Everything we do here at the Devon & Plymouth Chamber is built around our strategic priorities, which enable us to focus our efforts where our members need us most.
We have surveyed our members and directors as to what they thought were the most important areas for our businesses, and now we want to hear from you, our members.
As a result, we have identified eight key strategic priorities, to which we have assigned a director, a staff member and member business(es) for each.
Skills, Education and Training
What: Ensuring skills, education and training meet the strategic needs of business and are responsive to the prevailing situation. Helping people in our area have the best chance of employment and life chances. Ensuring growth is inclusive. Lobbying to ensure skills, education and training are affordable for business.
Who: Pauline Hands, Rich Adams, and Helen Hart
Sales, supply chains and local procurement
What: Helping make local procurement easy and building resilient supply chains. Keeping the pound local where possible.
Who: Linda Middleton-Jones and Stuart Elford
Access to finance
What: Informing and educating businesses about finance and the opportunities available.
Who: Tim Jones and Helen Hart
Building business resilience and offering opportunities
What: Supporting businesses with information, advice, events and training to make them aware of every opportunity and ensure they are resilient and sustainable.
Who: Emily Beaumont and Helen Hart
New markets and international trade
What: Accessing new markets, advice and training, especially considering Brexit and supporting our businesses to trade internationally.
Who: Linda Middleton-Jones and Nick Byrne
What: Improving infrastructure, skills and access to digital resources. Lobbying for the best connectivity of digital and mobile networks.
Who: Paul James and Stuart Elford
Environment and climate change
What: Helping our businesses take practical steps to reduce their environmental impact.
Who: Ian McFadzen and Jackie Young
What: Improving access to and from our region as well as travel within to improve productivity. Lobbying for increased investment.
Who: Richard Stevens and Stuart Elford
If you would like to give feedback on any of our strategic priorities, please email Helen Hart, our Head of Member Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org