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.
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.