Belated congratulations to Sarah Somers!
We have had a new Chamber Secretary since March. As soon as Sarah Somers was appointed, the UK went into lockdown, so our members haven’t had the chance to meet her properly in her new role.
However, Sarah has coped magnificently during this difficult time, coping with the membership admin and enquiries, organising zoom meetings for both the members and the committee to keep things ticking over and proving a great support to our president Annemarie Thurgood in rearranging the details of the postponed Business Awards. Sarah has her own retail business #now_vintage basedin the Forum, Cirencester.This collective of vintage, antique and contemporary goods dealers was closed down in March because of the lockdown restrictions, and Sarah has only just re-opened it for business under the new government guidelines.
Here is her bio…
The Cirencester Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the appointment of their new Secretary, Sarah Somers with effect from the beginning of March. Sarah is a Cirencester resident who has lived in the Cotswolds for over thirty years and is now a local business owner, having started a vintage collective #now_vintage in late 2017 in the town centre. The majority of her career has been spent in Higher Education, having worked for Cranfield University at what was the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham prior to joining King’s College London in 1999 in preparation for the opening of the Joint Services Command and Staff College on the Shrivenham site under a 30 year Private Finance Initiative contract with the Ministry of Defence (MoD). She stayed there as Director of Operations until 2013 when she started commuting to London as Head of Administration for the School of Global Affairs. Three years on she seized the opportunity to do something different and happened upon empty premises in West Way which provided the perfect location for her new venture. Sarah sought out vintage, antique and contemporary goods dealers to form a collective offering a surprisingly diverse range of goods for homes and gardens and has built up a loyal customer business from in an and around the town over the last two years. During this time she has also embedded herself in the local community as a Steward for the Cotswold Show. An existing member of the Chamber and an active supporter of all local business initiatives, Sarah is looking forward to promoting the Chamber and increasing the number of retail members.