Aspirations for chamber of trade’s contribution to area

From left, Lee Richardson, Jacky Beesley and Jenny Wilkinson.
From left, Lee Richardson, Jacky Beesley and Jenny Wilkinson.

A business group’s new leadership team will be working to widen its appeal.

During the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade’s AGM, there was an election for the key roles and Jacky Beesley is now the chairman.

Jenny Wilkinson is the new vice chairman and Lee Richardson the newly appointed deputy vice chairman.

They will continue the work of the chamber to help all of the area’s businesses and traders to get their voice heard, their business known and to introduce member-led initiatives that will benefit them, their employees and their families.

Outlining her aspirations, Jacky said: “We wish to increase and widen the membership base to appeal to a wider range of businesses in our area.

“These include accountants, professional business/development consultants, building trades, leisure, manufacturers, pubs and restaurants through to health, dental and veterinary practices, but any business/organisation that cares about and wishes to influence decisions made that might affect trading in Morpeth and the surrounding district is welcome.

“Our close links with the county council and Morpeth Town Team make joining the chamber an obvious choice.

“We also aspire to co-opt interested parties, individuals living and working in Morpeth who have some free time and wish to volunteer their help and expertise and our schools to support the marketing and delivery of our projects.

“We wish to get behind the Shop Local campaign and so this is a project that will be part of our aspirations this year.”

In addition to the current open networking opportunities, the group is aiming to organise additional events for members – some run by members and some by external speakers – that will be aimed at adding value to running and developing member businesses.

Jacky added: “A final aspiration for this year to recognise the achievements of, and promote, Morpeth businesses is now under way.

“Last year, Jenny and I had the privilege of being invited to the Sanderson Arcade Awards ceremony as we sponsored an award for best use of social media.

“On behalf of the chamber, I stated then that we would love to see this awards event (with some wide ranging categories) broadened to include all of Morpeth town centre businesses.

“We have been in discussions with Sanderson Arcade centre manager Medi Parry and there will be updates over the next few months on the Morpeth awards event that is being planned.”