Newly appointed president takes centre stage at the Dorset Chamber

Dorset Chamber chief executive Ian Girling

Tony Brown, the newly appointed president, has officially took over the reins at the Dorset Chamber.

He assumed the role from the current president, Caron Khan, during an annual meeting, where members were appraised of a “successful year” despite the challenging business environment.

As the chamber gears up to commemorate its 75th anniversary in 2024, plans are underway for a two-week celebration, featuring the return of the Business Festival and the prestigious Dorset Business Awards.

Ian Girling, who marks his 10th anniversary at the helm of the chamber, said: “It has been another successful year. Our highlight of 2023 was the Dorset Business Festival, a four-day celebration that included a networking launch, a major conference and expo and the return of the Dorset Business Awards.

“With a footfall of over 800 businesses, this was the largest and most ambitious project ever undertaken by the Dorset Chamber. A huge thank you goes to our amazing team and to all of our festival partners.  You can expect to see the festival return in October 2024 over two weeks. It’s been extremely challenging for businesses over the last four years with unforeseen global challenges and we will continue to do our absolute best for our business community.”

Tony Brown, managing director of Ferndown-based Y-not-Finance, said: “Dorset Chamber has long been a beacon of collaboration, innovation, and growth. As we navigate the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, I am eager to build upon the strong foundation laid by my predecessors and work collectively with every one of you, to help move our chamber to even greater heights.”

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