Two new Directors have joined the National Enterprise Network Board, to work alongside other Board members to devise and develop key strategic activities for the unique membership body that represents enterprise support organisations.

The appointments of Ian Viles, Chief Executive of Erewash Partnership in Derbyshire and David Robinson, Chairman of Croydon Business Venture were confirmed at NENs Annual General meeting in November following membership elections. The two new directors bring additional experience to the Network, under the leadership of NEN Chairman Chris Pichon.

Erewash Partnership, a not for profit company and enterprise agency was established in 1994 by leaders of the local business community and Erewash Borough Council, its purpose is to bring together those interested in securing a more prosperous future for Erewash. The primary objectives of the Partnership are to promote and encourage enterprise with particular emphasis on encouraging new business formation and small business expansion, alongside activities that promote the economic and social well-being of the area. Having been involved with the organisations since its formation, Ian has developed vast experience in enterprise support and economic development which he brings to the NEN Board.

Croydon Business Venture is an enterprise agency that helps those wanting to start their own business with both business planning and with the development of basic business skills. Established in 1983, CBV has been at the forefront in providing training and support for the creation and development of new businesses. David Robinson, Chairman of CBV is an experienced non-executive director and business adviser, bringing those skills also to the NEN Board.

Speaking about the new directors, Chris Pichon said: “We are delighted that Ian and David will be joining the NEN Board following our recent member elections. Both Erewash Partnership and Croydon Business Venture are well established enterprise support organisations and very active National Enterprise Network members. We look forward to benefiting from the experience, strategic approach and passion for enterprise that both directors will bring to the table at a national level.”

The 2015 AGM also saw Michaela Cozens from Gloucester Enterprise Ltd and Liz Storey from Ignite Business Enterprise Ltd re-elected to the NEN Board. The Annual General Meeting was held on Friday 27th November at 9.45am - immediately preceding the 2015 National Enterprise Network annual conference at RBS in London.

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National Enterprise Network is the only membership body in England representing those working in the enterprise support sector. We believe our members are crucial to Britain’s economic success. Our role is to support their work, promote the results they achieve, and connect them with opportunities for even greater success. NEN membership is traditionally, but not exclusively, made up of not-for-profit enterprise support organisations providing independent and impartial advice, training and mentoring to new and emerging businesses. The organisation represents a variety of enterprise support organisations; including enterprise agencies, Chambers of Commerce, local authorities and other specialist providers.