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Harrogate Chamber of Commerce head to stand down

Harrogate Chamber of Commerce head to stand down

Published at 7:52am 12th November 2015. (Updated at 8:20pm 16th November 2015)

One of the leading champions of business in Harrogate is going to step down when his current term of office expires next year.

Brian Dunsby has been Chief Executive of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce since 2002.

In that time, average attendance at monthly meetings has risen to around 100 local business people.

Together with the Perlex Associates team - wife Beryl, and the Secretariat of Maggie Hall and Chris Muir (pictured below) - Brian will step down at the Chamber's next AGM in May, after 14 years at the helm.

Chamber President Mike Shaw said: "Anyone who has attended a Chamber meeting, joined as a member, or attended any event or meeting where the Chamber has been represented, will have seen the incredible amount of hard work and dedication given by Brian and his team on a near full-time basis.

"As an organisation, we have been extremely fortunate to have their support for the last 14 years."

Perlex team 2015

Brian will continue as a director of Yorkshire Business Market Ltd, the not-for-profit company which has run the Yorkshire Business Market since 2005 and more recently the Harrogate Christmas Market.

He said: "We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the business community over the last 14 years, and will of course continue to do so with the Christmas Market and the Business Market.

"However, we believe that now is the right time to step back and allow a new team to take over the administration of this thriving local Chamber and organise its very popular monthly meetings.

"We will be offering all our support during the handover period and wish the Chamber every success for the future."

The Chamber is now inviting any members interested in taking over the role of Chief Executive, or in providing administrative support to the organisation, to e-mail

Pictured top: Brian after receiving a Queen's Award for Enterprise Promotion