Addenda to the September Newsletter

Haines Watts

They inform me that the URL for their Future of Work Event on Wednesday 16th October at Pendley Manor Hotel is:


Jane O’Gorman asks that you contact them re. all your recruitment requirements. They have professionals available across all sectors and functions such as:

  • Finance Managers
  • Digital Marketers
  • Sales Executives
  • HR Expertise

They have a special discount offer of 10% to all BDCC members. Please contact Jane on 07854 055698 or E Mail


Dear Members,

August was a quiet month for business until the last couple of days with the challenge of a possible no deal Brexit. However, in line with the Chamber of Commerce head office, the Berkhamsted Chamber is looking for a sensible solution to our political scenario, so that we can all operate in a known environment and grow, generating more wealth for ourselves and our community.


Dee Fagg – 3D-VA

Maylands Business Centre, Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP2 7ES

Tel: 07549 900447


A virtual assistant working with customers on customer engagement, process efficiency and data analysis, specialising in Microsoft Documents

Charlotte Andrews – Bills

163-165 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 3HB

Tel: 01442 862560


Bills is a beautiful restaurant at the heart of the town and is open all day and into the night. It is well-known for its legendary breakfasts, veg centric lunches and a la carte dinners. They have two private rooms as well as a secret garden, which is a sun trap, and can cater for any type of function.

Charlotte Jackson – The Home Office

Pennyroyal Court, Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY

Tel: 01442 910410


If you are looking for hot desks, co-workspace or private offices in Tring, these are great facilities in stunning surroundings. Cut your commute and join their growing community of professionals and boost your productivity.

Nick Tancell – Wirefr3 Radio Communications Ltd

121 High Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2DJ

Tel: 01442 864867


They deliver bespoke radio communications solutions across the UK servicing a variety of business sectors including NHS Trusts, hotels, education, construction, distribution and warehousing and security providers. Purchase and short/long term rental options are available. They have the experience and knowledge to help you make an informed decision whether a simple purchase, or the implementation of a complex system, Wirefr3 are here to support you.


In conjunction with Berkhamsted Council we sent out a survey asking for your opinions and information about the new car park. There were 17 replies, mostly from the High Street and surrounding area. We discovered a large demand, about 90 spaces, but obviously dependant on price. Most of you also wanted the ability to designate spaces by your business name and dependant on whether you were retail or not, parking from Monday to Friday. These results are being collated by the Council and presented to Dacorum. As I get more information it will be communicated to you all.


The next breakfast meeting is on Wednesday 18th September 7.15 AM to 10.00 AM at the Berkhamsted Cricket Club. Price for members £15 and non-members £20. We do state that this is “Dacorum’s only champagne networking breakfast”. The guest speaker is Lindsey Simpson from Spark Team Communications and her talk is entitled “Getting the best from yourself and others – The 5 Voices”. For those of you who have not been before to the breakfast meetings. We do allow ample time to network, you can sit where you wish and can make a 30 second presentation about your business. Dress is informal. Please apply for tickets on our website which is

We had a lunch meeting at the Highwayman on Tuesday August 20th and were pleased that 23 attended. This is a very informal networking event. The next lunch is booked for Tuesday 29th October and is 12.30 PM to 1.00PM. The Highwayman is on the High Street in Berkhamsted.


We would like to encourage members to offer services and/or products to others possibly with a special price attached. Although Berkhamsted is a wealthy town, it is true that there is some movement in the High Street, and more premises are lying vacant for a longer period than was the case. It is sad to see the demise of another independent trader in the Berkeley Gallery and Wine Bar in Lower King’s Road on the 9th July. We just believe that we should support our High Street businesses.

If anyone wishes to join a business to business market please contact Pete Elsworth on

Bill’s, 163-165 High Street, have two private rooms which are available for members, to hold meetings, have dining and/or social functions. The rooms sit 12 and 15 people comfortably. They are FREE to members, but Bill’s ask that you spend about £25 on food and drink whilst you are there. The rooms are available all day.

Bill’s have also told me that they have a full Christmas menu this year and are accepting bookings from the 19th November to 31st December. This menu caters for all tastes, with a good selection of starter, mains and desserts, and their own special Irish Whisky Cream Liqueur to finish.

Please contact their General Manager Charlotte Andrews on or ring 01442 862560, for rooms and Christmas.



This year Berkofest will be held at Ashlyns Hall Estate Chesham Road Berkhamsted HP4 2ST. If bought in advance tickets are £10, (£15 on the day) and family tickets are £25 visit Robin Ince will be hosting, and the acts include Shane Lamont & the Warriors of Light, Zero Degrees, Berkhamsted Big Band and Planet Funk. There is also family comedy and a creative zone for kids. The date is Saturday 7th September and it goes from 11.30 AM to 7.00 PM.


They are running two business seminars in the early Autumn.

The first one is on Friday 6th September and it is at The Gateway, Gatehouse Road Aylesbury HP19 8FF. It runs from 8.45AM to 10.15 AM. Tees, coffees and free pastries will be provided and there is also free parking on site. The subject is “Six Steps to Business Happiness” and is being run by their Strategy Advisors, and they will walk you through the key areas they believe you need to consider in running your business. There is a registration link –

The second one is on Wednesday 16th October and is at the Pendley Manor Hotel, Cow Lane, Tring HP23 5QY it runs from 9.00AM to 10.30 AM and is entitled “Future of Work Events”. It will be looking at the future of work in the 21st century with key issues including technology changes, social dynamics and collapse of trust. There are two experts in this field joining the Haines Watts team and they are Bryan Wright, founder of Yellow Yoyo and Rachel Dempers, founder of Rachel Dempers Ltd. The registration link is Tea, coffees and pastries will be provided.


On Saturday 9th November at St Michael’s Manor Hotel, Fishpool Street St Albans, they are holding a charity event called the Final Feast a Knight of treachery, murder and mystery. Tickets, which include a drink on arrival, 3 course dinner, entertainment and an auction cost £55 each or £500 for a table of 10. All proceeds go to Home Start who support local families facing tough times. Please contact Suzy Moody on


Peter Jones is walking the London Outer Orbital Path in aid of the Watford Workshop, he is the chairperson, in memory of his partner De who died suddenly. The Watford Workshop employs about 80 staff with a range of disabilities. And also provides training in everyday management for more severely disabled people. If you would like to donate please contact https://uk.virginmoneygiving,com/WatfordWorkshop.


On Saturday 19th October they are holding a Travel Fayre at Berkhamsted Town Hall 196 High Street HP4 3AP in the Clock Room 9.00AM to 1.00PM. They have over 20 agents attending including Cox and Kings, Emerald Waterways, Saga, Jet-Set, Olympic, and Great Rail. It gives you the opportunity to meet the operators in person and ask any questions you want. The event is free but is you need any further information please contact Angela Visciano at



2020 has been designated as the Hertfordshire Year of Culture, known also as HYOC2020, and is to showcase Hertfordshire as a county of creative and cultural opportunity. The campaign is being led by the Hertfordshire Association of Cultural Officers (HACO) and they have identified 5 broad objectives for the year.

  • Celebrate, share and explore our arts, culture and heritage
  • Enable access and participation of the arts etc for new audiences
  • Increase wellbeing and a sense of belonging
  • Showcase ways to education, enjoyment and employment
  • Create new partnerships in the arts, culture and heritage

If you want to find out more, visit the Hertfordshire web site.

Finally, as always, if you wish to participate more fully in Chamber activities and see what we are planning, anyone can attend a committee meeting. Please contact if you are interested.

Best Regards

Pete Elsworth – Chair