Breakfast with the Mayor

Breakfast with the Mayor of Farnham

The Mayor of Farnham, Councillor Mike Hodge received a warm welcome from members of the Farnham Chamber of Commerce at a recent breakfast briefing.

The annual event is organised by the Chamber of Commerce and is a chance for local business people to meet the Town Mayor, to hear more about the work of the Town Council and to provide feedback on some of the challenges associated with being a business based in Farnham.

Addressing the town’s business representatives, the Mayor described how the Town Council invests in an extensive range of activities to support the community. He explained how the tourism and events programme attracts families into the town and how a wide variety of sponsorship packages provide opportunities for businesses to be associated with initiatives that support and better the town.

He also highlighted how Farnham Town Council boosts services provided by Waverley and Surrey where financial constraints limit what they can do. Examples of services enhanced by the Town Council include litter collection, cutting back vegetation and graffiti removal.

The Mayor concluded his briefing with an update on topical schemes such as Brightwells, The Woolmead, the Memorial Hall, pedestrianisation and the Farnham Neighbourhood Plan.

Richie Ellmer, President of Farnham Chamber of Commerce says: “We are on the cusp of seeing some major developments taking place in Farnham including the new Brightwells scheme. As the only Farnham business organisation to represent its members’ interests at local and central government level, we have been in conversation with Waverley and are delighted that they have committed to provide us with a quarterly business update about the Brightwells redevelopment.

“Change brings uncertainty which is why it is more important than ever before for us to maintain an open and honest dialogue with our elected representatives. If you are a business in Farnham and you have a business-related question about Brightwells then please do let us know by emailing We will be more than happy to ask questions on your behalf and to share the answers with our members. As a Chamber, we believe we will be able to make a positive difference by acting as the conduit that provides members with consistent and regular information.”

Farnham chamber of Commerce currently represents the interests of around 80 member businesses. Find out how to join us.