Welcome to the Stroud Chamber of Trade.
We are an organisation of individuals and companies trading in Stroud town centre and the surrounding district. From sole traders to limited companies, both retail and commercial - we work together.
For business advice, links, opinion and campaigns regarding the current Covid-19 crisis, please visit our dedicated Coronavirus page.
The Chamber is receiving a high number of enquiries and requests for advice in relation to our current health crisis and what the updates from the Government mean for them and their businesses. Stroud Chamber of Trade have made the decision to offer its advice and resources to all during this crisis (regardless of membership status), as the prosperity of every business has an impact on our business commmunity; a model we hope other Chambers may follow in these unprecedented times. Our Coronavirus section covers helpful links, news, opinion and information to help inform, encourage and support.
In the grip of the COVID-19 threat, Stroud businesses are adapting to serve the changing needs of their customers. Restaurants are offering take-away, businesses introducing new, local delivery services and phone-and-collect and click-and-collect to save you time and minimise queuing. These businesses are going the extra mile, many offering to deliver efficiently to those who need to remain isolated and assist social distancing during this crisis.
We have produced a basic directory to help you identify them and the services they are offering.
Please help Stroud District Council understand a temporary suspension of Car Park charges will help our town and make a difference.
Please sign our petition: http://chng.it/mt6PP5Sj5j
Don't give up chocolate, beer or bread this year, give up buying something online or at a supermarket and shop #LOCAL4LENT! Stroud Fiver Fest already taught us the benefits of spending just £5 more per week can have on our local economy and community, Stroud Local for Lent strengthens this message with a recommendation that you could switch from shopping for an item or two out of town and bolster our local economy at the same time. This campaign, which runs until 9th April, is being promoted through our InStroud initiative. Read more here.
Stroud Fiver Fest is now half way through and it's been positive for many businesses and customers alike, despite two storms hitting the area within the first week. With 57 businesses now on board, it's never been easier to spend £5 in your local independent businesses. The Stroud Fiver Fest map has been popular, as it was last year, with over 100 downloads across our sites and social media.
Stroud Fiver Fest has the £5 offers registered from 53 businesses as the deadline is reached for applicants to be included in the primary marketing activities. Work on creating the "around our town" and map has now started!
Read more here
The February Stroud Fiver Fest runs 15th - 29th February 2020 and with 2 weeks still to go before it starts we already have 42 businesses registered to take part. The event, lead sponsored by WSP Solicitors, looks set to be even better than the last.
Read more here
The 2nd Stroud Fiver Fest has the backing of WSP Solicitors of 3-7 Rowcroft, Stroud - a well-respected business with a strong history in our town and surrounding area.
Read more here.
With Fiver Fest starting tomorrow we have reached an amazing 35 businesses working together to support Stroud Fiver Fest! We've updated the map to a second edition with all 35 listed. Can you find them all? We'd love you to try!
Wow! The first Stroud Fiver Fest has 33 participants all around town! You will find our distinctive orange posters in their windows and use our handy map to plan your route to see them all :)
In just two weeks the first Stroud Fiver Fest has already attracted 25 independent businesses in town and more are likely to join in too. To learn more here.
In June we conducted a survey to better understand the parking patterns and motivations of those who visit Stroud town centre to shop or work. We now know which car parks were identified as the favourites, which were least favourites and what the respondents have to say about the state of our local bus services. To learn more read about our report.
We have long been blighted by graffiti appearing in our town, but this has increased significantly in recent days. In response to this rise, and following an interview with the Stroud News and Journal, read what we have to say (and what we are doing) here.
Following the sad news that another long-established shop has closed in Stroud, The Citizen asked for our reaction. Read our response here.
Just three months on from the publishing of our 2018 focus survey, our Committee has been hard at work meeting with authorities, negotiating plans and communicating with both businesses and the public. Read our report here.
Our members reported to the Committee that their customers were being aggravated by face-to-face fundraisers in town, who were present in large numbers. The Chamber took swift action to investigate what could be done, to approach some of the fundraiser directly, and formulate a plan for the future that can balance the needs of fundraisers with the needs of those who wish to enjoy Stroud. You can read more here.
The 2019 events calendar is taking shape, with a visit to the CCTV Control Room having taken place in February 2019 and our first Workshop of the season (Taking your place on the Internet | Tuesday 19th March) open for bookings. Visit our Events page for more details.
Given the concerns raised at Planning stage, we are asked our opinion on the opening of Aldi last week and how it could impact the High Street in Stroud.
Read our response here.
Stroud Chamber of Trade publishes its 2018 Focus Survey.