Presidents Message - January 2018

Posted: 31st January 2018, 3:41pm

The year ahead!


As this is my first article of 2018, let me take this opportunity to wish you a very happy and prosperous new year.  It is always interesting to me that annual milestones such as the start of a new year can  act as a catalyst for change with new resolutions adopted and a whole new resolve to do things differently in the year ahead. This reinvigoration to set about delivering aspirations for the forthcoming year with increased energy and focus is I believe very useful and certainly galvanises the mind.


For me, the short festive break allowed me to reflect on the work of the Chamber throughout 2017 and refocus on what is important for the year ahead.  Firstly, 2018 will be a year where the Chamber welcomes several new directors and the recruitment process is well underway to secure these appointments. We will also be saying a fond farewell to several directors who will be leaving the Chamber after an extensive period on the board and I am extremely grateful for their support over the years which for some represents a 10/15 year commitment or more!

Secondly,  the new year is a good time to redouble our efforts to work to deliver business growth within the of  Albans City and District which will in turn continue to create new employment opportunities, increase productivity and ensure local wealth creation which can be reinvested in our communities right across the district. 

Thirdly, it is essential that we work in a collegiate manner with all interested business groups across the district and across our wider region in order to deliver these important outcomes in the most effective way.  Specifically, this means engaging locally and working closely with our friends at St Albans BID, the Local Enterprise Partnership, the Hertfordshire Growth Hub, fellow Chambers within the county and other important interest groups including the Strategic Partnership, local education establishments and the City of Expertise to ensure we are driving the relevant initiatives forward which will deliver these aspirations of increased job creation, productivity and wealth creation.  

To this end, our first event of 2018 kicks-off with a presentation from Neil Hayes, CEO at the Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP plays a critical role in the economic development of our county and I trust that his comments will be of great help to those present in setting their own challenging goals for the year ahead.

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