Chamber Council: Your chance to support local business

BSA Technologies

With the application process now open for Chamber Council elections, the GBCC has decided to shine a spotlight on some of our long-serving members. This time we will be taking a look at long serving member Steve Brittan.      

Back when I joined the Chamber Council is lost in the mists of time. Then we were just the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, what a difference it is today as the GBCC which now includes six regional Chambers and four themed Chambers the latest being the Commonwealth Chamber, we continue to grow at an amazing pace.

The benefits of being a member of the Chamber make it the "go to" organisation for anybody and everybody in business in the private sector. What is of particular importance is the reach that you have the more you get involved. As an elected member of the Chamber Council you are able to shape policy and have a feed directly into the Board.

As important as that is, experience has shown that being part of the Chamber Council provides the opportunity to get personally involved both externally with other organisations as well as Local and Central Government - I've been to Downing Street many times through being on the Chamber Council.

Throughout my career I have been involved in the manufacture of machinery for the global marketplace. I undertook my apprenticeship at Cincinnati Milacron Ltd and continued with them for 24 years before moving to GKN, then on to Matrix Churchill / BSA Tools Ltd in its various forms for the last 30 years.

As President of GBCC in 2012/2013, the Chamber's 200th Anniversary year, I was able to champion the priorities I believe necessary to allow business to achieve sustainable growth and prosper both domestically and internationally. Being a member of the Chamber Council gave me this opportunity with most Chamber President’s serving their apprenticeships on the Chamber Council.

As a member of the Chamber Council, I have been given many opportunities and I consider the role a privilege.

The Chamber Council meets four times a year and plays a pivotal role in guiding the Chambers policy and campaigning activity. The deadline for Chamber Council applications is the 24th July. Click here to find out more and how to apply.