Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has hosted the inaugural Cheltenham @ Parliament event. The event, organised in conjunction with Business Forums Ltd, provided a showcase of the breadth of talent and expertise in the Cheltenham area.
The event attracted over 150 attendees, including Ministers, MPs, and members of the House of Lords.
Alex Chalk said: “Cheltenham is a wonderful place to live and work. We have a fantastic range and scope of businesses. But we’re in competition with regions of the economic size and clout of the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ and 'Midlands Engine'. That’s why I want to identify every opportunity to promote our town.
“I was delighted by the turnout at our first Cheltenham @Parliament event. These organisations are part of the lifeblood of our town. By supporting and promoting their offer on the national stage, I want to secure the jobs of the future and the excellent public services that are built on them."
In the week after the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, attendees were able to hear from Cheltenham Racecourse and meet representatives of the Jockey Club.
The event attracted a large number of local businesses, organisations and education providers such as the aircraft engineering suppliers GE Aviation, the heating solution firm ADEY (which has supplied over 3 million homes across Europe), and Brewin Dolphin, sponsors of the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and one of the largest British investment management and financial planning firms with 39 offices across the country.
The university admissions service UCAS were in attendance to offer advice on this year’s admissions process, as were The National Star College, the country’s leading specialist further education college for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and associated learning difficulties.
Cheltenham-based Sibling Distillery were offering tasters of their award-winning gin for those feeling adventurous!