CEO Chat #37

CEO Chat

I’m sitting at the modern-day typewriter, struggling to find the words to adequately share what CDA has been up to in the first few weeks.

We’ve been in the local newspapers again discussing the de-banking issue outcome and most recently on BBC Radio Cumbria talking about the latest Marvel superhero, Echo. The character Echo is a deaf, indigenous American is played by an actress who is herself a deaf, indigenous American. I chatted to BBC Radio Cumbria’s Nishma Hindocha on her afternoon show, with elements of the conversation being repeated on Mike Zeller’s morning show. You can read the transcripts here:

Chat with Nishma Hindocha – Download transcript pdf (107KB)
Chat with Mike Zeller – Download transcript pdf (110KB)

Regarding the de-banking issue, I would like to bring you up-to-date with where we are now;

  • Barclays have assigned us an account manager from their Know Your Community team. The manager is keeping in touch as between us we continue to iron out some anomalies
  • Our bank accounts are operational
  • The invoices delayed from October, November and December were sent to customers before Christmas
  • All suppliers have been paid any overdue balances, so we are now paying invoices as they fall due
  • Staff have been fully paid throughout
  • There is a plan in place to repay the loan to CDA that the Chairman and I (and my husband) made to sustain us during the de-banking

Now that we are getting back to business as normal, we find that it is anything but normal because we are growing due to increased support work packages, delivering a series of training sessions for Cumberland and Westmorland and Furness Councils, attending community and business events, work in schools etc.

On 1st February we welcome Siobhan Weston to join the team as a higher-level administration apprentice, based in Kendal to support Greer and me. In a few weeks I will ask Siobhan to write her own introduction.