Minister visits to lend his support

Ray Mason, Ed Davey, Christina Ewbank and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd at the presentation

Ray Mason, Ed Davey, Christina Ewbank and Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd at the presentation

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GOVERNMENT minister for business, innovation and skills, Ed Davey, visited Eastbourne last week to support the latest initiative by the area’s Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has launched a move to increase substantially the range of services and level of support that will be available to boost the development, growth and prosperity of employers and businesses in Wealden and Eastbourne.

‘The future is brighter for Eastbourne businesses’ is the claim by the Chamber of Commerce leaders following announcement of them merging their range of business support services with those of local enterprise agency, EDEAL.

Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce president Christina Ewbank and Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Ltd chief executive Ray Mason hosted a celebration to mark the announcement held at the Royal Sovereign Yacht Club.

Although both organisations will remain as separate incorporated entities with all staff remaining employed by their organisations, both teams will shortly begin working together from the Chamber’s Hyde Gardens offices. Ray Mason, who is to become chief executive of both organisations, said, “We are determined to build on past successes but we recognise the need for a membership organisation such as the Chamber of Commerce to evolve and adapt if it is to meet the needs of the 21st Century, let alone the challenges set by the current economic period.” Christina Ewbank added, “Our combined organisation will have greater resources – finances and people – to give an even stronger voice for businesses throughout Eastbourne and Wealden.”

Minister Ed Davey said, “What a tremendous merger for Eastbourne. This is two organisations coming together to form a brilliant one.”