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44 . Glasgow Business May/June 2013


MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS


HELPING HAND G


lasgow Chamber of Commerce exists for its members and to do everything it can to champion the city and benefit its economy.


Te Chamber has a proud history, having


been the voice of business here since 1783. Along with that history goes a commitment


to be at the cuting edge in developing ways of serving its membership. Broadly speaking the Chamber works for its


members in four different areas: » helping its members trade » saving members money in acquiring the


services they need » specific help in growing their businesses and » influencing at a range of levels to improve


the business environment for our members. Susan McKay, Head of Member Services,


said: “We are constantly looking at the range of complimentary and discounted services we offer, to give our members a helping hand in running their businesses in challenging times. “We already offer an extensive range of


services and we are looking at ways to improve what we provide in future.” Complimentary benefits in helping


member businesses trade include specific marketing help through this magazine, featuring members editorially and providing an entry for new members in the magazine directory. In addition, each member


Get the lowdown on all the fantastic benefits being a member of Glasgow Chamber brings you – to help your business grow and thrive


business receives the six issues of the magazine each year. Members have access to Glasgow


Chamber’s celebrated events programme with complimentary access to one event and one training event each year. Online presence and profile is important to


any business today and the Chamber provides an entry in the much-viewed online directory, an online link to the member business’s website and email address and the opportunity to feature in online members news, providing exposure of your business to a wide base in the city region economy. Other complimentary marketing benefits


include an entry in the Glasgow Chamber Member Diary and Directory and use of the Chamber logo for marketing purposes, an extra badge of provenance for member businesses.


A free Chamber Plus audit is a benefit that


all member businesses receive and one that can directly save them money. Te service includes a full analysis of a member business’s spend on all indirect costs such as business rates, telecoms, internet, stationery, workwear, waste and print and design. Te Chamber then uses its collective buying


power with a pre-approved list of suppliers to negotiate beter prices for members. Members also receive complimentary composite legal expenses cover. In addition to these very tangible


complimentary benefits provided to all Chamber members there is also the key, intangible but vital contribution of influencing key decision makers on issues important to members and which improve the business environment and economy of the Glasgow city region. Richard Muir, Deputy Chief Executive,


said: “We can provide access to key decision makers directly but also, just as importantly, the Chamber can put forward the views of members without individual businesses being singled out if that is preferable. “We are in a strong position and keen to


help our members of all sizes to make connections with fellow members and would encourage them to get in touch directly if they have target companies that we can help with.”


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