THE SCOTTISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE NETWORK consists of 26 individual Chambers (which includes the Scottish Borders Chamber), employs 138 staff and represents over 50% of all private sector jobs in Scotland – and 85% of businesses with less than 50 employees.
JOINING YOUR LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
WHATS IN IT FOR YOU!
- Business Networking Events planned for Border Towns throughout 2016.
- Business Mentoring Scheme, an opportunity to link with an experienced Mentor
- Business Events Programme.
- Links to Bus Gateway Training & Staff Development opportunities.
- GET BACK IN BENEFITS WHAT YOU ARE PAYING UP FRONT!
- Promoting your business & Trade with other Borders based and neighbouring Chamber businesses.
- Member 2 member offers
- Research & Policy bulletins
- Chamber News Magazines
- General Business news & reviews. Media & press releases.
- Be part of the Chamber of Commerce network and be active at the heart of the local business community
- Sponsorship Opportunities running your own Business Events
- Joint Networking Events with the larger Chambers. e.g. Mid and East Lothian, West Lothian or Dumfries & Galloway – there are 26 Chambers in Scotland!
- Be part of the Scottish Chamber Policy team taking up larger business issues. e.g. Borders Rail, Forth Bridge Crossing, Procurement bill, Connectivity are business issues recently & currently being led by Scottish Chamber.
The Affinity deals offered by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce are currently being finalised but are likely to include affinity deals negotiated by the Scottish Chamber in addition to those negotiated directly between the Scottish Borders Chamber and selected bodies. To date these include:
Others in the pipeline include Peninsula Business Services, Scottish Chamber Fuel Card and London & Zurich Debit Card Services. All members will be notified of all new affinity offers and they will be highlighted here as they are confirmed.
We want to save you money!!
POLICY & LOBBYING
One of the prime purposes of Chamber is to lobby local and National Govt. at all levels on issues likely to impact key decision makers. Regular meetings now taking place to ensure voice of membership is clearly heard.
Harnessing Private sector business issues in the Scottish Borders and presenting these to Local Council, Local MSP’s, MP’s and MEP’s.
Recent and Future Events.
The Borders Chamber holds regular meetings, usually (but not confined to) lunches on the last Friday of every month. However, we do hold many other meetings ranging from breakfast business meetings and afternoon networking dependent on the subject/s to be discussed. Over the last two years or so, Political discussions have been particularly important in as much as how outcomes of the Scottish Independence Referendum, Westminster General Election, Scottish Parliamentary elections and most recently the European Referendum could affect business/commerce in the Scottish Borders. Guest Speakers at the Chamber’s Last Friday lunches have included Henry Beeby (Doncaster Bloodstock Sales), Jim McLean (Head of Agriculture, RBS), Candy Rafferty (Cash for Kids, Radio Borders), Richard Arkless (Business for Scotland), John Cleland (Cleland Jaguar), Paula MacDonald (VisitScotland), Margaret Simpson OBE (Borders Social Chamber), Fraser Kelly (Social Enterprise Scotland), Major Susan Duthie (6SCOTS), Mike Wilson (Borders Exporters Association), Fiona McCann (Scottish Chamber – Business Mentoring), Ruth Davidson and John Lamont (Scottish Conservatives) and Andy Drane (Davidson Chalmers – Land Reform).
Members can access accountable politicians, public sector executives through networking events and business surgeries as well as through the Chamber Board’s regular “Elected Representatives” meetings at which Board members meet with MPs and MSPs and discuss items of concern to the business community. You can also raise relevant business issues through the Board at the Scottish Borders Business Form where all Borders business organisations can work together and speak to Government with one voice.