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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

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Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Who we are
We are the largest Chamber of Commerce in the UK
We represent 4,500 businesses across Greater Manchester - a third of GM's total workforce
We're an independent, not-for-profit, private company, working to create a better business environment for its members.
An accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce – one of only 53 chambers across the UK.
In the spotlight
Through our communications channels, we can help spread the word about your company's achievements:

Monthly magazine - 53 Degrees circulated to 5,000 decision-makers
Weekly e-newsletter - The Brief circulated to 7,500 business people
Website - Over 10,000 unique hits per month
Social Media channels: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Blog.
Media opportunities - local and national
Reduce your business costs
There are lots of ways we can potentially help your business reduce costs:

Utilities, Telecoms, Office Supplies, Fuel, Business Rates, Web Development & Digital Marketing, Waste Management, Vehicle Leasing, Courier & Freight and Business & Health Insurance.
Everyday assurances
Free Chamber HR and employment law support: The advice line is manned 24/7, and you have unlimited access to qualified specialists on any employment law or human resource issue.

Free Chamber Legal Expenses Insurance significantly reduces the risk of litigation and provides members with essential and immediate legal expenses protection and legal advice.

As a Chamber member you will receive a 12-month Preferred Membership card with 15 visits to over 1700 Regus Business Lounges (at over 200 UK centres) worldwide.

Access to an exclusive members-only funding portal that will help you search for financial backing to support your business needs.

Members have saved hundreds of pounds each year through our Roadside Assistance package.
Make new connections
We run over 120 events each year, including 42 which are completely free of charge.

There are a range of events for different sectors: Property and Construction, IT, plus six 'Women in Business' events per year.

Over 8660 delegates attended our events last year

FACT: Members get significant discounts on paid-for events:
£25 savings on Women in Business and Property & Construction Lunches
£40 per person on Annual Dinner
But don't just take
our word for it....

“My landline bill has been reduced by 10% with a very smooth and efficient transfer” - Associated Compressors

“Our annual spend on fuel cards is over £100k. Through working with the Chamber, we have found savings of over £4,000.” - Tom Chandley Ltd
"The Chamber secured a £69,000 rebate on water for British Trimmings in Stockport. This is a staggering amount!! Thank you so much for this investigation. Quite frankly, I am gobsmacked to say the least and totally shell shocked by the amount.”
- Richard Cawthra, British Trimmings
What can we do for you?
FACT: Since April 2014, members have saved £12,780 by using the Chamber HR support and Legal Expenses Insurance.
Did you know, as a Chamber member, you can use our member logo on your website and communications?
Broaden your horizons
As part of the International UK Business Network, have great connections with overseas markets. We're a one-stop-shop for international trade news, advice, trading opportunities and events.

Already an exporter? The Chamber team is the leading provider of export documentation services in Greater Manchester, issuing over 30,000 documents each year.
Did you know, as a Chamber member, you can save up to 50% on your export documentation costs?
A mark of credibility...
Up-skill your workforce
All SME members receive a skills review by one of our advisers as part of their
membership. The benefits to you are as follows:

We help you identify what training your staff require.

We identify organisations that can deliver the required training.

Where possible, we identify potential sources of grants/ funding.

A full training plan will be produced for the business.

Most importantly - businesses that invest in training perform better!

FACT: Through a recent government
skills contract, we delivered:
944 apprenticeships
1,025 short courses
benefiting almost 2,000 learners

FACT: Over the last 12 months,
Chamber members have saved approximately £22,000 through
the Roadside Assistance package.
Our economics and research team provides cutting-edge insight and intelligence on a variety of aspects of the British and world economy.

Recently, we produced a number of reports charting the pipeline of construction work for Greater Manchester and the South East, in order to help businesses and colleges plan the skills requirements for the next four years.
Research and Insight
Quarterly Economic Survey
Each quarter, we ask businesses to
take two minutes to complete our survey to tell us how business is going.

Your responses help us predict future economic trends which can help influence your business decisions.

The results also go to the heart of government and are closely watched by both HM Treasury and the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee
"The events that we have attended have been brilliant. Being in a room filled with other business people who hold the same mind-set is a real asset to any organisation."
Richard Edwards -
Hired Help PA
Savings made during a pilot of 10 companies
"Strategic Proposals has been a
member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce for only a few months. The analysis team has been fantastic, offering speakers, thoughts, opinion and advice to help us, our customers and the wider market to increase their sales."
Chris Colquitt - Strategic
Proposals Ltd
We worked with a number of legal firms across Greater Manchester, with Manchester Metropolitan University as the training provider, to deliver paralegal apprenticeships. Find out more here:
“I will certainly be renewing our membership, based on this alone, never mind all the other benefits! I won't tell you how much I paid a HR solicitor to provide an almost identical service!”

Lisa Machin, DoRemarkable
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