limited space, please let us know if you are able to attend as soon as possible.
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