Town’s ‘positive vibes’ impress boss
AS ONE of the people advising the Government on how to tackle the challenges of the UK economy, David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, is a key figure.
Despite a full diary of meetings with ministers he took time out to address a packed Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce annual meeting on Friday and brought with him encouraging news for Kent and Ashford in particular.
Representing more than 100,000 UK businesses, Whitehall takes his opinions seriously although he admitted he had no idea what would happen over the coming weeks.
He said: “I have been surprised by the level of business confidence shown in our recent survey which appears to be bucking the trend. The worry is the global financial turmoil is putting off investment and that causes a spiral down the chain.”
Arriving by train at Ashford International he said he was impressed with what he saw.
“I see a 21st century town in the premier league county of Kent with good road networks. Clearly the new high speed trains will have a profound impact on business and I only get positive vibes.”
Standing down as Kent Invicta chairman after two years in office, Graham Galpin paid tribute to former chief executive Chris Capron who resigned through ill health, and his successor Jo James for leading the chamber’s 1,200 plus members through difficult times.
He said: “Our members are feeling the pinch but take heart, Kent is better placed to weather the turbulence of the business climate that has affected other areas.”
He handed over the chair of office to digital strategist Daniel Ghinn, at 35 the youngest ever chamber chairman, who is managing director of the Creation Interactive Agency and director of The Wonderful Creative Agency, based in Maidstone.
New chief executive Jo James said: “It is imperative during these turbulent times to ensure that what you offer clients is what they want and that you communicate your message effectively.”
Jo James, new chairman Daniel Ghinn and David Frost