The Chamber Voice - October 2016 Edition
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The privilege of working with a guide dog 

As some members may already be aware, I am a visually impaired person who has been working in partnership with a guide dog for over 25 years.

During this time I have been blessed with four outstanding talented and remarkably good natured guide dogs, namely Zach, Rolo, Isaac and most recently Ned. 
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We are very pleased to welcome two new part time members of staff to the Chamber Team - Emma Fisher and Josie Madoc.

Emma (pictured top) is our Membership Officer and can be contacted at this email address

Josie (pictured bottom) is our Events Administrator and can be contacted at this email address 

Please give them a warm welcome if you contact the office or meet them at a forthcoming event!
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Martin Purvis - Action COACH Business Coaching

My passion is to work with talented business owners who are committed to creating economic growth, employment, wealth and happiness through their business, but appreciate that an outside perspective is necessary to achieve those goals.

 I'm happy to schedule a no-obligation assessment of your business needs. Contact me on  +44 (0)7764 579 101
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Introducing John Yalden

We are extremely pleased to welcome John Yalden to SA Law’s Property department, who brings an enviable wealth of experience with him, spanning a 20-year career.

John was formerly in-house counsel to a private family office, managing a high-end property portfolio in London and the Middle East. This gave him exceptional experience in a broad range of management activities including acquisitions, developments and disposals. He is experienced at due diligence, and regularly advises on corporate governance and asset management matters.

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Presidents Award Winner 2016 Mr Paul Parrish

Paul Parrish winner of The President’s Award 2016 received a standing ovation from the crowd in recognition of his huge personal and physical sacrifices over the years fundraising for various charities. Paul spoke about the endurance and commitment need to complete the Arch to Arch distance challenge last year and added "the longest distance we ever travel is the 6 inches between our ears" very inspiring stuff.

Over 200 local business people attended the 8th Chamber Community Business Awards last Thursday 13th
October held at Sopwell House Hotel. The setting was spectacular at this St Albans venue, full of sparkle and excitement to celebrate excellence in the St Albans Business Community. 
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Welcoming the following new members to the Chamber:
Sunfacer Productions

Carita Services

Accent Management Solutions Ltd

Paul Jeffries LLP

Certax Accounting St Albans District

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Source: Herts Advertiser 

Businesses are threatening to move from St Albans city centre because they are fed up with the struggle to find office space, as a result of their widespread conversion to homes.

St Albans district council has been told it should try harder to find ways to protect office space, or risk the area being judged as ‘closed for business’.

OPAL, which has its corporate headquarters at 45 Grosvenor Road, a three storey office building, recently objected to a proposed change of use from offices to residential, to create 83 apartments.

She warned that should the conversion go ahead, St Albans would be considered ‘closed for business’.

Her fears were echoed by OPAL’s chief executive, who told the council in his objection, “the reduction in office space in St Albans as buildings are re-zoned has put significant pressure on commercial rents.

“The economic benefit of local people working in good local jobs will be lost as St Albans becomes a dormitory town of London, putting the already strained transport at breaking point.”

Another firm in Grosvenor Road warned: “If the current conversion rates across the city continue, there must be a mass exodus of commercial enterprise, as there is nowhere for us to go.”

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