Posted by Stephen Ward, Tuesday, 26th November 2013 @ 12:20pm
Our former long serving committee member and past Chairman, David Kevill, has decided to stand for a new post in another small business organisation. David, who had four years in the Chair at CLBC, early in the new Millennium, is now standing for election as Chair of the Central Lancashire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses.
David told us "I feel that every organisation benefits from a regular change in key committee positions to bring in new ideas and fresh enthusiasm."
"I believe that my previous and present experience of chairing business groups and my connections in the local business community will be of benefit in working towards a fresher, brighter local FSB committee and also to build into that committee an effective succession policy."
He certainly got very involved and gave both enthusiasm, and expertise, to his time on our committee. We wish him well and if any joint CLBC and FSB members wish to support David, the local AGM is on the 5th December. Further details here:
Posted by Sally Gorton, Tuesday, 24th September 2013 @ 8:17pm
The Rotary of Chorley Astley will once again be holding their annual Bierfest, from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th of October 2013. The venue will be once again the Territorial Drill Hall in Devonshire Road, Chorley.
Booth’s Supermarkets will be the main sponsor once more and all proceeds from this event will be in aid of charities supported by the Rotary Club. Last year'sOktoberfest raised over £7,000 and helped the clubprovide over £12,00 in support of local, national and international charities.
MAny thanks are due to Giles, Clive and Diane at Hepplestone's Fine Arts for thier excellent hospitality for our May meeting. Members were welcomed with drinks and nibbles before Giles gave us a very interesting talk about the history, soecialities and celebrity exhibitions held at the venue.
CLBC members Inspire Business Training are offering club members some incredible discounts on their spreadsheet courses during the month of April.
Book a distance learning package through their website - www.insirespreadsheets.co.uk - before 30th April and get 10% off the cost. Simply enter SHOUT in the coupon code box when ordering.
They are also offering a free 'try-before-you-buy' sample session for enquiries before 15th May, as well as running two FREE TASTER SESSIONS at Preston North End's Invincibles suite on 14th and 21st May (1-4pm).
For full details of the above offers click on the document link below. To reserve your place, please email email@example.com as soon as possible, as spaces are very limited.
Invitation to Choose Chorley | Let’s Do Lunch! on 15th May.
from Andy Poar of Let's Do Business
As you may know I am a founder member and now Chair of a Chorley based business group call Let’s Do Business! which has been running or the past four years. Supported by Chorley Council we are running a new and exciting business event called Let’s Do Lunch! on 15th May at Chorley Town Hall.
Let’s Do Lunch!is a business networking and support event aimed at business people in Chorley and the surrounding areas. The aim of the event is to bring businesses together to discuss and share business successes, challenges and promote collaboration.
The event includes a quality Hot Pot lunch and has a structured agenda with plenty of time for general networking. To make sure you don’t miss out please visithttp://chorleyletsdolunch.eventbrite.co.uk/ to book your place. Please book early as we are expecting a high demand.
Please let me know if you have any questions or queries and hopefully I will see you on the 15th May.
Posted by Sally Gorton, Wednesday, 27th February 2013 @ 7:11am
On 7th March 2013, Lancashire Probation Trust and Business in the Community will hold an open event at the Marriott Hotel in Preston, with the aim of bringing employers together to explore the social and business benefits of working with recruiting ex-offenders.
The event will also explore the connection between unemployment and reoffending and will provide of opportunity for networkingand developing links.
Impact Socket Supplies, based at Phoenix Works off Friday Street, Chorley, are celebrating 40 years in business this year. The niche business firm, which provides the sockets used with industrial tools in both light and heavy engineering applications, is the UK’s number one manufacturer and distributor of impact sockets and accessories.
Established in 1972 as a one-man operation, the business expanded when Ron Barker became MD in 1990. With a background in overseas sales, he began exporting to countries such as Ireland and Belgium and transformed a small company with regional clients into an internationally recognised name with blue chip customers all over the world.
Ron was in sole control of the business when he retired from hands-on operation in 2006 – although he remains close at hand to advise the company from time to time. His daughter, Alison, who has been with ISS since 2001, is now co-director together with Steve Topping, who joined as sales manager in 2002.
‘We’d like to thank all the customers who have contributed to our success,’ says Alison Barker. ‘We now employ 15 staff and we’ve grown the business on a continual basis over the last four decades. We have a large manufacturing base, using sophisticated machinery that enables the company to respond to specific requirements. The result is a product that’s designed and produced to perfectly match customers’ needs.’
The company has survived and prospered due to its responsiveness, according to Steve Topping. ‘We have 99% of stock availability for next day delivery,’ he says, ‘and this is a major factor these days. Carrying a large product range, and being able to get it out to customers when they want it, that’s the key.’
Three years ago was a major milestone for ISS when the company re-located from its original site off Deighton Road to spacious, modern premises at Phoenix Works. ‘We’re a Chorley company so there was no question of moving out of the area,’ said Alison. ‘While our customers might be based all over the world, the majority of our suppliers, and of course our workforce, are based here in Chorley.’
So what is the Olympic connection? Over the years, ISS has played a role, albeit small, in several projects of national importance, from maintaining Big Ben to raising the hull of Tudor flagship, the Marie Rose. For London this summer, ISS supplied male torx drivers for the temporary arena seating at Horse Guards Parade, the iconic location for the Olympic beach volleyball.
Alison laughs: ‘It might not sound a big deal, but every aspect to a job like that is very important, and having the right tools for the job is, as we all know, critical to its success.’
It’s a focussed philosophy that should see ISS celebrate its 50th anniversary and beyond.
After the success of thier Beirfest last year The Rotary of Chorley Astley will be holding it again this year from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2012. The venue will be once again the Territorial Drill Hall in Devonshire Road, Chorley.
Booth’s Supermarkets will be the main sponsor once more and all proceeds from this event will be in aid of charities supported by the Rotary Club. Last year they raised £12,000 and each of the main charities got £1000 each. They also helped other charities local and international.
This year they will be offering 60 real ales, plus cider, lager, and a bottle bar. Free soft drinks will be available for drivers.
Could your company sponsor a Real Ale at a cost of just £100?
This will include.
1)Free entry for 6 people, together with a glass and programme 2)The name of your company displayed twice in the programme 3)The name of your company on the barrel you have sponsored.
If you are interested in sponsoring our event, cheques should be made to “The Rotary Club of Chorley Astley”. Any questions or anything you wish discuss please get in touch with Peter Bromley, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 01257 233585 Mob: 07785 762333.