Our influence and policy team aims to represent the interests of Staffordshire businesses at a local and national level. You can get involved to help shape Staffordshire by: Completing our Quarterly Economic Survey, Britain’s most influential private business survey and used by the HM Treasury, Bank of England and the European Commission to assess the health of the UK economy.
Raising your views and concerns at meetings with local authorities and MPs. As well as the host of benefits already available through standard membership packages, Staffordshire Chambers also offers more specific support by working closely with a variety of sectors. These bespoke sector packages offer a support service specially tailored to each specific trade.
In addition, the Chamber helps bring local businesses from a cross section of industries together, providing members with exceptional networking opportunities and new and useful contacts on a regular basis. If you believe that your industry would benefit from a specific sector support group, or would like to speak with any of our influence experts get in touch and see how you could grow.
Raising your views and concerns at meetings with local authorities and MPs. Our next meetings can be found via our events calendar. Join one or more of our sector-specific Forums, including: Transport, International Trade, Employment & HR, Planning, Social value, Energy and Business & finance. These forums advise our policy positions and help drive change.
Our members are at the heart of everything we do, giving businesses the opportunities to meet and connect. This not only improves our members businesses, but improves the prosperity of our local economy. Our governance is crucial to us, and we want our members to get involved and help shape not just our services, but also the local and national political area.
As a Chamber Councillor you play a leading role in shaping our policy positions. In return for this vital input, Chamber Councillors have the opportunity to hear from a wide range of key speakers and influencers throughout the year. Councillors also have access to like-minded individuals, providing a platform to network and develop your own business acumen.
Through our Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) we help to contribute to the British Chambers of Commerce Economic Survey, Britain’s most influential private sector business survey. The QES, Britain’s longest-running, survey, has provided consistent data since 1989, and regularly receives more than 7,000 business responses nationally. The QES is also a leading indicator – often picking up big changes in the economy long before other surveys or official statistics and is used by the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee, as one of its key benchmarks when setting interest rates. The HM Treasury and the independent Office for Budget Responsibility use the QES to put together their forecasts for the UK’s economic performance whereas the European Commission uses it to assess the health of the UK economy when it makes policy recommendations for both Westminster and Brussels.
The QES is a clear example of how being part of the Chamber means you’re part of something bigger. Together, we are the economy.
As well as the host of benefits already available through standard membership packages, we offer more specific support by working closely with a variety of sectors. These bespoke sector packages offer a support service specially tailored to each specific trade.
We have strong working relationships and partnerships with key organisations from all across Staffordshire and are powerfully placed to formulate services relevant to businesses in a number of sectors.
Carefully designed to drive the growth of each specific sector, packages include leading events, focus groups, training, mentorship and advice. Sector groups are united in a connected and vibrant network, encouraged to work in collaboration and grow together with the backing of bespoke support.
In addition, we help to bring local businesses from a cross section of industries together, providing members with networking opportunities and new and useful contacts regularly.
The Staffordshire Manufacturers' Forum provides manufacturers with access to information sharing, best practice, networking, benchmarking and peer challenges as well as a wide range of events and seminars throughout the year.
Seminars and professional development
Best practice and benchmarking
Policy influence and representation
Senior management networking
From designer makers to large manufacturers, the ceramics industry in Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire is renowned worldwide.
Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, through our Ceramic Development Group, is in an strong position to help those organisations involved in the industry by developing the future skills needs, signposting to support and funding, and offering events and training to create a strong and prosperous ceramic sector.
As a member of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, we have fostered a policy of support for Reservists and demonstrated the importance of transferable military skills and
standards appropriate to the civilian workplace. Reservists receive the equivalent of up to £18K per annum of high quality training, which is directly relevant to the civilian
workplace. Employers also receive generous financial support for mobilised Reservists.
We are represented at county and regional levels by Mike Frewer. Mike is also a member of the Management Board of the West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (WMRFCA).
For more information about supporting the Armed Forces and how your business can benefit call 01782 202222.
"Membership with Staffordshire Chambers has provided us with the opportunity to showcase our brand and connect with local businesses and employers. It is a great facility for local business"
Negotiations around the UK’s withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continue to be one of the dominant features of the UK political landscape.
The UK’s impending departure from the EU will bring change for businesses of every size and sector across Staffordshire.
Since the referendum in June 2016, many in Westminster have been distracted by Brexit labels and ideologies. As a Chamber of Commerce, we are far more concerned about the practicalities for our local business communities. Since the decision to leave the EU, alongside our network partners and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), we have campaigned for answers to the pragmatic concerns of business.
Businesses communities across Staffordshire have their own views on the nature of the future relationship between the UK and EU, but all want clarity on how they can operate with their nearest trading partner.
While some companies are already planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead, we believe that all firms – not just those directly and immediately affected – should be undertaking a Brexit ‘health check’, and a broader test of existing business plans.
While the final settlement between the UK and EU remains to be agreed, there are steps that firms of all sizes can take now to start planning for the future. For more information please visit www.bresilience.com
We have a dedicated website that helps local businesses navigate Brexit and help shape your international trade plans.