Business world is offered a one-night licence to thrills

From left, St John Dickson, Richard Shepherd and Michael Dale

From left, St John Dickson, Richard Shepherd and Michael Dale Buy this photo

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

FROM Wantage with Love – business leaders have been invited to a James Bond-style private party and casino.

The black-tie networking event at The Beacon is being organised by Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce.

Special guests will include Wantage MP Ed Vaizey, minister of state for culture and digital industries, and James Cameron, founder and director of Challow’s Mission Motorsport, the nominated charity for the evening.

For a £25 ticket, guests will be given a canape and cocktail on arrival.

Chairman Michael Dale, who runs Umami Deli in Wantage, said he wanted to inject new life into the organisation and revitalise Wantage business.

He said: “It’s going to be the biggest thing for business and commerce in the Vale of White Horse.

“We have sent invitations to every business we can think of in Wantage and the surrounding area.

“Some businesses have already booked a table to themselves.”

The business bash on Friday, September 26, is expected to attract 150 people and will feature a charity casino.

Mission Motorsport helps former soliders rehabilitate physically and mentally by racing cars.

Mr Dale said: “We want to relaunch the chamber because there is a lot that people can do. A lot of interesting things happen but only if people join in.

Related links

“We want to do more with the chamber of commerce.

“There are a lot of things happening in Wantage and the surrounding area we can help people with.”

One example, he said, was that chamber president Gurmukh Randhawa is leading a business steering group on the Wantage Neighbourhood Plan committee.

Wantage Town Council is leading the creation of the plan which will outline how the town should develop over coming decades.

Mr Dale added: “We have put together a proposal to maintain the centre of town for commercial interests rather than residential use. We want to get the entire neighbourhood fighting things like the care home plan for Wantage Police Station.”

Thames Valley Police is hoping to sell the former police station and Wantage Magistrates’ Court on Church Street to a care home developer.

Wantage and District Chamber of Commerce currently has 60 business members and meets once a month.

Mr Dale added: “Our primary purpose is to act as a group where people in business can talk about issues but also act as a pressure group to district and county councils.”

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Latest Business news:

Vinegar producer's taste triumph

Oxford Mail:

11:30am Monday 15th September 2014

A vinegar producer has been given an award for using traditional flavours and characteristics.

Breweries make Good Beer Guide

Oxford Mail: Real ale lovers head to Scarborough

8:40am Saturday 13th September 2014

TWO North Oxfordshire breweries are among new entries in this year’s Good Beer Guide.

Downton stars big fans of Bampton butchers’ bangers

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 13th September 2014

PRIZE-WINNING bangers made by a village butchers have taken on a whole new level of fame after being endorsed by Downton Abbey stars.

Brewery project to reveal its history

Oxford Mail:

10:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

A HISTORIC brewery will encourage visitors to see how beer was traditionally made after restoring a Grade II-listed chimney in a £200,000 project.

Traders’ market celebrates its seventh year

Oxford Mail:

10:00am Friday 12th September 2014

WITH the harvest season in full swing, one market will celebrate its seventh birthday this Saturday.

Business Minister praises Oxford Launchpad

Oxford Mail:

2:00pm Thursday 11th September 2014

BUSINESS Minister Matthew Hancock has praised the Said Business School’s new Oxford Launchpad for leading the way in fostering an entrepreneurial culture.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree