NWL Chamber appoints new president

A Lancashire entrepreneur will take one of the county’s leading business bodies into is centenary year having been appointed its new president.

Norman TenrayNorman Tenray, owner of Longridge builders’ merchant OBAS UK, was appointed and took up the role at the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce at its 98th Annual General Meeting.

He succeeded Malcolm Clarke of M C Associates, who has held the position for the past two years.

The new president’s appointment was one of the key matters dealt with at the meeting which was followed by a speech by Lord Browne, the chairman of hydraulic fracturing firm, Cuadrilla Resources.

The former BP chief executive spoke to an audience of business leaders from across Lancashire about the potential opportunities for shale gas extraction in the county.

Norman said: “It is a great honour for me to be asked to take on the role of president of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce as it prepares to enter its 100th year. The Chamber has been a strong voice for business in Lancashire throughout this time and my ambition is to continue this throughout my time as president."

The new president has been a high-profile member of the local business community since his arrival in Lancashire from his native South Coast in 2008, when he set up OBAS UK’s distribution business following the acquisition of four failed businesses, bought from the receivers.

Today, the business sells more than 17,000 product lines from its headquarters in Longridge.

The North and Western Lancashire is one of the biggest business groups in the county with a membership of 1,600 members, which account for more than half the private sector jobs in the area. It provides a range of business information, business networking, training, seminars, and a wide range of business services, international trade services, business information tools, and legal advice and HR services.