Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Members join the Chamber for many reasons, be it for personal or business growth; Members tell us they value the opportunity to network at one of our free events with like-minded local businesses across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, take up the offer to raise their profile by sending their latest good news into “Business Direction” (the Chamber bimonthly magazine distributed to over 4,000) and use the many discounted training offers. In addition, businesses that are thinking of trading overseas value the export advice. Members have access to free HR and legal services, as well as policy advice and representation. For more information see the full list of benefits HERE.
How much will this cost me?
Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Membership is funded by annual subscription fees. Our subscription fees include affiliation to the British Chamber of Commerce and West Midlands Chamber of Commerce, which includes costs to deliver the services offered in your membership and all related administrative costs.
Membership prices are based on number of employees in your business irrespective of industry type, the only exception to this is for charities where we would require proof of charitable status. Prices start from as little as £20 per month.
|Prices||Monthly Fee excl VAT||Annual Fee excl VAT|
|50- 100 Employees||£61.83||£742|
|101- 199 Employees||£90.17||£1,082|
|Strategic 200+ Employees||£227.42||£2,729|
*Social/Community Enterprises with a charity status and less than 50 employees excluding volunteers. Excludes all public and private educational establishments.
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 industry types and employee size.
How do I book on to your events?
Most Chamber events are bookable via the website and can be found HERE. Booking instructions will normally be found where the event is advertised, but all events enquiries can be answered by calling 01905 673612 or emailing email@example.com. 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.
Is there a special price for sole traders?
Sole traders will fall in the category of 1- 5 employees
Who is covered by my membership?
All employees of your company who work in the two counties 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.
How long does membership last?
Membership runs for a twelve month period from the date on which you join. After this time your membership will auto-renew every year until resignation is submitted in writing. Resignation must be at least 30 days before the next renewal anniversary.
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.
Are your members just from Herefordshire & Worcestershire?
Although the vast majority of our Members are from one of the two counties, we do have businesses from other counties join the Chamber.
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 53 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.
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 income from business support services provided. In addition to this we competitively bid to deliver government funded contracts to provide more free business support services. We are a non-profit distributing company which reinvests any surplus back in to the company to provide enhancements to the service provided.
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 65 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.
Who will be my contact at the Chamber?
A Business Engagement Executives will act as your initial contact prior to your joining the Chamber. Once you join, you will be allocated a dedicated Account Executive as your main point of contact who will help you to maximise your membership. More information on the rest of the team can be found HERE
If I join your Chamber, do I get access to other Chambers?
The Chamber of Commerce for Herefordshire & Worcestershire does from time to time run joint events with other Chambers. We also work closely with Chambers across the West Midland sharing ideas and best practice, but when you join the local Chamber you are only entitled to local benefits and services.
Are you related to the Government or councils?
No, but we do work in partnership with them on many projects. 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.
How do I become a Training Course provider for the Chamber?
If you are interested in becoming a trainer provider for the Chamber, take a regular look on our website where the Training team will post tenders for course requirements. Training providers are required to be Members of the Chamber.
Become a Member
starting from £20 / month*
* for 1-5 employees
Or Contact our Membership Team
firstname.lastname@example.org 01905 673611