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Haverhill business woman Sarah Howard MBE is now the vice-chairman of the British Chambers of Commerce

Haverhill business owner Sarah Howard MBE, has been re-elected to an increasingly influential role at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the UK’s leading business network and lobbying organisation.

The BCC is made up of 53 accredited chambers across the UK, representing thousands of members from all sectors and of all sizes which when combined employ over 5 million workers.

The BCC sits at the heart of a business network that spans the length and breadth of the UK, with links to markets across the world.

Sarah became the BCC’s vice president in 2017 – the first time a Suffolk Chamber member had served on the BCC board.

Sarah Howard MBE
Sarah Howard MBE

Now, after a governance review which involved improving the clarity surrounding the respective board level positions, she has become the body’s vice chair for 2019.

Sarah also maintains her role as the chair of the BCC’s Accreditation Panel.

Sarah, who lives in Sturmer, continues to run Haverhill-based Sarand Business Software with her husband Andy – a company which this year will be celebrating 25 years of trading.

She also chairs Abbeycroft Leisure, a not-for-profit organisation running leisure centres across Cambridgeshire and Suffolk, including Haverhill, and is a governor of West Suffolk College, as well as being amum to three children.

She was awarded the MBE in 2015 for her services to the community as chair of the ONE Haverhill Partnership, a role she no longer holds.

Francis Martin, chair of the BCC said: “Sarah has been a tremendous supporter of the BCC since her initial appointment to the board in 2016.

“As we look to develop the structure of the Board and its governance, I am delighted that Sarah has become the Vice Chair – and I look forward to working with her in the year ahead.”

Sarah said: “This is a great honour for me and I’m looking forward to spending another exciting 12 months helping to promote the interests of business to decision-makers and supporting the incredible efforts of the 53 accredited chambers of commerce in representing their business communities.”

John Dugmore, chief executive of Suffolk Chamber, explained: “What amounts to Sarah’s re-election is a tremendous recognition of her inspiring energies in supporting and promoting chambers of commerce up and down the land, including ours.

“It is good news for Suffolk that one of our own continues to occupy such an influential business position.”

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