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

Although it has been extensively covered elsewhere, it would be remiss of me not to  mention the devastating news of the decision to cancel HS2 which is a severe blow to the future economic growth of South Cheshire and the wider sub-region.

A lot of time, effort and resource has been put into trying to secure the project over many years, and there is obviously great disappointment and concern about what this means for the future of our area.

We must not forget however, that, in spite of this decision, Crewe remains and always will be, a major hub and interchange on the national rail network and a key gateway to the North West, and, with its  geographic location, infrastructure and skilled workforce it remains an attractive proposition for inward investment.

We must now change the focus of our lobbying efforts to ensure that Crewe  gets its fair share of the major investment that is to be made available for the improvement and development of the rail network in the North of England and the Business Council will be concentrating its efforts on this over the coming months.

Back on domestic matters, I am looking forward to carrying out my duties as President at a number of important events that are coming up shortly including the Annual Remembrance Day Service, the Business Awards, and the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting, so I will be polishing-up my gong in readiness.

Finally I would like to congratulate Doug Kinsman on the fantastic job that he has done as Chairman of the Crewe Town Board over the past three years.

Doug’s unwavering commitment and enthusiasm in driving forward the Crewe Town project has resulted in multi millions pounds worth of investment being secured to provide a number of exciting projects for Crewe which will be of great benefit to the community over the coming years and beyond.

I am delighted that Tony Davison has been appointed as Doug’s successor. Tony brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and will be equally committed and enthusiastic to ensure that those projects are delivered and to achieve even more success in the future

I would like to congratulate Tony on his appointment and can assure him that he will have the full on-going support of the Chamber and am looking forward to hearing from him at future Business Council meetings.

- Extract from South Cheshire Chamber Business magazine Q3 2023

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