Mid Yorkshire Chamber’s very own ‘voice of business’ Steven Leigh, has been awarded an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in the New Year’s Honours list, for ‘his services to local businesses and the Economy in Yorkshire.’
Steven who is the current Head of Policy here at Mid Yorkshire Chamber, received the award-which royally recognises those individuals who go above and beyond to serve the Country, for his outstanding commitment to economic development, and passion for serving the local business community over the last thirteen years.
A highly respected and successful businessman, Steven has resided in Yorkshire for almost 30 years, joined the Chamber in 2006 following a very impressive career in business, which saw the flotation of his company to a full listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1993, and successfully running it as Chief Executive.
Since joining the Chamber as Head of Policy and Representation, Steven has featured as our spokesman and become widely known as 'the voice of business' in our part of Yorkshire, on local and national TV, radio and in the press. His impressive depth of knowledge allows him to be a regular contributor to regional newspapers on a full range of business topics, as well as sitting on the Judging Panels for numerous regional Business Awards.
His success continued when he was elected as the Calderdale Councillor for Ryburn Ward at the local Elections in May last year.
Steven commented on the announcement of his MBE: “I am flattered and deeply honoured to have received this award. SME businesses are the real engine-room of the British Economy, because they create wealth, provide employment, and sit at the heart of local communities.”
“I am pleased to have been able to help the Chamber to play a very important part in helping businesses to develop in West Yorkshire, and to have provided a voice for businesses whilst lobbying over the years for Governments to introduce business-friendly policies in order to promote investment and economic growth.”
“Chambers of Commerce throughout the UK are very important to the promotion and smooth-running of businesses. Chambers such as ours provide essential export documentation and certification services, and our highly-skilled team facilitates the smooth operation of millions of pounds worth of export transactions every month - services which are likely to be critically important to the country in the post-Brexit era".
“I genuinely believe that it is the business community of the UK who deserve the congratulations. Businesses create real wealth and employment and sit at the heart of local communities. Serving those businesses on behalf of the Chamber is a great honour in itself.”
Chamber Managing Director Martin Hathaway congratulated Steven by saying: “On behalf of all at the Chamber, I am delighted to congratulate Steven on this very well-deserved honour.”
Director-General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Dr Adam Marshall added: “Heartfelt congratulations from all at the BCC on the news of Steven’s MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. I’m so delighted to see his hard work and passion over many years recognised, and I know it will give a boost to the whole Chamber team as well.”