Our Director Spotlight is a monthly series featuring a Q&A with a Director of the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce. We kick off the series with Kyle Gamble, owner of KG Electrical Contractors, who joined the Board in 2020.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your company?
I am Kyle, 33 years young and the owner of KG Electrical Contractors. 11 years ago, I started my own firm to provide an electrical service focused on safety, transparency and ethics. We have a saying here, ‘you’re only as good as your team’, and fortunately, my team hold the same values as me. We undertake residential and commercial projects of all sizes across Herts, Beds, Bucks and London. Our speciality is garden lighting installations – check out our Instagram to see the amazing spaces we have created.
On a personal note, I have always been a St Albans boy, growing up on the Verulam Estate near Verulamium Park. I am a single father to my 7-year-old son Alfie and we now live in Markyate village. We both love football. I am a Watford FC supporter, Alfie is still working his team out. Currently, it is whoever is beating Watford. Alfie is also keen to try stunt scootering – I just try not to watch as he attempts the jumps! We both love going out for meals and are working our way around all the finalist restaurants in this year’s Community Business Awards.
What does a Chamber Director do?
The role of Chamber Director is a voluntary position. The aim is to create a network which work together to help the businesses of St Albans, Harpenden and the surrounding villages thrive. Our role is to support the events organised by the Chamber office and introduce members to helpful contacts for them. We consult with other organisations such as St Albans Council and St Albans BID to gain information on their plans and then provide feedback from our members. We create and implement a strategy to take the Chamber forward and provide the best value possible for our members.
What made you join the Chamber/Board? What was your motivation?
Having attended numerous events held by the Chamber, I saw untapped potential in these events, namely reaching a younger demographic. After a short time, I was invited onto the Board to bring a younger influence and opinion to the Chamber. Some of the biggest businesses in St Albans are members of the Chamber and I would love there to be a place where they can help the new younger businesses with their expertise and experience – maybe even pass work their way too!
How has being a part of the Chamber provided you with new opportunities?
The Chamber has provided me with invaluable time with the Directors and decision makers in businesses that I would otherwise have been unable to reach. Also, I have been introduced to various suppliers for my business that have helped to transform and majorly improve my own business. I have had the opportunity to work on various prestigious projects via members of the Chamber.
How can the Chamber benefit businesses?
Businesses of any shape or size can benefit by being members of the Chamber and attending events. There are several hundred members within the Chamber, all of which are local businesses in St Albans and the surrounding towns. Everyone within the Chamber always likes to help another member out where they can. We often see collaborations between member companies on projects within their businesses. As well as providing new opportunities for growing your business, other Chamber members could improve your supply chain with elements such as business planning, branding, marketing and premises.
What advice would you offer other businesses?
Get involved! The Chamber can only provide its best value to you when you are at events. Attending events allows you the best opportunity to build relationships with other members. Also, if you have any questions on anything, all the Directors will always have an open ear and a safe place if you get nervous at a networking event!