Benefits

Chamber membership gives you access to a whole host of benefits and services to help your business. Click on the links below to find out more.

If you are considering taking on an apprentice, upskilling your workforce, want to know more about the benefits of employing an apprentice or looking to bring new talent in to your business, the Chamber can help. We have placed more than 3000 apprentices in businesses across Greater Manchester, working with high quality training providers and carried out over 1500 business reviews to help companies with their workforce. If you are interested in finding out more, our Skills Team can help you in a number of ways:

 

  •  Apprentice Levy

With vast and sweeping changes to the Apprenticeship Levy coming into force, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is helping businesses understand what impact the reforms will have and how it will affect their business through our easy to follow website.

If you require additional help, please contact the Chambers skills team for a discussion and  we will then contact you to arrange a convenient time to come and visit you to discuss your training needs. professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk. (http://www.apprenticeshipfacts.co.uk/)

 

  • Apprentice Vacancies & Upskilling

We can work with you to complete a workforce development plan, which will inform you whether the apprenticeship route is the right one for your business. Whether you are considering apprenticeships for existing staff or advertising for a new apprentice vacancy, we can help. Simply get in touch and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to chat through your options.

 

  • Have Your Say on Apprenticeship Policy

If you are interested in how apprenticeship policy is developed or have an opinion on the future of apprenticeships in the UK and beyond, we would love to hear from you. Our Skills Team is involved in an Erasmus programme, working with Manchester Metropolitan University and partners in Vienna and Cordoba. Working with our partners, we are learning about different apprenticeship models across Europe and how best practice can be implemented in Greater Manchester.

 

  • Careers Connect - Get Involved in our Schools Programme

The Skills Team run an exciting schools programme which gives employers the chance to talk to small groups of pupils about career pathways into their business sector. Our programme give you an opportunity to work with a local school and help young people make informed career choices. If you are interested in getting involved, the Skills Team will be delighted to hear from you.

 

You can contact any member of the Skills Team on tel: 0161 393 4321 or email us: skills@gmchamber.co.uk

 

For up to date information on apprenticeship policy, please take a look at our website:

http://www.apprenticeshipfacts.co.uk/

London School of Mediation has 13 years' experience of delivering accredited mediation training courses of the highest quality both within the UK and internationally and are partnering with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in a dispute resolution scheme.

Conflict can be very costly to business, leading to loss of efficiency, low morale and loss of profit. Mediating the conflict is quick, confidential and cost efficient.

The new service will offer businesses access to world class mediation training, operating from the Chamber’s offices in Elliot House in Manchester City Centre, along with a mediation service to resolve problems without the time and expense of going to court.

The Chamber’s new service comes after the Government introduced measures to encourage businesses to resolve disputes before they go to court. These measures, which include introducing employment tribunal fees and a compulsory early conciliation service, have led to a drop in the number of tribunal claims.

A new website, Chamber Resolution, has been launched to support the service, which will feed into the London School of Mediation website. The website enables people to access the service through the partnership to book onto training sessions using the London School of Mediation’s current booking system.

We are also pleased to be able to provide as part of the new Business Dispute Resolution Service, a fully accredited mediation service to companies and individuals who have unresolved disputes.

Mediation is a quick, cost effective, private option to resolve a dispute that parties can’t seem to settle for themselves, without the need for legal action, courts, tribunals, judges and expensive legal bills.

By using our high quality, trained mediators who are expert in helping parties find a resolution that ends with a win-win solution, both sides gain something from mediation and nobody feels as though they have lost.

It is a proven process that provides for respectful and constructive dialogue between everyone involved. A positive outcome for all parties is our mission.

For more information on the Business Dispute Resolution Service, please contact professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk.

As a member of the Chamber, you can use the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce member logo to let other organisations know that you are a part of the largest Chamber in the UK. Our logo can be used on your company letterhead, website or email signature.

Using the Chamber member logo is a great way to let others know that you are a part of the network and a member of your local Chamber, and we'd like you to shout about it!

Many businesses prefer to work with fellow Chamber members, so it's a fantastic way to find new business connections too.

If you are a member and you haven't yet received your logo, call our team on 0161 393 4321.

Greater Manchester Chamber members have access to the Chamber Primary Healthcare Plan through our partners, Westfield Health.

This healthcare plan offers employers an affordable, high-value employee plan which can provide benefits for both the business and the employee. The plan provides money back towards healthcare bills and also offers cash rewards whilst protecting businesses from issues such as absenteeism.

There are a number of different levels to the plan, so that you can choose the one best suited to the needs of your business.

For more information, contact our team on 0161 393 4321 or visit westfieldhealth.com/chamber.

How much is absence costing your business? Find out here

Chamber Protect features four services: HR, Legal, Health & Safety and Tax. With one phone number, one website and a library of over 750 documents all included in your membership – we have got you covered!

Chamber HR

As a member of the GMCC, you have access to a 24/7 HR Helpline, powered by QDos. This is available to you 365 days a year to obtain free and professional HR advice, included as part of your membership. To access the helpline, the number is 01455 852 037.

To complement the advice Line, you also have access to over 350 downloadable template documents, ranging from contracts of employment, to appraisals.

Chamber Legal

A new and improved Chamber Legal service where members have access to a free, 24/7 Legal Helpline. This is available 365 days a year and there is no limit to the number of times you can call. The number for this is 01455 852 037 There is also an online portal you can now access which has around 200 documents all relating to legal support.

Chamber H&S

As Members you have access to a dedicated Health and Safety helpline and the number is 01455 852 037 – this advice line is available during office hours. There is also an online resource which includes access to a dedicated health and safety website which contains over 200 downloadable documents, policies, procedures and forms, and online H&S health check.

Chamber VAT & Tax

A new service available to members where you have unlimited access to a tax and VAT helpline in order to obtain free and professional advice. The number is 01455 852 037 and the advice line is available during office hours.

To access the online portals, please click here and use your log in details.

Not sure what your log in details are? Call us on 0161 393 4321 and we’ll resend them to you.

Apprentice Share - Launched as a shared Apprenticeship scheme in 2012 with an initial aim of generating a sustainable programme of work for apprentices the shared apprenticeship scheme enables organisations to pool their projects into programmes making more sustainable training opportunities for apprentices.

It is becoming increasingly difficult for SME’s to commit to two or three years training for an apprentice because the work is disjointed and there is a risk that apprentices could become displaced. In this arrangement, Apprentice Share becomes the legal employer of the Apprentice and the on-the-job training is shared amongst various Host Employers.

Apprentice Share works with a Host Employer and whichever training provider the client or Host Employer has requested. The timesheet, payroll and invoicing function is currently carried out by our partner company who are the main point of contact for any employment related query.

Candidate Matching – Candidate matching is a service that matches talented individuals to your current vacancies for a small fee of £500. This allows businesses to recruit individuals that are right for their business without the need to pay heavy recruitment fees. With strong working relationships with the major universities, Colleges and employment services, GMCC can help overcome those recruitment nightmares.

Non-Executive director recruitment - For businesses looking for strategic advice, a non-executive director (NEXD) can be a fast track to commercial wisdom, astute introductions and constructive criticism of your strategy.

Recruiting an NEXD can be a great way to bring in a highly skilled, experienced and well-connected individual that could provide a fresh perspective on your business. They can provide an objective view, bring new ideas and provide valuable advice to the executive team.

For businesses looking to find the right NEXD GMCC can help with their bespoke, discrete recruitment service. Utilising the strong connections of our members, our own board, and our senior management team GMCC can help find the right candidate for you.

Psychometric Testing – Whether you are looking to understand your current workforce, help develop your management team or simply understand your own personality GMCC can help with Psychometric testing.

This is a bespoke service that can be carried out online at a basic level or on site at your premises at a more in depth level. To find out more get in touch on the details below.

Your membership with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce entitles you to up to 60% discount on breakdown cover with the AA. Whether it’s just for one car, or your business has its own fleet, you could save money for you and your business. There’s a range of cover levels that you can access through this offer, so you just need to find the one that’s right for you and your business.

By quoting the Chamber’s promotional code, some members have saved up to £2,400 in just one year. Last year, Chamber members saved over £38,000 on their breakdown cover.

To find out more about Chamber Roadside Assist and to access the promotional code available to members, contact our team on 0161 393 4321.

In the heart of Manchester at Elliot House on Deansgate, Chamber Space is Greater Manchester Chamber’s meeting and events centre. With rooms able to accommodate between two and 80 delegates, the Chamber Space team will ensure that all your needs are met and that your conference, meeting or private dining event is executed to perfection.

We have a range of catering options to suit your requirements and Chamber members receive a preferential rate on all rooms available to hire.

For more information, visit our Chamber Space website, take a video walk around, or call our team on 0161 393 4352.

Chamber Studio is a unique service available to members of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

Check out our Chamber Studio intro video.

 

The service gives members the opportunity to create their own video content with minimal hassle and at a competitive rate, from just £150 +VAT

Choose from our 5 packages 

How to use Chamber Studio

  • Speak to us and we'll book your shoot

  • We'll help you develop the perfect content

  • We'll be on hand during the shoot to help and support

  • And that's it! Your film is in the can - and will be delivered in just two weeks

 

You don’t have to be a seasoned presenter to take advantage of Chamber Studio, have a look at our top tips PDF and video for more information.

 To talk through your options, please contact us on 0161 393 4321 or email alice.smith@gmchamber.co.uk

Chamber Train is a suite of high quality professional training courses, designed by business for business.

Our members receive a 20% discount off all of the Chamber Train professional training courses!

All of the professional training courses that are delivered through Chamber Train are short, sharp, practical masterclasses designed to improve performance individual performance and performance in the workplace.

The training providers are hand-picked for their excellence and we offer a wide range of training from social media masterclasses to project management.

 Our professional training courses cover four key business objectives:

  • Increase profile, grow sales.
  • Improve team performance.
  • Improve business processes to get more for less.
  • Compliance: Reducing risk.

In the past four years, we have trained over 4,000 businesses and individuals, with 97.9% individuals rating the training courses as excellent and so far 100% of individuals that have been through the professional training courses would recommend it to a friend or colleague.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce covers all ten regions of Greater Manchester. Whilst it's fantastic to be part of the largest Chamber in the UK, we know it's important to keep a focus on local relationships too and that's why each member has a dedicated Regional Team.

Your Regional Team is made up of a Membership Manager, an Account Executive and a Local President. Your team is here to support you and to ensure you're getting the most out of your membership.

To find out more about your Regional Team and what's happening where you are, visit the 'Your Area' section.

The Chamber’s Export Documentation department is the leading provider of Export Documentation services to companies in Greater Manchester. We issue over 41,000 documents per year to exporters within the city region, which is equivalent to a document every 12 minutes, with goods valuing over £1 billion.

In Greater Manchester, Export Documentation services are available at our office in Elliot House on Deansgate, Manchester, and at our base at The World Freight Terminal at Manchester Airport. We provide advice on worldwide export documentation requirements and trade regulations, plus a range of specialised ICC publications on international trade. Customers can also access the up-to-date Harmonised System Integrated Tariff.

Find out more about our Export Documentation services.

The Chamber Rewards Card unlocks incredible savings and discounts for member businesses and their employees throughout Greater Manchester. With over 150 venues listed on the card, and more being added every day, there’s something for everyone.

As a member you have access to at least two complimentary cards with the possibility to redeem more as part of your membership – you can also purchase additional cards for £20 +VAT.

Are you taking clients out for lunch? Looking to reward your employees? Take a look at what the Chamber Rewards Card has to offer.

Got an offer for fellow Chamber members? You can promote your own offer on the card free of charge, giving you a fantastic platform to promote your product or service to over 7,000 card holders in Greater Manchester.

For more information visit gmchamberrewards.co.uk

Through GM Chamber Utilities, all GMCC members are entitled to a free energy health-check. The health-check can be used to find a better rate for your business’ utilities, or it can simply confirm that you’re already on the best rate for your business. 

GM Chamber can identify over charges and help you to control your energy usage. They’ll even provide a dedicated account manager to support you through the health check process – reviewing your utility usage has never been more convenient. 

To redeem your free health check, call the membership team on 0161 393 4321

 

There is a dedicated International Trade team here at the Chamber, which is on-hand to assist you with any queries you may have around exporting and working internationally. The Chamber is passionate about supporting those companies who are growing their business through international trade, or aspiring to do so.  

The Chamber has an expanding calendar of events designed to support businesses engaging in international trade, and our programme now includes training courses and seminars.

We also have a range of International Trade services, including: Market Selection; Chamber Foreign Exchange and Chamber ExportSure.

Find out more about our International Trade services.

The Chamber has a number of targeted and effective marketing and PR channels that, as a member, you have access to.

You can upload your own News, Events and Offers on to the Chamber website. For more information, please visit:

You'll receive, and have the opportunity to feature in, our twice weekly e-newsletter, The Brief.  The Brief includes weekly updates about the Chamber, membership benefits, and members’ news, events and offers. If you'd like the opportunity to boost your profile even further, there are advertising opportunities within The Brief which our team can tell you about.

There's also a Chamber magazine, 53 Degrees, which is a round-up of news, business advice, and success stories. As a member, you can submit material for consideration for the magazine and see your content published. 53 Degrees is distributed to all members and is available in the GMCC Members' Lounge.

We have a strong presence on social media, through platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram, and we can help promote members' news via some of these channels. There are also opportunities to upload opinion pieces, news stories, events and offers on to our website too.

The marketing channels are a great way to raise the profile of your business whilst keeping costs down.

Find out more by contacting the Chamber team on 0161 393 4321.

Membership with the Chamber gives you exclusive access to your very own GMCC Members’ Lounge. The Lounge is based at the Chamber offices on Deansgate, right in the heart of the city centre.

The Members’ Lounge offers comfortable and modern surroundings with complimentary hot and cold drinks and free access to Wi-Fi. Your Members’ Lounge is ideal for relaxing in between meetings, catching up with contacts over coffee, or you can even pop in for a review with your Account Manager to be sure you are making the most of your Chamber membership.

Why not pop down to Elliot House on Deansgate to grab a coffee and meet your Chamber team?

The Chamber has an extensive calendar of over 150 events held across Greater Manchester each year, attended by as many as 8,500 delegates.

If you're looking to make new connections and grow your network, the Chamber has an event to suit you. We run general networking events, information sharing sessions and other great events such as our Business Women's Network lunches. We also have a number of sector specific events, including: Property & Construction lunches, Engineering & Manufacturing forums and Hospitality events.

Action for Business events, or A4Bs as you will sometimes hear them referred to, are free for you to attend as a Chamber member. Any chargeable events are usually discounted for members as well. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all events too, so just call our team on 0161 393 4321 if you’d like to know more.

It's easy to book an event via our website, so take a look over our events calendar.

 

As well as access to our marketing and PR channels, we also have an online member resource dedicated to supporting your business with your marketing activities.

Our online portal is home to top tips, expert advice, case studies and FAQs, covering everything you need to know about marketing your brand. There's information on all aspects of marketing, from market research and developing a strategy, right through to customer care and sales.

The content on our online marketing resource is constantly evaluated and refreshed to ensure that you are able to access the most relevant and up-to-date information at all times.

Contact our team on 0161 393 4321 to find out how to access this resource.

Chamber membership offers you and your business policy support through our Policy and Campaigns team. Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce is committed to understanding the key issues affecting local businesses and the impact they are having on our members. As a Chamber, we ensure that we represent our members and campaign for action to be taken surrounding these issues.

We engage with our members through surveys, round-table forums, events and one-to-one discussions. We then communicate with local and central government to ensure your issues are heard, making the Chamber the recognised voice of business in Greater Manchester.


Visit the Campaigns section to find out more.

Chamber membership gives members exclusive access to preferential rates on a range of merchant services provided by WorldPay. These services allow businesses to accept credit and debit card payments face-to-face, online or by phone.

WorldPay offers a number of different solutions for members, from WorldPay Zinc, which allows mobile payments, through to full comprehensive solutions and fixed POS terminals. No matter what size the business, or the payments you take, WorldPay has a solution for you.

Call our Chamber team to find out more on 0161 393 4321.

We have over 40 Young Chamber members, made up of primary and secondary schools, academies, sixth forms and colleges throughout Greater Manchester. 

Young Chamber is a cost effective way to help link young people and business through simple, straight forward connection to businesses in our membership basis, which is almost 5,000 members. 

Annual Young Chamber membership is priced at just £500 +VAT for secondary schools, colleges and sixth forms and £250 +VAT for primary schools. 

Young Chamber membership allows you access ALL of the below:  

  • We will facilitate links with employers
  • Organise work experience opportunities
  • Facilitate student visits to local businesses
  • Arrange business talks from local employers
  • Access mock / practice interviews
  • Widen access to advice on post 16 options, including apprenticeships
  • PR Opportunities
  • All of the regular membership benefits
  • Support recruiting governors
  • New, free access to Young Assembly, which gives pupils a voice in influencing policy changes in education and the devolution of skills in Greater Manchester.

 

For more information, please contact us on 0161 393 4349 or Youngchamber@gmchamber.co.uk.

 Testimonial from St Ambrose Barlow RC High School:

St Ambrose Barlow RC High School are working with Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce at the moment and they have commented that they are "Finding the support and programmes available to us invaluable.

The Young Chamber membership is inspiring their pupils in the world of business, not only has their confidence developed, their business acumen is developing too.

St Ambrose believes in nurturing our students and helping them excel in all areas of their school life. Working with the Chamber is allowing us to do not only this for our pupils but also allowing us to develop and progress as educators and professionals."

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