A well-known local business man has taken over the presidency of The Association of Bridgwater Industrialists.

Roger Smith, manager of Angel Place Shopping Centre, was elected by fellow members for the president’s role, after Chris Spencer stepped down following 1 year in the prestigious position.

Married to Mandy, Roger has 4 children, and has been the town’s shopping centre manager for 4 years. Taking over the role, Roger said he is very enthusiastic about leading the Bridgwater Industrialists into what could be one of the town’s most exciting periods for many years. He said: “Bridgwater and the surrounding area has huge potential and opportunities for companies to invest into, and I can really see this coming to fruition over the next couple of years.

“We have a very important role to play in what happens in the town in the future, and we will succeed in making sure businesses survive and thrive for many years to come.”

The Bridgwater Industrialists was founded in 1957 by Bill Coates of Coates Fencing. The group’s membership is drawn from in and around Bridgwater and meet monthly to learn from each other and to hear from expert speakers about issues that affect local businesses. The main purpose of the association is to provide a forum for business leaders to discuss topics and share experiences with like-minded friends on a social basis. The group are committed to the development of business in Bridgwater and engage with new investors and local councils to provide a two way dialogue, helping mutual understanding and benefits.

Adrian Robson, owner of electrical specialists, Robson Electrics, has been elected as vice president of the group, and will work closely with Roger with taking the group forward.

Roger added: “I feel extremely proud to be nominated as president of the Bridgwater Industrialists, and I look forward to working with Adrian and all of our other members over the next year as we continue to do what we think is best for our town.”

Special guests at Roger’s first meeting as president were Bridgwater Carnival’s Rita Jones and Dave Stokes, president and publicity officer respectively, who gave a presentation about Bridgwater Carnival and the opportunities it brings for local businesses.