Champion Joins Board Of Enterprise Organisations Body
A Derbyshire business leader has been appointed a non-executive director of an organisation that supports enterprise in England.
Ian Viles, Chief Executive of regeneration agency Erewash Partnership was elected as a director of National Enterprise Network by members who represent organisations that support enterprise.
Ian has led the Partnership since it was set up 21 years ago to help re-build the economy of Erewash Borough which had been hit hard by job losses in traditional industries.
It helps people to start businesses and encourages their development and promotes economic and social well-being by providing advice and information, putting on training workshops and running major networking events where members meet to discuss issues.
Based at Bridge House, Derby Road, Long Eaton, the Partnership has around 450 members from the private, public and voluntary sector. It manages three business centres offering workshop or office space and supports the creation of around 100 new businesses a year.
It works closely with the borough council to promote the local economy through entrepreneurship.
Ian, whose new role means that he has a say in directing policy and strategy for the NEN, said he was delighted that he had been chosen to take up the vacancy.
“The role of the Network is crucial – providing an independent voice for the sector and drawing attention to the impact of enterprise support organisations.”
“I am looking forward to using my experience and expertise to support the Network.”
NEN Chief Executive Dawn Whiteley said: “We are delighted that Ian has joined the board as a director following the recent member elections.
“Erewash Partnership is a well established National Enterprise Network member and Ian is hugely experienced in the enterprise support sector as its Chief Eexecutive. We look forward to benefiting from his experience, strategic approach and passion for enterprise at a national level.”