Michael Baldwin, president of Norfolk Chamber of Commerce West. Picture: Tony Jones

By Jeremy Owen

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Nearly 150 businesses packed into King’s Lynn Town Hall for the re-launch of the local Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber’s area council has been re-branded as Norfolk Chamber of Commerce West and will now have a much higher profile in the local business community.

President Michael Baldwin was joined by Norfolk Chamber of Commerce chief executive Chris Sargisson at the re-launch last week to outline their new vision for a more active, responsive and supportive local chamber.

Mr Baldwin said the meeting had the best attendance the local chamber had seen for a long time.

“We wanted to show what we were going to do, how we would achieve it and how the chamber of commerce can be relevant and help with all sorts of business needs,” said Mr Baldwin, also general manager of Lynn’s Bank House Hotel in King’s Staithe Square.

“It was a really well received meeting. Everybody left with a much clearer picture of how the chamber is going to be much more active,” he added.

Mr Baldwin described the re-launched Norfolk Chamber of Commerce West as “a go-to organisation” and said it will have its own branding, logo and distinctive identity, while coming under the wider Norfolk Chamber of Commerce banner.

It will start holding at least two events per month, marking a huge increase from the present two per year. These events will take various forms, including meetings, training sessions and networking lunches.

West Norfolk will also get its own dedicated officer, who will visit businesses and offer support.

For more information visit www.norfolkchamber.co.uk