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.
Every year we celebrate the success of our members through our Annual Recognition Awards. There are a range of categories to enter, from Business Growth to Young Person/Apprentice of the Year, and winners are announced at our prestigious Annual Ball.
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 choose business healthcare cover?
Building a business takes hard work, dedication and focus. But without a healthy and productive team to support you, success can begin to feel unstable. Healthcare cover can help you and your employees get the care you need quickly, with less impact on your business. And you’ll show your employees that you really value what they do – and you’re ready to invest in their health and well-being.
West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce are pleased to introduce AXA PPP healthcare to provide flexible, affordable business healthcare cover.
At AXA PPP healthcare we understand that your people are the foundations of your success. Support your team with flexible business healthcare cover that’s built around their needs – and yours.
- If a member of your team falls ill, we can help them get fast access to the eligible treatment they need
- Our Fast Track Appointments team can help you and your staff get a specialist appointment at a time and place that is most convenient to work or home
- Benefit from private access to a network of over 23,000 specialists
As a Chamber member, you can benefit from free access to Health at Hand, our 24/7 telephone helpline, offering confidential health information and support from health professionals. Visit www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers for more information and to set up this free service now.
Special offers when you take out a business healthcare plan
Take out a business healthcare plan with us and you’ll receive:
- Up to 50% discount off your Chamber membership fees for up to three years*.
- Free access to our Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) for all members of staff at no additional cost when you join us
To find out more visit: axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers or call 0800 387 754. 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.
*Terms and conditions apply. See axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers for more details. Offer is only available to direct new customers and members of participating Chambers. 50% off your Chamber membership is up to a value of £125 per employee covered per year, for up to three years, as long as the business healthcare policy remains in place on a direct basis. We reserve the right to change or withdraw 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 of Commerce are introducing AXA PPP healthcare to provide business healthcare cover. The 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 Quest 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
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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.
Moneypenny is the world’s leading outsourced communications provider, delivering telephone answering, live chat, outsourced switchboard and multichannel customer services. Over 13,000 business of all shapes and sizes – from sole traders right up to multinational corporations – use Moneypenny because it offers the very best people and technology.
The service is simple. Moneypenny gives you your own dedicated receptionist, who gets to know your business, to handle calls and chats exactly as if based in your office. this allows you to work without distractions ensuring you never miss an opportunity.
As a Chamber member you are entitled to a 2-week free Telephone Answering and Live Chat trial. Plus Chamber members who become clients will receive an additional 10 calls on their monthly price plan.