25 May 2018
Burton and District Chamber of Commerce welcomed their new president and vice-president, at their annual general meeting held at Burton Albion stadium.
Nik Hardy has taken over the role of president from Simon Chapman, who has served as the Chamber’s president for three years and will now serve as one of the Chamber’s vice-presidents. Nik is Managing Director of Hardy Signs, one of the most recognised signage suppliers in the United Kingdom, celebrating their 25th year in business later this year.
Nik said: “I must start by congratulating Simon for three years in office. I would also like to welcome Monica, who will be our vice- president alongside Simon.
“As president it is my job to uphold the dignity of the office, and to paint Burton on Trent and the surrounding areas in the best way I can. It is my pleasure to represent Burton business, and to help move businesses forward.
“Burton town and the Chamber has picked up speed over the last few years since I’ve been involved. Chris Plant and his team at the Chamber organise a lot of great networking events, that I feel people should attend.
“I’ve certainly gained new business, obtained new contacts and gone on to win more business from being involved - it really is ‘what you put in, you get out’.”
Monica Douglas-Clark was also welcomed as the Chamber’s new vice-president, taking over from Nik Hardy. Monica currently works as the creative director at Jones and Clark, industrial supplies and sourcing specalists based in Burton.
She said: “I feel very privileged to take on this vice – presidency role, I’m really passionate about local business bringing more small – medium sized and family businesses into the Chamber.
“I know, as a business owner, how important it is to get support, be inspired, be more profitable and make an impact, not only in your company, with your colleagues, clients and suppliers but also in the community of which we are a part.
“I think the business community is really important to the sustainable growth of Burton and surrounding areas.
Chris Plant, divisional director for Burton and District Chamber of Commerce, thanked outgoing president Simon Chapman for his “dedication, leadership and willingness to go the extra mile” during his tenure as president.
Attendees at the annual general meeting further celebrated the success of Burton, by attending an annual celebration lunch at Burton Albion. Over 80 guests heard from operations director of Gibson Technology, John Manchester, on the thrills and spills of the motorsport world.
Pictured: Outgoing president Simon Chapman welcomes his successor Nik Hardy