Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce launches new membership

Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its new Ambassador Membership scheme.

This is a seminal year for the District with the opening of the new Link Road, one of the first key infrastructure pieces of the Northern Powerhouse.

Lancaster Chamber ambassadors are key influential individuals and organisations who share the values that drive the local economy and Chamber forward. They proudly support and aid the economy to thrive and prosper and they develop strong relationships and support the interests of other ambassadors and the Lancaster District Chamber members.

Some of the key membership benefits are that Ambassadors are guaranteed high levels of exposure through the Chamber website, premises, at Chamber events as well as certain press events. In addition, a personal invitation is given to meetings with key stakeholders, policy events and MP briefings, giving them an opportunity to meet and influence key stakeholders.

The first company to sign up to the Ambassador scheme is Seatruck Ferries  of Heysham, the only dedicated freight ferry company on the Irish Sea. It is quite appropriate for Seatruck to become the first Chamber Ambassador due to the expected benefits they will receive from the opening of the new Heysham Link Road in autumn.

Alistair Eagles, chief executive officer of Seatruck, said: “The Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce has been an integral part of the local business community for 129 years. We are proud to be members of the Chamber and proud to be a Chamber Ambassador.

“The Link Road has been a long time coming but I really believe it will transform the area’s economic prospects as freight companies realises there is a serious ports player now in Lancashire. Previously, logistics and freight companies have tended to favour Cairnryan in Scotland or Holyhead in Wales but the new road throws those economics on its head. It will be quicker and more economical now for most companies in the Midlands and north of England to ship their freight through Heysham.”

The Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain Daniel Mulhall visited Seatruck in Heysham this week. Pictured (left) Alistair Eagles Seatruck Ferries CEO with the Ambassador (right) and the Seatruck Panorama ready for loading.

The visit highlighted the future potential for growth between the 2 countries with Seatruck providing growing sea freight links.

Ambassador Mulhall became Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain in September 2013.

Seatruck Ferries operate daily freight services to Dublin from Heysham and Liverpool and also a service from Heysham to Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. Peel Ports are focusing on strong roll on roll off freight growth from their hubs in Heysham and Liverpool.