New team is in place for chamber of trade

(l-r): Sarah Clough, vice-chair, Julie Summers, chair, and Kelly Oliver Dougall, secretary, of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade.

(l-r): Sarah Clough, vice-chair, Julie Summers, chair, and Kelly Oliver Dougall, secretary, of Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade.

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A new team is looking to build on the success promoting Whitley Bay.

A wealth of business experience has been appointed to the Whitley Bay Chamber of Trade, with the aim to encourage new members and facilitate social opportunities.

Julie Summers has been appointed chairman; Sarah Clough, duty manager at the Windsor Hotel, as vice-chair; and Kelly Oliver Dougall, owner of Cygnet Careers, as secretary. Jim Morrison remains membership secretary and June Tolson as treasurer.

Julie, owner of Olives at the Station with her husband Martin, said: “I am delighted to have been elected as Chair.

“I am passionate both as a resident and business owner to help build on the Chamber’s foundations and strive to see the membership numbers increase including appealing to businesses who may not be retail based within the town centre but still contribute to the local community.”

The next Chamber meeting is on February 18, 5.30pm for 6pm start, at Olives at the Station.

The chamber is extending an invitation to new members including home-based businesses and creative industries.

The Chamber of Trade supports local business owners through monthly meetings with informative guest speakers and the introduction of ten minute ‘take away’ slots designed to give members useful information they can utilise for their business such as social media hints, VAT tips, time management strategies or coping with stress.

Positively promoting Whitley Bay businesses is at the core of the Chambers aims, collectively coming together as a community to network and have a non-political voice and influence regarding local wide issues that may affect businesses within the town.

Lisa Crowther, clinic director at Whitley Bay Clinic and recent winner of the 2015 North Tyneside New Business Award, said: “As a new business in the heart of Whitley Bay I feel it is important to engage with other businesses and support the Chamber for the wider benefit of the area in contributing to the growth of the local economy.”

Julie added: “All are welcome with new ideas and initiatives as we believe we are stronger together as a unified voice.”

The annual membership is £48 and forms are available to download on the website at www.wbcot.co.uk