Bedfordshire businesses celebrated the 140th anniversary of the county’s Chamber of Commerce at a summer gathering held at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
The event was to thank 140 of the longest serving member companies, including Luton-based Vauxhall Motors which has been a supporter of the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce since at least 1938.
Vauxhall has also gifted the Chamber the use of a Vauxhall Astra Turbo for one year. All 140 members will receive a Certificate of Appreciation and some were presented on Thursday (May 25) to those who were able to attend.
Adam Marshall, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, wished a happy 140th to his colleagues and stressed the organisation’s role in giving a strong voice to the business community, in facilitating international trade and in bringing members together.
Professor David Field, ZSL’s Zoological Director, said Whipsnade was achieving great things for Bedfordshire and around the world. He said the zoo is a truly global organisation which is putting the county on the map. The zoo has been a member of the Chamber since 1990.
Jeremy Brockis, the Chairman of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, and a Partner at Taylor Walton solicitors, said: “We need for businesses to be heard, especially at this time, with Brexit. We need your support and we need your engagement.”
Robert Labe, Senior Partner at People Network Consultancy, with bases in Bedford and Dunstable, said: “Membership of the Chamber has been very useful for us in connecting with other members and sharing common problems and solutions.”
Chris Trevor, Partner at Dunstable-based Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisors Stoten Gillam, said: “Membership of the Chamber has been useful to us in networking and connecting with other members and we have received referrals as a result.”
Mary McEvoy, Partner at Neves Solicitors in Luton, said: “Neves is this year celebrating its 150th anniversary and we see membership of the Chamber as a way of supporting the local business community. It is an effective way of getting to know other businesses.”
Liz Searle, the Chief Executive Officer of Keech Hospice Care, said: “Membership of the Chamber enables us to see an economic picture of the county and how confidence is rising and falling. The business intelligence from this is as important to us.
“We are also fortunate to have the corporate support of many local businesses. We also benefit from their expertise and are keen to make connections.”
To find out more about the Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce visit www.chamber-business.com or call 01582 522448.