Black Country Chamber of Commerce has announced Mike Dell as its new president, succeeding Peter Mathews who stepped down yesterday.
Mr Dell will be responsible for representing business in the Black Country; working with each of the local boards and decision-makers to ensure that the chamber influences policy for the benefit of local business
He is also the managing director of Rubber Astic, which is a specialist in converting foam and plastic, trading with customers across the globe in automotive, electronic, aviation, aerospace, marine sectors.
Mr Mathews said: “It is a natural progression from Mike’s time spent as Dudley president for almost three years. Mike is committed to ensure that we are a voice for industry, commerce and innovation right across our region and beyond.
“During Mike’s first year as president, I will continue to offer him my help and support, in taking on my role as immediate past president.”
Mr Dell said: “As I begin my new term of Presidency, I would like to say a big thank you to my colleague Peter Mathews.
“Peter has shown tremendous dedication to his role as Black Country Chamber president over the last three years. Amongst the many achievements of Peter’s period as president his proudest is getting the Black Country on the map. To quote him “why would you trade with someone if you can’t even find them on a map?”
“Going forward, I would like to build on Peter’s successes. The chamber has a reputation for working successfully with decision-makers to ensure that the real business voice is heard and to influence policy for the benefit of local business.
“We will continue to build on this through credible policy and lobbying activity, led by our members. It is essential that we are able to get direct input from our members to develop a strong evidence base on the breadth and depth of issues affecting business, so I would like to ask all of our members to continue to send in their invaluable feedback and responses to our quarterly economic surveys.