Dave Smith, MD
Acronyms have been a member of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce for several years and would strongly recommend membership to other businesses in the region.
Since becoming a member, the Chamber of Commerce have helped us connect with a range of businesses, some of which have become clients and others, valued suppliers. They have facilitated introductions, made recommendations as to other businesses we should be working with and played host at a range of well organised networking events.
This invaluable assistance has helped our growth across the South West, with a good proportion of our regionally based clients registered as members themselves. We have grown year on year since our membership began and believe the Chamber of Commerce have had a role to play in this.
If you’re a business in Devon, or one that has clients and suppliers in the county, we’d recommend membership.
Big Ant Group joined the chamber as a member early part of April. We were looking to be part of something that connected us with businesses and opportunities within Plymouth and Devon. From a business and personal perspective it has been very rewarding and successful so far! We have built some great relationships with other members resulting in bookings within our business.
As a fairly new branch in Plymouth, the chamber have helped us with our brand awareness, by opening opportunities which wouldn’t have been available elsewhere. The experience we have had in such a short period of time has made our membership fee value for money. It’s a great way to grow your business connections, connect you to people who you may not have met otherwise and offer business services to enable each person to be successful. Thank you to Sam, Helen and the rest of the team for all of your support.
Plymouth City College
City College Plymouth have been Patrons and active members of the Devon & Plymouth Chamber for some years. As a further and higher education provider for Plymouth and surrounding areas, it is essential that we link with businesses to ensure that our provision meets their needs – whether this be for their current or future workforce – the Chamber allows us this platform. Furthermore, the Chamber is an essential component of the business landscape and is able to act as an advocate for our region, both locally and nationally; these links are essential for our economic sustainability and development. The College are proud supporters of the Chamber and we would urge other organisations, from the micro, small, medium, large companies to the third sector, to be part of the business voice for our region.
Still Doctors joined the Chamber quite recently as we wanted to accelerate access to markets for our newly developed product. As a brand new micro business we felt that the Chamber were best placed to provide the skills and knowledge as well as contacts to help us grow the business, which we would struggle to do on our own or through simply joining a local network group.
As working professionals, we are not yet at the stage where we are ready to commit full time to this fledgling business but through the Chamber we have already started to make connections and harness the support services that will help us to grow.
We see our main markets being overseas. By tapping in to the international trade expertise of the local team, as well as influences further afield through the British Chambers of Commerce, we feel confident that we will have the necessary support and advice when the time comes for us to be exporting our gins.
The addition of access to a wide range of approved and legally validated templates for HR, Health & Safety and tax will be incredibly useful for us being a small business. We are also looking forward to attending the micro business forums to learn from other entrepreneurs about how they deal with the complexities, stresses and logistics of setting up and growing a successful business.
Nash & Co
The team at Devon and Plymouth Chamber have done a great job in making the Profile magazine a real resource for members, packed with interesting articles from businesses in the area. Having struck up a really good working relationship with the Chamber, and knowing the value of the articles in the magazines, I’ve been delighted that Nash & Co Solicitors have had articles featured in most of the recent Profile magazines – it helps us greatly with our profile and visibility, and lets us talk to businesses that may not ordinarily have the chance to hear what we have going on.
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth City Council is grateful for the close connections it has with the Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. This invaluable partnership enables us to keep in touch with what local business is doing, the needs and expectations of their local authority as well being aware of current topical issues affecting their success.
In turn PCC has access to members where it can inform and educate on a wide range of issues from transport and digital infrastructure to skills and future development opportunities in the city.
Through the unique relationship PCC has with PABC we have developed a mutual understanding of commercial and economic issues on a non-political basis which helps to inform and shape local strategic planning.
I see the Chamber as an essential partner when it comes to my business planning and personal development. Within the Chamber team there is a wealth of knowledge to help me when looking in to my organisation but also to help me understand it’s place in the local community.
The new team members are delivering some exciting tangible benefits and I would recommend any business to join for those alone, not to mention the enjoyable, relevant networking events that occur on a regular basis.
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