Posted: 12/05/17 by Northamptonshire Chamber
An organisation which has supported Northamptonshire’s business community for 100 years will officially launch its centenary celebrations this month.
Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce was established in 1917 and is celebrating a century of working in partnership with Northamptonshire businesses with a series of events this year, including 100 activities in 100 days.
The official launch of the celebrations will take place on Monday, May 22, which marks the beginning of the 100 day countdown to the Chamber’s AGM on October 10 which will be held at The Guildhall in Northampton where the organisation’s first AGM was held exactly 100 years to the day earlier.
The centenary launch event on May 22 will feature an exclusive reception for invited past presidents and long-standing members and employees of the Chamber at Barton Hall Hotel in Kettering.
Chief executive Paul Griffiths said: “We are proud to be the county’s largest business support agency and its oldest.
“We have become an influential, highly respected organisation that has made huge progress over the decades but I believe the aims of the current Northamptonshire Chamber of Commerce have much in common with the Chamber of 100 years ago.
“It is still underpinned by the principles of the original Chamber - a member focused organisation, bringing businesses together to lobby government and other public bodies with a united voice, and to promote economic prosperity, international trade, and the advancement of skill levels within the local workforce.
“We are delighted to be celebrating our landmark anniversary with our members during a series of events throughout 2017.”
Northamptonshire Chamber was launched to champion the voices of local boot and shoe manufacturers who were concerned about exports during the First World War.
To start with it represented 125 members in Northampton but 100 years on it champions the views and concerns of a third of Northamptonshire’s entire workforce.
To find out more about the Chamber visit www.northants-chamber.co.uk.