By: 9 July 2019
Rollits lawyer takes helm at York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce

Rollits partner Andrew Digwood has been elected as the new president of the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

Digwood, a partner in the dispute resolution team at Rollits, succeeds Bridget Meynell from commercial radio station Minster FM, who has held the post for the past two years.

Laurence Beardmore of tea and coffee specialist York Emporium has been elected as Digwood’s vice president.

The York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce represents member businesses from across the region, while fulfilling a number of important roles.

The chamber, along with his partner organisations in Yorkshire, carries out research on the state of the region’s economy through its Quarterly Economic Survey, the results of which are fed back to the government and the Bank of England.

It provides regular updates to members on key policy issues affecting their businesses, and gives them a voice either by lobbying directly on issues such as skills, transport and investment in the region, or by providing opportunities for local business leaders to sit down with local, regional and national political figures.

Digwood said of his appointment: “It’s been a pleasure to serve as Bridget’s vice president for the past two years, and she has done an amazing job representing the chamber and its members.”

“It’s an even greater honour and privilege to now follow Bridget. York & North Yorkshire is a great region in which to do business. One of the things I enjoy most about my job as a lawyer is getting to know my clients’ businesses, how they work and what their challenges are, and I hope that my time as chamber president will afford an opportunity to learn even more about some of our members’ businesses, and to help support them in sustaining the economic success of our region.”

“In addition, the chamber also runs some fantastic events giving members an opportunity to network with each other. For me, since coming to York in 2004, the chamber has always been the core of the business community in York and North Yorkshire, and through the chamber that I’ve made some great friends and business contacts.”