Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce has today (Monday) announced the appointment of Sue Kramer as the new President.

Sue takes over the position from outgoing President, Martin Gerrard, whose two-year term of office comes to an end today.

Sue and her husband Steve opened Crown Jewellers of Harrogate in July 2000.

Since then, the pair have developed and grown the business into a highly respected and much-loved jewellers.

Sue Kramer said:

“Having lived in and around Harrogate for most of my life, I am passionate about our wonderful town.

“I also love helping people, something I have always enjoyed at Crown Jewellers. In my new role as President, I look forward to helping grow and shape the future of Harrogate by supporting business within the District, and continuing the Chamber’s excellent relationships with key local organisations.

“I also hope to embed sustainability into the Chamber’s ethos, and that of its members.”

Sue has been instrumental in helping other businesses, initiating the Commercial Street Retailers Group, with the objective of creating regular promotions and campaigns to encourage visitors to independent shops along one of Harrogate’s most interesting, and previously underrated streets.

She has also been a member of the Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce since 2011. In 2015, Sue joined the Chamber’s Management Group, then became Vice President in 2018.

As President, Sue will bring her infectious energy to the position, helping local area businesses meet, make contacts, and raise the profile of their organisations.

David Simister, Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Executive said:

“The appointment of someone as passionate and dynamic as Sue as President is fantastic news for the Chamber.

“Sue takes over the chains from Martin Gerrard, who has been a superb President and a great support to me and my predecessor, Sandra Doherty.

“We wish him all the best in his retirement, and look forward to welcoming him to future meetings in his capacity of Past President.”

David added:

“I’m really looking forward to Sue’s Presidency and working with her and the members of the Chamber’s Management Group, to grow the organisation’s standing within the District.

“Sue’s exceptional interpersonal skills, deep expertise in business development, along with her unique ability to connect people and create opportunities, will be of tremendous value to our members and the Chamber itself.”

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