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Hertsmere Connect launched at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood
The great and good of Hertsmere gathered today to launch the voice of business in the borough.
More than 130 business people and councillors attended the launch of Hertsmere Connect at Elstree Studios in Shenley Road in Borehamwood this morning.
The new chamber of commerce, run in partnership with Watford Chamber of Commerce and Hertsmere Borough Council, is designed to support local businesses and boost the economy.
Managing director of the studios Roger Morris gave a speech describing the success of the studios and the benefits of being based in Hertsmere.
Business leaders had the chance to network and make contacts over breakfast and were also offered a tour of the studios.
Speaking during the meeting, Councillor Seamus Quilty, who is responsible for economic development, said: “We hope to see Hertsmere Connect develop and flourish as the conduit between the council and local business to ensure we work together for the collective good of our local communities.
"The council are very pleased to be working with Watford and West Herts Chamber of Commerce to launch here today Hertsmere Connect - our very own local link to businesses.
“We look forward to engaging and supporting existing business in Hertsmere and to attract new investment in the area through Hertsmere Connect.”
Chief Executive of Watford Chamber of Commerce, Roger Gagan said the new chamber of commerce would be a “powerful independent voice for a vibrant business community”.
He added: “Our business is to enable your business to grow by providing a wide range of events and services.
“We aim to be active in every walk of business life, encouraging relationships between companies, working to improve prosperity for Hertsmere and the South West Hertfordshire region."
Mayor of Hertsmere Councillor Paul Morris was at the event.
He said: “Roger Morris gave a fantastic presentation, not only describing the history of the film industry in Borehamwood but how the studio hopes to move forward in the future.
“It was very well attended indeed, and I was most impressed with the way it was run.
“Given the number of people there who were already members or interested in joining, I have great hopes Hertsmere Connect will be a success and will contribute to our master plan of regenerating the economy in Hertsmere.”
Paul Welsh of Elstree Screen Heritage said he had been very impressed at the turnout despite the early start.
He said: “Anything that encourages people to work together to help create jobs and boost Borehamwood is a good thing.”
Representatives of Langdons, an organisation that helps Jewish adults with learning disabilities live independently which is set to come to Borehamwood, had a stall at the event.
Communications manager Daniel Bacall said: “The event was a very good networking opportunity.
“We met a wide range of different organisations and were able to get the message out about our new supported living facility that will be opening in Borehamwood in December.”
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