Business in Action Meeting 7th January 2009
Caroline Sellers (Ethel Austin)
Malcolm Chalk (WWSM)
Tracey Holroyd (Old Lodge)
Denys Townsend (Linton Pet Shop)
Statements in order of discussion
CS Can we get the Gazette and Herald on board to promote the buy it local scheme, and promote business in Malton and Norton?
JC I suggest a more open meeting. Encourage people to come who don't normally. To ask businesses what they want, and then work on ideas
MC What about free membership in case it’s the joining fee that’s putting people off?
DT But payment brings ownership, even if it’s £10 p.a.
MC Originally BiA was well supported. What went wrong?
DT I have done a rough leaflet to hand out with info and a request to join us, and cheap subs
JC Do we need the money? Have spending plans?
DT Not really
JC Then why charge subs?
MC We need members more
CS Head offices of big businesses wont pay
MC People would pay £1
MC We need new names. It’s the same ones all the time. I’d like everyone to take turns doing stuff
DT So– I’ll do a leaflet
JC Would people give of their time? David Charlton, for example?
CS I think he would
MC It would strengthen our organisation
DT We need a letter inviting all businesses to a specific meeting. Evening is better
JC What can we say to encourage people to turn up? Can the meeting be March? With a buffet maybe?
DT OK– onto 2009
CS What about events?
MC I’d like to coordinate the Continental market with Dickens event
PA, Denys, why don't you approach Lindsay Burrre speaking to Thrive?
DT We need to chat to Thrive and see if we can work for the common good. Di Keal could be the person to speak to.
PA We should all work together
JC When I moved to Malton I entered a competition to find objects in a shop that didn't belong. It made me go into shops that I wouldn't normally have gone into. Could we do this again?
DT Participants would be easy to get. It was self financing– there were adverts on the back of the quiz sheet
CS Could we do this at Easter?
DT Yes– see Sylvia and Helen
CS Will do
CS Could we get Flamingo Land on board?
TH What about Eden Camp?
DT We need to use the Promotions plan
CS Can we get Buskers into town? And what’s happening with the Market? Is there a new lease?
DT Yes, the council is doing a questionnaire asking for observations. I’m going to suggest that they compact the stalls. Roddy Bushell is researching running the Market with a view to possible taking over on 1st April
CS It needs massive promotion
DT The town needs the Market, so if nothing’s done I suggest we go to the papers
MC Can you look at the Norton map and say if there are any corrections needed
DT Lindsey Burr has been awarded and MBE! Congratulations to her. I think we should send a letter of congratulations, and also a letter of thanks to the Lights committee.
DT Morrisons are to extend their store. I believe that it could reduce business to the High Street. However it could also scupper the plans for Wentworth Street
PA You need to see an impact study
JC Morrisons say it will be good for the town, but in other towns it’s had a disastrous effect!
DT We (BiA) will contribute if asked, and Roddy may well have an opinion
Next meeting 4th February, 6pm, Old Lodge.
AGM 4th March, 6pm at The Old Lodge.
|Business In Action 2009 Calendar|
|April 10, 11, 12 and 13th||Easter Bonanza||Finding hidden objects in shops plus lots more Caroline to see Sylvia and Helen||Caroline Sellers|
|May 25th—30th||Blue Cross Week||Shops will display blue stickers on goods for sale at reduced prices||Hopefully everyone!|
|June the ??? Friday and Saturday, Malton Show Sunday||Continental Market Malton Show Sunday||The continental Market will add interest to the show weekend|
|July the ???||Art Explosion||An art display PA will speak to Alan Jones to see if he’s up for it||Paul Andrews|
|August 2nd||Yorkshire Day||A celebration of Yorkshire. A big civic event, with possibility of a Town Crier competition and a ‘Yorkshire’s Got Talent’ competition DT to talk with David Jackson||Denys Townsend|
|September 20th||Motor Show Malton Past and Present||Motor show in the Market Place DT, plus 3-4 motoring people to get things going.||Denys Townsend|
|October||Halloween Ghost Walk An afternoon walk for kids, and an evening one for Possibly York Uni student actors. adults||TH to research||Tracey Holroyd|
|November 15th ish to Mid||The North of England Association Brass Weekend Malton Fair||Group to find out what they want. Pie stall? Ice creams?|
|November the ???||Light Switch on||Caroline Sellers and Denys Townsend|
|Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th December 2009||Dickens Festival||Continental market, Readings, Costumes, Films, and ? a musical||Malcolm Chalk|