Former presidents of Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce are being urged to get in touch to help it celebrate 100 years of supporting businesses in the county.
The double award-winning organisation is marking its centenary in 2017 and asking ex-Chamber presidents to get involved in the celebrations to commemorate the important milestone.
Established in 1917, Northamptonshire Chamber was formed as boot and shoe manufacturers grew concerned over exports during the First World War. Today it is one of the oldest surviving business support companies in Northamptonshire.
Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “In 2017 we will be celebrating the Chamber’s centenary and we would like to hear from as many former presidents as possible. These people formed a key part in Northamptonshire Chamber’s history and where we are today, and as a result of their contribution we would like to get them involved in the celebrations.
“They will be joining current and past board directors and former CEOs as well as other members and partners who have shaped the Chamber into becoming a successful business support organisation and, as of today, being the UK’s best chamber of commerce.”
Over the course of the last 99 years, the Chamber membership has grown to represent a diverse mix of businesses ranging from sole traders, through to SMEs, large PLCs and global organisations in the county.
A few months ago, it was named ‘Chamber of the Year’ and for the second year running received 'Excellence In Membership Services' award at the prestigious Chamber Awards 2015, organised by the British Chambers of Commerce.
The Chamber has also been assisted by the Northampton Chronicle & Echo which has allowed access to its newspaper archives to compile a timeline of key historical events.
Paul added: “We have already set up a committee to look at further potential activities and events to create a spectacular year of celebration to mark 100 years of Northamptonshire Chamber. This will include a centenary publication and much more - 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Northamptonshire Chamber.”
Anyone who can help the Chamber get in touch with former presidents should ask for Paul Griffiths and call 01604 490490 whilst people with archive material can email Laura Smith on firstname.lastname@example.org