Getting your message out there
How would you like to attend hundreds of training, networking, seminars and events each year for free?
All the networking events the Chamber holds are 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 monthly lunch events, the showpiece annual events; the Summer Cocktail Party held in the stunning surrounds of the Eaton Estate, Chester, our St David’s Day Ball, our Annual Celebration Ball, 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 2017 we’re on course to help promote more than 400 events on behalf of our members.
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.
Take advantage of special offers and discounts from fellow members or create your own to build interest in your products and services.
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!
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.
Extensive Business Support
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.
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.
Chamber members can access special free consultancies and health checks from several fellow Chamber members.
Why private healthcare cover?
Private healthcare cover can help you and your employees stay healthy so that you lose fewer days to illness and you can be confident that everybody is able to contribute to the success of your business. It makes it easy for you to get the expert health services you need promptly.
Put simply, private health insurance offers you and your employees quick access to expect diagnose and eligible treatment, from private doctors and hospitals.
West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber are pleased to introduced AXA PPP healthcare to provide affordable healthcare insurance.
About AXA PP and their offer
At AXA PPP healthcare we 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 specialist appointments for you and avoid waiting lists.
- Make sure you see experienced specialists and practitioners.
- Expert help – our nurses and counsellors are available by phone 24/7, to give you health information and help support your team whenever they need it
The Chambers business healthcare package has been created with small businesses in mind, offering affordable, flexible plans to suit your business budget. There’s access to a free business resource, as well as a special offer of discounted Chambers fees when you take out a plan. In just ten minutes you can have a tailored quote to suit your business’ needs. Call on 0800 389 7413** and let us know that you’re a member of West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce.
Special offers when you take out a business healthcare plan
Take out a business healthcare plan with us and you’ll receive:
- 50% discount off your Chamber membership fees for three years*.
- A free Employee Assistance Programme for the whole company – there to support you and your employees when you need it.
Benefits you get just for being a Chamber member
- Free access to Health at Hand – a 24/7 telephone helpline, offering confidential health information and support from health professionals. Visit https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers/ for more information and to activate this free service 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
Terms and conditions apply, see AXA PPP healthcare’s website for more details, with the key T&Cs for this offer.
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.
** Lines are open 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Friday. We may record and/or monitor calls for quality assurance, training and as a record of our conversation.
West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber are introducing AXA PPP healthcare to provide affordable health insurance. The private healthcare insurance plans are underwritten by AXA PPP healthcare. AXA PPP healthcare is authorised by the Prudential Regulations Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulations Authority. Registered in England number 3148119. Registered office: AXA PPP healthcare, 5 Old Broad Street, London. EC2N 1AD
The West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber has teamed up with Qdos Consulting to provide Members with four business services for their protection and peace of mind. These services are:
- ChamberHR – advice line, website and legal expenses cover for employment disputes
- ChamberLegal- advice line, website and legal expenses insurance for data protection, property disputes and more
- ChamberH&S – advice line, website and legal expenses insurance cover to defend HSE prosecutions
- ChamberTax – advice lines for taxation and VAT plus legal expenses insurance cover to defend HMRC investigations
Features a massive document library with 750 free downloadable template documents
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.
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.
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)
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
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:
Consultancy (up to 35% funding)
Monthly support (including credit checks & monitoring)
Credit Management Training Money Penny Provides
Enjoy up to 67% off the cost of business breakdown cover from The AA. To view the offer, you can visit our flyer here: Flyer.
Export & International Trade
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.
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.
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.
The Chamber runs an comprehensive set of International Training Courses that are accredited by the British Chamber of Commerce. This means that they meet a high quality standard and successful attendees will gain a Foundation Award in International Trade, certified by the BCC which is equivalent to an NVQ 2 qualification.
Chamber Members receive and exclusive discount on course prices which can be found here.
With 52 Accredited Chambers in the UK, 17 Accredited Chambers of Commerce/Business Groups globally and increasing annually, with an aspiration to grow to 40 by 2017 – the BCC Global Business Network is uniquely placed to provide an unparalleled level of support to UK businesses.
As a Chamber member you have access to the Global Business Network. Please click the below image for further information.
Benefits from our Members
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 the Riverside Innovation Centre on 01244 515500 to organise a visit.
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.