30/03/2011 - Permalink

New Chair and Vice Chair for Shropshire Business Board

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The Shropshire Business Board has announced its new Chairman and Vice Chairman.

Mrs Mandy Thorn, Managing Director of Marches Care Ltd in Shrewsbury, accepted the Chairmanship and Mr Arthur Hill, of CH Hill & Sons in Much Wenlock, accepted the Vice Chairmanship of the Board, which is now in its third year.

Mandy has a strong business background in public transport, the car industry and is a central figure in the care industry. She holds a business envoy role within Shropshire Chamber of Commerce and works with social enterprises within the county. Marches Care Ltd is a family-based business employing 150 people.

Mandy said:

“I am really delighted to accept the Chairmanship. I am passionate about Shropshire business enterprise and am excited to be working with a strong Board to drive forward opportunities to support the county’s small businesses in these challenging economic times.”

Arthur Hill has worked in the county’s land based and tourism business sectors throughout his career.

Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for economy and waste said:

“Mandy and Arthur are great appointments. Their complementary skills will provide the Board with strong leadership at a crucial time for our local economy.”

The position of Chairman of the Shropshire Business Board became vacant when the inaugural chairman, Dr Geoffrey Davies OBE, accepted the Chairmanship of The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Shropshire Business Board was set up in May 2008 to guide economic development priorities for the county and provides ongoing support and advice to Shropshire Council on economic development issues.

Further information about Shropshire Business Board
1. The Shropshire Business Board was set up in May 2008 to guide economic development priorities for the county. The Board includes some of the county’s biggest employers (Muller Dairy Ltd, Market Drayton; Marches Care Ltd; Salop Leisure Ltd, Shrewsbury; Kerry Foods and Flavours, Tembury Wells; Tudor Griffiths Group Limited, Ellesmere), and a number of representatives from various business support organisations, Jobcentre Plus, the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce & Enterprise Ltd and the Federation of Small Businesses.

2. The Shropshire Business Board provides support and advice to Shropshire Council on economic development issues on an ongoing basis, including: service development issues, feeding into the wider Marches Local Enterprise Partnership.  Work of the Business Board has focussed on increasing local procurement opportunities for small businesses, raising the profile of Shropshire as a business investment location and creating a Business Mentoring Scheme, working with Shropshire’s Business Ambassadors to promote a business culture that encourages the sharing of expertise and knowledge to promote economic growth.