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What We Do

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce are a membership organisation which 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

Free networking events, as well as our paid experiential events are held throughout the year. From curry clubs, to gin tasting, breakfasts and lunches, we have even fed rhinos!

Sector-focussed forums provide opportunities for delegates to network with like-minded people, exchange ideas and best practice, share experiences on key issues and find common solutions. Attendance is free for Members.

Our biggest events are the Business Expo and the Chamber Business Awards.

The Chamber Business Expo takes place twice a year, every March and October, at the Three Counties Showground, with over 120 exhibitors and over 800 attendees; these flagship events are the perfect way to network and make new connections. Free seminars are held in the morning, as well as free wifi and hot drinks on offer while you network and meet local businesses. Discounts are available to Members who book stands where entry is free to all.

The most prestigious business awards in the two counties, the Chamber Business Awards are held yearly, each summer, with applications launching in January. There are a range of categories to enter, with the chance to reach the regional and national finals for selected categories. To enter businesses can be of any size and operate in any sector. Ceremony tickets are discounted for Members.

The Awards night is the biggest in the calendar with over 600 business people getting together to celebrate businesses in the two counties at our black tie event.

Training

Our extensive training portfolio covers areas such as IT and HR to Customer Care and PR and Marketing. Courses are available at our offices in Hereford and Worcester 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 delivered at your offices when it suits you.

Chamber Business Training has an enviable portfolio of clients ranging from small to medium enterprises to larger multi-nationals, and our flexible approach makes us a first choice training provider for many local companies.

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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