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FAQ's

How can I promote my business through membership of the Chamber?

There are a number of ways in which to do this:

  • Members are automatically listed in the annual directory unless the company opts not to be included.
  • Members are automatically listed in the Members Directory area on the Chamber website unless the company opts out.
  • Members can pay to advertise on the Chamber website or develop their profile in Chamber Publications through editorials showcasing your company.
  • Members can make offers to other members through the Chamber Member Offers area.

How much does membership cost?

Membership represents excellent value and cost of membership is determined on employee numbers. For a full breakdown of costs please visit the Membership Rates page.

How can I make offers to other members of the Chamber?

Members have access to a Member Offers area where members can make time-based special offers and update their offers on a regular basis.

What sponsorship opportunities can I access as a member of the Chamber?

There is a wide range of opportunities for sponsoring activities of the Chamber. Contact Yvonne Pennington by email at yon.enntnecdlc.kvnepnigo@m-n.ou for information about packages tailored to suit your individual needs.

What is a Patron and can I become one?

This specialised Membership is aimed at the largest companies in the East Midlands and the Chamber is proud to have many within this group. Please visit the Patrons page to find out which businesses are currently patrons of the Chamber.

How often is Business Network magazine published?

The magazine is published 10 times per year - every month except December and August - in the first full working week of each month.

How often is Members' Briefing published?

Members' Briefing is are published, digitally, ten times a year - every month except December and August - in the middle of each month.

What is the difference between Business Network and Members' Briefing?

Business Network is a 52-page full-colour glossy magazine published ten times a year. It contains a broad mix of business news and information including members' news stories. Members' Briefing is a regular briefing document which provides snapshots of essential business information such as changes to legislation, grant funding availability and upcoming Chamber events.

How often are Chamber enewsletters published?

Several weekly ebulletins go out to all members providing time-sensitive information and details of upcoming events, training programmes and other Chamber activities. A weekly members' news eshot, called Members' Showcase, goes out every Friday afternoon.

How do I find out what events are running in my location?

The Chamber runs over 250 events per year. View the events calendar. The search can be tailored to meet your needs. Details of events are also published in Business Network and the weekly events eshot.

What training is available to businesses through membership of the Chamber?

There is a wide range of short courses available ranging from Director Development programmes to credit control skills, sales and marketing. Visit our training area to find a course to meet your needs. In addition we offer a wide range of apprenticeships.

How do I get involved in Chamber lobbying activity?

The Chamber runs a members' council (a strategic lobbying/campaigning group) in each county and a range of sector-specific forums to share best practice and discuss industry issues. More information is available from our Forums Manager, Nick Chischniak, on 0333 320 0333.

How can I, as a member, influence the Chamber's lobbying and representation activity?

Members of the Chamber can join our members councils - as noted above. The Chamber also circulates a Quarterly Economic Survey to members. As well as providing a true barometer of changing operating conditions, the results of the survey also serve to influence our activities. The more members that complete this survey when it is issued, the better informed the Chamber will be about member issues.

How can I access funding through my Chamber membership?

The Chamber is not an organisation that has grant funding available, however we are often advised of funding available (and highlight this through our monthly Members' Briefing), and can signpost members to other support organisations that may be able to help. The Chamber also delivers Growth Hub Services on behalf of the D2N2 and Leicester and Leicestershire Local Enterprise Partnerships and can advise on current funding opportunities via this channel. For more information, call the Growth Hub team on 0333 006 9178 (D2N2) or 0116 366 8487 (LLEP).

What do I do if my company wants to work as a partner/supplier of the Chamber?

The Chamber is approached regularly a wide range of companies which would like to work with us and regretfully, it is not possible to partner with, or buy from all of them. However, the Chamber works with preferred suppliers and these are reviewed regularly to ensure the Chamber is getting the best value for money from all of its suppliers.

The Chamber operates a 'member first' procurement policy, meaning that it will seek to work with suppliers that are Chamber members wherever possible, and will procure products and services from non-members only when they are not available from the companies in membership.

Do I have to be a member of the Chamber to attend any of the events?

Most of the Chamber events are open to only Chamber members, although selected events are open to non-members. Most events are free to attend for Chamber members, but where there is a charge, it will be offered at a discounted rate for members.

How many businesses are members of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)?

Approximately 3,900 businesses of all sizes and sectors are members of the Chamber. East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is the second largest Chamber in the country, by membership numbers.

How do I join the Chamber?

You can join online or telephone our Membership Team on 0333 320 0333.

Why should I join the Chamber?

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is the second largest Chamber in the UK, by membership numbers. The Chamber is the voice for business in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire locally and nationally, lobbying on behalf of its members to improve the sustainability of local businesses. A whole host of benefits are available to members including networking, business services and money saving products.

What are the payment options for joining the Chamber?

Most members opt to pay annually by direct debit or BACs. Annual renewals can also be paid online. Alternatively, members can pay quarterly or monthly by direct debit.

How is the Chamber funded?

Many people believe that Chambers are Government-funded bodies. This is not the case. The Chamber is a not for profit, limited by guarantee organisation that is funded primarily through its membership. The organisation is operated by a non-executive Board and all profits are reinvested back into the business. Chamber Training - a division of the Chamber that delivers work-based learning is funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

Who are the partners and stakeholders of the Chamber?

The Chamber works with a wide variety of partners and stakeholders including:

 local authorities, LEPs, local strategic and economic partnerships, regeneration and inward investment organisations, the 
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, 
Destination Management Partnerships, universities and FE colleges, 
Learning and Skills Councils
, JobCentre Plus, innovation centres, other business support organisations and a host of other partners.

I understand the Chamber has interests in other companies - who are these and what is the nature of the interest?

  • The Chamber is a part owner of East Midlands Business. This is run independently of the Chamber and has its own Board of directors.
  • East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) is also one of four Chambers that makes up a consortium known as the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
  • The Chamber is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce. This provides the national voice of Chambers.

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