Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Bangor Retail Forum lead the way!

Hi Everyone,

This will be the last Blog entry until mid November as we are carrying out essential maintenance on the website.

Nevertheless, I felt the need to say something about the recent Bangor Business Forum meeting.

It seems that the Caernarfon Chamber of Trade exists in name only (once again) and is lacking any true membership from Caernarfon businesses.

Less than 5% of businesses in the town itself are members and we seem to have yet again taken a backward step.

Having worked with this group in the past, I realise how difficult it is to get things moving.

But in that time, we were able to re-invent Caernarfon with bright and colourful Welsh Flags on shops during the summer season.

We even persuaded some shops to erect hanging baskets and Christmas trees. We also produced a brand new Caernarfon Town Guide for the first time in years. Such a shame that the work is not being continued!

The people who did nothing but complain when we last set up the organisation have done nothing themselves this year and it is so disappointing to see things going so wrong so fast.

When we relaunched the Chamber all those years ago, we decided to hold an open meeting and we invited members of Gwynedd Council, The Town Clerk and Mayor were there representing the council and Officers from North Wales Police also took part.

The meeting was very well attended and even though one or two tried to sabotage proceedings, it was a very successful and meaningful meeting where businesses could ask relevant questions to those present.

This week the Bangor Business Forum did exactly the same and it proved to be just as successful.

The Chairman had arranged for Officers of Gwynedd Council to take questions from the business sector.

You can read all about it on the website.

I applaud what they have done and only live and hope that the 'so called' Chamber in Caernarfon can do something the same.

I would guess that. like me, you are all fed up to the back teeth of the same old, same old whingers complaining of this and that and doing very little about it.

This could be the wake up call for these guys to get their act together and hopefully with Watkin Jones setting up a brand new Town Manager in the Victoria Dock complex this week.

She will be able to do something positive to help bring the business sector together.

We need the business sector to be strong and united. otherwise what is the point of a Chamber who speaks for only a half dozen or so people?

It would be good fromthem to put their cards on the table for once and show how many paid up members they represent.

Check out the full summary of the Bangor Business Forum on

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