Appeal for more new businesses to join town chamber

Sudbury Chamber of Commerce's new chairman, Robin Bailey.
Sudbury Chamber of Commerce's new chairman, Robin Bailey.

Robin Bailey has been named as the new chairman of Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Mr Bailey, who is a design engineer, has been a member of the chamber for more than five years and was appointed chairman at the group’s annual meeting.

He has lived in Sudbury for more than 40 years and has been president and secretary of Sudbury Bowls Club and captain of Newton Green Golf Club, as well as being involved with other community organisations.

He said: “We hope to be able to recruit more members by making the chamber more accessible.

“For example, by having ‘stop and talk’ meetings in and outside business hours. We will have an improved new website and interactive Facebook page.

“I hope that these initiatives will encourage smaller or start-up businesses to join and use the chamber in new ways which are more convenient to them.”

Mr Bailey, who runs What-If Design Solutions in Sudbury, said he wanted to see an increase in membership, as well as supporting businesses and getting more involved in the local community.

He added: “We have a current membership of 65, which we intend to increase to at least 100.

“With a larger membership, we will be more able to lobby for improvements for local businesses and represent their interests.”

Mr Bailey said that, with a larger number of members, the chamber would will be in a stronger position to be able to collaborate with other town organisations.

“If we can encourage a wider spectrum of businesses to get involved, we will become a stronger lobby when issues arise that effect the day-to-day running of our local business community,” he added.