The Chamber Voice - July Edition
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Chamber President:
David Clarke

On 13th October the District’s business people will come together at Sopwell House Hotel for the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards 2016. These Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of business to the community of St Albans District.

Further details will be available shortly but nominations can now be submitted. The Awards are open to all whose business strategy encompasses policies and projects that have a positive impact on St Albans District. 
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There are a number of award categories: 
If you would like to nominate a business for an award or would like to nominate your own business, please see the award categories criteria form and make your nomination online. 

Click here to download the categories and criteria form. Nominations can be made using the link below or via email
Make a Nomination


Oaklands College 
St Albans

Oaklands College are a large further education college in Hertfordshire with campuses in Welwyn Garden City and St Albans, and a further training provision in Borehamwood.

Achieving an overall 'Good' in their Ofsted inspection, they are proud to successfully provide for 10,000 students.

They offer around 1,500 full and part-time courses to nearly 10,000 students, who come from Hertfordshire and further afield. Their courses range from vocational courses with strong links to employers through to elite sports, the arts and a wide variety of A Levels. They are also nationally recognised for their outstanding provision for students with mild and severe learning difficulties. 
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We are pleased to welcome the following members to the Chamber:

Research Works
Harnay Decorating
If you are not already a Chamber member but would like to join us simply download the application form, fill it in and send it back to us with the relevant payment, either by email or by post. 
Our Members Directory

Networking Lunch
Friday 23rd September 2016 

The majority of companies join the Chamber of Commerce to network. This informal lunch is an opportunity to introduce your company’s products and services to other members and local companies – a chance to make new business contacts in this consistently excellent Chamber member restaurant, owned by patron chef Phil Thompson.

If you would like to attend the event costs £30.00 (+VAT) for members and £35.00 (+VAT) non-members. 
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Edgar Pearce 
Past Chamber President 
Photographed: Ed Vaizey MP, Cllr. Michael Weaver and Edgar Pearce. 

Still networking in his early 90’s, Edgar Albert Charles Pearce is a retired Company Director from St Albans, and was President of the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce in 1980. Edgar, known locally for founding Pearce Recycling Company Ltd, attended our Business Festival Finale Lunch (sponsored by Mercer & Hole Chartered Accountants) at Sopwell House Hotel on Friday 8th July. He took this opportunity to chat with Ed Vaizey MP and catch up with Chamber members from previous years. 

Long standing Chamber director Michael Weaver worked with Edgar on the Chamber board for many years: “It was wonderful to see Edgar at this Chamber lunch, he has always stayed in touch with us taking an interest in the Chamber's activities and progression.”

Guest speaker Ed Vaizey MP, gave a timely update from Westminster post-brexit answering various questions from the delegates attending. “Certainty is the watch word for business” said the Minister, he added: “this referendum proves that politics matters”. 
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Introducing Tom Lawrence 
SA Law 

We are excited to introduce you to Tom Lawrence who has joined SA Law's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team as Partner.

Tom, formerly of Bolt Burdon, brings a wealth of experience across all dispute resolution disciplines.

His long list of client successes includes mediating a favourable resolution to a multimillion-pound contract between owners of a tourist attraction and a country park, and successfully recovering indemnity costs for a client whose English assets had been frozen. Tom also won a commercial claim for a business that was on the brink of insolvency, which not only enabled them to continue trading but also saved a number of jobs.
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