Hollie Crawford from Many Fabrication and Engineering, Di Stacey from Ooranga and Ellie McIntosh from the 
Gunnedah Times

The Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and Industry is looking to recruit more members and fresh ideas into its plans for 2022.

It follows the organisation’s first event for the year, a ‘business breaky’, at Camp Grounds café last week where several new members were introduced.

More than 30 participants were booked in for the bagel breakfast which went down a treat for gathered guests.

Chamber member Bill Ashford said it was also an opportunity to wave goodbye to much-valued chamber members and Gunnedah business operators, Stephen and David Berry.

Established by Jack Berry in the early 1950s, the JA Berry hardware business was later joined by his four sons, Gary, Stephen, John and David and became one of Gunnedah’s go-to locations for any home renovation, landscaping job or restocking of the hardware section in homes.

“They have been long time members and we wanted to say thank you,” Mr Ashford said.

He was encouraged by the strong mix of attendees, including many women, as well as the presentations by Matt Beetesworth from Camp Grounds.

“He did a brilliant job with the coffee and bagels,” he said.

Mr Ashford said it was refreshing to hear about the new Gunnedah business operator’s customer-first approach.

Chamber secretary Hollie Crawford said the success of its first event of the year was a good sign of things to come.

“It was a phenomenal turnout … it’s great to think what the business community can achieve,” Ms Crawford said.

The Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and Industry is interested to hear from local businesses, both new and old, looking to join the organisation and potentially showcase what they have to offer to the wider community.

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