Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Our Town, Your Business
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WHY BECOME A MEMBER?

There are a wide variety of reasons for joining a Chamber such as ours. Even in this age of technology, as a new business, do not underestimate the power of building relationships face to face through attending networking events. It is not easy to walk into an event but you will soon feel at home and we will do all we can to help you make the right contacts. Whatever the size of your business you will have access to a range of benefits all geared to advising, helping and developing. We support local business relationships and in turn our local community.

Networking

At the heart of being a Chamber member is the opportunity to network with other businesses.  Through networking we not only receive business leads but we form strong relationships within the local community allowing us opportunities to be consulted on and become involved.  We are currently hosting a series of Happy Hours at The Wine Bar in Queen’s Street for all our members and potential members to come along and meet each other.   These take place on the 1st Thursday of the month.

Real networking should be organic and grow, the more contacts you make the wider the opportunities for business spread.  Trust and familiarity are still as important in commerce as they ever were in the ‘old school network’ of bygone years.  The only difference now is we belong to a shared interest group rather than rely on our history or family.

Our town your business

We love to support The Town and its many groups and organisations; The Town Team, The Town Meadow Group and the Town Council, Three Rivers Partnership etc. We love to support local events such as Gillingham in Gear, Next Steps Apprenticeship Evening at the School, and Gillingham Town Council’s Lighting Up Festival. We love to hear about and support new ventures so please get involved.

Support, contribute and develop

We have a very industrious town with some amazing and interesting industries to shout about.   Some traditional bricks and mortar companies work alongside new internet and virtual businesses.  The town has grown from its small origins to a thriving business community in all its guises and many of those companies are members of Chamber.  Many of them support us with our mission and values for our town and we in turn promote them as well as raising their profile across online platforms such as this website and a full social media programme.

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CHAIRMAN’S LETTER 

A note from the Chairman of the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

Wow, what a busy hot summer we have had.  It is hard to believe that the nights have drawn in and preparations for Christmas will soon be upon us.

During the summer I had the pleasure of judging one of the categories for The Blackmore Vale Business Awards and visited several of the finalists. There are some amazing business in our Town and surrounding area, all worthy of mention, however, I am proud to say that Gillingham’s Howell landscaping was one of the deserving finalists in the Small Business Awards and Keith Browning from Dextra, one of our past Chamber Committee members won Business Man of the year award. Many congratulations to both.

In September we started a monthly Network Happy Hour Evening on a 3-month trial basis which has been extremely successful, we aim to continue this regular event in 2019.  We welcome fellow business owners to join us in the Wine Bar for a Happy Hour to have an informal chat and a chance to network so please look out for future dates and join us.

Sadly, the Next Steps evening was postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, we are waiting to hear from Gillingham School before we announce the new date.  We will be sure to let you know. This evening offers an opportunity to showcase your business to the next generation of workers.

For those members with shops and businesses in the High Street, Gillingham Town Council have organised a Festive Lighting Event, starting with a Window competition for the best dressed Christmas Window, Judging will be on the 28th November.  On the 30th November, Entertainment will start at 5 pm on the meadow and Father Christmas will Parade along the High Street starting at 6 pm lots of fun for all the family.

Over the last three months, we have said fond farewells to our Treasurer Robert Setchell who has moved to pastures new in Devon, Rob remains a member as he still operates the Dorset Chef. Julie Cousins our Secretary has retired due to work commitments and Vice Chairman Rebecca Anthill has left to start a new job in London.  We wish them all well;

We are very excited to welcome our New Treasurer Bev Kemp from TS Accounting, Karen Auckland from Farnfields is our new secretary.  We have two new committee members Tom Shean from Clifford T Shean Electrics and Mark Hansford  from Telecom Services, so   looking forward to some fresh ideas and moving forward with the new committee;

I would like to take this opportunity by Wishing all our members a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous 2019

Best Wishes

Sharon

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