Our success as a Chamber rests on the strength of our membership. And we want that membership to grow.
Chamber member services and opportunities must be fit for purpose in a changing digital world. To achieve this, we have set out a series of strategic priorities:
We need to increase the benefits and impact of Chamber networking. We’re developing a programme of sector and location specific networking groups in addition to our breakfasts and lunches, to help businesses better target their prospective relationships.
We have to resource the Chamber office more effectively in order to maximise income generation opportunities and provide increased levels of service to our members. Our long-term ambition is to appoint a paid Chief Executive Officer and increase administration support.
We want to develop our information provision and improve communications between the Chamber and its stakeholders, and between members. We’ve investing in a new website and digital marketing tools to help facilitate this.
The increasing ubiquity of e-commerce means we need to ensure our offer is relevant to entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses relying on the internet for growth and communication. We are looking at ways to develop virtual chamber benefits and services.
We are launching a campaign with local public bodies to ensure local procurement is targeted at members, including encouraging the benefits of consortia working where necessary.
Innovation and enterprise
South East London is seen as low in innovation and enterprise. We want to establish stronger relationships with student bodies in local colleges and universities to ensure a flow of talent, ideas and skills into our businesses.
Employment and skills
We will work with local partners to champion apprentice and intern programmes within our membership and other local businesses.
Strategic Partner scheme
We will offer an enhanced membership package to attract larger businesses as partners, to help support the Chamber in providing a greater range of services to members.