Chamber of Commerce

Michel Hooper-Immins retired as Secretary of Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce on 31 December. He has been Secretary since June 2005.“It is time to move on. I have enjoyed meeting and talking to many Chamber members over the last five and a half years,” comments Michel Hooper-Immins. “I have taken the lead in a number of Chamber projects, notably the ever controversial issue of increasing parking charges and the introduction of street trading. It has been most interesting to keep my ear to the ground and follow the ups and downs of Weymouth & Portland commerce. There is no question that the Chamber of Commerce is in a much stronger position now, than when I took over as Secretary in 2005.”

Weymouth-born freelance journalist Michel Hooper-Immins is President of the Old Hardyeans- the old boys association of Hardye’s School- and has many other interests, which he intends to continue. He is a Governor of the Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, a founder member of the Weymouth-Louviers Society, a member of the Committee of the Society of Dorset Men and a leading member of the Campaign for Real Ale [CAMRA.] He will continue as a board member of Weymouth & Portland Partnership, the Dorset Business Council and the Digital Dorset Taskforce. Nigel Reed, President of Weymouth & Portland Chamber of Commerce, comments: “I respect Michel’s decision to stand down and note the important role that he played in becoming Secretary at a particularly difficult time. He provided the consistency required and throughout his time in office has always promoted the Chamber professionally- and with integrity- to the business community.”

George Afedakis, WPCC Immediate Past President, says: “I want to say thank you to Michel for all the help and nice work he did when I was President. Definitely the Chamber of Commerce will miss his hard work. I wish Michel all the best and hope the Chamber can find somebody as good as Michel to work so well for our town.”

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