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Devon Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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Have a question about Devon Chamber of Commerce how we work and how you can get involved? Browse our Frequently Asked Questions below to help you better understand the role of the Chamber and how you can get the most out of your membership.

If you’re question isn’t covered here please feel free to contact us with your query.

About the Chamber

Q. Does the Chamber receive public funding?
A. No. The Chamber does not receive any direct public funding.
Q. What are Chamber Patrons?
A. The Patrons of Devon Chamber are some of the best-known and respected names in the business community. Through their additional support for the Chamber, Patrons demonstrate their commitment to the development of Plymouth’s economy and business environment. Their brands lend weight to the Chamber’s lobbying and representational activities. Find out more about how you can become a Patron here.
Q. Where is the Chamber located?
A. The Chamber offices can be found at 22 Lockyer Street, right in the heart of the city centre.
Q. Who is the current Chairman of the Chamber?
A. Richard Stevens is the current Chair of Devon Chamber. Richard is Managing Director of Plymouth Citybus. Find out more about him here.
Q. What is the history of the Chamber?
A. Devon Chamber of Commerce (formerly Plymouth Chamber of Commerce and Industry) was formed on 28th December 1813 under the trusteeship of the Duke of Bedord, the Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, Lord Eliot, Lord Boringdon and Mr Carew MP. When the Chamber was first initiated annual membership cost a Guinea. The early objectives of the Chamber were to rejuvenate home and foreign fisheries, commence whale fisheries in Greenland and the South Seas, establish a West Indian trade in rum, molasses, sugar and coffee and rejuvenate the town’s old industries. The Chamber’s first premises were based at the old Exchange Building in Woolster Street. This office had been built in 1813 but was unfortunately destroyed during World War II. Devon Chamber is the third oldest Chamber in Britain and currently has almost 800 members, employing approximately 42,000 people.
Q. Does the Chamber offer anything for the younger business community?
A. Yes. Devon Junior Chamber exists to cater to those in business between the ages of 16-35. As part of the Chamber’s commitment to helping young people into business the Junior Chamber offers events and networking opportunities for members of the young business community.
Q. What does the Chamber do to influence changes in business?
A. The Chamber has a number of lobbying groups across major areas of interest, including transport, skills, local procurement and Devon as a destination. These groups meet regularly to discuss a range of issues; from discussing how to market the city to how SMEs can infiltrate the procurement process. We take on board feedback from members with regard to these topics and always strive to take this information back to the business leaders who can make change happen.
Q. Is the Chamber part of a Local Authority?
A. No. Devon Chamber is a non-political, not-for-profit organisation. As an independent company we aren't part of any local authority, but do support them and engage with them regularly to fulfil our aim of making Devon a great place to do business.
Q. Can I pay for Events Online?
A. Yes, the Chamber website uses SagePay for all online transactions. A guide on how to pay online can be viewed here.

Opportunities for Business

Q. What are the marketing opportunities available for my business via the Chamber?
A. The Chamber enables members to promote their business and services to other members and non-members. There are a number of opportunities available for businesses looking to advertise through the Chamber. Available channels include fully branded e-broadcasts to the Chamber database, an advert in E-link our weekly email newsletter or in print via Chamber Profile, our bi-monthly business publication. For more information on these channels contact 01752 220471.
Q. How does the Chamber help businesses to trade internationally?
A. We have a dedicated international trade desk at the Chamber, where staff can assist businesses with export documentation or point them to various sources of information. View our International Trade advice section here. Devon Chamber also supports the Devon International Trade Forum, bringing together businesses for regular free events, offering advice and promoting opportunities for international trade to local businesses.

Chamber Membership

Q. How expensive is it to join the Chamber?
A. Chamber membership is designed to be affordable no matter what size your business. Membership fees are based on the number of employees in your organisation. View our membership fees here. Membership to Devon Chamber is corporate, so once joined anyone from your organisation can access member benefits and attend our events.
Q. How can I find out more about Chamber Membership?
A. For more details about Chamber membership you can click here to view our membership pages, call our membership team on 01752 220471 or email us here.
Q. Can I pay for my Membership Online?
A. Yes, members of the Devon Chamber can now renew their membership online for full information on how to do this please click here.

Member Benefits

Q. What is the value of networking?
A. Networking is about meeting other people to share experience, skills and information. Chamber networking events are also an ideal opportunity to promote your business and meet new contacts.
Q. I'm a small business, what does the Chamber do that could benefit me?
A. We understand that smaller businesses have different needs and requirements to larger companies. With this in mind, as well as offering more affordable Chamber membership fees for smaller and start up businesses. The Chamber also offers business support services and a free business support helpline to help small businesses who may require advice and support.
Q. What are member to member benefits?
A. Member to Member benefits are discounts offered by Chamber members for Chamber members. These offers are bespoke to Chamber members and can be claimed by any employee of a member business. View our current member to member benefits here.

What the Chamber does

Q. What high-profile initiatives is the Chamber involved in?
A. The Chamber is involved in a number of projects aiming to improve the business conditions in Plymouth. Current projects include; Digital Plymouth, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership, Plymouth Growth board and the Local Procurement Forum. View updates on our current project involvement here.


events and training

New Incoterms® 2010: a BCC accredited training course for both experienced and new exporters
New Incoterms® 2010 This is the course for people who want a detailed and focused commercial view of the Incoterms standards. The main thrust of the course is how each...
Tuesday 24/04/2018

Methods of Payment & Letters of Credit: A BCC Accredited Training Course for both experienced and new exporters
Methods of Payment & Letters of Credit (2 credits) This one day workshop covers the 5 main types of payment for exports, from advance payment to open account, including Sight...
Tuesday 22/05/2018

Inward/Outward Processing: A BCC Accredited Training Course for both experienced and new exporters
Inward/Outward Processing  Since the introduction of UCC in May 2016, many features of these cash-saving measures for exporters and importers have changed. This course is the accredited 'update'...
Tuesday 26/06/2018

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