New Keynsham Chamber of Commerce chair aims to show what town can offer

Published on: 10 Jun 2015

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Attracting more visitors and rising to the challenge of competition from Keynsham’s neighbouring cities will be among the priorities for the new chair of the town’s Chamber of Commerce.

Designer Zoe Wilkins, who has run her furniture design business from Keynsham for the last five years, has been elected to lead the organisation, which brings together businesspeople from across the town.

She replaces Lyn Young who resigned in April following a number of years in the role, including throughout the development of the Civic Centre, speaking out for neighbouring traders and the challenges they have faced during this period.

Footfall has been a problem in the town for a number of reasons, Zoe said, and added that highlighting what Keynsham can offer will be essential.

“Improvements have been implemented by the chamber and its members to encourage more visitors to Keynsham,” she said. “We have two wonderful cities close by – Bath and Bristol – which are stiff competition, but Keynsham can offer more independent retailers, a relaxed and compact place to meet, improve your wellbeing, shop, do business, everything. We just need more awareness of all our town has to offer.”

Zoe, who moved to Keynsham 20 years ago, says the town has plenty to offer those setting up businesses locally. She said: “Keynsham has fabulous transport links with Bath, Bristol and surrounding areas as well as a compact town centre that is easy to access and has much to offer. It also has beautiful green spaces to relax in, a great sense of community and there is a lot of support from other local businesses, especially via the chamber.

“There is a huge array of businesses in Keynsham – retail, office-based, home-based, most of which are independent, some of which are not well-known or are unaware of the opportunities to grow or assist in Keynsham’s growth.

“The Chamber of Commerce brings together influential and passionate people in Keynsham’s business sector and a chance of an improved business community.”

Find out more about the Chamber of Commerce at www.keynshamchamber.org.uk.

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