BY ALEX MAXAM
A group of Colchester’s business and professional leaders have joined forces in a bid to promote the town and attract more jobs. They go by the name of Colchester Ambassadors, and today saw their official launch at the Houses of Parliament.
Over 150 business people and inward investors attended the event that was hosted by Colchester MP Will Quince. Colchester Ambassadors stated their intention to bring more and more business to the town and aid its growth as one of the fastest growing boroughs in the UK. There are 21 founding members of the group, which includes Carl Milton, Managing Director of Fenwick, Craig Newnes, Owner of McDonalds Colchester and Adrian Pritchard, Chief Executive of Colchester Borough Council.
Several of the founders gave speeches at the event to the business people and investors present, as well as Anne Milton MP and Sajid Javid MP, the Skills and Apprenticeships Minister and Housing, Communities and Local Government Secretary respectively.
One of the founders, Tony Fisher, who is a Senior Partner at Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors, emphasised Colchester’s reputation for business: “Colchester has an incredible entrepreneurial spirit and we have numerous success stories of business people who have started their companies here and now have dozens, even hundreds of employees”.
Alison Andreas, Principal and Chief Executive of Colchester Institute, is another founder and believed the event went well: “For me, just to see all these people networking, working together, talking about the great opportunities that Colchester brings, is a success”.