A new team with a new structure is ringing the changes at Fife Chamber of Commerce
Fife Chamber of Commerce is set to launch a new ‘Fife Learn’ masterclass and workshop series in March to help local businesses share ideas and best practice and learn from each other.
Its new events, which follow hot on the heels of the launch of its Fife Social networking series towards the end of 2016, will focus on specific topics and be delivered by industry leaders.
The Chamber says it’s committed to delivering valuable opportunities for its members and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.
It says Fife Learn will provide a crucial staff development tool for members, bringing the vast experience of Fife’s business community together in a learning environment.
Following a number of staffing and directional changes at Fife Chamber in 2016, the team says it’s preparing to build on recent successes with a renewed focus on delivering fantastic services, support and opportunities for its members.
Over the past year, the core staff team at Fife Chamber has grown and strengthened with new recruits, while existing long-term team members have taken up new roles to further enhance the service members receive.
Alan Mitchell took up the role of chief executive in June to succeed the outgoing Eric Byiers, while Paul Sykes came on-board as the Chamber’s membership executive and Shelby Prentice secured a permanent role as administrator following a successful trial period.
Within the new structure, existing Chamber staff now have redefined roles and responsibilities to make sure the organisation is progressive and ready to meet members’ needs. Jacqui Curley has now assumed the role of communications executive, while Kelly Lister moves to events executive, with Marjory Seath as financial administrator.
As well as these specialist roles, all staff have roles as dedicated account managers – working on a one-to-one basis with individual Chamber members to make sure they can get the most out of their membership of Fife’s biggest employer organisation.
The Chamber says the staffing changes have been structured with clear objectives in mind and to increase its value to existing and potential new members.
It says that, with its long-established programme of popular networking and information events, Chamber members now have access to a fantastic range of Fife businesses where lasting contacts are made and relationships nurtured.
In a bid to make its network even more accessible to both members and non-members, Fife Xhamber launched itsFife Social events in 2016 – bringing people together for relaxed and enjoyable networking with none of the usual process or procedure normally associated with such events.
The first run of Fife Social events, which were held at Cluny Clays, the Carnegie Hall and the Byre Theatre, were well received and attended. Feedback from visitors was positive and the Fife Chamber team says it’s looking forward to developing the programme further with events planned throughout 2017, starting at ITEK in January.
The Chamber says one of its clear objectives is bringing its members together, cultivating collective thinking and problem-solving to build a stronger Fife business economy.
It says the success of the new Fife Social programme demonstrated that there is an appetite within Fife for businesses to collaborate and share ideas, working towards mutual success.
Fife Chamber chief executive Alan Mitchell said: “Fife Chamber has a strong network built on a fantastic reputation for networking and events, but we have a responsibility to constantly challenge ourselves and our members to think differently and to make sure we are always providing the highest value possible.
“The Chamber creates connections between businesses and it’s our duty to be as inclusive as possible, engaging with and delivering value for businesses of all sizes across the very wide range of business sectors based in Fife.
“The introduction of Fife Social towards the end of 2016 proved that the Fife business community is eager to get involved with ideas and events outside of traditional, formalised networking and I’m very excited about launching and developing the Fife Learn series alongside our members with a Masterclass from Dr Dave Tudor, who heads up global primary supply chain manufacturing at GSK, one of the world’s biggest healthcare companies.
“2017 is shaping up to be a very intensive year for the Chamber, but our team and members have the experience and hunger to establish Chamber membership has an essential choice for Fife businesses.”