Scottish secretary addresses Ayrshire Chamber AGM

Secretary of State David Mundell.
Secretary of State David Mundell.

Scottish Secretary of State David Mundell addressed the audience at Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting last week and expressed his desire at maintaining strong working links with local businesses.

The MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale stressed the importance of providing the right support to businesses to allow them to grow.

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry AGM

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry AGM

After speaking at Glasgow Prestwick Airport’s Aviator Suite, Mr Mundell said: “I was delighted to be able to attend the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting.

“Local chambers of commerce have a vital role to play in the local community. They help promote business in the area while supporting jobs and economic growth within Ayrshire and beyond.

“One of the key priorities for my office is to ensure Scotland’s voice is heard in Whitehall, but also, that Westminster works for Scotland. I look forward to continuing the good working relationship with Ayrshire Chamber for many years to come.”

The Conservative Minister also joked about his time he used to work with Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce between 1997 and 2000.

He added: “My mother still gets on at me about leaving that job. In her eyes it was a proper job and not what I do now.”

During the AGM, Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce announced four new appointments to its board of directors.

Lorna Gibson of QTS Group, Dave Wilkinson of Launch Scotland, Lorraine Stevely of Sercon Support Services and Marjory Calder of Ocean Blue Consulting were all voted on to the board of directors at Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 10th September.

Port Manager of Ayr and Troon harbour, Stuart Cresswell, was named President replacing Waiyin Hatton who stands down after her two-year term.Ayrshire Chamber CE Val Russell, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the four new appointments onto our board who we believe will add fresh imputes and ideas to Ayrshire Chamber.

“I would also like to thank Waiyin for her time as president in helping grow the organisation in the last two years.

“We are looking forward to working with Stuart as President.”