When businesses are considering joining the Chamber of Commerce network, they often have a number of questions. We've put together the most frequently asked questions to help you understand more about Chamber membership, how it works and an overview of the benefits.*
* Answers to FAQs are correct at date of publication. Last updated 17 June 2020.
Is the Chamber a networking organisation?
Whilst quality networking and events are a key element of Chamber membership, there is so much more!
Are we a part of the Citizens' Advice Bureau (CAB)?
Where the CAB supports consumers, Chambers of Commerce are there to support member organisations/employers with advice. If in doubt, ask!
Can we join British Chambers of Commerce nationally?
The British Chambers of Commerce is the body which connects us all together and speaks nationally on behalf of u and our members. By joining your local or regional accredited Chamber, you become a part of our national and international network. Although a huge network, each Chamber is a independent business, just like yours. Working on a local, national & global scale.
Are we a government department (like the local council)?
NO! We're all private limited companies, owned and funded by our members and we're non-profit organisations but we are many and the UK government LISTENS to us.
How often do you meet at regular events for networking etc.? Can I join one as a trial?
Currently we are holding networking meetings on the last Thursday of every month. The meetings are currently run via Zoom but we plan to return to physical events when possible. We are also running lots of other non-networking events including economy meetings and training events. A full list of which can be viewed at https://www.businesswest.co.uk/events . Please feel free to join us for free at the next networking event to start connecting with local businesses and to find out more about the Chamber!
Do you have any discounted or alternative rates for start-up businesses or registered charities?
Yes we do offer a discounted rate for businesses who are in their first year of trading or who are registered charities. The rate offered to those companies for a year’s worth of membership is £150 + vat. If you would like to take advantage of this rate please email email@example.com