Merger provides stronger voice for local business

EASTBOURNE’S Chamber of Commerce is merging with the Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency to boost business.

It is hoped the merger will increase the range of services and level of support available to boost the development, growth and prosperity of employers and businesses in Eastbourne and Wealden.

Government Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills Edward Davey was due to visit Eastbourne yesterday afternoon (Thursday) to support the merger.

Chamber of Commerce leaders say that by merging the range of business support, the ‘future will be brighter for Eastbourne businesses’.

Eastbourne & District Chamber of Commerce president Christina Ewbank and Eastbourne and District Enterprise Agency Ltd chief executive Ray Mason announced the merger at Royal Sovereign Yacht Club.

They said that 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 Garden 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 many challenges that have been set by the current economic period.”

President Christina Ewbank said, “The focus will remain on the key areas within the town and surrounding areas, those of workforce, education, tourism and economic growth.

“Our combined organisation will have greater resources – finances and people – to give an even stronger voice for businesses throughout Eastbourne and Wealden.”

MP Stephen Lloyd was at the event to show his support for the merger which will he said will bring renewed hope and prosperity to many local businesses.