President's Message May 2016

Posted: 31st May 2016, 10:56am

Over the last few months, the Chamber team in conjunction with many of our key stakeholders have been working on the programme for our second St Albans Business Festival which will run from 4-8 July. The business festival, which is designed to generate positive noise around the St Albans economy will again comprise numerous high profile events across a packed week of networking, education and business promotion. 

It is great to see so many businesses and networking groups getting involved with the festival this year and once again bringing real momentum to the whole week. This year, as well as tackling important issues such as cyber crime, HR matters, legal advice and successful tendering, the festival will conclude with a business lunch at which guests will get to hear directly from Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business and also have the opportunity to ask him questions about what really matters to their business and the St Albans business community. Speaking of questions, there is another opportunity this year to challenge yourself and your teams in the business quiz which will be raising much needed funds for our fabulous local charity Earthworks. If you have not visited Earthworks before, I would strongly suggest that you and your teams pay them a visit as it is a most remarkable place doing incredibly valuable work right on our doorstep.

I am enormously grateful to Lisa and Simon for once again leading on this event and to the many businesses who will be supporting, sponsoring, hosting and participating in what will undoubtedly be another fabulous St Albans Business festival.

In other news, a key member of the Chamber team will be stepping down in July. Ned, my guide dog of course, has been working with me since January 2008 and as you all know has been a truly fantastic companion, friend and guide throughout eight and a half wonderful years. However, all good things must come to an end and for Ned I am sure hours of lazing on his bed or running through the fields of Heartwood Forest sounds very appealing. For us, it will be great to have him as a pet at home although the thought of having three dogs is slightly scary!

To celebrate his amazing working life and to see him off in the best way we know in St Albans, I will be hosting a retirement party for Ned on Friday 15 July from 12-3pm at the Brickyard on Verulam Road. Everyone is invited to come along and we will be collecting donations for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association on the day to recognise the superb work they do in training dogs such as Ned. A formal invitation will be sent out shortly but for the time being, please note and circulate the date to anyone who you think may welcome the opportunity to say good-bye to my amazing professional working dog - Ned!

We look forward to seeing many of you at our Networking Lunch at Lussmanns on Friday 10th June and at the upcoming Business Festival. To view and book onto any upcoming events please click here.

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