Chamber President's Message - October 2017
Again during 2017 it has been my privilege to judge, sponsor, host and participate in business awards programmes which have given a diverse range of people drawn from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to tell their story about how they chose to do something remarkable with their lives and make a difference.
Moreover, in many of these cases, what they have chosen to do has had an incredibly positive impact on those around them across our county, our country and in some cases right across the globe. Awards ceremonies like our own St Albans and District chamber of commerce Business Awards held in September following a thorough nominations process, showcase the top performing businesses across a wide range of sectors and draw out the many shining examples of first class leadership, community focus, commitment to sustainability, outstanding customer service and highlight numerous Corporate and social Responsibility projects undertaken by businesses right across our city.
It is my annual privilege to listen to the exploits and achievements of these award winners and it is clear that each of them has been on a very individual journey during which they have either been sparked in to action by a single event or a series of events which have acted as the catalyst to drive them on to achieve incredible outcomes. That said, they do possess some common traits. Firstly, they share an unwavering positive view about life and living. Secondly, they make positive choices around all they can control and accept the issues they cannot. Thirdly, they embrace diversity, utilising points of difference in themselves and others to broaden and deepen relationships as opposed to seeing difference as a threat to be dismissed or silenced.
The CSR, Community Champion and President’s Award are key to our awards programme and I never cease to be amazed by the incredible level of support offered to our many charities based here in St Albans and District by the business community. In truth, it is the donations from our businesses which enable many vital services to continue to function and assist our community to deal with a wide range of issues which would otherwise be forgotten about. Often this hard work and determination to help local causes goes unnoticed and I wanted to use this opportunity to put on the record how immensely proud I am of the significant contribution our members make to our local charities and I know from regular feedback received that this view is shared by the charities themselves.
May I say to all awards nominees and winners and every business putting something back in to our community that you’re your desire to provide a helping hand is very much appreciated and your ongoing support is crucial to serving the needs of our community both now and in the future.