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Plea to save Grantham Business Club

A plea has been made for someone to take over the reins of the Grantham Business Club, or else it will fold.

Current chairman Sue Hodgson gave the blunt assessment at its latest meeting last week at Belton House.

She told the 50 or so present that she intends to retire as chairman in December but the group has no vice-chairman, treasurer or secretary.

Prospective successor Chris England, of England’s Finest Photography, was forced to step back from his vice-chairman role earlier this year due to business commitments.

Mrs Hodgson, who has Flowers From Holland amid other business interests, accepts people are too busy running their own businesses, but somebody needs to step forward.

She stressed the benefits of what would arise to people who took on the chairmanship or other committee roles.

She said: “It really is fantastic to get your name known out there and meet other businesses. I have had fantastic opportunities to network with people.

“It’s great if you are nosy. You get lots of opportunities to raise your profile.”

Mrs Hodgson said one other aspect of chairing the organisation was it develops you as a person, making you more confident and improving your skills in public speaking and giving presentations.

But she confirmed: “I won’t be continuing as chairman. Both Andy (Hodgson) and myself have been in this role for two years. We feel we have had the opportunity we wanted to have with the club.”

Earlier this year, Mrs Hodgson took over as chairman from husband Andy, who runs his own financial consultancy business Hodgson Wealth Management.

The 52-year-old continued: “We are in the position as we were in two years ago. If there’s no chairman and no secretary and no treasurer, there will be no club. We all enjoy coming to these events but we need someone to organise them.

“As far as the time is concerned, the job takes as much time as you are willing to give. For me, as I had no people in office (with me) it’s taken more time than it should as chairman.

“It takes two hours a week as chairman to make sure that sponsors are found, emails are set up and run and meetings happen as they should. It’s been a struggle for me as I had no officers behind me.”

Mrs Hodgson called for nominations to be made for determination at the January meeting.

The issue will also be discussed at November’s Business Club meeting in St Wulfram’s Church on November 29 at 6pm.

To apply for any of the vacancies, email enquiries@granthambusinessclub.co.uk

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