HAMPSHIRE Chamber has strengthened its team at its Basingstoke office with two senior appointments.

David Kemshall is now the business support organisation’s membership manager, while Mark Baulch is business development manager.

Both will be based at Hampshire Chamber’s base at The Manor House, Lutyens Close, in Chineham Court Business Park.

David is tasked with driving member recruitment and retention and has taken up the role following successive promotions during more than six years at clothing retailer Primark.

He was most recently a senior department manager at the chain’s Basingstoke store in The Malls shopping centre, working with 147 staff and a £15million annual budget.

Mark will be responsible for developing the chamber’s external profile and partnerships in north Hampshire.

He was previously based in the chamber’s Fareham office as regional co-ordinator for an £8million business-led partnership designed to help exporters reach high-growth markets overseas.

The role involved close liaison with British Chambers of Commerce, the Government’s export support department UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Maureen Frost, Hampshire Chamber’s deputy chief executive, said: “David and Mark bring extensive experience and skills that will help us continue to improve our member services and strengthen the voice of business in the north of the county.”

The Manor House at Chineham Court was designed and built in the early 1900s by the celebrated British architect Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Now part of the Absolutely Offices campus complex, The Manor House is the hub for all chamber membership, events and international trade services in north Hampshire.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is proud to be the independent voice of local business across the county, and is one of the largest regional business networks in the UK, working with more than 2,000 firms.