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Chris Sargisson finishes Norfolk Chambers of Commerce CEO role positive about West Norfolk business with Nova Fairbank taking over

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As my five-year term comes to a close as Norfolk Chambers of Commerce CEO, without doubt I will be leaving with an enormous sense of admiration and awe for the positivity of the West Norfolk business community.

It’s a role I’ve been privileged and proud to take on, and one I leave in the excellent care of Nova Fairbank, our incoming CEO.

Both myself and Nova, have always been completely aligned and focussed on our strategy for West Norfolk engagement.

Chris Sargisson and Nova Fairbank.
Chris Sargisson and Nova Fairbank.

I was recently asked: “If you could give Norfolk businesses any piece of advice, what would it be?”

I replied: “Three words. Engage, engage, engage. Meet people who you don’t know, and seek and apply the knowledge you don’t have.

“Seek those in same roles in different sectors. Work is hard and if you’re not careful in occupying all your time, then you’re in danger of only knowing what you know."

Talking Tech logo.
Talking Tech logo.

The answer I gave is testament to the strong ties Nova, myself and the team have developed in West Norfolk, which will continue to grow throughout Nova’s term as CEO.

These collaborations are testament to our West Norfolk Strategic Partners; Uptech and Ascot Lloyd and our constant presence in the heart of King’s Lynn at the recently opened Business Hub.

We’re proud to have Uptech as part of our Everyday panel at our upcoming September flagship event Talking Tech.

Chris Sargisson, outgoing CEO of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.
Chris Sargisson, outgoing CEO of Norfolk Chambers of Commerce.

I’m excited to see the next chapter for the Chambers with Nova steering the ship – there was a piece of advice Nova gave recently, that really resonated with me as I thought about the columns I wrote here throughout 2020.

She said: “Know your market, know your team and understand what success looks like for your business.

“You also need to build in contingency and be prepared to adapt – the best-laid plans and all that!”

Our mission is to connect, support and give voice to every business in Norfolk, and Nova will continue to deliver the mission with the launch of our focus engagement groups to deliver a much louder and broader voice of business, which will inform everything we do, from events to lobbying.

These focus groups will be spread across the whole of Norfolk, from the city to large towns, market towns and villages.

They will be open to any business, from any sector, members and non-members – we want to hear from everyone.

We will be commencing these focus groups in late summer – so watch our website and newsletters for details of where your West Norfolk group will be.

This has been an amazing job, which always comes down to the amazing people I’ve met.

So, thank you. Thank you for your inspiring resilience throughout 2020 and thank you for the collaborations and the conversations I’ve been proud to share.

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