No time for a summer slowdown
A traditionally quieter season for business has been busy this year
I became your new President in March, three months earlier than planned and I can’t believe how time has flown. We’re almost at the end of the summer already with our annual dinner in Durham Cathedral fast approaching.
The summer months used to be considered a quiet time for businesses with manufacturing companies closing for a two-week holiday period and meetings being arranged around staff holidays. But now things are very different with companies trying to ensure order books are filled and work continues throughout the summer at a steady pace with technology playing a part in supporting this move to seamless working. I know my own company has been kept busy with prospective and existing customers, alongside making plans for changes to further extend flexible working for our team.
And it’s interesting to see how the Chamber summer calendar has reflected this changing business practice with more regular events being held and more over-subscribed, at a time of year when you might expect fewer people attending. This is a great indication of the value members place in Chamber membership and events as they
attend them to help them grow their knowledge; learn from their peers
and find out more about what makes companies successful.
Other highlights of the summer have included our Tees Valley ‘Drawing the Focus’ event in July which explored why the Tees Valley is set for growth with input from the Combined Authority and companies outlining the exciting developments taking place and being planned in the south of the region.
Members also had the opportunity to meet with Adam Marshall, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce and with the South African High Commissioner, Nomatemba “Thembi” Tambo, daughter of the legendary Oliver Tambo who both visited the Chamber in June.
Also, this year we introduced two President’s summer receptions to the calendar. Held in the centre and south of the region, they saw a good turnout by companies from all over the region providing excellent networking opportunities and a great chance for me to meet and talk with more of our members.
I continue to look forward to meeting more of you, our members as you continue to join us at events in the coming months.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this issue of Contact and its insights into finance and funding.