WELCOME TO THE BANBURY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
We work with businesses in Banbury and the surrounding area to help them maximise their business potential. We do this by offering members a wide range of support and services.
What is the Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce ?
The Chamber of Commerce is the only recognised voice of the Banbury business community. Our role is to work with businesses within Banbury and the surrounding area by providing support, information, and networking opportunities.
The primary aim of Banbury and District Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economic environment whilst sustaining quality of life within the community by campaigning for effective transportation, education and skills training, adequate development of land and a vibrant town centre.
We are an extremely professional and friendly group of business people who represent both business and professional interests of those within the Banbury and district area.
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We're holding a free 'Making Sense of Apprenticeships' event for employers in partnership with Oxfordshire Apprenticeships on 17th September from 9:30-11:30am at The
EVENT CALENDARSeptember 201517th - MAKING SENSE OF APPRENTICESHIPS
Free Apprenticeship information session for Banbury businesses
11 Aug 2015
We're holding a free 'Making Sense of Apprenticeships' event for employers in partnership with Banbury Chamber of Commerce on 17th September from 9:30-11:30am at The Colin Sanders Innovation Centre in Banbury.
This will be an informal Q&A session, giving local employers the chance to find out everything they need to know to get started with employing their first Apprentice. They'll be able to find out all about the process from a panel of experts, including employers and Apprentices already involved in the scheme.
With the new government pledging 3 million new Apprenticeships across the next five years and also announcing plans to introduce an Apprenticeship ‘levy’ for larger employers, this is an important time for local businesses to understand how the scheme can impact on their business.
Clive Shepherd, Apprenticeship Manager at the University of Oxford, attended a previous Making Sense of Apprenticeships event. Clive says: "The session really opened my eyes to the huge range of possibilities that Apprenticeships can bring. The support that is available for business of all sizes is fantastic and employing an Apprentice couldn’t be easier. Sure, it’s a fantastic opportunity for a young Apprentice but I hadn’t realised just how much benefit there was for the business, large or small, as well."
Clive wanted to share his experience with other employers and so joined the panel in our most recent event at Oxford Town Hall, along with Emily, a Business Admin Apprentice at the University (pictured below).
Sarah Cullimore of Oxfordshire Apprenticeships says: “We’re really pleased to be running another Making Sense of Apprenticeships event in Banbury, in partnership with the Chamber. With considerable infrastructure growth planned for Banbury, Bicester and across North Oxfordshire, affecting sectors like construction, retail and engineering, the need for quality Apprenticeships will be greater than ever. So it is really important that we continue to help businesses make sense of how it all works."
The session takes place on Thursday 17th September from 9:30-11:30am at the Colin Sanders Innovation Centre on Mewburn Road in Banbury. To find out more and book a place, visit: http://makingsensebanburysept15.eventbrite.co.uk.
Members are invited to provide questions prior to the meeting for Board members to put forward on their behalf.
Banbury & District Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce our exciting event focussing on local topics and promoting Banbury businesses at BCOC Live 2015. The event will be held at Whately Hall Hotel, Banbury from 9.00am on Friday 2nd October.
Both panels will be kept in order by Simon Smith, Wellers Accountants. The following local experts are panel members and will be answering questions from the audience:-
09.45am EU – In or Out?
• John Madden – First Line Ltd
• Catherine Rohll – Norbar Torque Tools Ltd
• Dickie Bird – UK Independence Party
11.30am An Update on the Local Plan and Banbury Master plan
• Adrian Colwell – Head of Strategic Planning & the Economy at CDC
• Neil Wild – Wild Property & Town Centre Co-Ordinator
• Tim Tarby-Donald – Visit Banbury - TBC
These will be lively forums, giving all attendees an opportunity to discuss their own views, together with issues that are at the forefront of Banbury’s business agenda.
Also on hand will be exhibitors from local business and business advisory services. The exhibition will be running throughout the duration of the event from 9.00am – 12.30pm
The event is open to everyone by reserving your place at www.bcoclive2015.eventbrite.co.uk
Complimentary for Chamber members and a small fee of £8.00 for non members including refreshments throughout the event, this is an event that you won’t want to miss. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
This year the event has kindly been sponsored by Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Fort Locks Self Storage, Norbar Torque Tools and Social Sidekick.
Richard Hunter, Banbury Chamber President comments: "BCOC Live presents a brilliant opportunity for companies to discuss some pressing topics with leading, high profile panel speakers. Not only will people be able to ask questions to panel speaker, they will also be able to find out about what will be happening on a local level with Banbury in the near future. This event represents the Chambers commitment to providing a voice for the businesses of Banbury and we are sure that it will be extremely informative and useful for all that attend."
Board Meeting with Chamber Directors