Exeter Chamber of Commerce celebrates 150th Anniversary

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Posted Monday, November 27, 2017 - 6:21am

Exeter Chamber of Commerce celebrated their 150th Exeter Anniversary in style with 360 people attending the annual Exeter Business Dinner which took place on Friday 17th November at Sandy Park Conference Centre.

Charlie and AJ Courtenay, Earl and Countess of Devon, gave the main address of the evening, sharing their vision for Powderham Castle in the future, as well as an insight into the ancient family’s part in the city and region’s history.

The Chamber was toasted by Alexander Hetjes, Mayor of Bad Homburg, the German town which Exeter is twined with.  Mayor Hetjes travelled to the UK as part of a wider itinerary to build business and community links between the areas, at this critical time during Brexit negotiations.

David Savill, chairman of Exeter Chamber of Commerce said, “The evening was a fantastic success and it was a delight to celebrate Exeter Chamber’s landmark 150th anniversary with so many Exeter businesses. With thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and the proceeds from the prize draw, the event raised over £5,000 for the Earl and Countess of Devon’s chosen charities, Dawlish Garden’s Trust and The Mede, Topsham.”

As headline sponsor of the anniversary dinner, Fleur Lewis, partner at the Top 30 accountancy firm said, “Bishop Fleming is delighted to support this prestigious business event, particularly in the Chamber’s 150th year.  The evening was a great opportunity to build ties with others in business in the city, with the Earl and Countess’s speech a real insight into modern day life at Powderham Castle”.

The event was also sponsored by Global Media, Princesshay, Nettl of Exeter, Signs Express Exeter, Apple Taxis, Stage Engage and the Mercure Southgate.