Present (at The Railway Inn):

Richard Harrison (Chair)

Andrew Niekirk (Vice Chair) – Eagle Media

John Ashley-Smith – Framlingham Town Council/Suffolk Punch Construction Ltd

Gary Kitching – Framlingham Town Council

Kelvin Gibbs – Charnwood Milling

Elizabeth Jones – FBA Admin

Jacqueline Ward – FBA Admin

 

Apologies:

Bill Bulstode – Bulstrodes

Karen Haynes – Bulstrodes

Richard Whittaker – Round House

Nicola Warner – Carley’s Yard

Dan Wood – Framlingham College

Colin Farrand – Succeed in Spain Ltd

Jenny Stockman – Suffolk Coastal Business/ Fresh Aspirations Forum

Donna Stockley – Glemham Hall

Sarah Lindsey – Practice Manager, Framlingham Medical Practice

 

5.30pm until 6.00pm – Social

Brief introduction by RH, welcoming the incoming FBA administrator Jacqueline Ward and explaining about this new way to run FBA meetings.

The format to include a 30-minute social followed by the main meeting. Future opportunity for any FBA member to sponsor the social element, which would then include a 5-minute slot where sponsor talks about their business. Please note that the FBA minutes go to all members, as well as local journalists, who can pick up on any business message from the slot.

 

6.00pm FBA business.

 

  1. Attendees

As above.

  1. Apologies

As above.

  1. Minutes from the previous meeting.

      The minutes from the 18th May 2015 meeting were approved and signed off by Gary Kitching.

  1. FBA membership of “The Suffolk Coast”

   FBA membership of The Suffolk Coast Ltd Destination Management Organisation (DMO) was

discussed. This is a company limited by guarantee, formed in 2012, with the purpose of promoting the Suffolk Coast as a visitor destination. It fills the gap left by Tourist Info Centresgovernment cuts to tourism promotion.

FBA has joined because it offers us the chance to promote FBA events and activities, and to apply for grants for them too (as long as they help promote tourism in some way). RH has already applied for a grant for SausageFest 2015.

The Suffolk Coast website has a section on Framlingham, plus general articles, where people  can find out about Things to Do, What’s on, Places to Stay, and Food and Drink. Please see http://www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/articles/

FBA members wishing to contribute to these pages should contact Richard at:

chair@framlinghambusiness.co.uk

 

  1. Framlingham Town Council (Report by Gary Kitching)

Elections

Framlingham Town Council had an uncontested election, the new council met for the first time on 14th May, electing Cllr Carolyn Youngs as Chairman, Cllr Stephanie Bennell as Vice Chairman and Cllr John Jones as Finance Chairman. One further member co-opted at the 4th June meeting to bring numbers up to full capacity of 11.

Further information can be found on www.framlingham.com

Annual Newsletter 2014/15

Delayed by the election, to be delivered to each household this month, copies also available from TC office.

Speed Indicator Device (S.I.D.)

Purchased by Framlingham Town Council, this new device is being erected on the newly installed posts in Badingham Road, Saxmundham Road, Saxtead Road and Station  Road.  S.I.D. will be moved between these locations, with a ‘Kill your Speed’  notice in place at the other locations in between times. It is hoped that the signs will act both as a deterrent and as a source of data to identify speeding hot spots, enabling  the Police to take further action.

Cemetery Gates and Flower Tubs

The cemetery gates have been repainted, the flower tubs and War Memorial Garden in the town all planted up with summer bedding plants.

The Queen’s Garden Party

Cllr Carolyn Youngs and her husband Trevor were delighted to attend the Queen’s Garden Party at the end of May.

  Lighting in Queens Head Alley

The plan to install lighting is progressing.

  1. “Friendly Fram” signs and flower tubs.

 The “Friendly Fram” signs have generated publicity in the EADT.  John Ashley-Smith asked if Radio Suffolk would also be a suitable candidate for contacting.  The signs are working well; a revised version is being produced for Framlingham Town Council Offices.

RH applied to SCC for licenses for the tubs, but all 4 locations were refused for health and safety reasons.

RH now to approach private landowners – Barclays Bank regarding the ledge outside their building, Sarah Cole’s jewellers regarding the small outside courtyard off Market Hill, and the owner of the space alongside the sweet shop wall (room for 2 tubs) opposite the bus stop.

  1. Suffolk Coast Business.

Project co-ordinator Jan Wright has resigned, so now SCB has two vacancies for the part-time positions of Project Administrator and Admin Assistant.  The jobs could be combined into one role if the right candidate comes along.  Applications and full job spec to Jenny Stockman – chair@suffolkcoastbusiness.co.uk

Deadline for applications extended to 19th June.

SCB has put in a revenue grant application to SCDC to pay for event management workshops open to all and geared specifically to community event management. The grant would also cover the compilation of a reference manual to be used by anyone co-ordinating a community event.

Date for the next Suffolk Coast Business Event is 23rd March 2016, venue to be announced – please save the date. It will have a similar theme to this year’s event: Routes to Market.

  1. FBA AGM on Friday 17th July 2015 5.30pm for 6.00pm start at Fram Farmers.

Posters for display on windows, notice-boards etc distributed to those attending – FBA members and the public are invited.

RH and JW will distribute remaining posters to members in the town centre – if you’re outside of this area and/or don’t get one but would like to help publicise the event to staff and public, please email Jacque;line at: admin@framlinghambusiness.co.uk

Kelvin Gibbs offered to get to the venue early to help people find their way to the board room that we’ll be using. It would be helpful to have one or two additional volunteers for this purpose.

RH explained the keynote speech will be by Dr David Hall, CEO of The Ideas Centre. He will talk about applying creative thinking to business problems, and creating more revenue opportunities and improved communications.

RH also highlighted some upcoming free “Introduction to Creativity and Innovation” workshops by Alex Menhams, partner at The Ideas Centre. Venue for 1st July is Suffolk Chamber of Commerce offices, Felaw Maltings, Ipswich, IP2 8SQ. Also at Colchester on 2nd July and Bury St Edmunds on 8th July. Booking via Mae Walsh on 0844 556 4346 or m.walsh@ideascentregroup.com.

  1. A.O.B.

 TV screen/interactive information point

There was discussion about the possibility of having an interactive screen on Market Hill to give the public information about businesses across the whole town and not just in the centre.

Andrew Niekirk to look into the possibility of using the phone box, which already has phone line, power, is weatherproof and central but might require security such as CCTV.

Discussion of other marketing and PR possibilities for FBA members included: longer opening hours; use of hand-out flyers, sandwich boards or a town crier.

Food Standards Agency (FSA)

It has been reported to FBA that a member of the public had been disappointed when looking at the FSA website to see a number of food-related establishments in Framlingham with a rating of 1 or 2 (when the maximum is 5).

RH had checked the website and noted that most of these entries were not FBA members. He also noted that the many members who are listed, including The Railway Inn, have a 5 rating.

It is a challenge to attain and retain a high rating and it was felt that everyone in the town was working hard to achieve the best possible rating. This is a timely reminder that some people do look at the FSA website when choosing a place to eat and/or drink.

The Detectorists

After the BAFTA success of this series, production company Channel X is returning to Fram (from the end of June into early August) to make a new series. The firm need drivers aged 25 plus and HGV drivers for paid work, plus people of any age to do some work experience for free.

If interested, please get in touch with Jenny Stockman (jenny@t-centre.co.uk or 07773 328495).

MENTA Trade Fair

This business support exhibition will be held between 12pm and 6pm at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on 30th September 2015.

SausageFest 2015 (October 10th)

Two Sausage categories this year – best Winter Sizzler and best Gluten Free, to be judged separately and with separate awards.

Initial flyers have been distributed at the Suffolk Show and to Jimmy’s Farm.

Ufford Park has agreed to place an ad and to provide an overnight stay with SausageFest tickets as prize for EADT competition. Looking for further prizes for social media competitions and for fund raising activities at venues – please contact Jenny Stockman for more info.  (jenny@t-centre.co.uk or 07773 328495).

Looking for venue to host the awards at 5.30pm on the day – again, please contact Jenny if you’d like your venue to be considered.

Looking to fill all the advertising space on the printed programme – an A5 booklet with plenty of space to showcase local businesses and make some offers to get footfall to their door. If you’d like to advertise and reach up to 5000 people (estimated attendance), please let Jenny know.

Fab Fram Christmas

Provisional date 13th December for Fab Fram event, TC’s Charity Market scheduled for 6th December and turning on of the Christmas Lights ear-marked for 27th November.

Discussion about the need for 3 events and whether the turning on of the lights could be combined with the shopping evening (and re-scheduled for December 4th.. An additional benefit would be to focus all Xmas-related activities into the one weekend). The evening could start with choirs etc and official lighting of the tree, followed by entertainment, children’s activities such as Santa’s grotto and sleigh rides, plus commercial stalls offering food, drinks and gifts.

RH to research viability of this idea and liaise with TC, Rev’d Mark Sanders and others. It was suggested that some of the non-commercial participants of the FBA Fab Christmas market could take part in the Charity Market instead, so that they’re not asked to stretch their resources over two events.

Charges for the Christmas trees were discussed. Bill Bulstode had received a quote from Elveden (last year’s supplier for the main tree) for £1050 ex VAT for a 30ft ready trimmed tree, and £9.35 ex VAT each for 80 to 90 small trees. Last year’s small trees were sourced more locally (for less money each), but had involved Bill and Karen doing a lot of trimming to fit the trees into the fixings. Bill and Karen have also reported their concern to RH about the time taken to first dress and then mount the trees around town.

RH to research alternative suppliers for all trees, and to ask the Clows (window cleaners) for an estimate for putting the smaller trees in place. RH also to research funding for main tree costs.

Discussion about adding the cost of the trees to the annual subs of those who have a small tree, as last year charging separately had led to much additional administrative time and cost.

Next Meeting

This is the AGM on 17th July, 5.30pm for 6.00pm at Fram Farmers.