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Black Country Chamber New Host of #blkcountryhour

Black Country Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that they are the new hosts of the Twitter Chat Hour #blkcountryhour. The Chat Hour is a way for the community and businesses in the area to get involved in social media to promote the great things they are doing.

The #blkcountryhour takes place every Tuesday evening between 7pm and 8pm on Twitter, and people can take part using the hashtag. The Chamber is delighted to be taking on such an established Chat Hour to support the local community in promoting key events and activities taking place across the region. A Twitter Chat Hour is an online networking opportunity, where Twitter users can Tweet using the hashtag and the Chamber will act as a host, so will pose questions, prompt responses and encourage interaction.

#blkcountryhour was established by Phil Fellows from Swinford Graphics 3 years ago and it has since gone from strength to strength. The aim of the hour was to get more local companies working together and investing in the Black Country through a different medium. Phil recently contacted the Chamber to take over the Twitter hour due to the success of his business, Swinford Graphics, which is now taking up more of his time. Instead of halting the hour, he wanted it to go to a good home that supports the initial reasons for setting it up and the Chamber seemed the natural choice.

Phil Fellows, Managing Director at Swinford Graphics and Founder of the #blkcountryhour, commented: “When I discovered that Black Country Chamber of Commerce were considering creating a new twitter hour I had no hesitation in contacting them with a view to taking over the running of #blkcountryhour. Over the past few months, the team at Swinford Graphics have found it increasingly difficult to afford #blkcountryhour the time that it deserved and so to enable it to develop and grow further from its current well established position are both delighted and proud that its legacy is a new home with the Chamber of Commerce.

“I am extremely confident that the hour will be developed further by the Chamber team and look forward to participating in the hour going forward rather than being involved in the role as one of the administrators. Black Country Chamber have been hugely supportive of not only our business but many other Black Country businesses too and I look forward to that relationship continuing and developing further in the future.”  

Corin Crane, Chief Executive of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce, added: “The Black Country is full of brilliant businesses, entrepreneurs, creative thinkers and residents and at the Chamber we want to work with them all and shout about how great the Black Country is. As a Chamber, we are committed to increasing our digital presence in the most effective ways possible and the opportunity to be involved in an established online community group like this was too good an opportunity to miss. We would like to thank Phil for his hard work in establishing the Hour and look forward to welcoming him back to participate as our expert. Come and take part on Tuesday and you can even ask me a question!”  

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