The new president of Salisbury and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it will do "everything it can" to support businesses through difficult times.  

Jo Broom, of There 4 U, was appointed the president of the chamber at its AGM on Wednesday,  May 18, which was held at the Red Lion Hotel.

She said she is "delighted" to have been appointed as the new president and is "very much looking forward to working with her fellow directors.

During her acceptance speech she reminded members that the Chamber is there to work for them and encouraged them to engage wherever possible.

"Businesses still face a difficult time ahead," added Jo. "But the Chamber will do everything it can to actively support them."

Jo, who is also a Salisbury City councillor for Harnham East, is the eighth female president of the city's Chamber of Commerce in 111 years, and takes over the role from Andy Rhind-Tutt, who has held the post for seven years. 

Andy said: "I will miss the role of President immensely, having chaired more than 2000 board related meetings, attended every Novichok meeting and every Covid recovery meeting I could, dealt firmly and positively with the press and media, represented and promoted the Chamber members at every opportunity, ran our social media, fought my hardest to have our voice heard on all businesses matters that affect us, it has been a very, very busy nine years at the Chamber. I could not have done it without you all."

During the AGM, the Chamber also gave a record £10,500 to seven chosen charities - Alabare, Salisbury Museum, Salisbury Hospice Care Trust, The Burnbake Trust, Julia’s House, Arundells and Wilton Rotary Club - who each received £1,500. 

There was also a special presentation to Ali Penfold, who retires as Chamber administrator, in recognition of the "exceptional" contribution she has made over many years.

Dan Rhind-Tutt has become senior vice president of the Chamber and Peter Edge and Mark Baulch have become vice presidents

The board of directors for 2022 to 2023 are Tim Scrace, of Tim Scrace Architects, Helen Taylor, of Wiltshire Creative, Deanna Dykes, of Step Associates, Rob Gooding, of Salisbury Journal, Adam Nanson, of Your Mortgage Expert, Andrew North, of Blue Lane Holdings, Chris Thompson, of Tech B, and William Weis, of Red Lion Hotel. 


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