'It was a difficult decision': Havering business group chairman retires
- Credit: HCCI
The chairman of a group which speaks for businesses in Havering has made the "difficult" decision to retire.
Barry Hicks has headed up the Havering Chamber of Commerce and Industry (HCCI) for six years since 2014, excluding one year for Covid.
His retirement will now be marked in a breakfast meeting held by the HCCI.
Barry said: “It was a difficult decision to retire as I have enjoyed being HCCI chairman for the last six years, especially the showcases and working with Havering businesses, the executive committee and Havering Council.
"I believe going forward, especially after Covid, the chamber is in a great position to benefit Havering business and the community.”
You may also want to watch:
Speaking of the new chairwoman, Janet Smyth, Barry said the chamber is in “good hands”.
He added: “I wish the new committee all the best for the future and I am looking forward to enjoying my retirement and pursuing my hobbies, which include close up magic.”
- 1 West Ham free to build new training facility as council approves plans
- 2 Romford celebrity scandals: Stars who hit headlines for the wrong reasons
- 3 Development coming to Havering: What plans were submitted, approved or rejected in recent months?
- 4 Havering's MPs mourn fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess
- 5 Man charged with attempted bank robbery in Romford to appear in court
- 6 Beam Park station 'can't go ahead without government support', council says
- 7 Mum fears gaping ceiling left by workers will 'collapse' on children
- 8 Women targeted in string of mobile phone thefts at Romford nightclub
- 9 Entry and exit wording on ground by Elm Park car park to be investigated
- 10 Romford's Jesy Nelson denies 'blackfishing' accusations
Janet joined the chamber when she opened her business, Inline Accounts Ltd, in 2017.
She said: “Havering Chamber of Commerce was critical to my own business journey; providing support, information, contacts and guidance.
“My aim is to be able to provide similar opportunities to Havering businesses and look forward to the challenge of developing the Havering Chamber of Commerce further.”
A presentation will be held on September 29 at the Havering Indoor Bowls Club to mark Barry's retirement and thanking him for his contribution.
Members will also have the chance to speak to the council's deputy cabinet member for business recovery, Cllr Dilip Patel, who will be in attendance.
Cllr Patel is keen to hear directly from businesses what support and assistance would be helpful to them.
The chamber hold breakfast meetings on the last Wednesday of every month. Membership starts from £70 per year and enquiries can be sent to email@example.com.