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Starter Membership

Membership costs only £12.50 per month + VAT.

Designed specifically for a new business, less than 3 years old.

For businesses in their first 3 years of trading, this membership level provides a gateway to Chamber membership for start-ups, freelancers and sole traders who can benefit most from our services within their crucial first 3 years.

This one-year introduction membership is an ideal platform to kick start your business, by extending your network, introducing your brand and accessing vital business information and training. As your business grows so will your Chamber membership to suit your changing needs.

Is Membership right for me?

From our many years of experience, we have developed support for almost every type and size of business there is, regardless of your sector.

Our Membership aims to grow as you do, from the moment you launch to when you first hire staff and beyond. We have a support package for whatever stage your business is at.

Chamber membership is so much more than access to services. It’s access to new connections which could become customers, suppliers, partners or perhaps even friends.

A limited number of funded Memberships are available for eligible* Worcestershire-based start-ups. For all other oganisations, Membership costs only £12.50 per month + VAT.

Would you like to see what else is available? Have a look at the other packages we offer

Starter Members tell us they benefit the most from:

Brand Promotion & PR

Events & Networking

Advice & Support

Training & Coaching

Membership Benefits

Whatever Membership package you choose, every Member benefits from these incredible inclusive services.

These services are our most popular and whether you’re a sole trade with a Starter Membership or a large multinational Patron Member, you and your staff will all be able to access these fantastic benefits and use them from the moment you join.

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Exclusive Primary Healthcare Plan with Westfield Health

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HR, Legal, H&S and Tax Support Plan with Quest

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Business Healthcare cover with AXA

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Discounted Fleet Roadside assistance with the AA

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Discounted Foreign Exchange with Moneycorp

Access to Virtual Events

Starter Members are able access a host of online events, throughout the year.

Discounts on Training, Coaching & Consultancy

50% off your first full days training and an ongoing discount based on your Membership level.

Discounts on Events

Members are able to access a host of events free of charge or heavily discounted including tickets to the annual Chamber Business Awards.

Discounts on International Trade Support Services

50% discount on export documentation for those trading internationally and discounts applied to translation services and customs declarations.

Discounts on Exhibitions

Members receive a discount on stand hire for our popular Chamber Business Expo.

Discounts on Advertising

Members receive discounts to advertise in our bi-monthly Business Direction magazine which has a distribution of over 4000 copies.

Member 2 Member Discounts

Members are able to access Member2Member offers which are a range of heavily discounted products and services. New Members can also upload their own.

What is included with the Starter Membership?

*This Membership is for businesses in their first 3 years of trading only

Funded Memberships available for eligible* Worcestershire-based start-ups.

For all other organisations: £12.50+VAT monthly or £150+VAT annually.

Services include:

  • 24 Hour Legal Helpline / Website / Documentation
  • 24 Hour HR Helpline / Website / Documentation
  • 24 Hour Health and Safety Helpline / Website / Documentation
  • 24 Hour Tax Helpline / Website / Documentation
  • Legal Expenses Insurance (£1 million cover)
  • Use of HW Chamber ‘Member of’ Logo
  • Business Direction Magazine (bi-monthly) in print and digital form
  • PR, website and social media opportunities to raise your profile
  • Chamber Business Support Newsletter
  • Chamber Area Newsletter – Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Online Business Directory listing for your business
  • Online Business Directory search – 1,400+ businesses
  • Opportunity to promote Member to Member offers
  • Entry to the local H&W Chamber Awards and admission to the twice-yearly Chamber Expo’s
  • 150+ Networking Events
  • Sector Focused Networking Forums and Conferences
  • Speaker Opportunities
  • 2 free places on our half-day Digital Marketing course 
  • Phone Line and Account Manager
  • Business Support
  • International Trade Updates and Advice
  • Policy Updates, Lobbying and Advice

Discounted Services:

  • Training Courses (50+ course titles) *excluding bespoke days
  • 50% off your first full days training *excluding bespoke days
  • Chamber Business Expo stand hire 
  • Chamber Business Awards tickets
  • Regional Networking Events
  • 50% discount on export documentation services
  • Import and Export Training Courses *excluding bespoke days
  • Import and Export Customs Declarations
  • Translation Services
  • Roadside Assistance (AA)
  • Chamber Foreign Exchange (Moneycorp)
  • Chamber Primary Health Cash Plan (Westfield)
  • Chamber Business Healthcare Plan (AXA)

Funding support for Worcestershire Start-Ups

Enterprising Worcestershire provides support to start, develop and grow your early stage business. For a limited time, they can fund £150 towards your choice of business membership if you are a Worcestershire-based start-up. This will provide you with on-going support and access to a wide range of business services, critical for your early stage business.

This means, that should your quick application by successful, you can get a year’s Starter Membership (worth £150+VAT) funded, and you only need to pay the VAT element of £30.00!

Eligibility criteria

  • Eligible applicants must be operating within Worcestershire and have a Worcestershire business address
  • The business must have started and have been trading for less than 36 months;
  • The applicant must hold a business bank account (a ‘trading as’ account is acceptable);
  • The business must have the ability to purchase the membership upfront
  • The applicant must have all the necessary permissions and licenses to operate their business;
  • The applicant must not have any other outstanding debts payable to partner Councils;
  • A business with less than 5 employees
  • A sole trader, ltd or partnership;
  • A charity.

What Our Starter Members Say:

“After taking the plunge to become self-employed, I was a little overwhelmed by the various offerings of help and support available to me. However becoming a Member of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce was undoubtedly one of the best moves I have made. In the first few months of Membership I attended multiple networking events, benefited from online training sessions and had access to tonnes of advice for small business owners, just like me. The communications I receive make me feel like a valued Member, despite my small company size, and by being able to contribute to the Quarterly Economic Surveys, I know I’m helping to shape economic change.”

– Holly Copson, Copson Social

Not sure if this is the right plan for you?

See the other plans we have available. Or, if you would like some help, contact the membership team on 01905 673600 or email: membership@hwchamber.co.uk

Ready to take the plunge with a Starter Membership?