Members need more at meetings

A MORPETH business group has been urged to provide more for its members at meetings.

Photographer Ken Stait, who has been with the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade for many years, feels that having guest speakers and providing opportunities for training can benefit enterprises across the town.

“I believe our membership want to come away from meetings feeling that they have something to take away which can move their business forward,” he said.

“Guest speakers can cover a range of topics such as visual merchandising, marketing and social networking and perhaps the wider business community could be invited along to these talks.

“We don’t do enough business between ourselves, so I think there could also be an opportunity to organise separate meetings and get togethers to give everyone the chance to know more about what their fellow members do and the services they provide.”

Fellow long-serving member Geoff Proudlock agreed that these are the kinds of activities the Chamber should be doing, but gave a word of caution.

He said: “Some of these things have been tried before, so we shouldn’t try to do too many things at once. We need to make sure that we are in a position to carry them out effectively before they are introduced.”

Group Chairman John Beynon said a lot of work is on-going behind the scenes to improve what the Chamber has to offer and these issues will be on future agendas.