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Chamber of Commerce


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Chamber unveils its ambitious growth plan


New Mayor: Charlotte Hodivala


Sutton Coldfield Chamber of Commerce is aiming to grow to 200 members within the next two to three years to strengthen its role as the voice of the local business community. The ambitious vision for the future of the


newest Chamber in the West Midlands was revealed by Russell Jeans, Birmingham Chamber membership and business services director.


‘We feel that by creating a local Chamber, we are now more effective in serving the local business community’


The Sutton Chamber was launched in July 2015 and in less than a year has signed up around 60 members, giving local businesses a key new ally and lobbying partner. Mr Jeans said: “The Chamber of Commerce is incredibly proud to now have a local chamber in


Sutton Coldfield. We are delighted that it complements the other towns we serve in Lichfield, Tamworth, Cannock, Burton and Solihull. “We feel that by creating a local Chamber, we


are now more effective in serving the local business community. We see the Chamber as a way of disseminating business support that will enable local employers to grow their businesses and create more jobs.” Mr Jeans said feedback from local Sutton


businesses since the launch had been ‘excellent.’ Previously, Sutton was the only major business


district in the West Midlands without a Chamber, despite the constituency boasting an overall total of around 3,500 businesses. The first anniversary/birthday celebrations will


be held at the Belfry on Friday 22 July from 3.30pm to 6.30pm. Members will be admitted free of charge while the cost for non-members is £25 plus VAT.


A new mayor for a


brand new council Sutton Coldfield’s new Council – which has given the town its first Mayor for more than 40 years – has been warmly welcomed by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. In May the fledgling group met for the first


time following a referendum last summer which voted in favour of a Sutton Town Council. The newly elected Mayor is Conservative


Charlotte Hodivala, a mother of two from Walmley who works in healthcare. She is the first Mayor since Donald Mills in 1974. Russell Jeans, Birmingham Chamber


membership and business services director, said: “We welcome Sutton Coldfield Town Council and look forward to working with them and discovering how we might help them achieve their objectives.”


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