Business News and the Chamber gets new head ...and Lillian is the new Chamber lead By Jessica Brookes

Lillian Elekan has been appointed as the new head of Solihull Chamber of Commerce. Lillian, originally from Holland,

has previously worked at Entrepreneurs Circle, PT500 Fitness Franchise and Jasper’s Catering Franchise, in a variety of support, growth and development manager roles. She speaks Dutch, English,

French and German, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Utrecht University and the University of Amsterdam. Lillian, who has now started her

new role at Solihull Chamber, is hoping to bring ‘energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas’ to her new role at the Chamber. She said: “I want to create a

vibrant and engaged business community in Solihull with the Chamber as central point, where businesses really benefit from our support, our training, our events and the overall member community.

“I love working with business

owners and decision makers to make their businesses thrive and love how in this role their business success will have a positive impact on the local community as well in terms of employment, standard of living and education. “It's such an exciting time for

Solihull, there is so much going on in the area in terms of growth and development, I think it's a great time to be in business in Solihull.” Paul Faulkner, chief executive of

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, of which Solihull is part, said: “We are delighted to welcome Lillian on board. She has some great ideas and will be a huge asset to Solihull as it grows along with key developments in the area. “This is an exciting time for the

whole region and Solihull in particular with the prospect of HS2 on its doorstep along with major developments around it. “There is potential for £1.6bn of

infrastructure investment to be delivered over the next ten years and Solihull Chamber needs to be

‘It's such an exciting time for Solihull, there is so much going on in the area in terms of growth and development,I think it's a great time to be in business in Solihull’

New role: Lillian Elekan

at the heart of that, including Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre, Jaguar Land Rover and Birmingham Business Park.” Kevin Johns, president of Solihull Chamber, said: “We greatly look forward to working with Lillian. We

are heading for a great era in Solihull and the Chamber will ensure that businesses here are at the forefront of those developments.”

• More Solihull news – pages 40 and 41

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