DIOGO Rodrigues has been appointed relationship manager at Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce.

He will use his experience in business and local government to help the chamber increase its support of the business community and drive growth for members of the organisation.

On his appointment, Mr Rodrigues said “I’m delighted to be joining the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce, which is the most reputable and prolific business organisation in Bridgwater.

"We have a diverse range of members which look to the chamber for business information, support, and opportunities for growth.”

He added: “I’m supported by a talented and well experienced board of directors which helps to make the Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce the great success that it is, and we are looking forward to working together to championing economic and businesses growth in Bridgwater.”

The chamber has continuously developed projects in support of local businesses since it was established in 2008.

It has been responsible for projects such as the Sedgemoor Business Awards, which this year is being hosted for the seventh time; delivery of projects working with local government, such as the Supply the Supplier initiative, which represented local businesses in maximising potential from the HP3 project, and more recently the launch of the Low Carbon Sedgemoor initiative, which will continue to reaffirm the area’s leading position within the LC and decarbonisation sector.

Chamber chairman Denys Rayner said: "We are delighted that Diogo has agreed to join us.

"The chamber is going through a rapid expansion programme and we were looking for the right person to lead the chamber into its next phase.

"We are thrilled that Diogo has local business understanding and the future economy at heart, and we know he will take on the challenge with enthusiasm and diligence.

"It has been a pleasure to have already received positive feedback from the business community about this appointment and on behalf of the board of directors, members and the wider business community of Bridgwater, we welcome Diogo to the team."