Business for Calderdale Announcement

BfC held its last event of the year in November at Cinnamon at the Mill.

The Committee has been considering the future of the organisation for the past few months. BfC has been running for some 12 years and has been extremely successful, but the Committee has been conscious for some time that a revamp was required. For reasons unknown, membership has declined over the last two years and the numbers attending events have often fluctuated.

The Committee believe that BfC is still very relevant and has a role to play in Calderdale for businesses and professionals alike. The organisation has never been purely for networking, that has always been its by-product. BfC was originally created, and designed, to promote the many businesses within Calderdale, to give them a voice amongst the business community and to showcase how diverse and vibrant business is in Halifax and the Calder valley.

The Committee has resolved that we should return to this ethos. The format of meeting once a month at the same time has perhaps grown a little stale and led to a slow decline in members. The Committee has also found it a challenge to continue to source and plan events each and every month and keep them relevant.

As such, the Committee has decided to turn BfC from a membership organisation, with the additional administration and time that involves, to being one that is open to all businesses and business professionals to attend. It has also decided to reduce the number of events to three or four a year, meeting in spring, early summer and autumn, different dates and times dependent upon the nature of the meeting. This will enable the committee to devote more time to planning events, with the intention of making them bigger and better and which will hopefully increase their popularity. There may be a small charge for events depending upon the venue and content, but the initial intention is that events should be free.

As membership will cease, the Committee will not have the funds to continue to promote and operate as in the past. The Committee intend to use social media and word of mouth to promote events, and as such ask that all past supporters of BfC assist in this by spreading the word about future events to contacts and colleagues.

The likely date of the first event will be in March, when we hope to host at the Victoria Theatre and have a number of speakers talking about promotion of Calderdale as a venue. Further details will follow in the new year.

The Committee would like to thank all of you who have supported BfC over the years and hope that you will continue to do so as we move forward into 2020.

Nick Worsnop
Chair
2nd December 2019