WARRINGTON Chamber of Commerce has appointed Stephen Fitzsimons as its new Chief Executive.
The Warrington Chamber of Commerce and Industry was established in 1876 and has been serving local businesses for 130 years. It is a local, independent, non-profit making and non-party political organisation that supports and represents local businesses, funded by membership subscriptions.
The Warrington Chamber of Commerce supports local exporters, primarily in Warrington and Vale Royal by producing internationally accredited certificates and authentication documents.
Following the recent passing of the former Chief Executive, Colin Daniels, Stephen joins the Chamber on secondment from Warrington&Co – the growth and regeneration arm of Warrington Borough Council. He has worked in the town for nearly two decades in a variety of different sectors, including heading up membership and external affairs in the North West for Make UK, the national trade body for manufacturing.
The Chamber’s new Chief Executive, Stephen Fitzsimons, said: “It’s a huge honour to be taking over from Colin, during what will be a challenging period for businesses approaching 2021 – in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and outside of the EU.
“There are lots of exciting initiatives we will be introducing and I look forward to supporting businesses in one of the strongest economies in the North.”
The Chamber’s President, Nigel Schofield, said: “We are excited with Stephen’s appointment to Chief Executive as he shares the board’s passion for helping local businesses to prosper.
“We’re certain that Stephen will bring a lot to the role, greatly supporting Warrington and Vale Royal’s businesses. We look forward to seeing the Chamber continue to grow in the future.”
Warrington Borough Council’s Chief Executive, and Chamber Board member, Professor Steven Broomhead MBE, added: “It’s really important for the public and private sectors to be working together to drive Warrington forward, so we were delighted to enable this appointment to support local businesses.”
“We wish Stephen great success in his seconded role and know he will be of great support to the Chamber.”