Ashley Williams, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

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Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Wyre-Forest BoB Club

Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Chamber of Commerce
Severn House
Prescott Drive
To meet businesses/entrepreneurs of any size and sector, who want to explore the support offered by their local Chamber of Commerce.

Business Description

Established in the 1830’s during the industrial revolution, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce remains a dynamic member-led, not for profit organisation, working to support the local business community and specifically our 1500-strong network of member businesses. Whilst the nature and scale of what we do has changed over time, today we still work to strengthen the position of our members and ensure that the interests of local businesses are heard.

At the heart of our business is a desire to see member businesses flourish. Growth and prosperity are the key to sustainable communities and our comprehensive support will provide added value for your business regardless of your size or stage of development.

We are a private company but we are also a social enterprise that re-invests any surpluses in the development of support for our members.

Our membership remains truly representative of the diverse community across Herefordshire and Worcestershire with over 50% of members employing less than 10 staff.

Your success is central to everything that we do. It is our drive, our vision, our passion and by joining us you will be in good company.

Accreditations & Qualifications

British Chambers of Commerce Accredited

The Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce is one of 53 accredited Chamber across the UK. We work to provide a respected voice to the business community as well as making sure their views are heard at government level.

Times Top 100 not for profit companies

The Chamber has been named as one of the top 100 Best-Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work for 2018 and 2019. In addition to this accolade, the Chamber has also received a Ones to Watch accreditation from Best Companies, which is a significant achievement for businesses as it shows that the organisation has “good” levels of workplace engagement. This award also extends to the support that the Chamber offers to its Members, recognising the hard-work each department puts in to provide the best level of guidance to the business community.

Chamber of the Year

We are proud to have been awarded  ‘Chamber of the Year’ at the national British Chambers of Commerce’s annual Chamber Awards 2013 on 28th November 2013.

Mike Ashton, former CEO said: “This is excellent news for us and has come following an accumulation of 6 years of hard work building a Chamber of Commerce which truly looks after its members. I would like to thank all of the staff for their hard work, the Board for their support and the members and businesses of Herefordshire and Worcestershire for both their support and drive to ensure that we provide the support they  need.

Investors in People standard

We are accredited to the Investors in People standard, which is the benchmark of good people management practice. 16% of UK employers are accredited with Investors in People. Our attainment of Gold Accreditation recognises our commitment and investment to people management excellence.

ISO 9001 certification

Our ISO 9001 certification shows commitment to quality, customers, and a willingness to work towards improving efficiency. ISO 9001 is the internationally recognised standard for the quality management of businesses. It applies to the processes that create and control the products and services an organisation supplies, and prescribes systematic control of activities to ensure that the needs and expectations of customers are met.

Disability Confident Employer

Proud to have been awarded the Disability Confident Employer accreditation, which aims to help employers remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations.

Armed Forces Covenant

We are delighted to demonstrate our support for the Armed Forces Community by signing an Armed Forces Covenant.

Worcestershire Works Well scheme

Proud to have achieved a Level 2 accreditation of the Worcestershire Works Well scheme, which enables local businesses to improve the health and well-being of their work force.

Good Recruitment Campaign

The Good Recruitment Campaign helps organisations benchmark their current recruitment methods and reinvigorate their strategies in order to attract the right candidate.

The Chamber is excited to be part of this initiative which is led by a collaboration of businesses that are continuously working towards improving the performance of their organisation.

Cyber Essentials Plus

Cyber Essentials is a UK government information assurance scheme operated by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that encourages organisations to adopt good practice in information security. It includes an assurance framework and a simple set of security controls to protect information from threats coming from the internet. Cyber Essentials aims to help organisations implement basic levels of protection against cyber attack, demonstrating to their customers that they take cyber security seriously.