For us it has been a very special year being our centenary year.  Brixham Chamber was founded In November 1923 when around 50 Brixham tradesmen met to agree actions aimed at improving the town of Brixham; a hundred years later that tradition continues.  We decided to mark our centenary year by celebrating the individuals, organisations and businesses that work to make Brixham a fantastic place to live.

The centenary awards and gala ball were organised by Aaron Dowling, our treasurer.  It was a huge amount of work and without the hours Aaron put in they would not have been the success that they were.  A massive thankyou to Aaron.  We would also like to thank our independent judging panel who gave up their time to review and select these worthy projects.  I know it was a hard Job and we are very grateful. So a big thankyou to Elizabeth Devonport, Jim Parker, Jacqui Shaw, Elizabeth Pippett and Emily Pearson.

I would once again like to thank each member of the executive for their hard work and support for the year.  It is because of their hard work that the Chamber has once again been able to achieve as much, as it has.  Though we have a very effective team there is always room for a few more to share the load, even if it is just to have another opinion at meetings.  If anyone is thinking about joining, then please let us know.  You will be very welcome.  Come along and I am sure you will find it a worthwhile experience.  I would also like to thank Mike Franchi for his work on our website this year.  He is responsible for keeping our website up to date with all the great articles which I hope you find interesting.

This year has been my fifth full year as chair and each year has presented its own challenges.  I feel very lucky to have been holding the reins during the chambers centenary year and it has been great to be able to support some of the fantastic groups that we have in our town.  Brixham Chamber still has a very healthy membership standing at 116 members, at the time of writing this, which means we are still the 3rd largest Chamber in Devon behind Plymouth and Exeter.  For a town of our size this is a massive achievement.  We are a very active Chamber and are always looking at ways in which we can benefit the businesses of Brixham.  I believe that we do this well considering our finite resources however as I have said before we are always looking to see how we can improve and do things better which is why I love being part of Brixham Chamber and am honoured to be its current Chairman.

Matt Crabtree
Brixham Chamber of Commerce

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