President's Message - June 2020

Posted: 1st June 2020, 2:37pm

Last week’s AGM took place during Mental Health Awareness Week, the theme for which this year was kindness. Helping others is good for our own mental health and wellbeing. I believe we have a responsibility to harness this to build an even more supportive and cohesive community.

Recognising our strong, supportive and cohesive community is at the heart of our annual Community Business Awards, which we also launched at the AGM and for which your nominations are now invited.

The closing date for nominations is June 22nd – St Albans Day. The story of Alban, one that continues to inspire to this day, is the story of an ordinary man, doing an extraordinary thing. Over the past few weeks, we have seen many ordinary people go to extraordinary lengths, to serve and support our community. Numerous good deeds have been done and many initiatives have sprung up. Kindness has prevailed and we have learnt that amid the fear, there is community, support and hope. This has highlighted many potential candidates across the board worthy of recognition, particularly for our Customer Care and President’s Awards.

But we are also looking beyond Coronavirus, and celebrating those companies and individuals who stand out for their acumen, initiative or enthusiasm: young employees, business leaders, growing businesses and those leading the way in sustainability.

This is the perfect opportunity to let us know who you think should be recognised and rewarded. To complete a nomination form visit

You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to make a nomination or to be considered for an award. Nominees just need to live or work in the District. You can nominate yourself or your business or put forward someone else. The Awards are being held online this year and the virtual ceremony will take place on Wednesday 30th September.

We hope you will engage with us to identify and celebrate all the best in our District. Now more than ever, is the time to celebrate those who have made a positive impact and gone that extra mile. We look forward to receiving your nominations.

Alastair Woodgate

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