The 59th AGM of Shaftesbury and District Chamber of Commerce saw a good turnout on 10th April. Members and non-members were all welcomed.
Chairman Clive Carter and the executive committee were all unanimously and enthusiastically voted back in for a second year.
There were one or two changes though. Rob Neeley of The Dorset Store stepped down from the position of recruitment officer, a position he has held for many years. Rob will remain on the committee in his other position as publications officer producing the SP7 directory. Rob explained that he is now working with Shaftesbury in Bloom so shops and businesses can still expect to see him calling on them. The meeting applauded Rob for his amazing energy and enthusiasm over the years and reported that membership was at an all time high of around 100.
Baker Sarah McDonnell of Indulge stepped down from the executive committee due to her business commitments but will still help with the Christmas sub-committee. Skills officer Andy Davison will also be stepping down having been promoted to a position which will require him to work for Weston-Super-Mare.
The two positions will be filled by Andrew Burton of Country Cars and by Dennis Hughes of The Beadster on Gold Hill who will take over the role of recruitment officer.
Vice chair and communications officer James Hughes showed the meeting the new Chamber website and asked for members to supply their business details to populate the directory. James also pointed out that both members and non-members can sign up to receive the newsletter to keep up to date with events and meetings. http://www.shaftesburychamber.co.uk
James showed a video of the achievements of the Chamber during the past year and the meeting agreed that it had been a very successful time.
Best Dorset destination
Although the Chamber cannot take all the credit it was also encouraged to note that Shaftesbury was recommended as a top destination in Dorset. A readers survey published in the April edition of Which? Magazine recommended Shaftesbury as one of the best places in to visit in Dorset ahead of the larger towns of Sherborne and Dorchester. The views across the Blackmore Vales, The Abbey museum and Gold Hill were cited as the main attractions. The Chamber would also add to these the thriving business community and the vibrant High Street full of exciting independent shops and cafes.