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In my view... The Challenge Ahead

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Published 00:00 on 15 Apr 2019

As I write these few words I am about to embark on an exciting (and somewhat daunting) new challenge as CEO of the Chamber. It is always hard to follow in the footsteps of one's predecessors and in this case I have not one, but two pairs of shoes, to fill.

So, we bid a fond and grateful farewell to Julie Harrison and Sue Garman who have skillfully led the Chamber over the last two years leaving me to inherit a vibrant, friendly and supportive organisation, which is thriving despite the current economic uncertainty.

During their tenure we have seen the introduction of many new ideas and events, such as the Chamber Pot Raffle and lunch with our MP, as well as the regular breakfast business club meetings held in conjunction with Chichester College. There have been fun events such as Glow in the Dark Golf, team building through making Canap├ęs, a Chichester quiz and joint events with our neighbouring Chambers. Drop-in-for-Drinks has also proved popular as a great way to network informally and get to know each other.

Our speed networking was a resounding success again and so we have plans to repeat this in the month of August.

The last few months have seen the Chamber grow significantly with many new members coming on board, an eclectic mix of businesses from our district, including health and safety, IT, hospitality, retail, cleaning, the charitable sector and travel, to name but a few.

I look forward to the months ahead and to meeting you all at the great programme of events that is in place. The role will necessitate a steep learning curve but,
as I know many of you already, I am sure it will be an enjoyable one. We benefit from two great 'products' - namely the Chamber itself with its diverse membership set against the backdrop of the lovely Chichester District and all it has to offer. I hope to capitalise on that diversity and to work with you all to take the Chichester Chamber from strength to strength.

Vicki Meddows-Smith

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