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History Of Aberystwyth Business Club

In 1998 the idea of an organisation known as “Apel Aber” was first discussed by Tony Bates, Gareth Rowlands and Meurig Lewis. It was proposed that an organisation of one representative from 20 separate firms in Aberystwyth should be set up as a pressure group/think tank in respect of the issues affecting Aberystwyth and environs.

Representatives were to be businessmen and ladies who had proved themselves to be successful business persons over a period of years and who had also shown themselves in various ways prepared to look at the “bigger picture” from the local perspective. Representatives from the public sector were not to be involved save that they were to be invited to address the organisation from time to time. The organisation was to have a second very important function, mainly the raising of about £10,000 per annum for charities with a local connection.

The first meeting of Apel Aber took place on 29th January 1999 but at that meeting it was resolved that the name of the proposed organisation was to be changed to Aberystwyth Business Club/Clwb Busnes Aberystwyth. Members present at the original meeting who are still involved with the Club today were Jon Armitage, Meurig Lewis, Mrs Sue Balsom, Tony Bates, Dr William Roberts, Gareth Rowlands and Gerallt Davies. Tony Bates was appointed the first Chairman with Jon Armitage appointed as Vice Chairman and Meurig Lewis appointed as Treasurer, a position he held with great distinction until 2015.

It was subsequently decided that the Club should be registered as a Charity and charitable status was obtained on 22nd December 1999. The objects of the Charity, which remain the same today, are as follows:

"to distribute and pay its money and other assets (whether capital or income) to such charitable organisations or for such purposes which provide for the general benefit of the inhabitants of the town and region of Aberystwyth in such manner and in such proportions as the executive committee think fit and to such national charitable organisations as the executive committee think fit”.

Over the years, the Club has been true to its objects and has provided significant sums to many local and national organisations including the following:

DEBRA, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Aberystwyth Mini Minor Junior Football League, Llanbadarn Church. In addition the club has for many years acted as a “thinktank”/pressure group concerning matters of local concern and has provided representatives to various governmental and quasi-governmental bodies such as the Aberystwyth Regeneration Board and the Aberystwyth BID Steering Group.

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