Derbyshire Chamber appoints new chief

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce has named Ian Greenaway, managing director of MTM Products (I.S.P.P.) Limited, as its new President for 2011/12.

He takes up the role following a successful term from outgoing President Ian Morgan, who handed over his chains of office at the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting at Alliance Boots today (Thursday 20 October 2011).

Mr Greenaway, a long-standing Chamber Board Director, lives in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and has a strong manufacturing background, having been Managing Director of Chesterfield-based industrial label and nameplate-maker MTM Products (I.S.P.P.) Limited since 1996.

The theme of his year in office will be skills, training and education.

He said: “I am delighted to be serving as President of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce for the coming year. I assume the Presidency at a crucial time. The Chamber has just released the results of its latest Quarterly Economic Survey for the third quarter of the year and once again, the results were disappointing, with the pace of economic growth remaining slow.

“Coming from a manufacturing background myself, I know how tough things are out there at the moment. However, I firmly believe that are still plenty of opportunities for growth and the Chamber will be doing all it can over the next 12 months and beyond to help its members make the most of them.

“The theme for 2011 has been a Year for Growth and I intend to push that forward well into 2012 and beyond, by campaigning to ensure that any new rules, regulations and policies introduced create the right conditions for businesses to flourish and grow, rather than holding them back.

“It’s also important to ensure that we have the right blend of skills, qualifications and experience in the local job market and this is an area that is extremely close to my heart.

“I want skills and training to be the main theme of my year in office, with particular emphasis placed on encouraging businesses and education and training providers to work together in true partnership to help unlock the potential of our school-leavers and young adults. After all, they are the business leaders of tomorrow and I think that we all have a duty to help nurture their talents.”

Outgoing President Ian Morgan added: “It has been a great honour and privilege to serve as the Chamber’s President and Chairman of the Board of Directors during such a fast-paced and exciting year and I am extremely proud of the role the Chamber has played in both the campaigning for and championing of local business over the last 12 months.

“Few in the region could have failed to miss news of the ongoing situation at Bombardier, the UK’s last remaining train-maker based in Derby, which lost out on the £1.4bn Thameslink contract to German firm Siemens, a move totally at odds with the Government’s rhetoric about supporting British business.

“The Chamber, along with other local partners, played a leading role in ensuring the campaign to look again at the decision reached the highest corridors of power in Westminster and beyond.

“During my year in office, the Chamber has also used its considerable influence to raise awareness on a host of other issues including the campaign to stop the Workplace Parking Levy in Nottingham, for which it won a prestigious national award, lobbying against the shelving of vital local infrastructure projects including the widening of the A453, encouraging more local firms to take on apprentices and campaigning to bring High Speed Rail to the East Midlands.

“I wish Ian the best of luck in his new role and am sure he will take the Chamber even further forward during 2012.”

Along with the appointment of Mr Greenaway as President, Dawn Edwards, Managing Director of Nottingham-based business and training consultancy Challenge Consult, was elected as a new Board Director, while existing Directors Richard Wilkins, Geoff Poyzer and Russell Thompson were re-elected to the Board.

Former Chamber Presidents Phil Stanyer and Richard Horsley will be joint Vice Presidents for 2011/12.