What is a Chamber of Commerce?
A Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit, membership organisation dedicated to supporting its members and improving the business climate and quality of living within its geographic territory. A Chamber of Commerce is not a department or agency of the Government (local or national), but it will work in partnership with them, as well as other bodies/organisations representing other sections of the business community or civic society, to further the interests of its members and promote a stronger economy that creates more opportunities for a fulfilling and rewarding life for local people.
How does my organisation benefit from joining a Chamber of Commerce?
Every member is different and will, therefore, benefit in different ways because a Chamber of Commerce offers a broad range of services and products from which individual members can choose. Any member that takes the time to engage and participate can benefit: whether it is a large company with global ambitions, or a small start-up business seeking to break into local markets; whether it is a well-established social enterprise or a new voluntary organisation; whether it wants to meet potential customers or learn from existing businesses; whether its priority is its own medium-term success or the long-term prosperity of its home town.
What services do chambers of commerce provide?
It will vary from chamber to chamber but generally falls into the same broad categories: events; best practice learning; provision of data/information; member-to-member deals and discounts, export/international services and training. The bigger the Chamber’s membership, the more resources it has to support members through new products and services.
What networking opportunities will I enjoy?
There will always be ample networking opportunities for members who take the time to attend events and meet fellow members. Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce always builds some networking time into its events.
How much does it cost to be a member?
This is dependent on the number of staff you employ in the Dundee & Angus area, but what we can tell you is that you will get value for money no matter how much your membership costs. You can find out here.
Can I attend an event as a non-member?
There will be some events that you have to be a member to be eligible to attend but some that you can attend even if you are not a member (but you will pay more).