President's Messsage February 2018

Posted: 1st March 2018, 10:51am

Going, going but not gone just yet!


On Tuesday 13 March, the St Albans and District Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual General Meeting at Veer Dhara on Hatfield Road. While the AGM itself will I am sure be a brief but important event at the start of what promises to be an excellent evening of networking, presentations and excellent food, for me this will be the culmination of a hugely enjoyable 3 years during which it has been an honour to serve as president of what is a fabulous organisation which dates back to 1907.

Whilst the Chamber has undoubtedly undergone countless changes since its creation 111 years ago and has passed through many hands,, I believe it is true to say that it remains as focused as it was back then on developing a positive business environment, growing our local economy, creating jobs and giving back to our community.

It will also be my great pleasure to hand over the Presidency to Alastair Woodgate,  a local business owner through his joint ownership of Rumball Sedgwick Estate Agents and someone who is steeped in the history of St Albans having lived here all his life and a business person who has a feel for both the heritage and the future development needs of this great city. 

It will also be a real honour to thank June Cory for her considerable service to the Chamber both as a director and latterly as Vice President.  In addition, we will be saying farewell to three further directors, Graham Lane, Sabra Swinson and Michael Weaver. June, Graham, Sabra and Michael have collectively served the Chamber for over 70 years combined and we all owe them a huge debt of gratitude for the time and energy they have put in over the years to make the Chamber the organisation it is today.  It would be wonderful if you were able to join us to say thank you and you can book on to the event by going to and clicking on the link.


As mentioned in one of my previous messages, the recruitment process for new directors is well underway and I look forward to sharing news about that in due course once we have finalised the nominees.  We are very keen that our selections ensure that our board reflects our city and its economy and I am certainly excited about the calibre of candidates who have expressed an interest in joining the board.  I also look forward to confirming the nominee for Vice-President once this has been approved by the board.


You may recall that last month I referenced the fact that the Chamber would be seeking to support St Albans Council by conducting its own survey of member businesses around the local plan which we will then feed in to the consultation process.  I am glad to say that we have had a very good response from our members to the survey and we will be presenting the findings during a short presentation at the Veer Dhara event on Tuesday 13 March.


We would love you to join us at our Business Breakfast on Wednesday 28 March at St Villa where we will hear from Lawrence Levy on the tremendous progress St Albans City are making both on and off the pitch through their positive football and their schools and community programmes and also an update from Reef Estates who have submitted a plan to redevelop the former BHS site  We would love to see you there and please remember that you do not need to be a member of the Chamber to attend our events. We do however hope that once you have attended one, you will want to keep coming back!


David Clarke


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