2022 has been busy for business and, as pressure begins to pile on, it’s easy to forget the support available to use. It’s usually this time of year that many of us are beginning to review costs whilst creating the 2023 budget, so it’s no surprise that you’re second guessing some of the memberships you’ve probably signed up to. One of them, may be the Chamber of Commerce.
Many business owners forget what a useful resource this can be and how they’re beneficial to grow your business profile. Here, we’ve put a summary of what the membership involves and what options you have available to you.
What is the Chamber of Commerce?
Your local Chamber of Commerce will be part of the British Chamber of Commerce and, whilst each local franchise will run slightly differently, the overall objective stays the same.
Your local Chamber of Commerce is a proactive organisation that lobbies and responds to Government on behalf of our members on all major issues affecting the business community.
How to Get Involved with Your Chamber of Business?
Each chamber is its own franchise and although the benefits are much the same, the requirements are different in each area. By joining your Chamber of Commerce, you’ll be able to connect with other likeminded individuals and share best practices whilst also finding new opportunities.
How Can This Help My Business Grow?
Joining your local Chamber of Commerce not only gives you access to benefits such as private healthcare cover, roadside assistance (for example AA) and more, but you’ll also be able to network with other businesses within the area. So, you’ll be able to get advice on potential hurdles or create a new business relationship where new opportunities can be found. Networking can also give you a new platform to market your business ideas and put yourself forward as an authority within your sector.
You’ll also be able to market your business via the website; here, you should be able to post articles, find useful blogs, events, and notices that you may find helpful.
If you’re unsure on what your Chamber of Commerce offer, there is often a local ambassador who will organise events and will be happy to discuss your membership with you.