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 Spring note from the Chairman of Gillingham Chamber of Commerce;

How lovely to hear the birds singing, the weather getting warmer and the beautiful Daffodils dancing in our Town Meadow, It feels great knowing spring is upon us and the cold bleak winter is behind us

Whether you work in a Warehouse, an office or Retail showroom on the High Street it’s time for a bit of spring cleaning to tidy up.  Time to brush the cobwebs and dust away, clean and polish the windows, or brush and mop our doorstep. 

Maybe a lick of paint and re-arrange the stock in preparation for the summer months. We are unsure of our future regarding Brexit, but we need to make sure that we are prepared in the best way we can be for business serving our local community. Taking pride in our workplace is a great way to start.

Our Membership Secretary Jenny Trim and Marketing secretary Fran Hill have been busy over the last weeks contacting all our members putting together the pull out directory of all our members of which you will see within the April editions of The Gillingham & Shaftesbury Guide and The Gillingham and Shaftesbury News, so be sure to grab a copy and pull out our directory so you have to hand the contact details of all our Chamber Members when you need their services.

The chamber committee have continued to hold the networking events on the first Thursday of each month which have been well attended, we have welcomed several new members and invite you come along to our next Event on Thursday 4th April, we have invited the local Duke of Edinburgh Award representatives along to come and give a small talk about the award scheme and the volunteer work they do in our community.

We shall be presenting the Duke of Edinburgh Awards team with a cheque donated from the Chamber of Commerce towards their new storage unit, they are raising funds through crowd funding,  any monies donated are being matched by Dorset County Council. We feel it is important to support the community where we work and play.

We continue to be a sponsor for the Gillingham in Gear annual event and supporting local events.

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 1st May at 6pm at the Jubilee Room Gillingham Town Council Offices we look forward to seeing as many members as possible more information regarding the AGM will be sent out towards the end of April.

Sincerely

Sharon Cullingford

Chairman  

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