Businesses in Stamford have elected a new leader following Tim Lee’s resignation as chairman of Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
Tim Lee, who has led the chamber since 2008, stepped down at the organisation’s annual meeting last week.
He was replaced by Richard Olsen, who is managing director of the Olsen Partnership, based in Ketton.
Tim said: “Following seven successful years at the helm it’s time for someone new to take up the challenge, and our recent merger with Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce provides the ideal opportunity for a new leader and new committee.
“The chamber has been influential in many aspects of local and national policy that affect Stamford’s business community.
“Crucially, we have been able to ensure that a new residents’ parking permit scheme will also include businesses that have town centre premises, and other achievements include the introduction of Art on Fridays in Red Lion square, the creation and management of the Festival of History and the installation of a peregrine falcon nest box in St Mary’s Church steeple.”
Formerly known as Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce, the organisation merged with Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce in February and is now one of six local chambers to facilitate new business opportunities for its members and provides businesses with an extensive support service.
Incoming chairman Richard, who founded Olsen has been an active member for many years and is currently also vice-chairman of Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.
Richard said: “It is my great pleasure to follow Tim as chairman of Stamford Chamber of Commerce.
“Our priority as a chamber is to develop more opportunities for businesses within Stamford and the surrounding areas, and capitalise on the benefits of being part of a wider business network across Cambridgeshire.”
He also said working with the town council to attract visitors and further businesses to Stamford would remain a top priority for him.