Chamber chief calls for action

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New Sheffield Chamber of Commerce president Stephen Williams has called for “action not words” from the city region to help boost the local economy.

Mr Williams, a property and relocation solicitor for Lupton Fawcett Lee & Priestley, told members at the Chamber’s 156th annual general meeting: “Now is the time to deliver growth, not just discuss what we hope to do to achieve it.”

The new chamber president says his call to action is directed at Sheffield City Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership, politicians, Government, the business community and chambers of commerce.

“Sheffield chamber should have a higher profile than we’ve had before,” said Mr Williams. “We are now at a stage where we can be more proactive and drive forward activities which will enhance the environment for business growth.

“This is a great opportunity for the public and private sector to work in partnership on the fantastic activities which are happening in this city and make significant strides forward.”

Stephen Williams was born and brought up in Sheffield, in a terraced house in Hillsborough.

His father Derrick played professional football for Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United during the War. After an injury, while playing for Portsmouth, ended his career he became an accountant.

One of his grandfathers was a blacksmith, while the other was a station master at Beighton.

“My family heritage is cemented in Sheffield. I am Sheffield born and bred. My whole working life has been in this wonderful city and I’ve played football or cricket in every single park across Sheffield,” he added.