All Change at the Chamber
We asked, we listened, we're on it
On Thursday, 2nd March the Hungerford Chamber of Commerce held its AGM at the Three Swans to discuss findings from the recent Business Survey and what role the Chamber needs to play to best serve local businesses and retailers
One of the key points to emerge from the survey was the desire to see Hungerford businesses working together as a cohesive whole and not operating to independent agendas. There is a common perception that this 'island mentality' is harmful to the town and that so much more could be achieved if there was one unifying body to spearhead change. The Town Council and The Chamber affirmed their commitment to work closely together to bring this about.
Among the immediate changes was the election of a new Chairperson of the Chamber, Christina Finlay,who was warmly welcomed on board. Christina is currently Insight and Supporter Data Director for the National Trust, as well as running a property management/renovation business with her husband part time. She spent most of her career in Singapore, where she ran her own restaurant for two years, after many years in marketing and management consulting. She was born in Canada, but England has been home for the last 4 years, and Hungerford for the last year.
Stepping down from his role as Chairman for the last five years, Nigel Perrin was thanked for his dedicated service and his continued support as the Chamber's new Treasurer. Says Nigel, 'Acting on the results of the business survey, we are setting plans in place based on feedback and these will be published regularly on the Chamber website, through our new Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/groups/1142323009222953/ and through regular meetings, the local press and of course hungerford.co.uk . '
The Chamber is actively evolving to reflect the needs and wishes of the business community and all are welcome all to their monthly meetings to give this vital input. The next meeting is on Thursday 6th April at 7.30 in The Three Swans where financial expert Ian Sloan will be giving a talk about business rates relief. Highly recommended.