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Are you related to the Government or councils?

One of the key roles of the Chamber of Commerce is to act as an advocate on behalf of members individually and collectively and to make representations on their behalf.  In doing this, our team works with politicians, government and agencies at all levels.  The Chamber must maintain party political neutrality in all such actions which allows us to promote, support, oppose, or seek to change or influence policies of any Government, agency, organisation, political party or individual, regardless of their political leanings.

Does my business have to be based in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to be a member of the Chamber?

No, although you may find that your local Chamber will meet your needs.  However, if you would like to take advantage of the benefits provided by our Chamber, you can still be a member wherever you are in the world.

How are you funded?

The Chamber is a private company which is funded in the main by membership subscriptions and commercial income. In addition to this we are contracted to deliver a small number of contracts on behalf of public organisations.  We are a non-profit distributing company which reinvests any surplus back in to the company to provide enhancements to the service provided.

How do I book on to your events?

The link to the booking instructions will normally be found where the event is advertised, but all events enquiries can be answered by calling 01905 673612 or emailing events@hwchamber.co.uk. Once you have advised us that you would like to attend, we will reserve your place and will confirm this once we have received payment (which is due in advance).

How is the Chamber related to other Chambers in the UK?

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce Network (BCC) which represents 56 Chambers nationally.  As such, the Chamber adheres to the accreditation standards that are laid down by the BCC in relation to engagement with the business community; membership; financial health; governance and management and the regional, national and international development of the Chamber network.  Accreditation to the BCC provides access to national discounts and services as well as ensuring that our lobbying is effective both nationally and internationally.

How is your Chamber managed?

Partnership working between our Board of Directors and the Chamber Senior Management team is vital to our business success.  The Chief Executive and Senior Management team are responsible for around 40 staff involved in the day to day running of the Chamber and to ensure a profitable business is maintained.

In addition, the Chamber has two Area Councils - one for Worcestershire and one for Herefordshire.  Each area council consists of representatives from member businesses to ensure that members are maximising the services and support available to them and to provide a strong local, sub-regional view of members’ needs and of representational and lobbying issues.

How long does membership last?

Membership runs for a twelve month period from the date on which you join.  After this time you will be asked to renew.  Membership for three years or more can be arranged, please speak to one of the membership team.

How much of my time will membership require?

As with any investment, you get out of membership what you put in.  But we aim to make it as easy as possible for you to achieve maximum benefit from your membership.  By being a Chamber member you have a dedicated team just a phone call away on hand to help you with any problems which may arise. From a legal enquiry to customer sourcing, from international trade documentation to skills training and much, much more.

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit membership organisation dedicated to improving the business climate and quality of living within a specific region. A Chamber of Commerce is not a department or agency of the Government (local or national), but it will work in partnership with Government departments or agencies, as well as other bodies/organisations representing other sections of the business community or civic society, to further the interests of its members and promote a stronger economy that creates more opportunities for a fulfilling and rewarding life for local people.

What type of businesses can join the Chamber?

We welcome all types of businesses from both the private and public sectors; all sizes of businesses from businesses with just one person working from home to large, international corporate companies.  We represent all businesses regardless of shape or size.

Who is covered by my membership?

All employees of your company will be covered by the membership and therefore eligible for discounts on events and training.  They will also able to access the legal advice and health advice telephone support numbers.

For more information please contact the Membership team

goodbusiness@hwchamber.co.uk    01905 673611