Simon Beardsley is Chief Executive of the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce; a leading business representation and support organisation in the county, promoting the interests of member businesses, connecting and contributing in partnership towards a prosperous regional economy making a difference to its members.
His current position directly involves him supporting a number of key local business support organisations (including the Growth Hub, Greater Lincolnshire LEP, University of Lincoln, Bishops Grosseteste University) as well as organisations with a social and cooperative ethos, such as Community Assets Plus and the Co-operative Development Agency. Simon is also a director of the East Midlands International Trade Association.
Mr Beardsley has a long history of supporting the set up and development of sector based groups that allow businesses and the public sector to come together to build and deliver coordinated activity that might not happen without such structures being in place. To date successful examples include collaboration in town management, Business Improvement Districts, the visitor economy, place marketing, the food sector and international trade.
Simon has a previous career in commercial banking where he gained sector expertise in the agriculture, horticulture, property and construction as well as supporting businesses to trade internationally. During this time he became an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.