What Impact Does Joining A Chamber of Commerce Have On Business?

As a small business owner, you want to find every opportunity to help your company grow. One of the most effective ways to do so is by becoming a member of your local Chamber of Commerce. These institutions can be found in all major towns and cities across the UK and are great way to get yourself known among other businesses servicing your local area.

In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the key ways in which joining a Chamber of Commerce can help you grow your business:

Making contacts

A Chamber of Commerce runs all kinds of networking sessions, from monthly business breakfasts, to regular conferences, guest speaker events, and more. It’s the ideal opportunity to speak to other business owners in your area face-to-face and make those all-important contacts.

Keeping in the loop

Your local Chamber of Commerce will likely produce regular newletters, informing you about latest business developments in the area. This will include new members of the Chamber, advice and guidance for start-ups and small businesses, articles of interest to the local small business community, and up-and-coming member events.

Customer referrals

Many individuals and businesses in your local area approach the Chamber of Commerce as their first point of contact when looking for professional services. If you become a member, some of that work could well be sent in your direction.

Improved credibility

Anybody can set up a website or a Facebook page to promote their business. To get into your local Chamber of Commerce, you need to demonstrate your credentials and experience in your field. This instantly adds credibility to your firm, making you a name to be trusted.

Increased visibility

Continuing from the above thought – as a Chamber member, your company name and contact details will be included in their newsletter and their online business directory. They may wish to profile you for their newsletter at some point, or invite you to speak or give a presentation at a Chamber event. You can also promote your company with the Chamber’s logo as a formal Member.

There are many Chambers of Commerce that exist on both the local and regional levels, and you should determine if it would be more advantageous to join your local chamber or regional chamber commerce, or both depending on your business size and scope.

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce

Here at Centaur Properties, we rent a large number of commercial properties in Liverpool to businesses throughout the city. Many of our tenants are members of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, benefiting from the variety of events they put on each year for companies of every size. This is just a small sample of upcoming events run by the Chamber and its members that you could also be taking advantage of:

Day at the Races: run at the famous Aintree Racecourse during Grand National week, this is a high-visibility event, where you get to rub shoulders with other business leaders in the city and network in a less formal environment.

Training and talks: many Chamber members and sponsors offer free training sessions and talks from key speakers on a variety of subjects. Over the next few months, such topics include Microsoft Excel VBA Training, Help to Grow: Management, Train as a Mental Health First Aider, and How Organisations Are Narrowing The Disability Employment Gap.

The Bluecoat Business Breakfast: held at the Bluecoat Arts Centre, the Bluecoat Business Breakfast is an ideal opportunity to meet with other businesses over coffees and pastries and chat in an informal manner. It’s the perfect way to network with other businesses and make yourself known among the wider business community.

For incredible commercial properties to rent in Liverpool, contact Centaur Properties today on 0151 525 5569 do discuss your particular requirements. We will advise you of our latest availability and arrange a free viewing at a time that’s convenient for you.