Chamber ready for challenges
Adapting to a changing business world and building stronger partnerships with organisations are a few of the goals set for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce over the coming years.
The chamber held its annual general meeting recently where it reflected on its achievements over the past year and challenges ahead.
It included a review of the 50 events it had organised, aimed at promoting and propelling businesses forward.
Chamber president Phil MacKay was happy to see four new members join his board, along with a 10 per cent membership increase.
Retaining their positions on the board this year were Lesley Nielsen, Suzanne Lorenz, Janine Peters, Caro Gatley, Greg Wallace and Jim Goodin.
First time board members joining the incumbents included Fran Larsen, Joel Boyte, Rebecca Jenkins and Sue Duignan.
Mackay stepped into the president’s role part way through the year. He knew it would be a difficult job.
‘‘It certainly hasn’t disappointed in the challenge department, however, I believe it has been a successful year for the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce.’’
Chamber made multiple submissions to the Waipa District Council and advocated for members on issues including growth, CCTV, parking, and Easter trading hours.
‘‘At the executive committee level, our focus has been planning and goal setting around areas of sustainable resourcing, stronger relationships, value for members and effective governance,’’ said MacKay.
He acknowledged the need not to just to continue existing programmes but to innovate and adapt to the changing needs of thebusiness community.
‘‘In order to provide for this, our committee has set some ambitious goals for growth over the next five years.’’
Chamber chief executive Tania Witheford was aware of the need for the organisation to remain relevant for its members in an environment of perpetual change.
‘‘We must innovate, integrate and engage to provide value for our members and bolster sustainable revenue generation,’’ said Witheford.
In her annual report to members, Witheford highlighted the chamber’s visibility in the media as it joined and led conversations around core issues.
‘‘These include growth, sustainability, economic development, Easter trading, safety and security, CCTV, super-loo, parking and dare I mention ‘brand gate’.’’
‘‘We enjoy a good relationship with local and regional council.
‘‘We remain an important independent voice, committed to understanding the key issues that face our businesses.’’