New boss for chamber of commerce

May 04 2016

Joanne Cox has become the new chairman of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.

Jo Cox

Joanne Cox has become the new chairman of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce.   Cox has been involved with the Chamber for the last three years and is a marketing assistant at Hobbs House Bakery.
She takes over from acting chairman, Rich McDonough, who remains as vice chairman.
Joanne is Chipping Sodbury born and bred, educated at Raysfield Primary School and Chipping Sodbury School.
Through her job at Hobbs House Bakery she has helped support local events such as the Festival, Big Lunch, Crib Festival, Victorian Day and Chamber organised events, the Summer Searches and Food and Drink Festivals.
Joanne is qualified in baby massage and baby yoga and she ran her own business teaching at the Ridgewood centre for 6 years whilst her own children were small.
Joanne said “The Chamber has expanded over the last year and we hope to continue welcoming any new Members who would like to be involved.”

Jo excited by new challenge

A full programme of events and initiatives is planned for the coming year in Chipping Sodbury and newly enrolled chair of Sodbury Chamber of Commerce Jo Cox is excited by the challenge that lies ahead.
Jo has spent her entire working life in the town starting when she was just 14  at Penny Farthings Gift Shop. “We are already in the throws of organising some of our most successful annual events and hope to add to these as the year progresses’, commented Jo.
The Chamber has grown to 55 members giving the group momentum and allowing them to support some of the other key events that take place in the town. This includes the Sodbury Festival, The Big Lunch and Victorian Day.
As Marketing Assistant at Hobbs House Bakery Jo is already busy planning the towns annual Food Festival, which takes place on the 9th and 10th September, and she has persuaded Tom Herbert to take an active role in this years event. The Festival will feature a food trail on the Friday evening between 6pm and 9pm with local eateries and watering holes offering treats and tastings. The evening will come to a close with a foodie themed Pub Quiz.
‘I am delighted to announce that the Chamber will also run its very popular Summer Search for the third year in succession.’ said Jo. “This year our theme is Woodland Animals and many of the businesses in the town have already agreed to take part”.  
The Search is scheduled for the school summer holidays and involves around 25 of the local shops and businesses in Sodbury. Competition entry forms will be available from participating retailers and the Tourist Information Centre. Soft toy animals will be displayed in Shop Windows and competitors will be entered into a free prize draw.
“The Search is designed to encourage residents and visitors to come into the town and the increased footfall is of benefit to everyone.” continued Jo.
It is understood that work will begin soon on the Towns 2017 calendar and following the overwhelming success of the 2016 ‘Now and Then’ calendar a similar theme with a slight variation is in the offing.
The Chamber is continuing to promote the town in an effort to increase visitor numbers and improve trading conditions for its members. If you are a business  and would like to join contact Jo Cox at