St Albans businesses come together for annual celebration


For England, St Albans and St George! The St Albans District Chamber of Commerce’s annual St George’s Day Lunch returned to its usual slot on the 22 April with a capacity turnout of 340 people!

The most popular event in the Chamber’s busy calendar was hosted at Sopwell House Hotel and was attended by representatives from a cross-section of local businesses along with St Albans MP Daisy Cooper and Mayor Cllr Edgar Hill.

Paul Sinha, a comedian and ‘The Sinnerman’ on the popular quiz show ‘The Chase’, was guest speaker and received a standing ovation after his speech. He had clearly done his research with one of the guests being teased about his appearance on Take Me Out!

The event’s auction was presided over by Jim Lewis, a Chamber Director, with £14,000 raised for two local charities supporting families and children, Home-Start Hertfordshire and The Blue Tangerine.

Anna Venetico, Chamber Events Manager, commented, “It was great to see this event, which has always been a favourite in the local business calendar, back to full capacity again with our guests more enthusiastic to celebrate than ever. What with the impeccable hospitality from Sowell House, the brilliant Paul Sinha speaking and the record amounts raised for charity, many have commented that this was the best St George’s Day Lunch yet.”

Cheryl Luzet, Chamber Vice President, added “This event gives the business community the opportunity to support two very worthwhile charities, Home Start Hertfordshire and The Blue Tangerine. Thank you to Sopwell House and to all of our sponsors who support us and allow this event to go ahead.”

Sophie Hudson from Sherrards who were this year’s headline sponsor said, “As a local business, we understand the importance of supporting local businesses and events. The St George’s Day Lunch gives businesses the perfect opportunity to get together and we were delighted to be part of such a special event surrounded by the best of St Albans.”

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