THE future for businesses in Hailsham ‘looks particularly bright’, according to the newly appointed Chairman of Hailsham & District Chamber of Commerce.
Anton Bree, managing director of Ross & Co Chartered Surveyors, has taken over the important town wide role from Malcolm Adams, proprietor of Hailsham Jewellers, who worked hard for the past four years as previous chairman.
Mr Bree, a former student at Hailsham Community College, will be supported by Andrew Rannie, of Hart Reade Solicitors, as Vice-Chairman.
Mr Bree said: “My aim for the next 12 months is to encourage the expansion of membership of the Chamber in order to provide a greater voice for the business community.
“In these difficult times it is hard to spare the time to network, but I want to get more local business people to participate in the Chamber’s activities, such as the Breakfast Club and Chamber meetings, which give excellent opportunities to promote business, meet with like-minded businessmen and women and keep abreast of local developments and events.”
Mr Bree, originally from Eastbourne, has been in the property industry for 30 years. He is married with two sons. Mr Bree acquired Ross & Co in 2008. The business was established in 1982.
He added: “Members can promote their businesses through the Chamber website (www.hailshamchamberofcommerce.co.uk) and benefit from our profile and influence in the community.”
The new chairman acknowledged that Hailsham had experienced a rough ride during the storm of the worldwide economic crisis. But the opening of new shops including ASDA in the Quintins, the transfer of district council staff from Crowborough and plans for Swallow Business Park all point to a thriving town, he said.
The new chairman added: “With all these developments, the future for Hailsham looks particularly bright.”
The cost of Chamber membership is £60 per annum and the Breakfast Club costs £8.