Gillingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry | Our Town, Your Business
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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.


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 2nd 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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A note from the Chairman of the Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry 

Gillingham Chamber of Commerce & Industry is on the up, with plenty of new members continuing to join us, Terry Lucas, Moto Corsa, Chart Taxis, Sunshine Florist and Kingsbrook Accounting. During the past six months we have also welcomed several new businesses to our High Street.

Charlies bar has re-opened after recent refurbishments along with new management in the Wine Bar, Queen street; We were delighted to hear that the local TSB has decided not to close which is a welcome relief for many residents and businesses who bank with the TSB. Work continues on the old ‘Paws Jaws & Claws’ building, excited to see who will be filling this commercial space, opening another shop on the High Street, Folks it is very important to continue to support and use the local businesses to keep the local economy buoyant.  

Our Network Happy Hour Evening will be taking place on the 2nd Thursday of September, we welcome fellow business owners to join us in the Wine Bar for a Happy Hour Event to have a chat and a chance to network so please drop by and join us on Thursday 13th September from 6pm until 7ish.

Gillingham Chamber has continued to support local events, In the month of June we supported Gillingham in Gear and The Great Picnic on the Meadow, both events were very well attended, the sun shone all day making both days fabulous fun for the whole family;

We are looking forward to August 15th when Gillingham and Shaftesbury show will be held at the showground, so come along and support the event which is normally attended by 1000s of people, Local Businesses will be displaying their services and products.

In September we shall be joining the partners of Farnfeilds and Nicolls to help host the quarterly Breakfast Club meetings held at the local Rugby Club, these events are very well attended, interesting talks and a great place to Network. Further information can be obtained from Farnfeilds and Nicholls.

I am also excited to announce that after our Skillsfest evening at the Olive Bowl, Rebecca Antil our Vice Chairman and Fran Hill our Marketing Manager have had successful talks with Gillingham school to help organise the  “Next Steps Evening” on the 1st November introducing local businesses of  Gillingham to the young students,  some offering local apprentice schemes or employment opportunities and advice on routes to success.   This is very exciting and we look forward to working with our local school for a successful event to benefit all.

Wishing you all success and enjoy the rest of this lovely hot summer

Sharon Cullingford

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