Chamber’s praise for tireless efforts of duo
A presentation also took place to celebrate six longstanding member businesses – intellectual property firm Barker Brettell, catering industry product supplier Drywite, workplace furnishing supplier Dalen, international law firm Gowling WLG, construction tools sales and distribution company Hyde and Chamberlink magazine publishers Kemps Publishing.
They received whistles from another longstanding member Acme Whistles, whose boss Simon Topman is a past Birmingham Chamber president.
Mr Topman, who served as president in 2005, also received a commendation from GBCC chief executive Paul Faulkner.
Mr Faulkner said: “We picked six of our longest serving members who represent the variety of businesses that we have.
“There is something for everyone and that is why the Chamber movement has existed for such a long time.”
The AGM also heard that the chamber had seen membership on the rise. Chairman David Waller told the meeting at Radisson Blu: “The Chamber is in great shape because of the strength of both our staff and membership, whose enormous contribution ensures that we remain the premier voice of local businesses across the Greater Birmingham region. And because of this, membership has been rising, which is unusual for membership organisations at the moment.
“We have successfully launched a section for start-ups and our recent visit to Bursa Chamber in Turkey has underlined the growing importance of our International Hub.”
> Pictured (from left): Paul Kehoe, Diane Rance, Rick Grain and Paul Faulkner