John Sewell visit and presentation
The Chair of the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade Michael Lucking welcomed
John Sewell to its monthly business meeting on Tuesday 3rd
March when John outlined his hopes and aspirations to support the
John said as a member and covenant champion for Erewash Borough
Council he is looking for ways to promote the Armed Forces, Reservists
and veterans within the community. This is not about shops or
businesses to giving discounts to anyone but for those to show they
support our Armed Forces.
There is a new veterans department in London and John has spoken to
our MP Maggie Throup through her agent about this and has been asked
to put together a briefing for Maggie to take forward to John Mercer
MP who is the Government Armed Forces Champion.
There are a number of outlets that do give discounts to members and
veterans/NANDOS, including Showcase Cinema, New Look, Lloyds Pharmacy,
Starbucks and the list goes on.
Unless you know which shops and businesses give support which is not
currently evident, but during this year John will produce 1,000 shop
stickers to be placed in their windows.
John said he would be promoting this through Erewash Borough Council,
the local press and the Internet. It is hoped that the local retailers
community will give their support.
The members agreed it was very worthwhile John exploring it further
and thank him for his presentation and gave it the approval and
support of the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade.
Photograph: Michael Lucking (left) thanks John Sewell for
Visit to English Martyrs' Catholic Voluntary Academy
On Monday 11th December the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade were
invited by teacher Jo Pettifer to see a presentation at the
English Martyrs' Catholic Voluntary Academy by their children
who had embarked on a project to redesign Derby Road for the 21st
Pete Edwards, Steve Beeley and Ray Terry were delighted to accept
the invitation and Ray gave the 45 children present a brief
overview of the Chamber of Trade activities.
Then Pete, Steve and Ray visited the many models which gave an
impressive view of their research which had included the history
of the area and their plans to make Derby Road a sustainable
transport link for the future.
Some of their ideas included solar panels, electric charging
points, a raised garden walk way into Long Eaton, bright coloured
road markings, pedestrian lights on the floor and many eco
After their walk round, Pete Edwards gave his thoughts on all
their hard work, Steve Beeley asked them questions about Long
Eaton and they all enjoyed this informative quiz.
Long Eaton Chamber of Trade
The Long Eaton Chamber of Trade held its Christmas dinner at Apple
Tree Catering on Elm Avenue on Thursday evening 7th December when
they enjoyed Christmas menu and a musical carol quiz. This
resulted with everyone joining in at the end of the evening with a
sing along. There was a prize for the best and worst!!
The Long Eaton Chamber of Trade has had another good year linking
up with the Long Eaton Carnival, a special launch of Long Eaton
"UK Centre of quality Upholstery Manufacture" support by Erewash
Borough Council, the charity stalls at the switching on the
Christmas lights and a few new members.
Long Eaton station ready for the summer
The Long Eaton
Upholstery industry, Long Eaton Chamber of Trade and East
Midlands Trains have combined to brighten up Long
Eaton Railway Station for the summer.
More importantly local resident, Ruth Stubbings, has
volunteered to be the ‘station adopter’ and will help make sure
the station is kept in good condition.
Long Eaton is the
UK Centre for Quality Upholstery Manufacture and this is
recognised by the brand logo being on display at the station.
The furniture industry, in conjunction with Long Eaton Chamber
of Trade, have arranged for the station to have flower displays as
well as the brand logo which are all now on show.
representing the upholstery industry, said that many important buyers
visit Long Eaton from around the world and the station gives them a
first impression of the town. “We
are delighted to be able to show that the town is proud of its skills
and is keen to make a good impression”.
Chairman of Long Eaton Chamber of Trade, said he was extremely pleased
that it had been possible to bring together residents who take pride
in their town with local firms and East Midlands Trains to brighten up
the station. “Few people
are aware that much of the finest upholstered furniture found in
hotels, embassies and homes around the world is manufactured in Long
Eaton”, he said.
industry employs over 2,500 people in the town and sales are at least
£250 million a year from furniture companies in the town.
For further information contact Michael Lucking on 0115 9735271.
Chamber is represented on the steering committee of the Townscape
Heritage Initiative which is scheduled to spend nearly £3m on the
buildings and public spaces in the town in the next two years. Funding
has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Derbyshire Economic
Partnership and Erewash Borough Council. It is still not too late for
businesses to apply for support for building repairs and improvements
conjunction with Ilkeston Chamber of Trade we have pressed local and
regional agencies to provide support for the Market Towns during the
recession. This has resulted in £52,000 being made available to
support businesses in Long Eaton and Ilkeston. Details of how to apply
for grant aid are to be made available in the near future. Contact
us for details.
In the last few months, the Chamber has
been heavily involved in the consultations over the "Master
Plan" for Long Eaton Town Centre that consultants have produced
Borough Council. This is an important document because future
planning applications for properties in the Town Centre will be
considered on the basis of whether they are consistent with the Master
Improvements and Artwork near Tesco
are also involved in the consultations with the Council over the
improvements to the land between Tesco Extra Superstore and Long Eaton
Town Centre. The Council has £310,000 as a result of granting
planning permission for the store and the petrol station which has to
be spent on these environmental improvements and works of art. The
Council have received a further £310,000 for this work from the
regional development agency and have engaged a well known French firm
to produce proposals. The Chamber are very concerned that this money
is spent effectively and has been invited to send a representative to
consultation meetings with the French firm, Council Officials, and
other representatives regarding this work.
part of our regular joint meetings with Ilkeston Chamber of Trade and
Officers and Councillors of Erewash
Borough Council we have supported the free car parking
available in Council Car Parks in Long Eaton up to Christmas and the
New Year. We continue to lobby the Council to stop car parking charges
throughout the year.
continue to lobby the Police
and the Council for additional staff to be made available to monitor
the CCTV cameras in the Town. At present the cameras are monitored by
volunteers who seem to have little support. Unsurprisingly the Council
and the Police
keep referring the matter to each other but we will not let the matter
now the Council have included the issue in their 2010-11 capital
Chamber has been pressing Derbyshire County Council regarding the
severe traffic problems which are discouraging trade and commerce in
the Town. This has resulted in more sophisticated pedestrian traffic
lights being installed on Derby Road and in the Town Centre. We are
continuing the search for other methods to alleviate the traffic
congestion in the Town.
have expressed concerns over the risk of damage to business premises
resulting from the changes to licensing laws. We continue to monitor
this situation and support the local enforcement officers.
year we help organise the charity stalls when Santa comes to Long
Eaton to turn on the Christmas
Lights. There are lots of people there
to greet him and the 20 Charity Stalls appear to do good business.
are also a variety of other matters that we are dealing with. These
include planning delays, pigeons and traffic policy.