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    Minutes Executive Committee 9th July 2014

    Minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held 9th July 2014 at The Angel Hotel following the 2014 AGM.

    Present: Parminder Birdi, Maria Hughes, Gerry McManus, Brian Wall, Brian Dormer, Trevor Day, Craig Woodall, Jayson Smith & Jonathan Meredith.

    Apologies: Maxine Howe, Mark Lewis, Christine Jackson, Stephanie Kerr, James da Costa, David Butler & PC Mann.

    Welcome: the chairman welcomed Jayson Smith of Stagecoach on to the executive. Jayson is deputising for Craig Woodall whilst he has been seconded to Nuneaton.

    Co-option – James da Costa was co-opted onto the executive as Warwick University student representative.

    Minutes of last meeting

    The minutes of the meeting held 11th June 2014 were approved.

    Matters arising

    Chamber newsletter and website – progress is slow due to Jonathan’s other pressures of work for which he apologised. He said he would be asking Maxine for assistance.

    Reports on recent and ongoing matters

    • Severn Trent works – Brian D said that work had progressed well with Radford Road scheduled to reopen 10th July.
    • Development sites – Parminder said that he’d attended the WDC Business Focus Group formed to discuss any faults in the planning department. A C Lloyd had set out proposals for the town centre some of which conflicts with WDC plans for the Clarendon Arcade. It was emphasised again that Royal Priors should not be duplicated by any new development.

    Warwick University/students’ report

    • In James’s absence his paper on firm sponsorship for university societies was discussed. It was agreed that the sponsor had to get some benefit from the cash input and it was suggested James also look at The Coventry Chamber which had more business members. Jonathan said that the newsletter could include the opportunities.
    • Fresher’s week was thought to be the second week in October and Gerry said that Royal Priors would be having a lock-in at some stage and that Maria and BID are co-ordinating efforts to make all traders aware of opportunities for student sales. It was noted, however, that such action had not been successful in getting traders to open outside normal hours in previous years.


    Jonathan said that he had received a photograph of the signing by chairs of the joint chambers and had requested details from Karen Heap of The Coventry Chamber as to where publicity was to be given.

    Chairman/Vice chairman

    Joint chamber meeting – Gerry said that he would shortly be meeting with Jo Bacconet and David Butler on town centre issues. Bill Hunt will be taking the initiative as a whole as agreed at the joint meeting. Maria will join them. WDC had commissioned an update to the Retail Study which Parminder said was a large document and should be discussed at the next meeting.

    Other reports

    • WDC – nothing further
    • BID – Gerry said that he had met The Coventry Chamber representative of small business and that it could be a good idea to ask her to attend an executive meeting.
    • Police – it was noted that crime prevention was deemed to be part of the town centre manager’s brief and to liaise with the police on such matters.

    Treasurer’s report

    Trevor said that bank balances stood at £7k and all subs invoiced had been done. Jonathan requested consideration be given to updating The Chamber computer.

    Secretary’s report

    • Hawkins Property were accepted as members. It was reported that Specsavers may also join.
    • Nothing further to report


    Royal Priors, Regent Court, Burgis & Bullock and Wright Hassall were thanked for their sponsoring the bowls tournament.

    There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

    Date of next meeting 10th September, venue The Star & Garter


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