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What We Do

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation that supports businesses across the two counties and beyond.

Established in 1832, H&W Chamber is the 8th largest of the 53 Chambers and remains a dynamic, not for profit organisation, working hard to support the local businesses and our 1,500+-strong network of member businesses. Whether you are interested in networking with other businesses, trading overseas or ensuring your staff has the right skills, the Chamber has a wealth of knowledge and experience.

Events

The Chamber offers an extensive and varied Events calendar running throughout the year, including two expos with over 800 attendees, free networking events and paid for experiential events.

Following government guidelines that came into place earlier this year, we are thrilled that we can continue to offer networking opportunities through virtual events.

Raising your business profile has never been more important than in the current trading conditions, and our events are aimed at allowing like-minded individuals to share experiences and exchange ideas.

Local businesses are invited to join our new Lunchtime Networking events, in the form of webinars, to make valuable business contacts and gain useful insights into the local business landscape.

The Chamber also hosts the most prestigious business awards in the two counties annually, with a range of categories to enter. All shortlisted businesses have the opportunity to not only win at a local level, but also regionally and nationally at the British Chambers of Commerce’s Business Awards.

We were delighted to host our first ever online awards ceremony earlier this summer, with details of next year’s celebrations being announced in 2021.

Training

Developing your staff will be no doubt at the forefront of many businesses’ minds when learning to adapt to the new working environment.

Our detailed training portfolio covers areas such as International Trade, IT, HR, Customer Care and PR and Marketing. All courses are delivered by professional and highly qualified trainers and consultants.

If you have a number of staff you wish to send on a course, or would like a course tailored to your business need, our bespoke training packages offer the opportunity to have our training designed for your needs.

Currently our courses are held online in line with government guidance.

Policy

As the leading voice of businesses in the two counties, our policy department ensure the concerns of businesses in Herefordshire & Worcestershire are heard on a national level, through the Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) and lobbying to get your views heard by local and central government.

We produce a yearly Business Manifesto which details the key concerns business want represented which is fed from the QES. Our own research is also conducted via the Salary & Benefits Survey, in addition to other key issues and topics such as projects on Broadband & Connectivity.

International Trade

The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Export Documentation teams are here to support you through your journey to import or export goods.

The International Trade Advisors from DIT have a wealth of experience of how to access international markets, as well as funding which is available.

The Export Documentation department offer training courses, certificates or origin, visas and translation services as well as much more.

Marketing & PR

Raise your profile through our marketing opportunities. Articles can be submitted to Business Direction Online, which will be considered for our printed bi-monthly Business Direction magazine.

4,000 copies of Business Direction magazine are printed per issue and sent to Members and businesses across the two counties. Articles submitted should be newsworthy rather than an advert for the business, and celebrate some good news, award wins or new partnerships.

Follow us on Twitter @HW_Chamber, find us on Facebook and connect with us on LinkedIn.

For more information take a closer look at specific sections on our website: Training; Events, or see our full list of Membership benefits.

Become a Member

starting from £20 / month*

* for 1-5 employees

Or Contact our Membership Team
goodbusiness@hwchamber.co.uk 01905 673611

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