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March 2015: Mandy Payne Presidency of BCTC comes to an end.

Mandy Payne Immediate Past President

This March marks the end of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce President, Mandy Payne’s, two terms in office.

A chapter in the history of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce is coming to an end this March as current President, Mandy Payne, will be stepping down after two terms in office. The Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce has witnessed big changes and an overhaul since the start of Mandy’s Presidency two years ago, and is set to continue its successful journey.

Mandy’s work with the Chamber has included continually working to promote the Chamber both in the centre of Bournemouth and beyond, from walking on fire, treading on ice and jet packing 12ft above the Sand Banks sea-line.

As President, Mandy helped develop the innovative Charities Forum which has marked a significant achievement for the Chamber, creating an industry leading charities network group of which there is no comparison. This has made the BCTC Charities Forum a leading voice in the industry with several other chambers across the UK looking to their example.

During her two terms, Mandy also assisted in developing the Green Knowledge Network, which spreads the “green word” and helps Bournemouth businesses become more environmentally focused or “go green”.  Mandy has also turned the internal systems of Bournemouth Chamber entirely green; all Chamber resources and documentation are now paperless and available online.

Furthermore, during Mandy’s two terms as President, the profile of Bournemouth Chamber has continued to rise due to a number of events which enabled the BCTC to link with the wider Bournemouth community and Trading Group Associations. The successful “BCTC On the Road” business networking events are a prime example of this.

Mandy has always been determined to help local business districts grow.  With the BCTC Executive Board by her side Mandy worked closely alongside various Trading Group Associations to provide help which has enabled the groups, as well as there associated areas, to grow and improve.

Throughout her presidency Mandy has also shown a clear passion to develop internal communications within the Chamber. As part of this, the internal structure of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce has been streamlined.  Thanks to the 100% commitment of the elected Executives within the Chamber, those members have taken on roles which have produced outstanding results. This has resulted in an improvement of internal and external communications, alongside a Chamber with a more professional, focused outlook, enabling great positive change.

The BCTC is now also represented by its members across all major Bournemouth organisations. This has improved external relationships between the Chamber and wider Bournemouth area resulting in closer working relations with the Town Council and allowing the BCTC to be part of Bournemouth’s ongoing development.

Most recently Mandy helped Bournemouth Chamber open up international links with Lucerne, a town in Switzerland which is officially twinned with Bournemouth. Mandy began talks with Lucerne’s Chamber of Commerce alongside pushing educational and exchange opportunities between the two towns.

Commenting on her two terms in office Mandy Payne has said: “It has been a huge joy to be President of Bournemouth Chamber of Trade and Commerce for the past two years. I would like to thank everyone who ever supported me through these two terms.

As I take on my new role as the Immediate Past President, I am looking forward to continuing working with the BCTC, focusing my efforts on making contacts with wider Dorset, as well as international connections and supporting growing Bournemouth businesses.

I would like to wish the best of luck to the new President. I will be there to support him whole heartedly in my new role

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