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joins the board McDonald’s franchisee Douglas Wright has joined the board of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce (GBCC). The managing director of Wright

First EV charging point installed at Chamber House

Well connected: Mark Woodhouse (left), brand manager at Johnsons Volkswagen Birmingham and Lucian Groza make first use of the Chamber’s new electric vehicle charging point.

By Dan Harrison

Electric car users can now benefit from super-fast charging at Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce’s Edgbaston headquarters. The Chamber’s first electrical vehicle charging point

has been installed at Chamber House in Harborne Road. The Rolec EV charger was installed by Chamber members Eviva Services, while the first vehicle to utilise the new technology was Johnsons Volkswagen Birmingham’s new all-electric Volkswagen ID.3. Electric vehicle users will be able to identify, locate

and pay for use of the charger via a mobile app that can be downloaded from Vehicles can then be charged at a cost of 25p per kilowatt. Shakir Whayeb, director of IT and central services at

the Chamber, said: “I’m delighted to have worked with our Chamber member Eviva Services on the installation

of our first electric vehicle charging point here at Chamber House. “I’m even more delighted to see our first customer

being another valued member of the Chamber, Johnsons Volkswagen, with their new ID.3 vehicle.” Dylan Welch, electrical supervisor at Eviva Services,

said: “It was a real honour working to provide EV charging capability for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, of whom we are now proud members. With the installation of a super-fast three- phase Rolec EV charger, the Chambers can now provide facilities with a charging rate that is 10 times the speed of a standard single-phase charger.” Mark Woodhouse, brand manager at Johnsons

Volkswagen Birmingham, said: “It is great to be a partner with the Chamber of Commerce. The timing with the launch of the new Iconic ID3 couldn’t be better, as the carbon neutral 1st Edition starts to land at our Volkswagen retailers throughout the Midlands.”

Restaurants T/A McDonald’s becomes a non-executive director. He was appointed as a GBCC council member at the Chamber’s annual meeting last year. Mr Wright began his career at McDonald’s at the age of 16 and worked his way up in the McDonald’s corporate world. He became a franchisee in 2002

and has since expanded across the Greater Birmingham region, now owning 20 restaurants. His business is a patron of GBCC. Mr Wright was awarded the Fred

L Turner award, a global accolade for the best McDonald’s franchisees. He chairs Ronald McDonald

House Charities in Birmingham. Mr Wright was also named a Deputy Lieutenant in the West Midlands and received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University in 2019. Mr Wright said: “I’m delighted to

be joining the board of GBCC. It’s a great honour for me personally and I look forward to being a custodian of a momentous organisation that has been woven in the DNA of Birmingham since 1813.”

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