About Deal and Walmer Chamber
The Chamber usually meets on the 3rd Monday of each month to conduct its business and discuss issues facing local businesses. If you wish to raise anything you feel is appropriate for the Chamber to discuss please contact us or one of the Board members directly.
The Chamber holds the occasional breakfast/lunch/evening meetings tackling subjects of interest to local business. There will usually be a guest speaker to tell attendees about regulatory, promotional or like issues. Whenever possible the meeting will be sponsored to enable refreshments to be provided. Upcoming events will be listed on the Events page.
We take responsibility for putting up the town’s Christmas lights each year. Throughout the year a small team of expert dedicated volunteers work on the infrastructure to ensure power supplies work and safety, and on November Sundays a larger team of volunteer ladder holders and light-bulb screwers hang the lights and trees in the shopping areas. The switch on ceremony at the end of November is a big event with music, celebrities and Santa. Despite the volunteer help the lights are still the Chambers biggest expense and cannot be paid for without fundraising..
The main fundraising event for the Chriatmas lights is an auction where items for sale are donated and bid for at bargain or charitable prices. If you can’t think what to give someone for Christmas you get the chance to buy something you might never have otherwise thought of.
Stranger in the Window
In the Summer to coincide with the carnival our retailers run a competition aimed at children, to spot unexpected items in shop windows for a cash prize. While the children are having fun the adults are looking in the windows at things to buy they might not otherwise have seen.
The Chamber takes a page in the East Kent Mercury each month supported by discounted advertising by members through which we keep members and the public informed about what the Chamber is doing and what is going on in the world of business.
We keep in close touch with local councils of Dover, Deal and Walmer through mutual members and by attending their meetings. Joint meetings with senior members and officers are also arranged from time to time when circumstances require it. The Chamber realises the importance of maintaining on-going links with schools and is supporting what the schools are doing for the young people of the town. These are the future customers, workers and even members of the Chamber. Also with the Regatta Association who do much for the spirits of the town and they help us to help them.
When issues of importance to business arise the Chamber makes sure the opinion of the business community is heard when decisions affecting the town are being made. This will usually be directed at the local councils but we also intervene with other agencies, on matters such as planning, policing, parking, taxes and red tape. Let us know if there is an issue affecting your business that we can support you with.
Deal & Walmer Chamber of Trade Ltd.
Registered Office 65 High Street, Deal, Kent, 2015.
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