Frozen fees to help members

The board of Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce has given the green light to a freezing of its subscription fees.

Chambers CEO Sara Williams said: “The next few years are going to be incredibly challenging as business absorbs the full effect of the coronavirus pandemic. The board were unanimous in the decision to cap a membership fee increase until 2022 as a small gesture to help mitigate the financial pressure that many businesses face.

“As a business support organisation, we have never been busier than we were during lockdown, supporting businesses from sole traders up to the largest local employers with the challenges that the pandemic presented daily.

“Our services include business mentoring, legal and HR advice, funding and finance and international trade and we back this with a huge programme of webinars, online forums and networking groups.

“We have an amazing range of knowledge and experience through our members, volunteer mentors and staff and this has been our strength in dealing with the pandemic and its effects to date.

“We are all in this together and our aim is to make sure we all get through this together.”

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