President’s Report 2016/17
2016/17 was been a busy year for Lewes Chamber of Commerce, and one I have thoroughly enjoyed as my first year as President. It¹s been great meeting so many new people through the networking events and learning so much more about Lewes, the people and the businesses that make it what it is.
We held 21 events throughout the year, these included the regular Breakfast and Lunch events, a Fire Safety Training course, updates on the North Street Quarter Development, a very delightful afternoon tea at Pelham House and Football at The Dripping Pan.
These events regularly attract a diverse range of businesses made up of both Chamber members and non-members, many of which have since joined the Chamber. Our membership currently stands ay 75 businesses.
I’ve tried to attend as many of these events as possible and have seen Chamber members building very successful partnerships. For those Lewes Chamber members who have not yet attend these events, I would really encourage you to come along.
We have actively supported and promoted Lewes for a Living Wage, The Lewes & District Business Awards (LDBA) and The Lewes and District Dementia Action Alliance. Last year we had five members as LDBA finalists with three of them scooping the top spot in their categories – Cheese Please (Best Independent Retailer), Community Transport for the Lewes Area (Best Customer Service) and Wave Leisure (Best Employer). I’m hoping to see similar if not better results in 2017!
I’d like to express my personal thanks to the Executive Committee for their support in my first year. The Chamber really has thrived over the past year and has received favourable comments to that effect. If you have ideas on how you would like to see the Chamber develop and expand over the coming months please do come along to an event, share them or contact the Chamber directly we¹d love to hear from you.
President, Lewes Chamber of Commerce
PRESIDENT: Clare Crouch (hrscreative)
VICE PRESIDENT: Position Vacant*
SECRETARY: Claire Duc (Small Business Locum)
HONORARY TREASURER: Andrew Wells (Andrew M Wells Accountancy)
HONORARY SOLICITOR: Sarah Morgan-Kelly (Morgan Kelly Solicitors)
Adam Bagnall (Harvey's Brewery)
David Clark (W.E.Clark & Son)
Fiona Kay (Cheese Please)
Nick Ludford (Plumpton College)