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Patron Membership

Patron membership is a bespoke partnership with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce personally managed by our Director of Engagement, Cassie Bray.

The aim is to assist our Patrons to open the most difficult of doors, offering them first refusal of the most exciting opportunities that come our way.

The Patron partnership has been purposely designed to be flexible, so that it can truly represent the diverse policy, representation and profile issues of businesses as diverse as manufacturing, engineering, media, professional services and the education sector.

Each Patron will be recognised as the leader and ambassador for their particular industry sector within Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

For an informal conversation about Patron membership, please contact Cassie Bray

What is included with the Patron Membership?

Services include:

Includes all Gold and Strategic level services and additionally:

1. Exclusive invitations
Invitations to key local and national events in the Chamber calendar, including; 

  • Chamber Manifesto launch dinner
  • British Chamber of Commerce annual conference
  • British Chamber of Commerce International Trade conference.

2. West Midlands Patron networking

Invitations to up to 5 West Midlands regional networking events per annun to engage with Strategic Business Leaders from other parts of the region.

3. Priority selection

Where relevant to your business goals, you will receive priority selection for sponsorship opportunities, topical roundtable discussions and Houses of Parliament trips to Westminster.

4. Sponsorship opportunities

With a trusted and respected brand and targeted exposure, sponsorship partnerships present a fantastic opportunity to align your brand with ours. Patron Members will be the first group to be offered these opportunities.  

5. Chamber Website

Our Members Directory displays all 1500 of our members for you to search and contact. Patrons are recognised on the home page of the website

6. Chamber promotion

Patron Members are acknowledged on our letterhead, presentations and in our Worcestershire office reception. 

7. Business Direction

The Chamber’s very own publication, Business Direction is the main business communication in the two counties. Patron Members receive an editorial piece in Business Direction Magazine announcing your company as a new Patron, and a guaranteed editorial piece in each of the 6 editions.  

8. One complimentary table of 10 to the annual Chamber Business Awards

This high profile black tie event brings together over 680 of the two counties’ most significant business leaders. The Awards are recognised as the highlight of the regions business calendar.

9. Designated Senior Account Director and Annual Plan

Our Business Engagement Director will account manage all Patrons to ensure that you gain full value within your Patron membership. This will include setting out an annual delivery plan specific to your business aims and quarterly visits to review progress.

 

The aim is to assist our Patrons to forge high profile and valuable relationships, offering them first refusal of the most exciting opportunities that come our way.

The Patron partnership has been purposely designed to be flexible, so that it can truly represent the diverse policy, representation and profile issues of businesses from sectors as diverse as manufacturing, engineering, media, professional services and the education sector.

Each Patron will be recognised as the leader and ambassador for their particular industry sector within Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

For an informal conversation about Patron membership, please contact Cassie Bray

What is included with the Strategic Membership?

Services include:

Includes all Gold level services and additionally:

1. Business Leaders Network

Strategic members have exclusive access to our high profile networking group, “Business Leaders”. This platform offers privileged Strategic members unique opportunities to; network with the area’s most experienced and well respected business leaders, make influential connections, forge relationships for partnership working and share best practice. We have c.10 Business Leaders events per year:

  • 4 Dinners
  • 2 Chamber Business Expo Breakfasts
  • 2 Race days (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)
  • 2 Additional events (Herefordshire and Worcestershire)

2. Exclusive invitations to sporting events/lunches/dinners 

Invitations to key sporting events across the two counties, and invitations as a Chamber guest to lunches and evening events. The Chamber has an enviable reputation for using corporate hospitality events as a powerful environment to facilitate bespoke introductions that we know our Strategic members value.

3. Training courses

Strategic members receive a 30% discount on all of our public training courses 

(excluding Bespoke Training).

4. Bank of England invitations

Strategic members will receive priority invitations to Bank of England events with senior officials from the Bank of England. A rare opportunity to represent the Herefordshire and Worcestershire business economy, feed into the Bank of England’s summary reports on business conditions in the UK and put your specific questions to the officials.

5. Sponsorship opportunities

With a trusted and respected brand and targeted exposure, sponsorship partnerships present a fantastic opportunity to align your brand with ours. Strategic members will be  offered these opportunities as a priority.

6. Royal visits

Strategic members are amongst those that are selected to be put forward to participate in Royal visits. Due to its far reaching network and involvement in innovative projects, the Chamber has been privileged to help put forward nominations and help facilitate visits from members of the Royal family. 

7. Chamber Website

Our Members Directory displays all 1500 of our members for you to search and contact. Strategic members are given priority listing and also can be found on a dedicated page – https://hwchamber.co.uk/about-us/our-strategics/ 

8. Business Direction

The Chamber’s very own publication, Business Direction is the main business communication in the two counties. Strategic members receive an editorial piece in Business Direction Magazine announcing your company as a new Strategic member, and priority is given to publishing your editorials. 

9. One complimentary ticket to the annual Chamber Business Awards

This high profile black tie event brings together over 680 of the two counties’ most significant business leaders. The Awards are recognised as the highlight of the regions business calendar.

10. Designated Senior Account Manager

To ensure that you gain full value within Strategic membership you have a designated Senior Account Manager with key relationships with the whole Strategic members network. Your Account Manager will meet with you twice a year and will work with you to understand your business objectives, barriers to growth and further assistance the Chamber can offer. 

What is included with the Gold Membership?

Services include:

    d YoYour — our  ourFREE inclusive 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
  • Printed and digital copy of Business Direction Magazine (bi-monthly)
  • PR, website and social media opportunities to raise your profile
  • Chamber Business Insight monthly Newsletter
  • Chamber Area Newsletter – Herefordshire and Worcestershire
  • Online Business Directory listing for your business
  • Online Business Directory search – 1,500+ businesses
  • FREE Opportunity to promote Member to Member offers
  • Entry to the local H&W Chamber Awards and National Chamber Awards
  • Entry to the twice-yearly Chamber Expo’s
  • 170+ Networking Events
  • Sector Focused Networking Forums and Conferences
  • Speaker Opportunities
  • Two places on our popular half-day Digital Marketing course 
  • Phone Line and Account Manager
  • Business Support
  • International Trade Updates and Advice
  • Policy Updates, Lobbying and Advice

 

As part of your Membership, you will receive a discount on all of these services:

  • Training Courses (50+ course titles)
  • 50% off your first full-day training course 
  • Chamber Business Expo stand hire 
  • Chamber Business Awards tickets
  • Regional Networking events
  • 50% discount on EC Certificates of Origin, ATR and EUR1 export documentation
  • Import and Export training courses (21 course titles)
  • 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).

Our relationship with the Chamber goes back many years, however it’s only been in the last 4 years we have really got involved and participated in many of the activities and the benefits have been fantastic, just being part of some of the events has connected us to organisations we would have never come into contact with and has led to new contracts. In one instance a casual conversation at a Chamber dinner led to over £500k worth of business. 

Recently we have become a Patron member, this has seen even more benefits, being a part of a smaller group who can share knowledge and help with contacts and networking has again widened our visibility across the region and beyond. 

The old saying of “you only get out what you put into” is still very true today. The chamber is an enabler, it connects organisations and helps to promote knowledge and best practice. But we recognised we have to play our part by being involved and supporting the programme of activities, whether sponsoring an award of hosting a networking event, it’s a small price to pay for the return.

Dale Parmenter

Managing Director, DRPG (Patron Member)

If you are interested in this Membership

 

Please contact Cassie Bray

Director of Business Engagement

 

Alternatively call us to meet one of our Relationship Managers to discuss your requirements further.

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