TRADERS are teaming up to share tips and tackle concerns together and are calling on others to get involved.
The Stanmore Society held a meeting on Wednesday last week where the idea was forwarded that a chamber of trade should be established for Stanmore in an effort to boost local business coordination in tough times.
More than 20 Stanmore business leaders expressed a keen interest, and a meeting is being organised for July 24 to bring together more local traders who wish to get involved.
Dharmesh Shah, 44, manager of Natural Health Options, The Broadway, Stanmore, thinks it is a great idea.
He said: “By establishing a chamber of trade we can coordinate better with each other. Obviously we are in business here and it has never been harder or tougher for traders than it is now, but through this we can tackle all kinds of issues together like getting Christmas lights sorted out together, because the council do not do those kinds of things for us.
“Even things like sharing any ideas on efficiency savings, water, electricity, safety and security – they all matter.”
The Carphone Warehouse, which used to be situated nearby to Mr Shah’s store, closed recently due to a series of break-ins, but it is hoped that by establishing the chamber of trade, businesses can come together in Stanmore in solidarity to tackle the issues that matter to them, alongside contributing to community cohesion.
“Stanmore is a multi-faith community,” Mr Shah added. “We have Jewish, Indian and Islamic groups all working together so this will be important in bringing us together and sharing some ideas.”
The venue from the meeting on July 24 is yet to be confirmed.
n If you are a local business owner and want to get involved, contact Denise McLernon of the Stanmore Society on 07977 929 281.