MEET OUR PRESIDENT

John Dunning

JOHN DUNNING

PRESIDENT OF SOUTH CHESHIRE CHAMBER

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

It's great to see things beginning to get back to some sort of normality which means that I have been able to get involved again with some of the duties attached to my role as President which usually take place at this time of the year.

The Annual Remembrance Day Services in Crewe and Nantwich came back on stream this year and as usual it was a privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of the Chamber alongside many of the other civic, forces, and community organisations in our area.

This year’s services at both Crewe and Nantwich drew larger than usual crowds which I think is a reflection of the increasing sense of community spirit that has emerged during the pandemic.

It was also good to see the return of the Chamber Business Awards, and to have the opportunity to meet and listen to our fantastic speaker Simon Weston CBE who had a strong message for our members about the importance of re-inventing themselves, being resilient, and adapting to changing circumstances in his truly inspirational speech.

As the evening unfolded in front of a record audience, it was clear to see that these attributes are alive and well in South Cheshire since all of the entrants had demonstrated all of these things in abundance.

It was recently time for me to carry out my duties in presiding over the Chambers Annual General Meeting which although not one of the most exciting events of the year, is nevertheless an important opportunity for members to hear about the Chambers performance and its strategies and plans for the future.

This year’s face to face AGM, which was a big improvement on last years “virtual” one, was combined with the Christmas Networking Lunch which is always a well attended and enjoyable occasion.

The Chambers Business Council has continued to meet on a virtual basis throughout the pandemic and has been focussing on how the Chamber and its members can contribute to the work of the Crewe Town Board which is now well established under the sound leadership of Doug Kinsman. I am looking forward to getting back as soon as possible to holding meetings in person.

The Northern Chambers of Commerce Regional Assembly comprising of Chamber Presidents, Chairman and Chief Executives is another activity that is starting to re- gain some momentum. Although at the moment it meets in a virtual format, we will hopefully soon be able to get around the table to discuss the important issues of the day affecting businesses in the north of England. The main topic of recent meetings has been the “levelling up” agenda in relation to what this means in practice, and what role Chambers of Commerce can play.

 

Extract from The Chamber magazine. January 2022

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