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Keynsham Business Forum Launch

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The Chocolate Quarter

Trajectus Way

Keynsham

BS31 2AU

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PLAN FOR THE EVENING
6:00 – Registration and networking time
6:20 – Welcome by Chair of Keynsham Town Council
6:30 – Welcome from BATHNES Council, and update on BATHNES business initiatives
6:40 – Welcome from the Keynsham NDP Business Group

  1. The Business Forum initiative
  2. Introduction of the Business Consultation Questionnaire
  3. Keynsham Business Directory

7:00 – Tour of Chocolate Quarter facilities
7:20 – Re-group for structured discussion on ideas for moving the Business Forum forward, followed by general networking time

WHAT IS THE BACKGROUND TO THIS EVENT?

As you may know, Keynsham Town Council is currently developing a Neighbourhood Development Plan with the people who live and work in our town. A key aspect of this process is a dialogue with our business community

One of the important findings to come out of the Neighbourhood Development Process so far is that Keynsham currently lacks a consolidated business network which can support and represent all the different types of Keynsham business (inc. sole traders) operating in the town.

The Chamber of Commerce has been struggling for members for some time, and there are one or two retail-focused groups that have formed, mainly representing the High Street traders in response to the one-way system or to the future development/promotion of the High Street.

WHAT WILL THE BUSINESS FORUM DO?

The focus of the Business forum will be to work in partnership and help you drive your business in your chosen direction, allowing us to also include your views in the development plan for Keynsham covering the next twenty years.

Working together we can achieve things through a forum that no business could deliver as well on its own. The Forum may hold events around subjects such as marketing & promotion, networking, training, speakers, sourcing, grants, recruitment etc. Such initiatives will strengthen existing performance, encourage new business and develop relationships across the West Country. We are initially proposing that the new group holds events at least quarterly, in order to maintain focus and momentum.

One of the initiatives the Town Council is already preparing is a Keynsham-Only Business Directory. The objective of this directory is to encourage people to shop and trade locally wherever they possibly can. We are currently in process of gathering information from local businesses that would like to be in such a directory.

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The Chocolate Quarter

Trajectus Way

Keynsham

BS31 2AU

United Kingdom

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