Cham­ber’s praise for tire­less ef­forts of duo

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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

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