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New BCTC President Inaugurated at 99th Presidents Dinner 2015

Peter Matthews Chamber President 2015

The Chamber have recently celebrated their first AGM as an incorporated company which also marked the inauguration of new president, Peter Matthews.

Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce have recently hit a significant milestone as they celebrated their 99th President’s Dinner and First AGM as an incorporated company on Thursday the 19th of March. Attended by over 150 Bournemouth Chamber members, the AGM was a night of glamour and elegance celebrated at the esteemed Connaught Hotel in Bournemouth. The night also marked a new chapter for BCTC as previous BCTC President, Mandy Payne, stepped down following her two terms in office. The momentous evening then saw the inauguration of new BCTC President, Peter Matthews, into office.

Peter Matthews has been the General Manager of Castlepoint Shopping Park since 2005 and now, as president of BCTC, he will be looking to continue the excellent work which Mandy Payne laid in place during her tenure as president. Beales breakfast, Banter, “BH on the go”, all networking opportunities will continue with vigour. Moving forward, Peter has also set some new priorities for the chamber including invigorating the BCTC website, creating a Town Centre Business Forum, and developing better links with businesses and schools across Bournemouth.

As the immediate past president, Mandy Payne has assured that Peter Matthews and the president elect, including new Vice Presidents, Gordon Long and Martin Davies, will have her full backing as BCTC moves on to a new chapter: I would like to wish the best of luck to the new President. I will be there to support him and the president elect whole heartedly as the Immediate Past President.”

Commenting on his inauguration, Peter Matthews has said: “I am extremely flattered and proud to have been elected to the post of President and must take this opportunity to thank the outgoing President Mandy Payne for leaving the Chamber in such a positive place.  Mandy will be a hard act to follow, but rest assured “I’m up for it”!”

The ethos of the chamber is to be a centre of influence that can create a better business community in the Borough.  I believe that the Chamber does a good job, but we are always open to suggestions as to how to improve our service and opportunities for our members and reach into the community as a whole.  If our support and service helps businesses to generate employment, support charities, conquer environmental challenges and simply make people happier, then we will be doing a good job, especially in what is still a difficult economic climate.”
For more information on the Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce visit:http://www.bournemouthchamber.org.uk/.

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