Membership Benefits

Free and Discounted Events, Networking and Training Throughout the Region

How would you like to attend hundreds of training, networking, seminars and events each year for free?

Every event the Chamber holds is completely free of charge, just register, turn up and make the most of your opportunity to meet with the region’s movers and shakers, as well as hopefully learn a thing or two.

The only exceptions are our showpiece annual events; the Summer Cocktail Party held in the stunning surrounds of the Eaton Estate, Chester, our Annual Celebration Dinner, as well as our export training courses.

Not only that, we’ll work to help you make your event a success by promoting it on your behalf in our events calendar and in our weekly events e-newsletter. In 2016 we’re on course to help promote more than 300 events on behalf of our members.

Business Profile in Our Online and Printed Directories

A personal business profile in the Chamber online members directory and our printed directory. Profiles include full contact details and links to your own website.

Members to Members Special Offers

Take advantage of special offers and discounts from fellow members or create your own to build interest in your products and services.

A Captive Audience of Thousands

Use our PR and marketing streams to tell the world about your business. With a website that receives more than 2000 visits a month, a mailing list with more than 5000 contacts, more than 1300 followers on Twitter and the largest business networking group in the region on LinkedIn, we have all the tools to tell your story!

WCNW Magazine

Get the Chamber’s quarterly magazine WCNW delivered direct to your door free of charge four times a year.

WCNW features a mix of news from the Chamber itself, member businesses, interviews, features, productivity and technology tips, export information and more.

Chamber members can submit stories for consideration to be included in forthcoming issues by contacting us here; should you wish to advertise in a future edition, you can contact Benham Publishing by clicking here.

Up to 50% Off Chamber Export Documentation Services

Second to none export and international trade advice is just a phone call away; not only that, Chamber members can enjoy up to 50% off on documentation services. Call 01244 669984 or 01244 669985 for more information.

Business Representation

One of the core missions for the West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce is to provide a voice for our members. It is our goal to ensure that the voice of business – whatever the size – is heard when decisions are made in local, regional and national government.

As a member, the Chamber can be your representative and take your issues and views to the people that matter. For more information click here.

Chamber Foreign Exchange

The British Chambers of Commerce has partnered with exchange experts Moneycorp to provide money saving foreign exchange to Chamber members. If you have international payment requirements Moneycorp can help you save you money every year.

Key benefits include:

  • Bank-beating exchange rates
  • Expert market guidance
  • Fast online money transfers 24/7
  • Safeguarded client funds

Exclusive member package:

  • Free foreign exchange health check
  • Low transfer fees
  • Free account opening.

For more information on the benefit click here.  Chamber members can access the benefit by logging into ‘Access Your Benefits’ section in the Members Area of this website.

Half Price Exports with DHL

The Chamber and DHL want to help you hit the ground running. That’s why shipments are half-price for all members of West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce in their first year of exporting with DHL.

Chamber Start-Up Club

New businesses aiming to get ahead can access a new Start-Up Club organised by West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce.

The group is aimed at giving start-up businesses who are Chamber members (and in their first two years of operation) a forum where they can meet with people in the same situation as themselves, learn about access to funding, PR and marketing, social media, web design, branding, accountancy and much more.

Free Business Consultations and Health Checks

Chamber members can access special free consultancies and health checks from several fellow Chamber members:

  • One hour free accountancy consultation from Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants
  • One hour free PR, social media and SEO health check from Outwrite
  • Half day IT health check from MWL Systems.
Chamber Business Healthcare Plan

“I need my staff healthy, happy and here.”

AXA PPP healthcare can help you create a healthcare plan that’s as unique as your business. A plan to fast track you and your people to diagnosis and treatment. And to support you all back to health, and back to work as quickly as possible.

  • Let us remove any hassle and arrange your appointments for you and avoid waiting lists.
  • Make sure you see experienced consultants and practitioners.
  • Our team of medical experts will give you and your staff support and guidance.
  • You’ll be surprised how little it costs to protect members of your team, and even your family.

The Chamber Business Healthcare package has been created with small businesses in mind, offering affordable, flexible plans to suit your business and budget, along with a discount to Chamber membership and free business resources.

In just ten minutes you can have a tailored quote to suit your business needs. Call on 0800 387 754 and let us know that you’re a member of West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber.

To view the brochure all about what’s discounted and available to you as a Chamber Member click here

Additional benefits for your business

Sign up to the Chamber Business Healthcare plan and you’ll receive

  • 50% discount off your Chamber membership for three years.
  • A free Employee Assistance Programme offering your staff expert qualified telephone counselling.
  • Free access to Health at Hand – a free 24/7 telephone helpline from a UK land line, offering confidential health information and support from health professionals.

Visit https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers/ for more information and to activate your free services now.

For more information on AXA PPP healthcare and its products and services, please visit https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/business-health-insurance/small-to-medium-business/

Terms and conditions

This offer is only available to members of participating Chambers.

This offer is available to direct new customers of AXA PPP healthcare only.

50% chamber membership is up to value of £125 per insured employee.

50% chamber membership can be claimed each year for up to 3 years as long as a current business healthcare policy remains in force.

AXA PPP healthcare reserves the right to change or remove this special offer at any time.

Professional HR Advice and Support

HR advice and support is just a click or a phone call away thanks to the Chamber HR service provided by Qdos Consulting.

With a 24 hour advice line and over 450 documents to use as required (including standard contracts and policies), help is always at hand. Click here to find out more.

Legal Advice Line

Provided by Composite Legal Expenses, the legal advice line provides businesses and people with essential telephone based ‘signposting’ advice for any legal, employment and tax issue regardless of whether cover is in force.

Financial Advice Hotline

Businesses in the UK often say that they cannot access finance easily and they find it difficult to speak with their banks when they need to. The Chamber Finance Hotline means you’re only a telephone call away from a team of experienced banking experts with extensive knowledge of working with companies across all industry sectors, able to give your business a real edge in today’s trading environment.

Open Meeting and Networking Space at Riverside Innovation Centre

Are you looking for an informal place to meet a colleague, business acquaintance or new client over coffee?

The networking lounges at the Riverside Innovation Centre, Chester are free to use for Chamber members, whether you wish to hold a small meeting, networking event or event just a creative, relaxed environment to work and think.

For more information contact Chris Lynas at Riverside Innovation Centre on 01244 515500 or email c.lynas@chester.ac.uk to organise a visit.

Free Business Lounge Passes and Discounted Meeting Rooms with Regus

Free and discounted access to our Business Lounges and Meeting Rooms. Our Business Lounges are a cost effective alternative to working from home and coffee shop meetings. Our Meeting Rooms offer flexible private space for interviews, presentations and training with wall mounted TVs with laptop link ups, glass boards and flip charts

  • All visits – Free tea, coffee, filtered water and biscuits. Free parking at Broughton and Chester Services
  • Business Lounge – 3 free visits to Regus centres at Broughton Shopping Park, Chester Services or Chester Business Park
  • Business Lounge – £5+vat half day Business Lounge access, £10+vat full day
  • Meeting Rooms – 20% discount, 25% discount on Fridays
  • Virtual Office – 1 month free when you buy 12
  • Gold Card (unlimited Business Lounge access) – 1 month free when you buy 12

To take advantage of any of these offers, please contact the team on:

0800 756 2501 or visit regus.co.uk/express, don’t forget to state you are a member of WCNW Chamber.

Chamber AA Roadside Assistance

Enjoy up to 64% off the cost of business breakdown cover from The AA.

Reduce Absence and Staff Turnover

Healthy staff can make your business better, so with the discounted staff healthcare plan from Westfield Health, you can reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and use it as a tool to recruit more employees. Click here to find out more.

Informational Videos

How to use your health cash plan (Inc Rewards)

Continuous health cover (for customers who have both health cash plan and hospital treatment insurance)

 

DoctorLine  (Additional service included in your health cash plan)

Free Credit Management Group UK Toolkit & Helpline

West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber has a partnership with Credit Management Group UK to bring members the benefit of access to their credit management Toolkit, and support helpline.

Experts in their field, CMG UK have over 25 years’ experience within the B2B credit management industry; they want to share their knowledge with fellow businesses to reduce their risk to bad debt, protect profits and ultimately improve cash flow.

The Toolkit will provide members with a wide array of credit management resources, covering topics including:

  • Accepting customer orders and using term & conditions
  • Credit risk assessment
  • Disputed invoice management
  • Collection strategies
  • Taking legal action against unpaid debts
  • Credit management reporting

Access to the Toolkit is FREE with you Chamber membership; you will receive a Chamber coupon code that you simply enter when you reach checkout on CMG UK’s website.

On top of this you can also access a FREE helpline with Credit Management Group UK, entitling you to up to 30 minutes of telephone support per month regarding any credit management issues you may have.

The credit management toolkit and helpline will provide you with over £500 worth of yearly support, entirely FREE with your Chamber membership!

Aside from offering this membership benefit, Credit Management Group UK also provide:

Exclusive Money Penny Free Trial, Additional Calls and Use of Brand New HQ

Money Penny Provides a professional, 24 hour service that’s dedicated to handling calls for businesses of all shapes and sizes, from sole traders right up multinational corporations. We give you one person who gets you, your clients and how you run your business. Your dedicated Moneypenny Receptionist will allow you to get on with what you do best, working without distractions and ensuring you never miss another opportunity.

As a Chamber Member you are entitled to a two-week free trial with Moneypenny, plus Chamber Member’s who become clients will receive an additional 10 calls on their price plan per month.

As part of your Chamber Membership, you will also have exclusive access to host informal meetings at Moneypenny’s brand new HQ.

To find out more about how Moneypenny can benefit your business, call Cody on 0333 202 1005 and quote ‘Chamber of Commerce’ or email Cody.Silvester@moneypenny.co.uk  or visit www.moneypenny.com/uk/partner/chamber-of-commerce/