The new president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce will use his time in the post to try to solve one of the biggest issues facing the local economy.
David Penn, of Bromwich Hardy, has been handed the presidential chain by his predecessor John Nollett and follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Sydney Penn, who was president of the junior chamber in Coventry in the 1930s.
David, who has worked as a property professional in the region for more than 20 years, says he will bring passion and determination to the role.
And his number one priority is to ensure there is enough employment land for Coventry and Warwickshire’s economy to continue to grow.
He said: “This is great time to become president of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, with so much going on in the region. We have a very strong economy and there are very exciting times ahead, which we must maximise.
“I am very passionate about Coventry and Warwickshire and I am passionate about business and the role it plays in making this region a great place to live and work.
“That is why it is absolutely vital that we tackle the issue around the chronic shortage of employment land. It is a topic that the Chamber of Commerce has been very vocal about in recent years and I want to make sure our voice continues to be heard.
“We need land supply for companies to be able to expand and also to attract inward investors into the area to create jobs and opportunities here.
“So that will be my number one campaign during my time as president but I also want to help continue to raise the profile of the Chamber and the great support that it offers to local businesses.
“Whether it’s helping businesses to start-up or helping them to trade overseas, the Chamber does a fantastic job in ensuring companies have the help they need to grow.”
He added: “I am proud to be following in the footsteps of my grandfather, Sydney, who was active in the young Chamber and also all of the fantastic businesspeople who have gone before me in this role.
“It’s a very prestigious position and I intend to make the most of my time as president of the Chamber.”