Enhancing East Midlands businesses and communities
We are the leading business organisation in the East Midlands region, the voice for business and the current British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year.
With a growing membership of more than 4,300 businesses - start up to scale up, local to global – the Chamber is renowned across the region for enhancing Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire businesses and communities.
The Chamber’s activity is so diverse and multifaceted that thousands of businesses from across the East Midlands and beyond put trust in the Chamber to help their businesses flourish and grow – irrespective of size or sector.
Members benefit from a wide range of business support services from lobbying and campaigning, helping businesses realise their international trading ambitions, showcasing and market-making activities to workforce training and development.
The value of Chamber Membership
Read first hand below what individual members say about the value of the range of services and products we provide. Just click onto the arrow, and read through page-by-page to find out more.
Our Core Services
The Chamber delivers on five core themes, all delivered by experienced, knowledgeable and passionate professionals. Our five themes centre round the following:
Supporting Growth – Whether through optimising processes, upskilling your people or reducing costs through membership benefits, the Chamber connects you to funding, skills, new people, expert help and advice and provides a platform where you and your business can flourish.
Connecting You - Whether you want to network extensively, exhibit or learn more about what’s going on in your sector through industry forums, the Chamber helps you access hundreds of opportunities to meet and connect with businesses of all shapes and sizes every year.
Developing Skills - To stay competitive you need good people with the right skills who feel both valued and appreciated. The Chamber can provide you with expert analysis of your current situation, connect you with fully, partially and subsidised training and even introduce you to new talent.
Helping You Influence - Whether it’s your industry sector peers, your local MP, a specific Government department or simply people who need what you do, the Chamber is an authoritative body with the status to ensure your voice is heard by the right people at the right time.
Enabling International Trade - Whether you’re already exporting or planning your first overseas venture, we can help you reach new markets and increase your potential profits and revenue. Through our extensive programme of trade missions, training courses, seminars and business clinics, our award-winning International team can help you achieve your international ambitions.
With local delivery of the Chamber’s products and services provided from locations across three counties - including main offices in Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester – and with dedicated advisers on hand every hour of the business week, you’re never far away from support from your Chamber.
Whatever the sector, shape or size of your organisation, our primary focus is to help you thrive – our mission is to enhance East Midlands businesses and communities.
To talk to a Chamber adviser about how the Chamber can help you, please call 0333 320 333 (press option 1).
Award-Winning - British Chambers of Commerce Chamber of the Year
In November 2018, we were delighted to win the coveted title of Chamber of the Year at the British Chambers of Commerce annual Business Awards, held in London. Our success is first and foremost a recognition of all the hard work and support provided by the Chamber staff at every level. It is also, as a membership organisation, recognition that we deliver the very best service, products and support to all our members.
“The strategic work and engagement of East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) with local stakeholders embodies the mission of Chambers of Commerce everywhere. Its efforts to engage and improve member offerings is a testament to its dedication.”
- Francis Martin, President of the British Chambers of Commerce
Our Corporate Vision
Like many businesses, we know the value and importance of a strategic planning process and the delivery of a business plan, which involves and is communicated to all staff. This contributes to driving forward everyone in the same direction, and ensuring that as a team of people, we know what we are focused on, what needs to be acheived, and what is important to deliver to our members in the region.
As a result of this process, the decision was taken in December 2018 to update our vision to recognise the importance of the different communities in which we work and support, in addition to the businesses, organisations and charities that have been members for many years.
At this time our company vision and overall aim was expanded to be more inclusive and is now:
To enhance East Midlands businesses and communities
Furthermore, our corporate goals were also updated to reflect the increased focus and actions aligned to the communities in which we serve, and are detailed here:
Our Corporate Goals
1) Develop and deliver a range of high-quality products and services that represent great value to business.
2) Understand and represent the needs of the East Midlands business community at a local, regional and national level.
3) Raise the profile and value of the Chamber and its members to wider business and stakeholder communities.
4) Continually develop Chamber talent, resources and processes to drive towards excellence.
5) Demonstrate and strengthen the link between successful businesses and thriving local communities.
6) Support development of current and future workforce in the East Midlands.
To see how the Chamber puts these corporate goals into practice, view the latest Chamber Annual Report (published November 2018) by clicking here.