Strategic Membership

Strategic membership is an elite group, exclusive to and designed specifically for businesses that play a significant role in growing the local economy.

Strategic membership provides a real opportunity for you to increase the profile of your business and to support the Chamber to achieve its vision to build local economic strength.  As a priority member senior Chamber personnel will have your business at the forefront of their mind and your business will benefit from strategic representation at an unprecedented level both locally and regionally.

Your dedicated Senior Account Manager,  will work with you to understand your business, your industry, your strategic objectives and any barriers to growth. They will utilise the Chambers’ extensive network, powerful connections and influence to support you with key policy issues and to connect you to the right contacts.

You will have the opportunity to be put forward to participate in ministerial visits and to access key politicians. As the leading voice of business for the two counties, the Chamber will work hard to ensure your business views are heard in Westminster. We will also give you priority invitations to Bank of England events, giving you 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.

In addition, Strategic membership offers you exclusive invitation only, access to a group of likeminded senior leaders and peers; giving you the unique opportunity to network with the areas most experienced and well respected business leaders across the two counties at series of engaging, informative dinners and events. The Business Leaders group facilitates best practice sharing at a senior level, whilst creating and developing lasting relationships which can lead to increased business and opportunities for both your own company and also the local economy.

For an informal conversation about Strategic membership, please contact us here: membership@hwchamber.co.uk 

What is included with the Strategic Membership?

Services include:

In addition to all of the main Membership benefits you will get:

1. 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. 

2. 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 8 Business Leaders events per year:

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

3. Exclusive invitations to topical policy roundtable discussions, lunches or other sporting events

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 events as a powerful environment to facilitate relationships that we know our Strategic members value.

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. Training courses

Strategic members receive a 30% discount on all of our public training courses (excluding Bespoke Training).

6. Raising your profile

Strategic members are prioritised as contact for our engagement with the press and on policy matters both locally and nationally. For those willing to participate, we will forward your contacts for press interviews/comments and we will raise your policy challenges direct with the British Chamber of Commerce and National Government.

7 . Advertising and promotion

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.

8. 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. Sponsorship opportunities include: high profile events, networking groups, research publications and website pages that align with your strengths or strategic objectives.

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. 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. 

 

Plus all of the normal benefits of being a Chamber Member!

 

  • 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
  • 170+ 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 (21 course titles) *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).

Read what our Members are saying

Arctic Circle is now thirty five years old and one of the first organisations we joined was our local Chamber of Commerce. Our thinking was that we needed support, guidance and access to information to give us the best opportunity for success. We regarded the Chamber as a ‘trusted advisor’ and have used their many various services ever since. As the business grew our needs changed and we appreciated the business to business aspect of the Chamber as well as its lobbying capacity. As a new start up our main focus was internal, as the business grew it became more important to have a focus outside of the business including a local dimension. Always a good source for local knowledge the Chamber allows us to have our say on projects that affect the business and its people yet they have a hot line into the national picture and are able to influence government policy. We have felt it important to take part in their quarterly surveys and have used the results of the same to shape our own policy decisions. Our expectations may have changed over the past thirty odd years however the Chamber have been able to meet them.

Deborah Gittoes

Managing Director, Arctic Circle

Join Today

To become a Strategic Member

The annual fee for Strategic Membership costs £2,810.00+VAT 

By becoming a Strategic Member you will be in good company. Click here to see our current Strategic Members

If you are interested in this membership

 

Please contact the Strategic Membership Team

 

 

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

 

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