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What is a Chamber of Commerce?

A chamber of commerce is an organisation of businesses in a town, region or country seeking to further their collective interests, while advancing their community, region, county or nation.


Brief History

There are chambers of commerce in most countries of the world. They fall into two types: those governed by public law and those governed by private law as voluntary organisations.

The first chamber of commerce was founded in 1599 in Marseille, France. The world's oldest English-speaking chamber of commerce is that of New York City, which was established in 1768. The oldest known existing chamber founded in 1783 is the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. In the UK, Leeds Chamber of Commerceis the oldest, followed by Belfast Chamber of Commerce in Northern Ireland.


Aims

The aims and objectives of a Chamber of Commerce are to help the local businesses in their represented area by providing information, support and networking opportunities. Chambers organise and promote any activities or plans that benefit or improve the commercial, industrial and professional outputs of businesses in an area. The Chamber's work includes supporting or opposing legislation or local plans affecting the business climate or conditions.


Information and Guidance

The Chamber is a valuable source of information, advice, and guidance on training, development and promotion. In a constantly changing business environment, the Chamber provides a clear, impartial and unified voice.


Networking

The Chamber is a valuable source of information, advice, and guidance on training, development and promotion. In a constantly changing business environment, the Chamber provides a clear, impartial and unified voice.


Representation and Lobbying

The Chamber represents the voice of the businesses across the region, irrespective of the sector in which they are involved. By working closely with organisations such as town and county councils, the transport, police, local planning authorities etc., the Chamber seeks to improve the economic development and trading environment for its members. The Chamber is an active lobbying organisation that will work ceaselessly to promote the growth of businesses.

Traditionally, Chambers of Commerce help businesses lobby the local, state or federal Government. The chamber givesthe businesses the leverage to get the attention of the government.


Business Community

The knowledge that Chamber members share with each other comes from real life experience and can only be found through person to person networking. The Chambers strongly believe in providing the platform for people to share knowledge, experience and best practices to create an enriched and interactive community