Chamber president recaps ‘very successful year’

Martin Gallen, far right, addresses the AGM in Strabane.
EMBARKING on his second year as president of the Strabane Chamber of Commerce, Martin Gallen has reiterated his message that when it comes to business, there is strength in numbers.

Elected at the recent chamber AGM in Masala in Strabane, Mr Gallen was returned as president with vice-presidents named as Anoop Guram and Treavor Mealiff. Leona Gallen took the position of secretary, and David Arbuckle was named treasurer.

Martin Gallen is an award winning businessman and uillean pipe-maker. He runs his own company, Banba.

“Communication is key with the Brexit craziness around the corner,” Mr Gallen said. “We can help with a lot of problems but not if we don’t know about them. 

“At the meeting I highlighted the need for a lot more business owners to become chamber members and indicated that a strong chamber is made up of many varied businesses of different sizes and scales.”

The well-attended meeting also heard how the chamber can help when it comes to the establishment of new businesses locally.

“I started with a recap of a very successful and busy year and thanked everyone who helped along the way including local media,” Mr  Gallan continued.

“But I received some lovely words of thanks from Teresa Stewart (Strabane Access Youth Engagement) and Ursula Doherty (Grass Roots) who both commended the chamber’s commitment to local community organisations and initiatives. I assured them that this would continue as long as I was president.”
For more information, or to join the chamber, check out the Strabane Chamber of Commerce and Industry page on Facebook. 



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