Chase Chamber unveils new name

11 November 2019

Chase Chamber of Commerce has unveiled its new name, a revamped look and a new base in the centre of Cannock.

The Chamber, part of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce group, has been renamed Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce.

The new name was unveiled at the Chamber’s annual general meeting, held at the Roman Way hotel.

Chris Plant, director of the Chamber, explained the changes to attendees of the event and said: “Our proposal is to add the word ‘Cannock’ to make us the Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce has been accepted by our Chamber council and the GBCC group. The reason for this is so that this regional Chamber a stronger geographical identity in the business community which it serves.                                                               

“Other members of the GBCC group, outside of our region, had previously voiced concerns about what and where ‘Chase’ actually is.

“We as locals are familiar with the name but others are not and by adding the largest town within our authority area to our name, this will provide clarity to which business community this Chamber represents.

“Although we are now called the Cannock Chase Chamber of commerce, we will continue to support the businesses which are located in the likes of Hednesford, Rugeley, Burntwood and South Staffordshire too, which make up a large proportion of Cannock Chase Chamber’s membership base.

“The Chamber want to be at the heart of this thriving and wonderful area, and we will continue to celebrate all things Cannock Chase and support our town centre traders during the development of the new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet.”

The Chamber also revealed that it now has a base in the centre of Cannock, on Queen Street

As part of the rebrand, all signage in the Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce’s regional hub has been changed, alongside logos featured on Chamber communications and materials.

Mr Plant also welcomed three new committee members, and a vice-president to the Chamber’s Council alongside the Chamber’s president Martyn Jupp, who confirmed that he will be extending his tenure as president of the Chamber for another two years.

Paul Reeves, from Stone Financial Services, Neil Williams, from Amazon and Matt Small, from T150 were also appointed onto the Chamber’s council. The trio will serve a tenure of two years.

David Mitchell, managing director of the Marketing People, joins Gill Durkin, business development director at Performance Through People and Chris Wheeler from Auditel for a two-year tenure as vice-president of Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce.

David, speaking after his appointment, said: “Without sounding corny but it is an honour to be asked to join the council as vice-president.

“I’m pretty pleased to be here at this time actually, last year when I joined the council there were a lot of changes happening, and to see the fact that we have our own identity and touch point in Cannock, its great to know that those things are in place as I start my tenure as vice-president.

“I’m looking forward to helping as many people as possible, in the right way in the local area.”

After the Chamber’s annual meeting, more than 40 delegates heard from Mike Thomas, manager of the McArthurGlen Designer outlet West Midlands. He informed delegates of the progress of the construction of the outlet, due to open in autumn 2020.

Mr Thomas said that the outlet “intends to be good neighbours and good suppliers” and will have electric charging points and spaces for thousands of cars once open.

He also stated that there would be opportunities available to local firms in regards to waste and landscaping contracts.

Pictured (l-r): Kat Cooke, director of marketing at GBCC, Steve Allen, vice-president of GBCC, Jay Plant, founder and director of Wentworth James – also located in the same building as Cannock Chase Chamber of Commerce, Martyn Jupp, Nik Hardy, president of Burton & District Chamber of Commerce, Chris Plant and Paul Faulkner

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