New WPCC President Andrew Knowles is writing a series of articles for the local magazine “The Register”. We have already published his February copy and are catching up with his January article here. Look out for upcoming March edition.
What is a Chamber of Commerce? What comes to mind when you read the words ‘Chamber of Commerce’? A group of businessmen in smart suits, enjoying a hearty meal as they plan how to make more profit? That’s not an accurate picture of a modern Chamber of Commerce. A modern Chamber is a voluntary organisation, most of whose members own, or help manage, small local businesses.
These days they’re more likely to meet over breakfast, where they share news about what’s happening in the area and get tips on issues such as how to improve their marketing or their customer service. Each Chamber is independent. While there are local and county Chambers, and a national Chamber, they are not organised centrally. Each one has its own way of working and its own objectives. One of these objectives is to help local businesses do better, because that helps create jobs and other opportunities.
Successful local businesses help to support the local economy and the local community. The Weymouth and Portland Chamber of Commerce was set up in late 1918 and it’s changed a great deal since then. Today it has around 100 members who run all different sorts of organisations, including a local photographer, some local attractions, Weymouth College, firms of accountants and printing companies. Some members are based in the centre of Weymouth, whilst others are on the Granby industrial estate or Portland, or work from home.
The Chamber is still run by volunteers and our aim is to help local businesses, from start-ups through to longestablished firms. It helps by keeping businesses informed, by helping them to connect with one another, and by giving them a voice when dealing with local councils.
If you know someone who’s running, or thinking of running, a business, suggest that they get in touch with the Chamber. We’re here to help, because we want to see local businesses become more successful. You can find out more from our website: www. wpchamber.co.uk or by calling us on 07730 135973.