South Cheshire Chamber Pays its Respects to the Queen

South Cheshire Chamber of Commerce has joined the chorus of organisations nationwide expressing deep sorrow at the loss of the Queen while commending her support of business down the decades.

Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences campus in Crewe

The Chamber, based at the Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences campus in Crewe, is a leading member of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and all members of staff based locally have signed an international Book of Condolence which will be sent to Buckingham Palace in coming weeks.

Apollo Buckingham Health Sciences campus in Crewe

Her Majesty was a keen supporter of enterprise as Patron of the British Chambers of Commerce for more than 70 years. She became Patron of the BCC on the 23 June 1952, a few months after her ascension to the British throne on 6 February 1952.

South Cheshire Chamber President John Dunning said: “The Queen was a great supporter of business throughout her reign. As a mark of respect, the BCC has set up a Condolence Book for the Royal Family from the BCC and the Chamber Network across the world.

“She has been a frequent visitor to Cheshire down the decades and the Queen’s Award for Enterprise has remained a much-coveted benchmark for UK businesses in the categories of innovation, international trade and sustainable development.

“All members of the South Cheshire Chamber have signed the Condolence Book to pay tribute to the Queen and add messages of compassion to members of the Royal Family at this time. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family on their profound loss.”

The Chamber, a non-political organisation, works to support businesses across South Cheshire representing their interests at district and town council level as well as nationally as a top member of the British Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber speaks up for business on local boards including Cheshire & Warrington LEP, Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council as well as nationally through the BCC and Bank of England Panel.

Founded as Crewe and Nantwich Business Link in 1995, it has one of the highest penetration rates in the country. Membership represents businesses with more than 20,000 local employees.

Mr Dunning added: “The Chamber has three core pillars – representation, providing information and facilitating support for businesses. We aim to inspire and encourage enterprise.

“Like our dear departed Queen we celebrate achievement and encourage people from all walks of life to be ‘the best they can be.’

“The fact that the Queen was BCC Patron for over 70 years, a role perhaps not so publically known, was another symbol of her dedication and commitment to public service.”

The South Cheshire Chamber will celebrate achievement across the local business community at its annual awards ceremony taking place at Reaseheath College on November 18.

Enterprising and inspirational businesses and individuals have been celebrated by the Chamber for 25 years. Judges are currently sifting through this year’s entries.

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