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.

Many businesses are struggling to navigate the current funding landscape as the impact of COVID-19 continues to unfold. Access to funding is key - fortunately this is now a service we can provide to Members.

Find out more here.

Chamber Mediation is here to help your business resolve disputes affordably and flexibly. This online service is designed to help your business reach satisfying solutions with out the cost and time of going to court.

Find out more here.

Building your brand profile for your business and growing your exposure is an essential part of driving increased sales.  The Chamber has partnered with PR platform JournoLink to help you do just that…easily and affordably. 

Contact benefits@gmchamber.co.uk for more information. 

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.

The Logros show – Achieving Excellence in association with The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Boadcasts live on Unity Radio across the Greater Manchester Region on 92.8FM, DAB and around the World on www.unityradio.fm 

Every Tuesday Afternoon, Lee Dinsdale invites guests from the Chamber membership to share their stories of achieving excellence. 

For more information, or to put yourself forward as guest on the the Logros how please email benefits@gmchamber.co.uk

Sharon Seville, F1rst Recruitment said:

'It was great experience it was doing the show today and thanks for putting me forward. Lee was a very good host and I have to say, made it much easier than I had anticipated! He’s very good at putting you at ease, has what I’d describe as a coaching/consultative approach and is good at telling your storyn so that he can give the listener something they can take away and use.'

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.

Chamber Space is open and ready to support clients, old and new, with space that is welcoming, secure, and perfect for business.

Over the past few months businesses have been forced to engage virtually and, while this has worked well for some, people are missing the important personal interactions that allow them to really connect and create.

Whether it be a planning meeting, training course or team briefing, our space guarantees you a confidential but friendly environment to meet.

Creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is what we do, and the measures we have in place ensure our clients can return to us with confidence.

For more information, click here.

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. 

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

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’.

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 Credit Insurance. 

Find out more about our International Trade services.

If you have a job vacancy, or vacancies, to fill and would like to benefit from the government funded Kickstart scheme the Chamber can facilitate your enrolment in the scheme as a trusted gateway. Find out more about the scheme and register your interest here.

The Chamber has a number of targeted and effective marketing and PR channels. The content that members can submit for consideration within our channels includes:
news stories, opinions, events and offers. Contact your account manager for further information about this.

As a member, you'll receive our weekly 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, there are advertising opportunities within The Brief which our team can tell you about.

There's also the Chamber's 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 may also be able to help promote members' news via some of these channels. 

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

Chamber membership 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.

Capacity is being kept to a maximum of five members at any one time to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Unfortunately, we are currently unable to cater for walk in visitors, so you will need to book your visit. To book your slot please CLICK HERE

To see how we have made positive changes within Elliot House click here.

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.

MyGMCR is a brand-new rewards platform which aims to promote the very best Greater Manchester has to offer. The app and web platform is versatile and multi-purposed, with offers, interactions and analytics to support your business growth.

Download the app: MyGMCR or go to www.mygmcr.com/gmcc

Features of the app include:

  • The opportunity to place an offer to drive customers to your business
  • Data and statistical analytics to help drive your strategy
  • Location mapping
  • Member-to-member interactions, including messaging features so your customers can contact you directly
  • News, events and updates from your local area, and the opportunity to share yours to the Chamber network
  • Exclusive member-only offers for the platform

How it works

App and Web to support all transactions.

MyGMCR provides two kinds of account: business and user – so your business and your employees can both benefit!

Account Options:

Business:

Free for Chamber members, with a complimentary PRO account until 31st Jan 2020, Businesses have their own profiles and the chance to share offers, news and events with other Chamber members.

Check your Inbox! If you have been a member of the Chamber for a while, you will have a business profile waiting for you! You will have received an email from MyGMCR with your username and password.

Simply download the app (Search MyGMCR on the App or Google Play Store), log in and start posting!

If you have not received an email or have joined the Chamber recently, please get in touch with benefits@gmchamber.co.uk to find out your Unique ID numbers which you will need to access member-only offers and benefits.

Then, simply download the app and sign up!

www.mygmcr.com/gmcc

Individual:

Free for individual users, the app provides a platform to get discounts, and keep up to date with news and events in the region. You can tie your account to that of your business using your unique Organisational and Member IDs, and ‘follow’ companies to stay on top of their news and offers.

Sign up on the app: www.mygmcr.com/gmcc

If you have not received your Organisational ID and Member ID from MyGMCR yet, contact benefits@gmchamber.co.uk to get them!

Sign up: www.mygmcr.com/gmcc

FAQs

How do I create my business page?

Firstly, check your inbox (and junk folder) for an e-mail providing your business login details. This will have been sent to your primary contact – if you’re unsure whether you should have one, please get in touch with benefits@gmchamber.co.uk

If you have one, just use these to login to your profile and get started!

If you don’t, simply ‘Sign up’ after download and fill in your business details. Contact your Account Manager or benefits@gmchamber.co.uk to find out your unique Member ID which will identify your business as a Chamber Member, and allow you to access member-only offers and discounts.

How do I create my user page?

We’d love your employees to get involved as well and start enjoying the discounts! To sign up, simply download the app, choose ‘user’ and fill out your details.

Please note that you cannot use the same email, username or password for two accounts (business and user), so you may need to choose different details.

Check your email, or contact your Account Manager/ benefits@gmchamber.co.uk for your Organisational ID and Member ID, which will tie the account to your business and to the Chamber.

Simply sign up and you’re ready to start enjoying the offers!

Do I need to use separate email addresses for my business and individual accounts?

Yes, you need to use a separate email address for each account you create, so that they are unique. This also applies to Username and Password fields.

What are the Organisational ID and Member ID numbers for?

The Organisational ID ties your account to the account for Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and allows you to see Member-only offers, news and events. Your Member ID is to identify your business as a Chamber member, and to allow any employee accounts to be linked to the business account, and so see any news from your business.

How do I upload an offer?

Just log in to your business profile and go to your homepage. Click the ‘Manage Posts’ button which will take you to a post dashboard.

Then, click ‘Create Post’ at the top. Choose whether you want to upload an offer, news piece or event, and fill out the information. Add a picture and submit your post!

Can I message other users?

The app has messaging features built in so that users can message any business that turns on the feature – so it’s easier than ever to contact your favourite businesses, and to interact with your customers!

Users and businesses cannot message or search for other users at present, to ensure protected personal information.

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