Hadleigh Chamber of Commerce has been relaunched, with plans including the revival of the town’s pre-Christmas retail event and a drive for new members.
With the chamber having been dormant for around two years, a new committee has now been formed to identify – and implement – the most useful roles the organisation can play, and to recruit more businesses from in and around the town to join the current membership of 40.
Sean Garnham from the Hadleigh branch of Gant fashion brand retailer Hall Street has been elected chairman and says he is determined to see the chamber promote the spirit of enterprise in Hadleigh and support the interests of the wide range of businesses in the town.
“Hadleigh is a remarkable place,” he says. “It is a small mediaeval market town with a large number of listed buildings set in beautiful Suffolk countryside.
“It is home to one of the UK’s oldest annual agricultural shows and it also has a thriving high street and two industrial estates with different types of businesses large and small.
“Dotted around the town and neighbouring villages there are also very many small businesses and sole traders offering different products and services and covering many trades and professions.”
He added: “The chamber is currently focusing on how we make Hadleigh bigger on the Suffolk map by networking, collaboration and representation.
“We are actively encouraging a wide cross-section of Hadleigh businesses to join, to broaden our perspective, help us understand the needs of the business community in Hadleigh and to develop and deliver useful services for them.”
Among the objectives is to revive the town centre’s traditional pre-Christmas event, which did not take place place last year, with the chamber aiming to collaborate with Hadleigh Town Council and the town’s community steering group.