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Chamber steps up support for loyal members

By John Corser | Business Picks | Published:

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce has stepped forward with a raft of extra measures to support its members during the Covid-19 pandemic and economic uncertainty.

Chief executive Corin Crane says the chamber wants to ensure members continue to trade

Investing £150,000 into a new scheme, the 160-year old chamber has provided every member a subscription payment holiday for the next three months starting from April 1, ensuring that members can access all of its products and services free during this period.

This will also be extended to new members joining the chamber who will be welcomed with no fees payable for three months.

New members will be able to access all of the benefits and services the chamber offers for free until June 30 and then billing will begin from the start of July

The Wolverhampton-based business support agency headed up by chief executive Corin Crane, knows only too well that facing up to the realities of doing business in new ways is paramount at this time.

“Following the sudden and unprecedented impact of Covid-19 we recognise that cash flow is likely to be a major challenge for businesses until many restrictions are lifted and markets recover, said Mr Crane.

“All of this adds to the regular challenges and demands that many of members already face running their businesses. Which is why we have introduced this new measure to help them.

“We want to reassure every member, and new members, that no matter how they are currently working, operating or doing business the Black Country Chamber of Commerce is here for them. As an SME ourselves, we understand the pressures businesses are now facing and we want to do our bit for the region's economic prospects and have responded in a number ways such as paying all of our suppliers on receipt of invoice and setting aside this £150,000 to give members a payment holiday. We want to ensure that our members are still trading and in a position to grow when we come through this and hope that these gestures help them.”

The chamber's platforms remain some of the most accessed and utilised business to business solutions across the region and provide crucial places for members to communicate, promote, meet and highlight their news whilst continuing to receive high levels of engagement and interactions.

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Since the Covid-19 crisis began, the chamber has continued to work for and on behalf of its members to ensure they have access to the best platforms and mechanisms to make connections, share their updates and feel part of a community and has seen a significant increase across its website, social media channels and attendance at its now online events programme.

"We are still here, and we are still working on behalf of our members and want to ensure that the Black Country business community is not forgotten," added Mr Crane.

"We continue to lobby hard for our members at the highest levels of government during these uncertain times – ensuring that their business voice is listened to and their concerns responded to."

"These last few weeks might have shifted the way we all do things, but the chamber is here to help."

Further information about the Chamber can be found by visiting blackcountrychamber.co.uk and any businesses wishing to join the chamber and take advantage of the new member offer should - richardbrooks@blackcountrychamber.co.uk

John Corser

By John Corser
Business Reporter - @JohnCorser_Star

Express & Star Business Editor at head office, Wolverhampton. Welcomes all news of companies and business organisations.

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