Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce – May Newsletter

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Picture: Tom Porter – Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce Vice President and owner of Thomas Porter Wealth Management, with his daughter and the Mayor of Trowbridge, Cllr Denise Bates.

Celebrating Trowbridge Business Showcase

Many thanks to Paul Weimar and The Civic team for kindly hosting Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce members at the recent Celebrating Trowbridge Business Showcase.

The event was held at The Civic and Trowbridge Town Hall to celebrate the town’s many organisations, charities and businesses. Radio Bath broadcast live from the event and interviewed several Chamber members.

Chamber member exhibitors included MonahansBluebird Care Wiltshire NorthVerite MarketingNature’s SanctuaryMarrison MillineryWiltshire Enterprise NetworkTrowbridge-Leer Twinning AssociationNew BaginningsCompound FootwearWitty Event Management and Dancing Flavours.

Breakfast at BeeTees – 31st May

Join us for breakfast at BeeTees Cafe, Market Street, Trowbridge from 0800-0930 on Tuesday 31st May and meet fellow Chamber of Commerce members in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.  Prospective members and guests are also welcome.

The event will be an opportunity to meet new people, catch up with familiar faces and explore opportunities. Members will be invited to give a 1 minute introduction to their business (not obligatory!).

Please email to reserve your place. Tickets will be available shortly.

Have you organised your Jubilee flower display for the end of May?

Trowbridge in Jubilee Bloom is an initiative encouraging local businesses and organisations to display colourful planters, window boxes and eye-catching Jubilee-themed floral creations in their windows from the end of May to September, to bring a festive, floral outlook to Trowbridge town centre and surrounding areas.

Please let us know if you will be taking part so we can add you to the website, social media and PR.  (NB. Please use peat-free compost, perennials and non-plastic containers where possible).

Permissions – To display planters outside your premises please email ASAP so we can coordinate pavement display permissions with Wiltshire Council Highways. Planters will have to leave a minimum of 1.5m pavement clear space for public access and need to be covered by public liability insurance.

Upcycling – Dorothy House on Wicker Hill and BB Vintage in Silver Street have a great selection of objects that would make unusual planters and Palmer Garden Centre and The Nursery in Hilperton have a fantastic selection of plants and flowers. Time to get planting!

Pictured above – Jennifer Polledri (Chamber Exec Member & former Chair of Trowbridge in Bloom, with Chamber President Ben Pidgeon.

Sponsor our Jubilee Lion!

We are looking for co-sponsors for our life-size floral lion sculpture (a smaller version of the one above), which will be displayed in Trowbridge town centre from Jubilee weekend until the Autumn.

Lion sponsors will be featured on Leo’s plaque, in PR, on the Chamber website and social media.

Many thanks to the Trowbridge Lions Club for their sponsorship. If your business would like to co-sponsor Leo, please email ASAP for details.

Chamber of Commerce – Evening Canal Cruise – 16th June

Join fellow Chamber members for a scenic, early evening cruise from Bradford on Avon to the stunning Avoncliff aquaduct from 6pm-8.30pm on Thursday 16th June.

Up to 40 Chamber members and guests are invited to enjoy a 2.5 hour cruise along the historic Kennet and Avon canal, on the 65ft Barbara McLellan, departing from the Canal Trust Cafe in Bradford on Avon.

Spot kingfishers, herons, swans and other wildlife whilst enjoying networking, delicious nibbles provided by Dancing Flavours and drinks from the on-board pay bar.

Tickets are £6 for members and £10 for non-members.

A big thank you to Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce member Andy Barlow of Barlow Financial Management for very kindly sponsoring the boat hire.


Vote for Trowbridge businesses!

The Muddy Awards are completely FREE to enter and are one of the most coveted awards for small independent lifestyle businesses across the country.

There are 27 different categories and regional heats, including Wiltshire, so please get behind the awards and give your favourite local businesses the pat on the back they deserve.

Nominations close on 20th May and those with the most votes will go through to the next round, so make sure you vote for your favourite Trowbridge businesses HERE.

Chamber of Commerce Summer BBQ – 18th July

Chamber members, prospective members and their families are invited to a summer evening BBQ at the historic Trowbridge Cricket Club on Monday 18th July.

There will be delicious freshly cooked BBQ food, with veggie and vegan options and drinks from the club bar. The nets will be open for practice, so bring along your cricket kit, bats and balls!

Trowbridge Cricket Club is a wonderful venue, with its beamed bar, spacious terrace and first floor balcony overlooking the grounds. There is plenty of space for children to play outside and lots of parking.  We hope you can join us!

See photos of last year’s BBQ here.

Please email to reserve your place/s. Tickets will be available soon.

Marketing Strategy Workshop – 25 July

Join our SWLEP Marketing Strategy workshop on 25th July to learn how to create a successful marketing plan and gain more customers for your business.Digital Specialist Letitia Wright from the South West Local Enterprise Partnership will be leading this free marketing workshop on Monday 25th July, from 1000-1200 at The Civic in Trowbridge.

Please email to express your interest in attending.  Tickets and further details will be be available shortly.

Discounts for Member Businesses

Businesses that regularly buy from Bookers and Makro are invited to apply for a 2% rebate on all purchases via the Regency Purchasing Group. Rebates are paid in Booker vouchers in January, April, July and September.  You can also get a 3% discount off your spend at Screwfix.

For further information email and visit the Regency Purchasing website

Would you like to inspire young people?

Young Enterprise Wiltshire is looking for business mentors and wondered if any Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce members would like to become Young Enterprise business partners?

Young Enterprise works in partnership with local schools, businesses and volunteers to inspire and equip thousands of young people a year to learn and succeed through enterprise and grow up with the life skills, knowledge and confidence required to succeed in the world of work.

To find out how you can help, please email or phone 0781 695 4491. Please see the YE Wiltshire website.for details.

Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce – Membership

We are delighted to welcome the following new members:

Bath SEO & Marketing
Bluebird Care (Wiltshire North)
Carpets & Flooring by Ben Rule 
Cesar’s Coffee
Good by Design
hjw marketing
I Love Surprises UK
McCabe and Co Solicitors
Nature’s Sanctuary
Oakridge Recruitment Ltd
Old Ham Tree Pub
OSJCT Goodson Lodge
Phoenix Computer Systems
Safari Printing
South West Doors Ltd
Stone Paper Scissors
Trowbridge Rugby Football Club
Trowbridge Town Hall
We Love Pets Trowbridge
West Wiltshire Crematorium
Work Hacks

Annual membership is only £25 – £100 a year, depending on the size of your business.

You can sign up for membership HERE and the details you input will automatically generate your Members Directory business profile.

Patron Membership – There are also a limited number of Patron Memberships available with enhanced exposure and membership benefits. For further details please email

Chamber Suggestions – Please get in touch if you would like to suggest ideas for Chamber events and services or if you would like to join the Exec team and help organise events.  Everyone is welcome!

Social Media – Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at @trowbridgechamberofcommerce and @trowbridgechamber on Instagram, which has over 1,400 followers.

Many thanks and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Best wishes

Ben, Tom, Andy and Megan

Trowbridge Chamber of Commerce Patron Member

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