New chair Helen aims to build on successes

PUBLISHED: 06:30 07 July 2015


There’s a new face at the helm of a group of town traders, after Helen Warren was elected as the new chairman of Budleigh in Business.

Ms Warren, who runs a porcelain restoration business, took over the role at the group’s annual meeting, replacing outgoing chairman Angela Yarwood, who stepped down.

Ms Warren said she was hoping to consult with members about the direction the group should take, and to build on its previous successes.

She said: “We would like to continue the good work Angela and Co have done in the past, with things like getting people to come into Budleigh and buy locally in our shops with the Buy Local campaign.

“With things like lobbying for the [Upper Station Road] car park, I think collectively if there are things that affect the town, we are a voice as a collective, where you have more power than as an individual.”

In her last speech as chairman, Mrs Yarwood also paid tribute to the group’s successes, including establishing the Budleigh Salterton Food and Drink Festival – which will now be run by a standalone committee.

She also welcomed potentially closer ties with Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce.

She said: “The big thing that needed to happen was the collaboration with the chamber. Yes, there is a history, but in actual fact we are in a really strong place when we integrate together with the chamber and work towards joint initiatives.

“I’m really pleased that’s happened, and hope going forward that will be a really positive move for the town.”

On her time as chairman, she added: “I’m really, really proud to have been part of this group, to be part of something that’s really new and innovative, in a town that isn’t maybe good sometimes, sorry, at embracing innovation.

“We have a membership of very dynamic, forward-thinking people, and to be part of that has been incredibly rewarding.”

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