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Posted 06/02/2017


Cheltenham Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Ratcliffe says 2017 will be a year of exciting development in Cheltenham – from the new John Lewis store to the town’s redeveloped railway station.

After a year when business and commerce has been shaken by Brexit and by-elections, the Chamber is looking forward to a more positive outlook.

Despite the national and international events of last year the Chamber saw a lot of good business moves take place in Cheltenham. John Lewis announced they would be moving into the Beechwood Arcade site and the Cheltenham BID was launched with the aim of bringing the town’s retailers even more benefits and unity.

Speaking to Dan Harris in a video released with the Chamber’s newsletter earlier this month he said: “In 2017 some of the key topics which the Chamber will be promoting will be the development of the John Lewis programme, the Brewery Phase 2 and, of course, our railway station.

“We also have the development of a new cyber science park in West Cheltenham too which will bring tremendous opportunities to the town. And let us not forget we also have a new HQ, Steinhoff development close to Waitrose.”

He encouraged more businesses to dip into the Chamber’s range of opportunities including: networking events, business seminars and of course membership.

Mr Ratcliffe also went on to say that by building the recently formed Association of Gloucestershire Business Groups more companies throughout the county’s towns would also be able to benefit from greater mutual support.

He added: “Time and effort is being taken to understand what Association members want and need.”

And he commented that the Chamber was looking forward once again to supporting the Gloucestershire Business Show during this next May.

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