Bradford Chamber Council is looking forward to its first meeting later this month under the stewardship of its new President, Andy Caton.
Andy took over from Paul Mackie in July, when five new representatives were also brought into the fold.
The new-look Chamber Council meets next on 29 September, when the incoming representatives will be introduced to the rest of the policy-making group, which meets monthly. The group receives presentations from various stakeholders on issues affecting business, is consulted by the Council on various schemes and projects, and develops policy positions that feed into the national Chamber network.
The five new business representatives on Bradford Chamber Council are:
• Sue Anderson-Brown (Westfield)
• Rob Lawson ((Provident Financial)
• Catherine Riley (Kirkgate Centre)
• Graham Sweeney (Schofield Sweeney)
• Jane Vincent (Candelisa People)
As well as the group receiving information they can take back to their own sectors and peers, they contribute to and feed into dialogue with others influencing policy decisions. The Bank of England attend each quarter, where economic trends, confidence issues and price pressures are divulged.
Andy, who is Yorkshire Building Society’s Chief Treasury & Corporate Affairs Officer, said:
“I’m looking forward to helping support and lead the business community over the next two years. Confidence is coming back to Bradford and there’s lots of good work going on but we need to ensure that the business voice continues to be heard. Chamber Council is just one of a number of methods by which we tap into the business mood in order to help inform and persuade decision-makers like MPs, senior councillors and the Bank of England. Our surveys, policy committees and networking groups also pick up crucial information that ensures that the Chamber is the ‘go to’ group for connecting, supporting and representing businesses.”
(Pic caption, L-R: Jane Vincent, Candelisa People; Graham Sweeney, Schofield Sweeney; Catherine Riley, Kirkgate Centre; Rob Lawson, Provident Financial; Sue Anderson-Brown, Westfield.)