Chamber says strong 2016 figures look set to continue following a period of organisational transformation
Recent changes at Fife Chamber have put the organisation on firm financial footing for 2017-18, according to figures revealed at its annual AGM (Annual General Meeting).
Although its 2016 post-tax surplus of more than £6,000 reflected a decrease on 2015, the Chamber says the shortfall was expected and down to staffing and operational changes.
Changes to the team included investment in an extra member of staff and increasing the chief executive’s role from part-time to a full-time position.
The Chamber says this helped the organisation transition to a one-to-one account management model and launch the Fife Social and Fife Learn events and initiatives.
It claims membership levels began to increase as 2016 ended and that this momentum and membership growth has been maintained in 2017.
At the AGM, a number of changes to the Chamber’s Board of Directors were announced, with 15 members now in place and steps underway to secure a 16th.
Board Members John Kilgour of Fife Group; Bill Main of Brown Scott & Main; Debbie Miller of Fife College; Steve Wexelstein of Planys Mobile, and Pamela Caira, formerly of The BIG Partnership, have retired while Alistair Booth of The HR Booth; Michael Longstaffe of Smith Anderson Group; Bob Garmory of Purvis Group, and Keith Winter of Fife Council were all re-appointed for a further three-year term.
Hugh Hall of Fife College; Stephen Owen of Rufflets Hotel; Craig Hunter of Haines Watts, and Brian Horisk of Horisk Leslie Developments were also appointed and Peter Southcott’s presidential position was ratified for a further 12-month term.
AGM delegates heard a keynote speech from Bob Keiller, Chairman of Scottish Enterprise, whose core message was that business success is fundamentally about leadership. He said that the secret of successful leadership is being able to step back from the day-to-day management of the business and find the time and space to view it from a broader perspective.
His also gave the following advice:
Every business has the potential to grow
Always believe in yourself
Don’t be afraid to ask for help or support
Be a real leader of your organisation – set the destination and do everything you can to take people with you.
Fife Chamber was also presented with the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award by Ron Macgregor of the Highland Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for its support for the UK’s Armed Forces.