President's Message June 2015
As temperatures begin to soar and summer is finally here, activities at the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce have begun to heat up. June saw the launch of our renowned Community Business Awards and the completion of the first ever St Albans Business Festival. We have long known that the city of St Albans has a truly engaged business community. However, the Business Festival illustrated the power of collective working superbly and I must express my huge appreciation and thanks to all of those businesses who organised, hosted, sponsored and participated in the numerous events which took place across the week.
The sheer variety of events within our Business Festival programme painted a fabulous portrait of our diverse business community here in St Albans and the associated social media hits via Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook coupled with traditional media coverage courtesy of the Herts Ad, Hertfordshire Business Independent and Radio Verulam ensured our members received great profile. I was lucky enough to attend several events across the week and the single message hitting me every time, from the Herts Expo to the Retailer Awards and from the speed networking to the business quiz, was how many incredible businesses we have in and around St Albans. It also struck me during the week that we need to shout about our amazing businesses at every opportunity Which conveniently brings me on to the Business Community Awards.
The awards, which can be found by clicking on the link below http://www.stalbans-chamber.co.uk/nominations/ have been revamped this year to include the ability to submit your nomination online with the deadline for entries set for 31 July. The awards evening will take place at Aldwickbury golf Club on 1 October and the event promises to be a fantastic celebration of all that is good about the St Albans and District business community.
Now we all work for, trade with and buy from amazing businesses right around the district and this is your opportunity to publicly recognise these businesses for their achievement and their overall contribution to our vibrant business community - For my part, it was great to see The Chocolate Wrapper win the best new business award last year. Having bought from them several times over the last 12 months after their business was brought to my attention having been nominated for the best new business award, I can assure you that winning is good for business. All that we ask is that you let the subject business know that you plan to nominate them and the rest is down to you. When completing your nomination, it is essential to write an entry which really brings across to the judges the qualities of your nominated business and how they relate to the nomination category. So, get nominating and help all of our local businesses reap the rewards of recognition at the awards evening on 1 October. Regards David Clarke, President