Richard Drax MP and the Mayor, Kevin Brookes welcomed by President Andrew Knowles at Chamber Lunch.
The WPCC Christmas/New Year Lunch is a great success with everyone enjoying an excellent meal delivered by the students at the HIX Academy Restaurant.
Once the mulled wine and lunch had been enjoyed Richard Drax led the speeches. Richard said: “I was honoured and privileged to have been asked to attend and speak at the annual lunch. This year it was held at the Hix Restaurant at Weymouth College, whose young students did the College and us proud. In my address, I concentrated my efforts on all the many positives, tired as I am of all the negative and backward looking comments the resort and island gets. We must all work together for the whole of our community, and the more we do that and plan for the long term, the more likely we are to attract better paid jobs and investment. So many organisations like the Chamber are working their socks off, and I, like them, am optimistic about the future.”
The Mayor thanked everyone and made special mention of all the vital volunteers of organisations like the Chamber and so many other such groups. Without these key figures keeping things running, ot only the organisation but the community would be at such a loss.
President Andrew thanked everyone for attending and the speakers. He then spoke of his vision for the coming year – “As Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce embarks on its 100th year of promoting and supporting local businesses, we are looking forward to new ways in which to inspire and encourage positive contributions to the local economy. I am personally committed to working towards both economic prosperity and spiritual prosperity for Weymouth and Portland. Economic prosperity in the form of more and better jobs and job security, and spiritual prosperity through improved wellbeing, a sense of purpose and of self-worth, and a mutual respect for one another. In this, our 100th year, the Chamber will be involved in a number of initiatives aimed at helping our local businesses and we’ll be announcing more about our plans very soon.”
Mention was also made of the small lobby group outside the college to greet our MP and attendees at the lunch. Their point was one which is actually endorsed by all in that we all want to improve the average weekly wages in Weymouth and Portland. All members of the Chamber want the area to see a growth in business and hence an improvement in living standards. All employers should certainly be ensuring they adhere to government policy on the National living wage, equal pay, in-work benefits etc.
A positive note appeared to be the theme for this lunch and all attendees agreed 2018 could be a good year for the community and for businesses in Weymouth and Portland.
With thanks to Rob Goodwin of Champagne Film for the photos.