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  • Crewe Town Council

Chamber Economic and Local Update

Cheshire East Council is starting the conversation now on proposals to balance the Council’s medium term finances and aim to engage widely with the business community and individuals. The Pre Budget Consultation sets out detailed options that can balance the medium term finances, despite reductions in government grants and increasing demand for key services. The Council are looking to discuss their proposals with members of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce. Alex Thompson, Director of Finance and Customer Services at Cheshire East Council will present the consultation and facilitate feedback from members before final budget proposals are presented to Cabinet.

The Pre-Budget Consultation document and Medium term Financial Strategy document can be found on the Council's website at:

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 British Chambers of Commerce quarterly economic survey 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.


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: Alex Thompson, Head of Finance and Performance, Cheshire East Council

8.50 – 9.00 am                   Facilitated Q & A by Paul Colman

9.00 – 9.15 am                   QES results overview by Paul Colman

9.15 – 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. 

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

Cheshire College South and West

Cheshire College South and West 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.


Friday, December 6, 2019 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Cheshire College - South & West
Dane Bank Avenue
United Kingdom
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