George Shiffner, David Possee, David East and Jean Stock all have their names inscribed on a brass plaque arranged by Braintree Chamber of Trade & Commerce which has been placed on a wall in George Yard Shopping Centre. It honours these various notable personalities from the business and voluntary communities in the town.
David East 1949 – 2011
David joined Business Development Services in Braintree after 36 years with Barclays Bank.
After gaining a degree in Banking, he became the Branch Manager of Chipping Ongar, before joining the Business Corporate Team, based in Chelmsford. After leaving Barclays David became a mentor with Academy of Learning Limited, under a 2 year European funded project, becoming involved with small & medium businesses.
During his time with them, in 2002 he also joined Business Development Services and has played an active part in furthering the Enterprise Agency culture, at Braintree, Saffron Walden and Great Dunmow. In February 2006 he became a Member of the Institute of Business Advisors.
Over the years David had dealt with a vast range of businesses (and their owners) and was well known in Braintree. Sadly, David died after a short illness in 2011.
A database of Braintree Town Centre businesses is available here.
A plaque has been presented by Chamber to George Yard Shopping Centre, to put on public view. The plaque honours the contributions made by George Shiffner, David East, David Possee and Jean Stock to the town community.
The plaque was unveiled by Chair of Braintree District Council Cllr Janet Money on Saturday 15th October 2011.