About Porthcawl Chamber of Trade

Porthcawl Chamber of Trade has served the town and business community of Porthcawl for at least one hundred and twenty five years. A town guide was produced by the then Chamber in 1905.

Throughout its chequered history the individuals representing the businesses forming the Chamber have contributed in many ways to the life of Porthcawl town, at the same time enhancing and developing the business community of Porthcawl.

Over the years the name has moved around. The “and Commerce” part of the name was dropped many years ago, and then “And District” was added and then later removed, but “Chamber of Trade” remained as an established and recognised organisation.

Although Porthcawl Chamber of Trade is not affiliated to the National Institution and is not itself a charity it, nonetheless, is recognised and respected locally.

Interestingly, there are members who have encountered other Chambers of Trade when visiting other towns, as it is active throughout the English-speaking world. One member recalls being invited to meet the officers and committee of the Chamber of Trade for dinner in Bombay! (todays Mumbai).

The Chamber is a voluntary, non-political organisation of members, working together for the further development and interests of business in the Porthcawl district through:

  • Discussion of matters brought to the attention of the Chamber by its members.
  • Discussion and negotiation with neighbouring Chambers of Trade.
  • Discussion and negotiation with the local authority through its officers and members.

Over recent years a working relationship has built up with Porthcawl Town Council, Bridgend County Borough Council and the Welsh Assembly Government.

The Chamber works with Porthcawl Town Council looking at ways of attracting visitors to the town and assisting with Council projects through representation on the council’s Tourism and Events Committee. The Chamber works with the Bridgend County Borough Council with a representative on the Porthcawl Regeneration Forum.

Past Chamber projects include:

  • Promoting Porthcawl on Bridge FM Radio
  • Setting up and launching the Porthcawl Loyalty Card
  • Running Christmas Window Competition
  • Setting up this Chamber of Trade website
  • Porthcawl Summer Festival 2015 – 2016 – 2017 – 2018
  • Porthcawl Christmas Winter Wonderland 2015 – 2016 -2017
  • Chamber of Trade Porthcawl Christmas Cracker Event 2018

There are members of the chamber that work very hard giving their time free of charge to make the Chamber an organisation we can be proud of. Without these members the Chamber would not exist.

The Chamber is an organisation of people and not a business or company. Any member can get involved if they wish, the more that do the better the result.

The Chamber’s Elected Officers for 2021/22

Margaret Minhinnick
President
Elen Jones
Vice President
Alun Edwards
Treasurer
Bridget Hall
Secretary/Membership

Porthcawl Chamber of Trade Presidents from 1944

1944 Russell Mabley
1946 C B Bragg
1949 FC Balcome
1950 Alec Stanton Jones
1951 RP Turberville Deere
1952 TJS Stephens
1953 W L Stone
1954 MB Bragg
1955 RC Fry
1965-66 David Philpot MBE
1967 Jack Bridge
1968 Roy Ashman
1969 David Philpot
1970 Trevor Protheroe
1971-72 James E Theodore
1972 Jack Bridge
1973 John Eastment
1974 Robert J Lewis
1975 David Deere
1976 Roy Jones
1977 Roy Ashman
1978 Alan Balkwill
1979 John C Richardson
1980 Tony Schofield
1981 John Cornthwaite
1982 Nigel Roberts
1983 Jack Bridge
1984 Tudor Greaves
1985 Paul Harris
1986 Ray K Buckley
1987 Graham E Jones
1988 Kay Smart
1989 Phillip George
1990 David Morgan
1991 Chris B Smart
1992 Kay Middleton
1993 Jean Barraclough
1994 Jean Schofield
1995 Kay Middleton
1996 Huw Davies
1997-8 Gail Ralph
1999 Peter C Fenton
2000 Pauline Eynon
2001-4 Colin Evans
2005 Paul Fielding
2006 Alun Edwards
2007 Paul Fielding
2008 Alun Edwards
2009-10 F Lyndsey Morgan