Chiltern Chamber exists primarily to listen, raise and deal with the concerns of our members. It also seeks to support businesses in meeting today’s challenges and those of the future. Our membership base and local businesses will be further supported by developing strategic objectives aiming to improve economic development. We also recognise that economic development and business investment cannot progress in isolation and therefore our strategy is holistic and inclusive of a variety of areas such as community and the environment.
To serve as the Voice of Business committed to the enhancement of economic prosperity and quality of life in Chesham and Surrounds.
The Chamber has three key strategic objectives and a number of closely interlinked objectives:
Supporting our membership base…
The Chamber would not exist without its members and therefore aims to enhance the members’ success. We help members navigate and expand their businesses in a challenging marketplace. We do this by providing a suite of useful services and benefits for members.
Chief among these is Networking. Networking with a group of like-minded individuals can be a powerful marketing tool. It also exposes you to information, as well as the thoughts, ideas and experiences of others.
Chiltern Chamber organises twice-monthly ‘Breakfast Club’ meetings, and monthly get-togethers which include a mixture of social, informational and topical events.
Our events are open to members and non-members, though we would urge non-members to consider joining the Chamber if they attend regularly and make use of our networking platform. Considering the number and quality of events, membership fees are very modest. We may levy a modest additional charge on non-members for our evening events.
Read more about the Chamber’s Networking Programme.
…by working to develop a Conducive Business Environment
The local business community is supported by identifying and developing strategies which will facilitate the growth of existing and future regional business and trade. We aim to provide a liaison and communication service to businesses, encourage major sustainable development of business and investment, and support business growth. We do this by identifying and undertaking tactical programmes for the benefit of business.
We aim to promote the standard of living and economic health of Chesham and Amersham by championing positive quantitative and qualitative changes in the local economy. This may include the development of human capital, infrastructure, regional competitiveness, environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, safety, literacy, and other initiatives. We recognise that economic development is a policy intervention endeavour with aims of economic and social well-being of people and will therefore seek to work closely with local councils and UK authorities towards that end. Economic growth will be objective and a process of economic development. Through 2015 and 2016, we have been especially active in responding to the needs of the Joint Local Plan. A longer term aspect of the economic development strategy will be to facilitate inward investment both from outside the region as well as overseas.
Read more about the Chamber’s Economic Development Agenda.
…by encouraging Investment in Tomorrow’s Workforce
Chiltern Chamber regards the development of skills and young people in the region, as a precondition of building for sustainable economic growth in the area.
The Chamber supports skills development in various ways:
- Through the activities of Committee members.
- By sharing and disseminating information relating to skills, training and vocational education.
- By encouraging our members to participate in work experience schemes.
- By its support of certain initiatives, such as the inaugural Bucks Skills Show.
Read more about the Chamber’s Skills and Training Agenda.