A major business organisation in the Midlands has appointed a new Vice President.
Tom Mongan, the general manager of Nuneaton-based manufacturing company Subcon Laser, has taken up the role of Vice President of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce.
Tom will continue in his position as chair of the Chamber’s branch that represents the north of Warwickshire as well as taking up his new position.
He said: “I am extremely proud to take up this role and it comes at a time when every single business across the region – indeed the country, and the globe – is facing challenges, the like of which I’ve never seen before.
“And the Chamber’s response to the Coronavirus outbreak is, for me, a great example of why it remains such an important pillar of the business community and is why I am so proud to be taking up this new role.
“Since it became clear that the virus was going to have a major impact on businesses across our patch, the Chamber has been at the forefront of delivering up-to-the-minute information to members as well as speaking up on what companies need to help them face this crisis.
“Looking ahead, and I think it is important that we do look beyond the current crisis, there is so much to be positive about here in this region once we come through this situation.
“As someone who works in manufacturing, I can see what a fantastic place this is for our sector with so many major companies operating here and hundreds more in the supply chain.
“I believe that strengthening the links between the largest manufacturers and the smaller suppliers in this region is something that we must look at and see how we can ensure that companies here can push themselves forward in order to see more contracts re-shored to this area.
“I am also excited to look ahead to Coventry’s year as UK City of Culture in 2021 and the Commonwealth Games in this region in 2022.
“Once we have come through the current Coronavirus crisis we are all going to need something to look forward to and this region is lucky to have two incredible events on the horizon.”
Louise Bennett, chief executive of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted that Tom is our new Vice President. He has done sterling work as chair of our North Branch and is a positive voice for both our region and the manufacturing sector.”