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Steven at Destination Basingstoke is the leading man
THERE is a new man at the helm of Destination Basingstoke – the not-for-profit organisation that works to put the borough on the map.
Chairman Steven Connolly wants to continue to build on the good work of the company, which organises events such as the Destination Basingstoke Half-Marathon and the IINSPIRE Business Awards.
Steven is no stranger to Destination Basingstoke, having been involved in its initial inception in 2008, and held the position of vice-chairman for the last couple of years.
Clearly enthusiastic about his new role, Steven said: “I think it’s important for a town like Basingstoke to have an organisation that can act and work with businesses, the community and also the council, because we all want the same aims.”
The centre director for Festival Place since 2007, Steven is well-known in the business community, and he is passionate about Basingstoke’s potential.
He said: “Basingstoke is about delivering on a promise, and Basingstoke’s promise is that it is a good place to do business, and Destination Basingstoke should be part of that way forward.”
He added there are plenty of opportunities for Destination Basingstoke to be involved in shaping the borough’s future.
Steven was full of praise for former Destination Basingstoke chairman Mike Loftus: “He’s been involved with a number of organisations for such a length of time and he’s done such a wonderful job.
“Mike’s involvement with Basingstoke can’t be under-estimated – he’s been a great guiding hand.”
Steven was also keen to highlight the role of his fellow volunteer board members and the hard-working staff at Destination Basingstoke, led by managing director Felicity Edwards.
Steven said: “It is a board that believes in Basingstoke and believes that we have a future and that it is better to get that future working together than it is working solo.
“Part of Destination Basingstoke’s task is to be able to bring people together who can work together.
“We don’t want to be a hidden gem – we want Basingstoke to be a gem people know about.”
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