Norman steps up as new president

President: Norman Tenray
President: Norman Tenray
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A Lancashire entrepreneur will take one of the county’s leading business bodies into its centenary year having been appointed its new president.

Norman Tenray, owner of Longridge builders’ merchant, OBAS UK, was appointed and took up the role at the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce at its AGM.

He succeeded Malcolm Clarke of MC Associates, who has held the position for the past two years.

The new president’s appointment was one of the key matters dealt with at the meeting which was followed by a speech by Lord Browne, the chairman of fracking firm Cuadrilla Resources.

Mr Tenray said: “It is a great honour for me to be asked to take on the role of president of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce as it prepares to enter its 100th year.

“The Chamber has been a strong voice for business in Lancashire throughout this time and my ambition is to continue this throughout my time as president.

“I look forward to working with the Chamber’s chief executive, Babs Murphy, and her team to carry on the relentless drive to make Lancashire a better place for business.”

The new president has been a high-profile member of the local business community since his arrival in Lancashire from his native South Coast in 2008. He set up OBAS UK’s distribution business following the acquisition of four failed businesses, bought from the receivers.

Today, the business sells more than 17,000 product lines.

The North and Western Lancashire is one of the biggest business groups in the county with a membership of 1,600 members