Robin Phillips was re-elected for a second term as Chamber President at Friday’s history-making AGM.
The meeting, postponed due to the impact of Covid from its traditional Autumn slot, also saw Emma Holt and Malcolm Pike re-elected as Vice Presidents with Jane Boardman taking on her second year as the Immediate Past President.
The AGM, followed by the Chamber’s Winter Assembly was held for the first time in the Chamber’s history entirely on line with members submitting votes in advance using forms of proxy.
During the meeting members heard Robin outline what had been a roller coaster of a first term with Covid dominating and more recently the effects of the UK leaving the EU starting to have impact on the local economy and business. He paid tribute to the Chamber’s members for surviving the toughest trading conditions many can remember as well as the Chamber’s staff for supporting members through very trying times.
He also looked ahead at the Chamber’s 2021 Campaign for Business that will focus on: Connectivity and Innovation for Growth; the Future of Work and Green Growth as three main themes all set in the context of ongoing challenges with Covid and, increasingly, the impact of Brexit. Robin emphasised that long-standing business issues still needed sorting and whilst Covid had made this more urgent it was necessary to look wider than the problems and challenges created by the pandemic to ensure that solutions were found that would mean a stronger recovery and long term, sustainable growth.
The Chamber’s 2021 Campaign programme will be released over the coming weeks and will encourage active involvement from the Chamber’s members to gather evidence and promote effective solutions and action.