Chamber of Commerce launched in Sussex

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Businesses throughout Sussex are set to benefit from the latest initiative from the area’s Chamber of Commerce launched on April 7 to increase substantially the range of services and level of support that will be available to boost the development, growth and prosperity of local employers and businesses.

Government Minister for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Ed Davey, attended the launch event where the Chamber announced it will be merging its range of business support services with those of local enterprise agency, EDEAL.

Following the announcement Ed Davey commented: “What a tremendous merger for Sussex. This is two organisations coming together to form a brilliant one.”

Both organisations are already successful in their own right, Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce (EDCC) President, Christina Ewbank, and Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Ltd (EDEAL) Chief Executive, Ray Mason, pointed out during a celebration to mark the announcement held at the Royal Sovereign Yacht Club.

The merger of complimentary services and resources follows an agreement to bring EDEAL under the control of EDCC, which will help create a new dynamic in accelerating economic growth in Sussex.

Although both organisations will remain as separate incorporated entities with all staff remaining employed by their organisations, both teams will shortly begin working together from the Chamber’s Hyde Gardens, Eastbourne offices.

Ray Mason, who is to become chief executive of both organisations, commented: “We are determined to build on past successes but we recognise the need for a membership organisation such as the Chamber of Commerce to evolve and adapt if it is to meet the needs of the 21st Century, let alone the challenges set by the current economic period”.

President, Christina Ewbank, also stressed, that the focus will remain on the key areas within the town and surrounding areas, those of workforce, education, tourism and economic growth.

She said: “Our combined organisation will have greater resources – finances and people – to give an even stronger voice for businesses throughout Eastbourne and Wealden”.