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New President for Cornwall Chamber

A new President has been appointed at the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.

Cornwall based businessman, Toby Parkins, is taking over the Presidency from Sue Hook who has held the position for the past 10 months.

The appointment was confirmed at the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce’s Board Meeting on Monday 12th November and the board is delighted to announce Toby as their new President, whilst thanking Sue for her hard work.

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce said: “Under Sue’s leadership the Chamber has grown in membership, is a stronger organisation and has achieved a higher profile. We are excited to now move forward with Toby as our new President who will be instrumental in leading our three year strategy. Toby runs a growing business in a sector which is going to be very important to Cornwall, he is full of ideas and very collaborative.”

Kim continued, “Toby will help us to achieve our new mission of building the prosperity of Cornwall, by making it easier to do business in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He is committed to increasing membership in line with our strategy and to be a leading advocate alongside me on everything the Chamber wants to do.”

Kim added: “The Chamber of Commerce is at an interesting juncture as Cornwall has reached a significant stage of development in terms of business progress — with the university producing more graduates and the apprenticeship scheme being embraced by businesses in the county. Toby will lead the Chamber of Commerce at this exciting stage of Cornwall’s development, having the breadth of vision across many sectors of business.”

Toby Parkins, Founder and Managing Director UKNetWeb in St Agnes is looking forward to his new challenge saying:

“It was an honour to be asked to take the role and after an excellent year of Sue Hook’s leadership many things have been accomplished. The Chamber has excellent relationships with various public sector bodies, other business networks, education institutions and importantly the LEP. This means there are lots of opportunities for businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to really shape change and drive it forward. We need to create more and better jobs throughout the county and with some good groundwork already in place in certain sectors, now is the time to really make the most of it.”

The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce was established in 1988 and has since worked hard to improve the prosperity and competitiveness of Cornish businesses. Its network links over 2000 organisations across all sectors and size of businesses throughout Cornwall, whilst also being part of the British Chamber of Commerce and linked to 54 regional Chambers across the UK.

For more information on The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.cornwallchamber.co.uk

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