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.

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 is a specialist advice line and online portal available to members, included in membership.

This service offers hundreds of documents, policies and procedures which can be downloaded and edited to meet the needs of your business. Chamber Protect covers: HR, Health and Safety, Tax, VAT and Legal. Click here to find out more.

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.

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

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

Protecting your business online is more important than ever before. We offer affordable, scalable solutions that are the best fit for your business.

We recognise that businesses need cost-effective services to prepare for the new regulatory environment and enhancing cybersecurity protection. To help businesses obtain impartial advice and supporting services, the Chamber has created 'Chamber Secure' in partnership with our IT & Cyber Security partners: IT Lab and Morson.

 

Take a look at the Cyber Risk Management Services Brochure from IT Lab and find out how they can help you protect your business against potential threats.

 

To find out more about the services available through Chamber Secure, click here. 

 

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.

Click here for a list of all the Chamber Train courses available.

Through 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. 

Click here to find out more about Chamber Utilities, or to redeem your free health check, call the membership team on 0161 393 4321.

 

We can provide you with an in-depth financial report on any UK and overseas company in any market within five working days.

The report includes: company details, credit risk rating, corporate data, financials, legal notices, directors, payment profile and banking information. 

Prices start from £115 + VAT for members and £145 + VAT for non-members.

Please email exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk for further information.

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.

Would you like a free Workforce Development Review?

Regardless of your business size, having a workforce development review is so simple and beneficial. All you need to do is book an appointment and a member of our team will come out to visit and sit with a member of your team to discuss your business structure and team set-up. The review is fully independent and ultimately aims to help streamline your business.

Through the review, our Workforce Development advisors will help identify important issues such as:

  • The availability of Funded Business Support
  • Any barriers you are facing and any support available
  • Free/Funded Training
  • Upskilling staff, professional development and advice on apprenticeships

And that's it! To book an appointment or find out more, send an email to professionalservices@gmchamber.co.uk or call 0161 393 4323 and quote ‘Workforce Development Review’.

As well as free events, information and content on the GDPR, Chamber members have access to GDPR Assessment, Risk Mitigation and Management Services. This is practical assistance and guidance that is tailored to your business, and sets out to help you to prepare for, and create policies for, the GDPR. 

This unique approach allows you to review your GDPR risk from a technology and data, cybersecurity, legal viewpoint.

Click here to find out more.

The Chamber also offers GDPR Training Courses - these are short, sharp, practical courses that are interactive, so you can ask and understand how GDPR will apply in your own business environment and role. Discounted rates are available for members, head to the Chamber Train website.

We've partnered with our Patron members, IT Lab, to bring you a free GDPR pocket guide to make sure you're up-to-date and in the know. Click here to check it out.

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 fortnightly e-newsletter, The Brief. The Brief includes 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 the Chamber's new quarterly magazine, The Business. The magazine will provide more insight into the Greater Manchester business scene than ever before, with in-depth features on key sectors, regional updates and interviews with leading figures. If you'd like to advertise in The Business, then check out our media pack for all the important information. 

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.

The GM Chamber Member logo can be used on websites, email signatures and relevant marketing material. Only this logo, which includes the wording “Member” should be used, and should not be amended, distorted or modified it in any way. The logo can be linked to our website: www.gmchamber.co.uk and is available as a black, white or full colour logo. Please contact us to request the logo in an alternative format.

This logo is for Member use only and cannot be used should your company resign from membership. The logo must not be used in such a way as to imply endorsement by GM Chamber of any product or service provided.

Download your 2018 Member logo here

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.

 

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.

The Salford Members’ Lounge offers comfortable and modern surroundings within Salford Business School, including free access to Wi-Fi. It’s the ideal place to relax in between meetings, catch up with contacts over coffee, or to use as a casual workspace when you need a change of scenery. 

Why not pop down and say hello?

The lounge is located at:

Salford Business School
University of Salford,
Lady Hale building,
Salford,
M5 4WT.

Click here for more information, or call your membership team on 0161 393 4321.

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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