New man in charge of Wellingborough’s Chamber of Commerce

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The new president of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce has pledged to harness the town’s “huge potential” by working to help deliver major regeneration projects.

James Wilson took up the reigns as the leader of the organisation this month with a remit to support Wellingborough’s competitive position and increase the town’s ability to attract and retain businesses and investment.

The former director of development at Wellingborough Council believes planning schemes like the Wellingborough North urban extension – including 3,000 houses, employment land and community – are key to the long-term economic future of the area.

He said: “There are many opportunities and Wellingborough has huge potential to develop over the forthcoming years following a period of stagnation.

“The chamber has already been lobbying for these changes and some have been successful in planning terms, such as the recently-consented Prologis Appleby Lodge development.

“What I would hope we can now achieve, in collaboration with a range of partners, is the delivery of these schemes – Stanton Cross and the Midland Mainline electrification, Rushden Lakes retail park, Wellingborough North and regeneration schemes in the town centre.”

Mr Wilson, of Earls Barton, is a qualified planning professional who set up James Wilson Associates in 2011, which provides planning and development services to both the private and public sectors.

He added: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Alan Piggott, the out-going president.

“He has led the chamber over the last two years with incredible drive and enthusiasm and has steered the chamber through a difficult period developing it into a much more effective organisation.”

Chamber membership costs as little as £58 a year.

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