Meet Our President

John Dunning



John is President of South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce and a Director of Nantwich Town Football Club. John also Chairs the South Cheshire Chamber Business Council.

As a key stakeholder in the area, the Chamber works in partnership with many organisations and John is therefore often involved in discussions with other key stakeholders such as Bentley Motors, MMU, Cheshire East Council, The LEP, Crewe and Nantwich Town Councils and of course other Chambers as well as maintaining regular contact with our Patrons and MP. Together we are committed to helping this area achieve its maximum potential while ensuring our members benefit from the resulting economic growth.

A message from our president

As we head towards the next General Election, businesses all over the country will be turning their minds towards what they want to see from the next Government.

It is useful to reiterate that the Chamber is an apolitical organisation and has a duty to promote and represent the interests of its members to whichever political party is in control of either Central or Local Government.

To this end, the Chamber always works closely with the local MPs and Borough and Town Councillors.

As the various political parties begin to shape their manifestos, there is no doubt that the Economy will form a central part of their plans and there will be plenty of opportunity for our members to make their views known and to seek to influence what goes into them.

Over the coming months all Chambers in the national network will be consulting with their members to give them the opportunity to voice their thoughts and ideas on what they consider the new Government should do to create the best possible economic conditions within which business can thrive and grow.

All of this information will be collated by the British Chambers of Commerce who will produce a Business Manifesto on which they will consult directly with all political parties at the highest level.

Indeed, as is usually the case, the BCC along with the CBI and other business organisations will no doubt be courted by all of the parties in order to get the ear of business, but equally will be quizzed, probed and challenged to make commitments on their intentions.

I would therefore encourage all of our members to make their views known to us through the various platforms that will be available over the coming months and can assure you that these will be fed into the system in the strongest possible terms.

I was privileged to be invited to attend the recent High Sheriff of Cheshire’s Business Awards which was held at the University of Chester Business School and turned out to be a successful night for South Cheshire with two of our members picking up winning awards in the following categories;

Outstanding Community, Education and Business Engagement  – for the charity or business that has made a significant difference to the community it serves. Winner – The Cat Radio.

Young Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Mornflake) – to recognise a young person under 30 who has shown entrepreneurial spirit and endeavour within their role. Winner – Kate Fox - The Nantwich Clinic.

These highly prestigious awards are both thoroughly deserved and although I took the opportunity on the night I would again like to congratulate the Cat Radio and Kate from the Nantwich Clinic.

Finally it’s good to see that the Chambers Annual Golf Tournament is back in action at Wychwood Park after a couple of years enforced interruption.

I hope that all of the entrants will have a great days golf and be able to enjoy some much better weather.

- Extract from South Cheshire Chamber Business magazine Q1 2024. Read here.

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