British Chambers of Commerce
BCC welcomes Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce into Network
We are pleased to announce that Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce has passed the accreditation process, to become the 53rd Accredited Chamber of Commerce in the UK.
The Chamber, led by Chief Executive Alison Henderson, successfully demonstrated that its approach to governance, resource management and service delivery met the challenging requirements of BCC Accreditation. It now becomes the eighth accredited Chamber in Scotland, adding to the Chamber Network’s unrivalled connections and roots in local business communities across the UK.
Alison Henderson, Chief Executive of Dundee and Angus Chamber, said:
“We are delighted to formally join the British Chambers of Commerce’s accredited network, which will further develop our Chamber as a business. Accreditation gives our members a powerful voice at the heart of Westminster and beyond, as we fight for the best business conditions in Dundee, Scotland, and the UK as a whole.”
Ronan Quigley, Executive Director of Corporate Services at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), added:
“The British Chambers of Commerce is unique as a business network, given our roots in local business communities. We are pleased that Dundee and Angus has joined the network, which will strengthen our voice in Westminster and beyond.”
About the BCC
- 53 accredited Chambers of Commerce with national coverage
- Representing thousands of businesses of all sizes and sectors
- Employing over 5,000,000 employees
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) sits at the heart of a business network that spans the length and breadth of the UK, with links to markets across the world.
The 53 accredited Chambers in the UK are trusted champions of businesses, places, and global trade.
Chambers of Commerce provide a voice to the business communities they represent, amplifying their priorities and concerns. In every region and nation of the UK, Chambers and their members work to improve the local business environment in which they operate.
The Chamber of Commerce network exists to support and connect companies, bringing together firms to build new relationships, share best practice and foster new opportunities. Through practical on the ground support they also help firms trade locally, nationally and globally, including specific support for international trade.
Chambers of Commerce are modern, dynamic, and vibrant champions of business communities all across the UK. Together they are the voice of Britain’s civic businesses, helping companies, places, and people to achieve their full potential.
What is BCC accreditation?
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) accreditation system is designed to evaluate and improve the performance of local Chambers of Commerce. The system entitles those Chambers of Commerce that meet the standard to become a member of the BCC accredited network of Chambers of Commerce across the United Kingdom.
Accredited Chambers are required to display a ’BCC Accredited’ mark, providing assurance to business users that they have met an important and continuously updated quality standard.
What are the benefits of BCC accreditation?
Accreditation defines the quality standard for the operations of the Chambers of Commerce who form the BCC network. Accreditation helps to identify and promote good practice. The standard differentiates accredited Chambers of Commerce who provide all the products and support services required by their business members to be successful, from non-accredited chambers and other local business organisations, who do not offer the same level of business growth support. The BCC accreditation system has also been used to help develop Chamber accreditation in other countries.
How does BCC accreditation work?
There are a range of criteria against which the performance of BCC Accredited Chambers of Commerce is assessed. This takes the form of an independent external assessment every two to three years. Following a review, from 2012 future assessments will focus on three criteria:
This covers the legal arrangements and procedural systems used by Chambers of Commerce to manage their business. It also ensures that Chamber governance follows the principles of member ownership and independence from external influence.
A measure of how well Chambers of Commerce manage their budgets, finances, human and other resources.
3 Member Services
Refers to the ‘product offer’ Chambers of Commerce provide to businesses either directly or indirectly. Services evaluated include international trade and the processing of trade documentation, networking and events, representation and lobbying, and the provision of other business support products and services to members.
How is evaluation of assessor accreditation reports undertaken?
The results of each external assessment is reviewed by the BCC Accreditation Board, comprising Chamber representatives from around the United Kingdom, including business non-executives, Chamber chief executives and a BCC board representative.
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