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Suffolk Chamber duo selected for seats at top table

Suffolk Chamber duo selected for seats at top table

Reflecting the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s growing national standing within the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network, two of the most experienced members of its team have been elected today (July 13th) to senior positions within the national organisation.

Suffolk Chamber President, Sarah Howard MBE, is joining the BCC’s board and becomes Chair of the UK Accreditation Board. Suffolk Chamber’s Chief Executive John Dugmore also joins the UK Accreditation Board.

“Sarah’s achievement is well-deserved. From her involvement in our town chamber in Haverhill to her current leadership role in the Suffolk Chamber, she has been an effective, loyal and determined advocate for the local business community” explained John Dugmore.

“It’s great that these inspirational qualities and her own record of business success have been recognised by others across the country and I’m sure that she will lend her experience and knowledge to further promoting the interests of the wealth generators across the land”.

Sarah Howard MBE explained her reaction to the news: “I'm very pleased to be joining the board of the British Chambers of Commerce and I hope to use my experience as Suffolk president and as a member of the BCC Presidents' Council to great effect in my new role.  I think it is important that the BCC Board includes members of the network and l am looking forward to extending my knowledge and experience of our wide ranging membership. "

The UK Accreditation Board is the ‘kite mark’ of best practice and standards both for existing affiliated chambers and for those wishing to join the British Chambers of Commerce. 

Acting director general of the BCC, Dr Adam Marshall praised Suffolk Chamber when he spoke at the latter’s AGM, calling it “a business of purpose”. 

According to Francis Martin, BCC President, “we are delighted that Sarah has agreed to join the BCC and I am very confident that her instinctive blend of skills and experience will add greatly to our Board”. 

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has over 1400 organisations signed up as members – representing over 25% of the total workforce in the county. It has taken a leading role in a number of key campaigns aimed at improving Suffolk’s infrastructure for both local businesses and communities including the No More A14 Delays in Suffolk campaign and lobbying efforts to ensure the dualling the A1307 between Cambridge and Haverhill as well as the successful Upper Orwell Crossings and the third Lake Lothing Crossing in Lowestoft schemes.

Article by Suffolk Chamber