The Chamber of Commerce has been a vital part of Sandgate life for decades and a significant voice for businesses large and small. After such a tumultuous business year that has seen some businesses go under, the work of the Chamber has never been more important.
Bill Gollan has been actively involved over the last 30 years and is the current president. “Now, more than ever, we believe that we need to help bring the business community closer together,” Bill said. “It is our challenge to step up even further in representing them.
“The Chamber of Commerce is an integral part of community life, organising successful events like The Long Table (Shorncliffe Pier), The Bluewater Festival and the very popular Jingle All The Bay, and we see these as a significant part of promoting the area. We want to continue to help make these events unique and spectacular but we also want to be known as an integral part of everyday business.”
The Chamber successfully fulfilled most of its 2020 strategic plan and is now looking to the future. The beginning of that is a new name – The Sandgate Bayside Chamber of Commerce – with a smart new logo, a new executive and a re-energized strategic plan.
“It’s new, vibrant and fresh; it reflects who we are and where we are,” Bill said. “We wanted a logo that reflects our energetic bayside town. We have a new marketing arm in the Chamber and will be rolling out a new website and social media presence.
“COVID has knocked a lot of businesses around but at the same time there are new opportunities emerging in the area with a renaissance in the area.”
Businesses can currently sign up as associate members free of charge up until 30 June, 2021, with a directory listing plus the opportunity to tap into the multitude of business resources available.
“It’s a great opportunity for business people to check out what we can all do for each other and the greater community,” Bill said. “Business is good for us all and it also creates jobs for our kids.”