150 local businesspeople attend Chamber’s annual Westmorland & Furness dinner

Cumbria Chamber welcomed 150 local businesspeople to the Castle Green Hotel in Kendal on Friday night for a black-tie event celebrating local business across Westmorland and Furness.

After a champagne reception, Leader of Westmorland and Furness Council Cllr Jonathan Brook gave a presentation on the combined authority’s first year in operation, highlighting investments to improve infrastructure and boost economic growth in the area.

Chamber Managing Director, Suzanne Caldwell, then highlighted Westmorland and Furness as a tremendous place to live and work, and the Chamber’s work supporting businesses in the area. She then spoke about the value of partnership working, shining a light on some great examples of that.

The after dinner speech was given by Tim Rumney, CEO of Best Western Hotels. Tim’s speech covered his career as a hotelier managing and transforming hotels around the county, including 20 years at Castle Green Hotel where he rose to shareholder and managing director.

Tim’s ideas on business and achievements were interspersed with amusing anecdotes which left the audience in stiches, underlining one of the key points of his speech: that a career in the hotel industry can be at once professionally fulfilling and a lot of fun!

The guests then continued networking late into the evening, after checking their raffle tickets at the tombola which raised £1,140 for Carer Support South Lakes!

Suzanne Caldwell said:

“It was great to share an evening with so many people from across Westmorland and Furness. The dinner was a fantastic opportunity to celebrate local businesses and to meet with business friends old and new, showing, if proof were needed, that Chambers really are Where Business Belongs. ”

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of our members, patrons and other businesses who supported the event including Kendal Nutricare, Harrison & Pitt Architects, Carer Support South Lakes, GLL (Greenwich Leisure), Thomson Hayton Winkley Solicitors, BNI South Lakes, Westmorland and Furness Council, Carlisle Matters, Harrison Drury Solicitors, Unique Ladies and Kimberly-Clark.


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