What Should You ‘Outsource’ To Your Chamber(s) Of Commerce Of Choice?

In 1599 Marseille created the first Chambre de Commerce. The main function of a Chamber of Commerce is to promote local businesses. Chambers often provide local and overseas networking, educational opportunities, apprenticeship schemes, and lobbying on business & commercial issues, as well as the latest marketing and promotional techniques. The movement is global, ranging from the Handelskammern in Germany, which have highly formal roles affiliated with government, to mutual structures in many English-speaking regions. Chambers provide an opportunity for businesses to ‘outsource’ several functions, e.g. information gathering, lobbying, events, and promotion. A ‘local’ Chamber is often a basic, useful, affiliation for a business, but membership of multiple, and varied, Chambers is often collectively beneficial. This webinar will explore what is available and what businesses should consider.

To explore the world of Chambers, we have assembled a panel of four speakers representing some of the variety available:

  • Sharon Constançon – Chairman of the South African Chamber of Commerce (London), and Chairman of the Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce in the UK (CFCC)
  • Richard Burge – CEO, London Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Dr Adam Marshall – Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the national representative body of 52 accredited Chambers of Commerce across the UK
  • Nigel Bacon – CEO, Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce

The panel will each present one example of their work with a genuine ‘paradigm’ client, and then discuss with the audience:

  • Global overview, and what is an ‘official’ chamber of commerce
  • What various types of Chambers of Commerce offer
  • When you should engage a Chamber of Commerce
  • How Chamber of Commerce services differ from government, academic, or commercial advice
  • What functions can be ‘outsourced’ to a chamber of commerce
  • Why your business should be a member

Friday, 16 October 2020

11:00 - 11:45


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