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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 EMC website unless the company opts out.
  • Members can pay to advertise on the EMC website or develop their profile in Chamber Publications through editorials showcasing your company.
  • Members can make offers to other members through the EMC 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 EMC?

With the launch of the new Chamber website members have access to a new 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 EMC?

There are a wide range of opportunities for sponsoring activities of the Chamber. Contact Wendy Hain by email at wnyhi@m-n.oued.anecdlc.k 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 Counties, and the Chamber is proud to have so many of the key Companies in the region in this group. Click here to find out more about the benefits of becoming a Patron. Please visit the Patrons page to find out who are currently patrons of the Chamber.

How often is In business magazine published?

The magazine is published 10 times per year - every month except December and August. The publication date is around the 5th of each month.

How often are the Member's briefings published?

The member's briefings are published 10 times per year and the publication date is around the 27th of each month.

What is the difference between the In Business magazine and the Member's briefing?

In Business is a 48 page, full colour, glossy magazine published 10 timers per year, and contains a broad mix of business news and information including Members news stories. The 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 the EMC e-newsletters published?

A weekly e-bulletin goes out to all members providing time sensitive information and details of upcoming events, training programmes etc.

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 the Members Briefings, and in the weekly e newsletter.

How many events are run by EMC in a year?

The Chamber operates over 250 events throughout the year across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and offer a wide variety of types of events from the iconic Annual Dinner and Business Awards to the pure networking events and everything in between. Our events calendar lists all forthcoming events.

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

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

How do I get involved in the EMC lobbying activity?

The Chamber run a members' councils (a strategic lobbying/campaigning group) and sector-specific forums in both counties to support the operating conditions of our Membership. Contact John Dowson (Nottinghamshire) or Nick Chischniak (Derbyshire) on 0333 320 0333.

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

Members of EMC 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. We embellish this survey every quarter by asking for more detail on a key topical issue to inform our campaigning on behalf of our membership. The more members that complete this survey when it is issued, the better informed the Chamber will be about member issues.
In addition, keep an eye out on the new website as there will be occasional quick polls which will be used to collate views about particular topical issues throughout the year. You may wish to join a sector-specific forum (eg HR, Engineering/Manufacturing) or air your views at our monthly MP Breakfast Briefings. 
We also invite our members to meet with key players like the Bank of England at special one-off events; and also have debate events on critical issues where the business community can engage with the key stakeholders involved.

How do I become a member of one of EMC's councils?

For more information contact John Dowson (in Nottinghamshire) or Nick Chischniak (in Derbyshire) on 0333 320 0333.

What are the current issues that EMC is lobbying about currently on behalf of members?

The Chamber is currently lobbying on a wide range of issues in both counties. These include implementation of the workplace parking levy in Nottingham, liaising with Derby City Council on congestion and traffic management issues, and addressing the skills-gap to help employers recruit appropriate staff more effectively. We also strive to improve the transport infrastructure to help improve inward investment, reduce levels of cumbersome red tape and bureaucracy for our members,and make business crime a higher priority with the police - taking into account new concerns such as internet fraud and identity theft. This in turn feeds-into our involvement as active members of the East Midlands Business Crime Forum.

How can I access funding through my EMC 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' Brief), and can signpost members to other support organisations that may be able to help.

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

The Chamber is approached daily by a wide range of companies who would like to work with the Chamber and regretfully it is not possible to partner with, or buy from all of those companies. The Chamber works with preferred suppliers and these are reviewed from time to time. At this time the Chamber will always approach its Membership and where relevant, will offer them the opportunity to tender to become a preferred supplier/partner or to tender to contract for other areas of service delivery.

With regard to Events and Business Training seminars, where a Member company feels that they can complement or add value to the events calendar or Business Training directory then a written proposal can be submitted to Rachael Buxton (seminars or events) or Vicki Thompson (training).

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

Most of the EMC events are open to Members only, although selected events may be open to non members. Non members can pay to attend events but will need to join in order to be able to attend any more than this.

How many businesses are members of EMC?

Approximately 3,800 businesses of all sizes and sectors are Members of EMC. EMC is the second largest Chamber in the country by Membership.

How do I join EMC?

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

Why should I join EMC?

EMC is the second largest Chamber in the UK, by membership. EMC 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 EMC?

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 EMC 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 EMC?

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

 Nottinghamshire Local Strategic partnerships, 
Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DDEP),
 Derbyshire Local Strategic Partnerships
British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)
, East Midlands Chambers of Commerce (EMCC), 
Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA)
, Destination Management Partnership - Peak District & Derbyshire (DMP)
Educational Business Partnerships, 
Local Authorities, 
Learning and Skills Councils
, Job Centre Plus, 
Tapton Innovation Centre
, Dunston Innovation Centre.

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

  • EMC is a part owner of East Midlands Business This is run independently of the Chamber and has its own Board of directors.
  • EMC is also one of four Chambers that makes up a consortium known as the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.
  • EMC is an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce. This provides the national voice of Chambers.
  • EMC wholly owns the Derbyshire Enterprise Agency.

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