Commenting on her new role, Mrs Lovering, who succeeds TonySheehan in the role, said: “Caerphilly has had its fair share of local challenges and the economic situation has had a dramatic effect on the local community.
“To take over the role of chair at this important stage in the development of Caerphilly Business Forum is tremendously exciting.
“With the help of the new Caerphilly Business Forum board, I intend to strengthen and build the forum’s status as the voice of local business. This will involve close collaboration with our members and the council and I look forward to the challenge.”
In addition to meeting the needs of Caerphilly-based businesses to be seen, heard and connected, Mrs Lovering will also look to increase the number of manufacturing businesses and their suppliers represented by the Forum.
She added: “I also look forward to forging closer links between the business community and local schools, in an effort for the educators to have a better understanding of the needs of business and overcome some of the issues facing employers when trying to recruit staff.”
She added: “We have thousands of businesses within the Borough all looking to grow and prosper and Caerphilly Business Forum was established to help achieve just that. With the help and support from my fellow Board Members and we will be looking at more events and targeted support in the years ahead to achieve this.”
Mrs Lovering, who has over 21 years’ experience in the transport sector, will also take over as Chair of the FTA Welsh Freight Council in June. The Welsh Freight Council supports and represents transport and haulage companies based in Wales. Apart from other legislative issues, the Freight Council is actively involved in lobbying for a reduction in the Severn Tolls and for the completion of an M4 Relief Road. Both issues have an enormous financial impact not only on the transport sector, but also on commuters and other businesses based in South Wales.
The Caerphilly Business Forum, of which Caerphilly Observer is a member, is an independent network of businesses based in or operating in the Caerphilly County Borough.
The forum hosts a variety of networking, learning and development events and activities to help support businesses in the area.
For more information about how to join visit www.cbforum.co.uk.