Chichester Chamber Blog
In my view: We can all be a great support to one another!
We at CCCI held a very interesting and interactive lunch earlier in the year with our MP Gillian Keegan. One of the discussion points was over the lack of support for people in the first year of business or at the start-up stage of a business. Although it was acknowledged that there is some support out there with the National Helpline and here in Chichester with our own Enterprise Centre, it was felt that more needed to be done to encourage and connect start-up businesses in their crucial first steps. This is something that we at CCCI are taking on board and have subsequently started up a working group to help tackle the situation within our own organisation.
That same week I was asked to attend an event at one of our most valued and engaging members “Q Hair & Beauty”. Managing Director Dawn Lawrence has spotted a gap within another part of society, that of loneliness. Dawn has set up a weekly “Coffee Club” at their hair salon in North Street Chichester, to bring people together who are lonely for whatever reason and would like to chat to likeminded people over a free cup of coffee and croissant.
Our own “Drop in for Drinks” is proving successful too. We recognise that Chichester can be somewhat quiet on leaving work and we thought it would be good to get everyone together, members and non-members, to have an informal chat and get-together over an afterwork drink.
The message I am receiving is that people want to interact more face to face. All too often we are stuck behind a computer or involved in social media updates. We see people with eyes down, looking at their mobiles, not aware of others around them. Let’s connect with all these groups and ideas and interact with people eye to eye. In my view, we can all be a great support to one another with our experience, thoughts and often can provide solutions to problems.
Julie Harrison, CEO (Shared Role) of Chichester Chamber of Commerce & Industry