The owner of a Bradford-based digital marketing agency, Xpand, has been elected to the region’s key policy-making body, the Bradford Chamber Leadership Group.

Jag Panesar is one of only six to be welcomed to the group following the election of a new president and vice-president in July.

It comes at a time when businesses across the region need and want additional and relevant support as they look to bounce back from the pandemic.

Jag will use his 14 years plus experience of working side by side with local businesses to work with the West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce to ensure they receive this.

Jag commented: “I’m a true believer in Bradford. It has many great things to shout about and I’m keen to be a part of supporting our local economy’s growth after the tough times we’ve all recently experienced.

“I’ve been a member of Bradford Chamber of Commerce intermittently since I set up Xpand in 2007. With 14 years experience behind me, I’m really looking forward to helping shape the way Bradford businesses are supported.”

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce exists to support business. Its mission is to be recognised as an essential part of growing businesses by sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise, with a strong business voice influencing decision makers at all levels.

The Bradford Leadership Group, part of the W&NY Chamber, will focus on developing and shaping the policy on issues affecting Chamber members and help to maintain the Chamber as the best possible voice of business.

By picking up on local economic trends and activities, what’s working well for business and what needs challenging, they will ensure that the Chamber’s policymaking and representation activities remain fresh and current.

Sandy Needham, chief executive at WNY Chamber added: “We welcome Jag’s input into the Leadership Group.

“The Chamber aims to be inclusive and work with businesses of all sizes and sectors. Every year we refresh the Chamber Leadership Group and it’s great to have entrepreneurs like Jag playing an active role.”