Chamber Annual General Meeting 2013 - President's report

Posted: 11th March 2013, 10:34am

The 106th St Albans District Chamber of Commerce AGM took place last week at Oaklands College, the Chamber President Peter Goodman gave his annual report as follows: 

“During the last twelve months the Chamber has continued its regular and very successful business of  networking events. We are increasingly grateful to the sponsors of these events as the financial stability of the Chamber is essential if we are to continue to flourish.

We have continued to work closely with other local organisations. We’ve had meetings with Bedfordshire Chamber, Dacorum District Council, Hertfordshire Chamber, Watford Chamber, Look! St Albans, St Albans District Council and the Institute of Directors.

Two initiatives stand out, my firm and others were visited by two of the three St Albans District Council Cabinet members and by Maria Cutler our liaison with SADC. The politicians actually wanted to know what we thought and acted on it. Well done Julian Daly and Beric Read. We’re sorry to see the departure of Daniel Goodwin, CEO of SADC and welcome to James Blake, the new CEO with whom we hope the good relationship will continue.

My fellow director, Alastair Woodgate has worked hard as Chairman of the Retail Business Forum which aims to improve the city centre and local business landscape for retailers. One of their main initiatives is the appointment of a City Centre Manager, which we support and I hope you do too.

When I became President last year it was clear that although we were doing well our finances were a little precarious. Our net current assets were £4,338 which represented a reserve of only four weeks administrative outgoings. We’ve increased net current assets to £15,383 which encourages me greatly. I thank the Chamber members for their support. 

Thank you to STANTA from whose building we operate without paying rent at a time when Stanta needs all of the support it can get.

Finally a big thank you to the team that runs the Chamber; we have only one paid employee, our new Executive Director, Lisa Bates. However it’s also a big thank you to my fellow directors who have invested a great deal of unpaid time in the Chamber. Without them the Chamber wouldn’t exist. We welcome David Clarke to the board, Head of St Albans Business & Private Banking Centre for Clydesdale Bank we are delighted to be working with him going forward”

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