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Chamber Economic and Local Update

Cheshire East Council approved its budget for 2018/19 on 22 February 2018 following consultation with a wide range of stakeholders and businesses. Cllr Paul Bates, Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communication and Alex Thompson, Head of Finance and Performance at CheshireEast Councilwill present the highlights from this budget and look at the medium term future for local government finances. The Medium term Financial Strategy document can be found on the Council's website at

Following member feedback we are pleased to welcome back Chris Hindle, Head of Strategic Infrastructure at Cheshire East to provide an update on transport infrastructure proposals for Crewe and Nantwich.

There will be the opportunity for delegates to ask questions of the speakers.

Members will also see an overview of The British Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), the largest and most representative independent business survey of its kind in the UK. Each quarter BCC Chamber members businesses are questioned on a wide range of issues, including: home sales and orders, export sales and orders, employment prospects, investment, recruitment difficulties, cash flow, confidence and price pressures.

The QES is the first economic indicator of the quarter, published in advance of official figures and other private surveys, and it consistently mirrors trends in official data. For this reason the survey is closely watched by policymakers such as the Bank of England. Copies of the infographics summarising the key points of the British Chamber of Commerce QES report will be available for members to take away.


Date:                                     Thursday 19th April 2018


Venue:                                 Cheshire College – South & West, Danebank Avenue, Crewe, CW2 8AB

Timings :

8.00 – 8.30am                    Registration, refreshments and networking

8.30- 8.40am                      Welcome by Paul Colman CE South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce

8.40 – 8.50am                    Finance update from Cheshire East Council: Councillor Paul Bates. Portfolio Holder for Finance and Communication . Alex Thompson, Head of Finance and Performance, Cheshire East Council

8.50 – 9.00 am                   Chris Hindle, Head of Strategic Infrastructure at Cheshire East to offer an update on transport and infrastructure proposals for Crewe and Nantwich

9.00 – 9.10 am                   Facilitated Q & A by Paul Colman

9.15 – 9.25 am                   QES results overview by Paul Colman

9.30 – 10.00am                  Networking

Please note that this event is for Chamber members only, however we encourage members to bring guests. The cost for guests to attend the event is £20 (inc.VAT) Please contact Lauren Readdin ( if you would like to bring a guest.

We are grateful to our event sponsors and supporters who have made this event possible.

South Cheshire College

South Cheshire College is one of the UK's top colleges and has recently been awarded the acclaimed STEM Assured status. We offer the full range of courses including work-related training, apprenticeships, A-Levels, Higher Education, leisure and vocational courses.

Cheshire East Council

Cheshire East Council spends £730m per annum providing services in the local area.  The Council has set its medium term priorities and budget plans. These include the continuing aims to promote economic growth and support businesses.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cheshire College South and West
Danebank Avenue
Crewe, Cheshire
United Kingdom
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