President's Message - December 2021

Posted: 13th December 2021, 12:11pm

I had to take the very difficult decision to postpone our business breakfast last week. Unfortunately, an event which took place the previous week, attended by many people from the St Albans business community, resulted in nearly 10% of attendees testing positive for COVID-19. Ordinarily, I would say let’s keep testing and carry on. However, if someone had tested positive as a result of our event, it could have meant isolating for Christmas. Whilst we all want to support our local businesses, especially those in the hospitality sector who are having a particularly tough time (and we will continue to support them whenever we can ), on balance I did not want this on my conscience.
 
I apologise to anyone inconvenienced as a result of this decision. As I’ve said, this event is postponed and we will liaise with the Council and the Beech House to rearrange a new date early next year.
 
I have recently had a meeting with Sustainable St Albans, a sponsor of our recent Community Business Awards. As you know, world leaders and various organisations were busy at COP26 in Glasgow making plans to reduce global emissions. St Albans District City & District Council have set a target to reach net zero by 2030 and are looking at what net zero might mean for local businesses. They have secured funding to help businesses create a plan for their company to reduce their own carbon footprint. This could be really helpful for businesses of all sizes who don’t know where to start or would like ideas for the next steps in making their business more sustainable. This local environmental charity is running a two-part workshop with the first part in January. If you would like to find out more about the workshops, contact sarah.kersey@sustainablestalbans.org or call her on 07880 931 537. You can also visit their website https://sustainablestalbans.org for more information.

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year

Best wishes,    
Pat Strods

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