Chairman of Berwick Chamber of Trade steps down

After eight years as chairman of Berwick Chamber of Trade & Commerce, John Haswell has decided to step down due to ill health.

By Ian Smith
Monday, 15 April, 2019, 08:53
John Haswell

He will be working with his colleagues to ensure a smooth handover to his successor later this spring.

John said: “I have been very proud to have served the Berwick business community over the past eight years and I’m very pleased with the progress the Chamber is making in becoming an effective lobbying force for Berwick’s businesses and in providing support to local events and initiatives that attract people to our lovely town.”

John’s involvement with the Chamber was initially sparked by his interest in tourism. He has had a self-catering apartment since 1999 but was dismayed at the lack of tourism marketing for the town.

As a result, he succeeded in getting Berwick’s town walls and Berwick Barracks included on the Northumberland Tourism website.

In his time with the tourism forum, he helped get signs and information panels at Berwick railway station which promoted it as the stop-off point for Holy Island, Bamburgh and the Farne Islands.

He also helped get signage installed at the A1 border crossing at Lamberton.

He helped collect a 3,000-signature petition opposing parking charges and created a leaflet to encourage more coach companies to visit Berwick.

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He was also responsible for regular exhibitions in the vacant former Calendar Club shop unit on Marygate.

Stephen Scott, secretary of the Chamber, added: “John leaves the role of chair at a time when our active involvement and contribution to the town is increasing and our membership is also growing.

“It is crucial that we build on this progress. To do so we need to attract more members to take an active role in the work of the Chamber and more importantly, in order to prolong and accelerate the progress, we need to attract involvement from younger business owners.”

Nominations for the role of chairman will be sought from its members over the next few weeks.

Elections will be held for the role of chairman and other officer roles at its AGM to be held in May.

If you are interested in the work of the Chamber or if you have any questions about the role of its chairman, scontact Stephen Scott by emailing secretary@berwickchamberoftrade.co.uk