Welcome to the online home of Hinckley and District Chamber of Trade. We are a neutral body dedicated to assisting and promoting local business and through this web site we plan to deliver business news, assistance and keep our members informed of what is happening locally, representing local business at all levels of government and providing a central voice to promote, encourage and support the businesses of Hinckley.
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The Hinckley and District Chamber of Trade is committed to providing local businesses with practical and relevant support. The Chamber provides a platform for businesses to engage, providing the opportunity for local businesses to network, and, give local businesses a strong voice in our community.
This year has seen a change of leadership of the Hinckley and District Chamber of Trade which is a non-political, neutral body dedicated to assisting and promoting local businesses.
The outgoing President Rosemary Wright, Vice President Gary Bird and Treasurer Brian Wright have stepped down having done a sterling job for the last few years.
At the May AGM the former Mayor of Hinckley and owner of M.I. Installations, Jan Kirby was appointed President with Debbie Heron, owner of Roundabout Hinckley and Roundabout the Villages magazines is the new Vice President. Karl Brooks, owner of The Cartridge House is the new Treasurer and Gayner Johnson, owner of Johnsons of Hinckley continues as the Secretary. The other committee members are Ann Foster of Julie Price & Co, Mark Foster, owner of Fosse 107, Linda Flower owner of The Art Cafe and Teresa Ellingworth owner of Betty Ann. Rosemary, owner of Antoinette Designs, Gary owner of Apollo Carpets and Brian owner of De Montford Accounting Services are remaining as committee members.
The Chamber of Trade represents local businesses at all levels of government and provides a central voice to promote, encourage and support the local businesses of Hinckley.
Jan Kirby – President
Established 1981 in Hinckley, Leicestershire by Mike and Jan Kirby, although Mike is now retired Jan and with son Ben Kirby are carrying the company forward as Directors.
We are a local company with a professional team of highly qualified Heating Engineers, specialising in Gas, Oil, Steam & LPG systems for Industrial, Commercial and Domestic applications
Our company has grown over the years because of the customers who use us again and again. We offer reliability, quality of workmanship and competitive rates, whilst providing an excellent personal service for all of your heating and pipe work requirements.
We are continually updating our training and product knowledge to assist our customers in getting the best service and products available. Efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint is important to us.
ALL OF OUR ENGINEERS ARE FULLY QUALIFIED TO GAS, LPG & OIL REGULATIONS.
From humble beginnings the company has gone from strength to strength, investing in local apprenticeships and training to develop into what it is today. In 1993 their son Ben joined and has completed many years of training, gaining valuable practical experience. We have 4 other professional engineers, all of whom are fully experienced and trained and we also offer apprenticeships.
Debbie Heron – Vice President
I own and run Roundabout Hinckley magazine which I launched in 2009 and also Roundabout the Villages which I launched in 2015. Roundabout Hinckley and Roundabout the Villages are award winning local magazines serving the local community. What makes us unique from other local publications is EXCLUSIVITY to our advertisers. This means only ONE type of any business can advertise in our magazines at any one time therefore blocking out their competitors. We only accept high quality businesses as it is very important to me that our readers can trust the businesses who advertise with us to ensure they deliver a high quality service.
We create brilliant advert designs for our customers and along with the advertising in the magazines we also have competitions and many articles along with local community and charity news and information. We deliver the magazines every two months to a total of 20000 homes in Hinckley and the surrounding villages. We offer a reliable bespoke leaflet delivery service, both with the magazines and a leaflet only delivery service. We also offer a service for charities, community or sports clubs events and we can produce self-funded programmes which can then be sold to raise funds. Recently enjoyed celebrating the Fourth Year Anniversary of Roundabout the Villages and also the Tenth Year Anniversary of Roundabout Hinckley later in the year. We are also looking at further expansion and offering some new services so watch this space.
Gaynor Johnson – Secretary
Johnsons lingerie and ladieswear is a multi award winning specialist shop with over 70 years of experience in the lingerie business. This shop has received the accolade of Lingerie Retailer of the Year from Draper’s Record magazine several times and has also been commended in the final of the best UK Small Shops Competition 2018 Awards ceremony. Customer service in the shop is a priority but you are also welcome to buy online at www.lingerie-company.co.uk – the website being listed as one of the top 5 lingerie websites by The Daily Telegraph.
The shop is based in Castle Street, Hinckley – a busy market town which is well accessed from the major motorways M1 and M6 – the town sitting next to the M69. Bra fitting specialists – Large range of sizes from AAA to L cups and 28 to 50 back sizes. Bra sized swimwear up to K cups. Top lingerie and swimwear brands – Aubade, Triumph, Fantasie, Freya, Charnos, Lepel, Berlei, Playtex, Gossard, Lejaby, Chantelle, Passionata, Rose Sans Complex and many more. Nightwear by Slenderella. Gloves, hats and scarves by Dents and Weird Fish. Top clothing brands – Weird Fish, Emreco, Pomodoro, Lily and Me, Alice Collins, Adini and many more.
Karl Brooks – Treasurer
Karl owns and runs the Cartridge House, OEM stockist of all brands of toners and ink cartridges. Stockists of remanufactured and compatible ink and toner brands. Printer Repair Centre, Brother approved repair centre. Rubber stamp manufacturer and stockist. DVLA car licence plate supplier. Comprehensive, competitive and Local.
Gary Bird – Committee Member
Gary owns Apollo Carpets and is proud that this independent carpet showroom has been serving the good people of Hinckley for 48 years. They consider customer service a high priority and is why they have many customers returning over the years when looking to replace their carpets.
As a business they pledge that at least 80% of their ranges are British made. All their carpets can be supply only but are usually fitted by their own skilled fitters.
Anne Foster – Committee Member
Anne has been a committee member for several years and works at Julie Price Insurance.
Linda Flowers – Committee Member
Linda owns and runs The Art Cafe at the top of Castle Street.
Teresa Ellingworth – Committee Member
Teresa owns and runs Betty Ann Ladies Boutique at the top of Castle Street.
Brian Wright – Committee Member
I own and run De Montfort Accounting Services. We are specialists in accounting for small businesses. De Montfort Accounting Services specialise in accounts for small businesses, sole traders, partnerships and business start ups. Our services include annual accounts, tax returns, self-assessments and management accounts. Based in Hinckley we serve particularly the local areas of Hinckley, Market Bosworth, Barwell and Earl Shilton, as well as Leicestershire in general and the Nuneaton area.
The firm was established in Hinckley over 10 years ago by Brian Wright, who has many years experience as a Financial Director and Company secretary in both local and international industries. We offer a personal services tailored to suit your business needs. Our major aim is to limit your tax liability to a minimum. We provide free initial consultation to discuss your needs. Thereafter, fees are fixed annually and include advise and guidance though out the year.
Rosemary Wright – Committee Member
Rosemary having been the Chamber President for several years has stepped down however remains a member of the committee.
She owns and runs Antoinette Designs.