Chamber of the Year 2021

Proud to be Chamber of the Year 2021

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce are delighted to announce that we’ve been crowned Chamber of the Year 2021 at the British Chambers of Commerce Chamber Awards. The Chamber of the Year Award is issued by the British Chamber of Commerce and recognises the success of one of their 53 accredited Chambers from up and down the country during the last 12 months.

A word from Sara

Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce CEO, Sara Williams, said: “This award is fantastic recognition for our team who’ve worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to support our local business community.

“It’s been a massive period of adjustment for businesses who’ve had to face many new challenges – meaning that we’ve really had to transform the services that we offer to meet the everchanging needs of our members.

“I’d like to thank all of our patrons and partners for the support and faith they’ve shown in the Chambers for being able to step up and support businesses in times of crisis.

“Staffordshire is a fantastic county, home to some incredible businesses who’ve not just survived, but have prospered during a really difficult period. There are brilliant opportunities for growth in our county and I’m excited to see what 2022 will bring.”

How we supported our business community throughout the pandemic

Received 16,000 calls and emails to our dedicated business helpline

Helped to fill over 1,500 placements on the government’s Kickstart scheme

Helped local businesses to win over £100 million pounds in overseas orders

Connected business leaders through Peer to Peer Networks

Transitioned from a physical to a Virtual Members’ Lounge

Launched a new Boosting Women in Business programme

Became the first Chamber to offer a transit declaration service

Supported 1,744 businesses with our business crime advisors

Launched Ignite Start Up platform to help young entrepreneurs learn about the world of business

Supported over 100 individuals who have received Domestic Abuse Workplace Champions training to help spot signs of abuse

Launched our Virtual Office to help businesses retain a professional office feel despite changes to remote working

Supported refugees to launch their own businesses through the Home Office’s Positive Pathways programme

Our Mentoring for Growth Programme supported almost 200 businesses