New Chamber of Commerce president vows to turn “challenges into opportunities”

Simon Toseland
Simon Toseland

The new president of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce has pledged to turn “challenges into opportunities” by working more closely with local businesses and building relationships to last.

Simon Toseland took over the reigns as the leader of the organisation on 17th April.

Outlining plans for his presidency, Simon Toseland, said: “The next few years will present some interesting challenges for local businesses. Potentially the most influential will the possible unification of Northamptonshire’s Councils and specifically the combining of Wellingborough, East Northants, Kettering & Corby Councils. If this happens, then it will probably take place around 2020, hot on the heels of Brexit in March 2019.”

The Director of Prop-Search gives specialist advice in commercial property development, investment and agency in the town for over 30 years and used his first speech as president to set out his vision for his tenure.

“I believe that the Chamber can work closer with both local businesses and the new unitary authority, earning respect and reliance from both. The Chamber needs to evolve with the challenges and changes facing all business. This isn’t just about raising awareness of the Chamber but having the specialist skills available within the organisation to help and implement them as required.”

“New challenges will always present new opportunities and strong leadership born out of inclusive team structures is critical to laying robust foundations for the changes ahead. I am very much looking forward to working with everyone in meeting, embracing and delivering success on the challenges ahead.”

Simon has also chaired the Wellingborough Town Centre Partnership for a number of years and was instrumental in establishing the Wellingborough Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID). He is also an Envoy of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership and a Board Director of River Nene Regional Park CIC.

He added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to the out-going president, Rob Hart. He has led the chamber over the last two years with incredible drive and enthusiasm and steered the chamber through a difficult period developing it into a much more effective organisation.”

Chamber membership costs as little as £58 a year.

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