St Austell Chamber event success

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The St Austell Bay Chamber of Commerce held the first of what it hopes will be a series of successful breakfast networking events on Friday (August 21).

More than 40 business people attended the ‘Crunchy Breakfasts’ event, held at the information centre of the Carlyon Beach development, with local MP Steve Double as guest speaker.

Double updated the room on the Government’s progress towards enabling business to grow and thrive, and highlighted the Conservatives’ commitment to Cornwall.

The meeting sparked ‘crunchy’ questions on rail and air links, agriculture and business rate reforms to which the MP gave direct and informative answers.

Jacky Swain of Commercial Estates Group, who hosted the meeting, said: “St Austell Bay Chamber has been growing from strength to strength. We’ve accrued 95 new or renewed members since March 2014 and we have established good working links with Cornwall Chamber.

“A strong Chamber as the authentic voice for business in our area is a significant step forward and having our new MP in the room listening directly to questions put to him by the business community is a signal of how improving communication and co-operation between local businesses is what will make the difference for St Austell.”

The Chamber’s Crunchy Breakfasts event was a first of its kind and have come about as a direct response to a recent questionnaire.

Chamber committee member, Jessica Milln, explained: “Business people overwhelming said they wanted more networking and referral opportunities from their chamber.

“So the Chamber has responded with new initiatives to add more networking events with excellent speakers. The aim is to bring together the business community through sociable and informative meetings that people won’t want to miss.”