Bearsden solicitor’s Chamber of Commerce honour

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Top Bearsden solicitor Stewart Rennie has been elected the new president of Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Rennie (48) has been on the body’s board of directors for more than two years and is company secretary of the chamber.

He was elected unanimously at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) which was hosted by chamber member, Virgin Active, in Milngavie recently.

Mr Rennie is a partner in the legal firm Rennie McInnes LLP, which he runs with his wife, Aileen.

They have two children aged 10 and 11.

He said: “The chamber is the voice of business in Dunbartonshire.

“It’s our job to ensure members talk to each other – it’s through networking and events that they can develop their businesses and drive commerce.

“We have very good links with East and West Dunbartonshire councils and with Scottish Chambers of Commerce, which means we can raise issues on behalf of members.”

Honorary president John Corcoran said he looked forward to working closely with Mr Rennie.

Chairing the AGM, Mr Corcoran admitted that it had been a ‘tough year’ both for the chamber and its members due to the economic climate.

He added:“We have strengthened the board with new director appointments and will focus on giving our members an events programme to be proud of.”

The AGM approved the co-option of businessman Erik Archer, chartered surveyor Nick Allan and telecoms consultant Iain Ross to the board of directors.

Mark McRae, of accountancy firm Haines Watts, was appointed finance director and freelance journalist June Hyslop was re-elected to head up the chamber’s communications.