British Chamber of Commerce

Chambers of Commerce are business membership organisations which support SMEs, offering member benefits, products and services. British Chamber of Commerce is the accrediting body and is a strategic partner with NatWest. Services include networking, advice and support on business, trade abroad, sales and marketing & skills training. This guide outlines some of the benefits membership can offer small business owners:

1) About Chambers of Commerce
2) Main services and benefits of membership

1) About Chambers of Commerce

There are over 50 accredited Chambers of Commerce which are able to offer compelling benefits to SMEs. British Chambers of Commerce is known as the 'Ultimate Business Network' with over 130,000 SME business members, offering unlimited opportunity to network and find new outlets for business services. NatWest is BCC's main partner, working closely to bring new benefits to their members and working with each local Chamber to offer business advice and support in the local business community.

2) Main services and benefits of membership

Main services include online networking, an extensive website, & links to many useful products and services. Accredited Chamber in your area means that there is always a face to face support available either through direct support covering advice for your business, or via seminars, events and workshops. Benefits include free banking, & discounted services for running a small business. Training is often available whatever stage your business is at, and links with the relevant Business Link or Enterprise agencies ensures that advice is always at hand. If you are interested in trading abroad then Chamber will assist you in looking at the countries involved, helping check out the businesses you will trade with, and certificating your products country of origin.

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