Tuesday, April 22, 2014

News: Rotherham United become Chamber patrons

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ASD Lighting and Rotherham United Football Club have become the latest companies to pledge their support to the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce by becoming patrons.

Employing over 200 people, ASD Lighting has been based in Rotherham for over 30 years. It specialises in supplying decorative and commercial lighting, all of which has been designed, developed and manufactured in the UK.

Tony Stewart, managing director of ASD Lighting (pictured above, left), said: "As a manufacturing business in Rotherham for over 30 years, we are proud to become a patron of the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. We look forward to working side by side with the chamber and creating partnerships with local businesses moving forward."

Mark Hannigan, operations manager at the chamber, added: "Welcoming ASD Lighting as patrons of the chamber allows us to be involved with another of Rotherham's big companies. This partnership will allow the chamber to utilise their knowledge and expertise to support manufacturing in the region while working towards mutually beneficial goals."

Also becoming a patron of the chamber is Rotherham United, the town's football club that was saved by Tony Stewart in 2008 when he brought them out of administration via a Creditors Voluntary Agreement. His chairmanship has provided stability, investment and a professional off-field set-up despite having to play home games at the Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield after leaving Millmoor.

The club returned to play home games in the borough in 2012 with the club gaining promotion from League Two in its first season at the £20m New York Stadium.

Steve Coakley, commercial director at Rotherham United (pictured below, left), said: "Rotherham United Football Club are delighted to become a patron of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. This extension to our long standing relationship will facilitate mutual commercial opportunities and further development of our brand and image within the local business community."
Andrew Denniff, chief executive at the chamber, added: "The chamber has supported Rotherham United through the good times and the difficult times of moving to Don Valley and into their new stadium. We are pleased the club has now come on board as patrons allowing us to publicly strengthen our ties with one of the biggest brands in the region and further utilise the New York Stadium."

Part of the patronage package will see the chamber continue to run the successful Rotherham United Business Club, the monthly lunch events at the Millers' stadium that include guest speakers from the world of sport and business.

Previous speakers include Tony Stewart and Rob Scott and this week, the club is joined by Mark Aston, the current head coach and chief executive of The Sheffield Eagles Rugby League team.

Mark will speak about the Sheffield Eagles at that famous day in May 1998 when he led The Eagles to victory over Wigan in The Challenge Cup Final and also took home the coveted Lance Todd Trophy. Mark will also talk about his fight to Save The Eagles and, following back To back Championship wins, what his future plans are for the team.

The business club on April 24 at 12 noon is £13.95 + vat for members and £19.95 + vat for non-members. The cost of the event will include lunch at the New York Stadium.

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber website
Rotherham United website
ASD Lighting website

Images: Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber

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