Business support is currently seen as dysfunctional and fractured, coming from a variety of national and local routes. Lord Heseltine identifies this as a problem in his latest review, No Stone Unturned.
The Chamber of Commerce has been in existence for 200 years and like any successful business we have learnt to adapt to modern times. Michael Heseltine’s report leads us towards the most radical action in our history.
He puts enormous faith in the Chambers of Commerce and says he sees them as ‘being at the heart of a local business-led support infrastructure where they have far higher levels of membership and real influence’.
He suggests Chambers provide a one stop shop for businesses so that they have easy access to business services, including practical advice and support on exporting and training and access to business networks and mentors.
In this vein, West Midlands Chambers of Commerce LLP has just launched a new initiative for businesses that want to export. All the services needed are in one place on the internet with information, support and advice provided through Chambers of Commerce.
We are in an economic war and our members already find much support through membership of the Chamber, but in the future, Solihull Chamber of Commerce will be the one stop shop for business support.