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Chamber Economic and Local Update

Cheshire East Council will approve its budget for 2019/20 on 21st February 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 Cheshire East Council will present the highlights from this budget and look at the medium term future for local government finances. The Medium term Financial Strategy document will be found on the Council's website at

Following member feedback we are pleased to welcome back Jez Goodman, Strategic Regeneration Manager at Cheshire East to provide an update on local regeneration projects, including Crewe Town Centre. Also Julian Cobley MD, Skills and Growth who will outline the support available to local business including assisting with skills and recruitment issues.

There will be the opportunity for delegates to ask questions of the speakers.
Members will receive 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:    Friday 5th April 2019

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

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 Jez Goodman, Strategic Regeneration Manager, Cheshire East
9.00 – 9.10 am Julian Cobley MD, Skills & Growth
9.10 – 9.20am  Q & A facilitated by Paul Colman
9.20 – 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 Daryl Williams ( if you would like to bring a guest.

The South Cheshire Chamber will place your company contact details on delegate lists to aid with networking. We will record your attendance in our database, and may share this information with external consultants as part of our necessary regulatory requirements. All of our databases are password protected and hard copies of documents are filed in a locked room, with any extraneous information from your time with us being destroyed in confidential waste. The full, updated terms and conditions can be found on our website – . You can opt out of having your data displayed at any time by emailing If you would like to talk to someone about the data we hold, please contact Jon Barnes on 01270 445409.

We are grateful to our event sponsors and supporters who have made this event possible.
Cheshire College - South & West
At Cheshire College – South & West, we pride ourselves on our ability to nurture talent and empower our learners to reach their full potential. This includes supporting local businesses to succeed and helping communities to thrive. We offer a full range of courses including work-related training, Apprenticeships, A-Levels, Higher Education 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.

The Skills & Growth Company 
The Skills & Growth Company is the Council’s arm’s length business support and skills development service; we’re here to help your business thrive. We’ll provide with you with bespoke support to help you grow, increase productivity, secure funding and, ultimately, achieve your ambitions. We can help you to navigate the ever-changing skills and employment policy landscape; and help you take a strategic approach to workforce development and recruitment. Find out more at

Friday, April 5, 2019 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cheshire College- South & West
Dane Bank Ave
United Kingdom
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