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Exciting new events programme for Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

Exciting new events programme for Haverhill Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday 24th September at 6pm the Haverhill Chamber of Commerce will launch their new events programme for 2009/2010 with a highly topical subject for these challenging times – cash flow management and how to deal with the bank. 

 Local accountant Paul Donno, from Paul Donno & Co Ltd will join forces with Trevor Walker and John Rolls from the Haverhill branch of Nat West Bank to present at the event, which will take place at Samuel Ward Arts and Technology College.

 Paul will outline how businesses can use their accountancy software to work harder and more effectively. Paul explains, “As a business owner you are faced with so many demands on your time – from dealing with personnel issues, fighting to win new business, managing your cash flow, keeping up to date with HMRC regulations and payments and then you also have to try to keep the bank manager happy! Being in business has always been a tough call and in the current climate it’s even tougher. From experience the more you can automate the flow of information and simple, but time consuming, tasks the more time you have free to spend on the really important issues.    

 At this event we will be looking at how you can use online resources to improve efficiency in your accounting processes. We will also offer some tips on cash flow management and the type of information that you can get from your accountancy software that will keep your bank well informed.” 

 The banks have been highly criticised in recent months for starving businesses of credit. John Rolls and Trevor Walker from Nat West will respond to that criticism, outlining the different types of funding available to businesses, from Enterprise Funding Guarantees (EFG) to overdraft facilities.   

 John Rolls comments, “We are hoping to dispel some of the myths around the types of funding available at the moment and to explain the criteria and application process for the different types of funding. We will be approaching this topic from a very practical perspective. We really want to get the message across to businesses that there is support out there and you don’t have to jump through hoops to obtain it.” 

 Sarah Howard, who was re-elected Chairman of the Haverhill Chamber for a second year following the AGM in June, comments, “This presentation provides a great opportunity for businesses to hear from a local accountant and one of our High Street banks on how to make our systems work harder – providing more valuable and relevant information for internal and external use. I am also looking forward to hearing what I need to do to keep my bank manager happy!”   

 The Chamber has listened to members’ comments and responded with a programme of early evening and lunchtime events designed to appeal to a wider range of businesses. Events scheduled include the Borough Council’s Annual Review in November, a Christmas Networking Lunch, a Member Showcase in March and a visit to Printwise next May. Event prices, which include refreshments and a light lunch or supper, have been held at £7.50 (including VAT) for members and £15 (including VAT) for non-members to make the events accessible to all businesses, from start-ups to large established organisations. 

 To book your place please contact Kate Anstee on 01799 668132 or email

 For more information on Paul Donno & Co Ltd please visit

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