Dorset Chamber has been praised by the highly-respected Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), for its progressive and optimistic outlook, and its help in influencing government policy on coronavirus.
Dorset Chamber is the voice of business in Dorset and it is the only chamber in Dorset accredited to the BCC. Having recently decided to change its ‘Signature’ events to ‘Business Leaders’ events, they invited Dr Marshall to join them for the first meeting, taking place over Zoom. Chamber president Liz Willingham led a discussion with Dr Marshall before opening the floor for questions. Together they covered everything from the economic outlook and business support to the coronavirus and new working patterns.
During the meeting, which was attended by nearly 50 business owners, directors and senior managers, Dr Marshall spoke of how well Dorset was regarded nationally as a ‘modern, forward-looking and optimistic’ chamber.
He also urged local businesses to continue raising concerns as they surfaced, to help influence and change government policy in the early stages, adding: “Tell us what the issues are, what the trends are and where the difficulties are. Tell us what is going on in your business so we can tell government. Every piece of information is really important.”
Chief Executive of Dorset Chamber Ian Girling, said: “We were delighted that Adam Marshall could join us for our first Business Leaders event.
“He has been doing a fantastic job, leading the British Chambers of Commerce and helping inform Government at the highest levels.
“As a member of the British Chambers, this has enabled us to effectively lobby at the highest level which has seen some direct changes to policy and help for businesses that have been falling through the gaps.
“We discussed some of the key issues facing Dorset businesses and it was great to hear feedback from Dr Marshall on how well Dorset Chamber is regarded at a national level.”