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.  Our next Business Breakfast meeting is on Tuesday 19 September, with the following one on Tuesday 5th December which will be a lunch time meeting.    If you wish to be included on the invitation list please email Lucy at

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, Hidden Pizza on The Meadow, and Party at The Rec. 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.



Gillingham & Shaftesbury Guide

A local conduit for businesses to inform local customers about services and to announce local events to the community. The magazine, celebrating its 6th birthday this June, was born from a wish to help small companies struggling due to the lack of cost effective advertising. How could I help? A monthly publication seemed a significant project and commitment, but nobody offered what small businesses needed; low cost, local advertising direct to the homes of possible clients. It has grown into a far more successful community project than I envisaged when delivering those first 2,500 copies to Gillingham in the pouring rain. Currently we deliver 7,000 Guides, each month direct to your front door.

Who was I to take on this project?

I live in Gillingham with my husband and our 3 sons who have grown up integral to the town community; I worked at a school and volunteered at North Dorset RFC. In the past I’d run businesses; a coffee shop specialising in cream teas and a lettings agency set up after leaving Reuters. I’d written articles and designed adverts for magazines in West Sussex. It would be a challenge.

Promoting your business and raising your profile. #lovegillingham #ourtownyourbusiness