Pippa’s looking to engage with Dacorum firms

A business group is looking for good news stories from companies in Dacorum and has appointed a new person to dig them out.

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, lead by acting chief executive Yolanda Rugg, is looking at promoting examples of best practice as a way of increasing confidence in the economy.

The Chamber’s appointment of Pippa Hutchinson in the role of business development and engagement manager for Dacorum marks a renewed presence in the borough for the group.

Mum of two Pippa, who lives in Berkhamsted, will be based for at least some of her time at Maylands Business Centre, in Redbourn Road, Hemel Hempstead.

The former Tesco and BBC marketing chief told a networking meeting at Metro Bank, in Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead that she is “extremely passionate” about local businesses and has been impressed by the work Dacorum Borough Council was doing to help companies.

She will help to enhance business performance by fostering alliances and partnerships across the business community and will encourage and work with companies to share success stories and case studies of best practice.

Pippa, who also has a small business of her own, will be providing advice and guidance and connecting them through networking opportunities.

Chris Taylor, group manager for strategic planning and regeneration at Dacorum Borough Council said:“I would like to welcome Pippa to Dacorum and I am looking forward to her working together with our team of passionate people who strive to make the economy of Dacorum thrive.”

In January last year Pippa developed and launched an online greeting cards business at www.charliecustard.co.uk.

She built the website herself and won a Mumpreneur award for her efforts.