THE county’s premier business representative body is hoping to expand its reach with new additions to its team.

Evie Johnson is joining East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce as chamber marketing executive while Sarah Shaw joins as membership recruitment manager

They will hope to help support the regions’ businesses at a time when they need it most, the coronavirus pandemic having wreaked havoc on businesses across all kinds of different sectors, making the chamber’s work even more crucial.

Chief executive Miranda Barker said: “We are delighted to add new marketing and sales skills and enthusiasm into our local chamber workforce.

“Welcome Evie and Sarah, we look forward to working with you to support our East Lancs business community.”

The chamber is active at local, regional and national levels and works to provide support and advice to businesses while also give them a voice on decision making bodies.

Ms Johnson will be tasked with using her skills to raise awareness about what the chamber can do to support local businesses and make sure their voices are heard.

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Chamber of Commerce head of marketing and communications Jen Hill said: “It’s become more clear than ever since March 2020 that our Chamber members value the voice that we can give them; helping to feed their views and needs to government and to raise their profile in the region through effective, measurable communications.

“Having Evie on board helps us to better serve these needs.”

Meanwhile membership director Simon Brierley said that Sarah Shaw joining the team will help build upon relationships with existing members will also cultivating new ones.

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He said: “I’m delighted to welcome Sarah to the membership team and I’m looking forward to working with her as we continue to support existing and new members to grow and strengthen their businesses.”

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