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In My View… Reflecting on Changes

Friday, December 15, 2017
Having returned to CCCI in July 2017, where I originally worked from 2004 to 2015, I have found myself reflecting on the many changes during that time. When changes occur, it is very easy to talk down a city like Chichester and this is something we mustn’t do; otherwise those negative  ..

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In My View... The A27

Thursday, March 30, 2017
On 22 March, I attended a community stakeholder workshop about the A27 improvements in Chichester as a representative of the Chamber, and a local resident. It was locally organised by West Sussex County Council, hosted at Chichester College in response to the news that the proposed £28m s ..

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In My View... the demise of the independent shopkeeper

Thursday, August 04, 2016
When I first started working in Chichester around 25 years ago, one of its distinguishing and really attractive features was the number of independently owned shops in the centre of the city. There were butchers, fishmongers, green grocers, hardware stores, antique shops and more. In fact, wit ..

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In My View…the A27

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Like a slow moving juggernaut (pardon the pun), the plans for the A27 improvements are creeping ever slowly forward. If you have a business in the Chichester District, decisions being made over the next few months will impact you and potentially your customers. And it is a very hot topic  ..

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In My View… Nothing can sit still if it expects to thrive

Friday, April 17, 2015
I have been a member of Chichester Chamber of Commerce and Industry too many years to count! During this time I have seen many changes, visited places in the area I might not have done and gained invaluable support and advice. But now, it is time to step down. When I joined I didn’t know  ..

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In My View… District Council should be supporting the Business Improvement District more!

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Businesses in Chichester, as everywhere else, pay Business Rates to the local authority. The level of business rates is staggering – in many businesses it is the biggest overhead following rent and salaries. So what do businesses get for their money? Surely they get their bins empti ..

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We should shop locally, but we also need to think nationally …

Thursday, May 08, 2014
From the very basic commercial principle of supply and demand, if the demand isn’t there, the supply dries up and businesses close down – whether retail, food outlets, print companies, producers or manufacturers. The reality is that Chichester is made up of some fabulous shops.  ..

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A27? It’s about time

Thursday, March 06, 2014
It’s good to see a commitment stated in the media for a feasibility study on A27 improvements. It’s about time – but it’s not new and it’s not the first. We all know another feasibility study will show that improvements are needed. The impact of this road extends f ..

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The Importance of Tourism

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
At one time or another we’re all tourists! Whether an annual holiday, a weekend away, a day out or a business trip, when you or I take a break, we’re contributing to the ‘visitor economy’. The tourism industry is the country’s third largest employer, employing i ..

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