At the recent Bury St Edmunds Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, attended by a packed business audience, current Chair Colin Knight and current President Andrew Denny stepped down from their roles and former Vice Chair Matt Moss, Financial Director of Poundfield Precast took over the role of Chair with Simon Burton becoming Vice Chair and Colin Knight stepping up as President.
In his speech Matt Moss said: “It has been a challenging but ultimately very successful year for Bury St Edmunds Chamber, with the merger with Suffolk Chamber taking place in July 2014. It was not an easy decision to merge an independent Chamber with over 100 years history into Suffolk Chamber, however we believed that it was the right time to make this change and I very much see Colin Knight’s Chairmanship as being successful in establishing a new era for the Bury St Edmunds Chamber.”
Matt continued, “Business is at the heart of the Bury St. Edmunds community and is the main driving force for economic growth. It is therefore one of our key manifesto actions to work closely with the wider business community and local authorities to help achieve economic growth for our town.”
Principal guest at the event was Jo Churchill, MP for Bury St. Edmunds who highlighted Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s recent campaign launch ‘No More Delays on the A14’ as one of the most important issues on her agenda, and vital for both the local and national economy that Bury St Edmunds and the wider Suffolk area remains accessible for business.
Also taking place at the event was the local launch of the Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service, a new service to support skills development and business. The Apprenticeships Suffolk Business Service is an impartial and independent service designed to help local businesses meet their skills needs through Apprenticeships and was supported by Jo Churchill as important to the growth of local businesses and the local economy.
Matt joined the Chamber in 2009, initially as Treasurer, before becoming a member of the steering committee, helping turn the Chamber’s fortunes around to enable it to invest into the future. In 2012, Matt accepted the position of Vice Chairman in which role he was influential in the successful merger into Suffolk Chamber.