With only three days left to save the Dartmouth Chamber of Trade we are outlining here the benefits you could gain from the continuation of the Chamber. If we do not find 3 more business owners willing to give some of their time to join the committee and drive the chamber forward we will lose this valuable organisation.
Here are some of the objectives the Chamber has:
To protect the interests of the business community as a whole. If the business community is in good shape and successful, it will be positive for the local economy. For the Dartmouth Chamber, this has to do with fighting unfair legislation, challenging business rates and protecting the interests of their members.
To collect and supply useful information to their members. One of the best things about being a member of the Dartmouth Chamber is the networking as well as the growth and learning opportunities. Members receive very valuable information, support, and networking opportunities. Weekly footfall reports help you to analyse and understand business performance.
To establish cooperation and a sense of partnership among their members. This is very important as its helps members to create partnerships and in so doing, give their business growth opportunities that it wouldn’t have otherwise. Chamber members look out for each other and support each other.
To consult the Central and Local Councils/Governments regarding matters of trade, commerce, and industry. It is the role of the Chamber to be in contact with other town stakeholders such as the Town Council, Harbour Authority and District Council, to ensure that they have all relevant information to continue developing their members’ businesses and the economy. It is also important that they can give their input regarding legislation, parking and other matters.
To draw up plans and projects for encouraging the growth of the trade and commerce in the town.This is one of the main and very important goals of the Chamber. It organises events and offers many opportunities where local businesses and Chamber members can grow and have a positive influence on trade and commerce in the Town. The 5 year strategic plan for the town developed by the BID team remains very relevant today, despite the failure to implement it.
These benefits apply to most Chambers but during the difficult economic climate we have here in Dartmouth right now these are particularly important.