120 years anniversary for Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce and appointment of a new President, and new directors
This year Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 120th anniversary, making it one of the oldest established organisations in the district, and a provider of continual support to the business and wider community over the years. The event to mark the anniversary was held last week at the Best Western Lothersdale Hotel in Morecambe, which also features multi-award-winning Aspects Bar and Bistro. The event coincided with the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the appointment of additional directors and a dynamic, new President, and vice-President.
Alistair Eagles, Chief Executive Officer of Seatruck Ferries based in Heysham Port, was appointed President of the Lancaster and District Chamber of Commerce at the AGM. Speaking at the 120th Anniversary event, Alistair said: “I am honoured to have become President in the Chamber’s 120th year.
“Over the last 120 years there have been some incredible changes in this area, and it is important that we reflect on these and we remember the heritage of this area and the Chamber. However what is important to me is that we look forward and adapt to the changing needs of business.
“I have gone from Chamber atheist to Chamber advocate and now to Chamber President. If I can do one thing in my time in office, then I would like to change the conversation from, ‘why are you in the Chamber’ to ‘why aren’t you in the Chamber’?
“Following each of the recent horrific events in the UK, we have seen very clearly the power of communities and conversation. Collectively we are stronger together, and in a business sense, the Chamber at its very heart is about linking us and creating conversations. Without a doubt, the more you put into the Chamber, the more you get out. I would urge existing members and new members to get involved. If you are thinking of joining there has never been a better time with special offers running through July.
“Jointly we need to tell the world about what a great place this is to live, to learn, to work, to stay and to play. The North Lancashire EXPO running on 24/25 September is going to be a fantastic showcase for this area and spaces are filling up fast, so book quickly if you want to attend”.
Over 100 people attended the AGM which was a great reflection of the Chamber’s importance to the local district over the last 120 years.
Vicky Lofthouse, Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, also added: “It is great to see the Chamber’s board strengthened with a more diverse business base and the appointment of Alistair as President. I’d also like to thank outgoing President John Regan for all his years of loyal service to the Chamber, and helping steer it through some difficult times. In addition, the appointment of four new board directors will give the Chamber more direction and the ability to meeting the upcoming challenges in the years ahead.”
Other board members appointed at the meeting included Mr Mal Garnett, Vice-President; Mr Neil Townsend, Chief Executive Officer of Cancer Care; Mr Mike Marcynski, Managing Director of Checkpoint Safety (Business Lines Ltd); Mr Marcus Angell from Citybase Apartments; and Mr Chris Gardner from Waters and Atkinson Accountants.