Membership Benefits

BENEFITS AND SERVICES

Somerset Chamber provides a range of opportunities designed to help you promote and develop your business to members.

The Chamber will connect you to local businesses, help you forge new alliances, gain trusted suppliers and find potential new customers. Through membership of the Chamber you can promote your business locally and nationally through a variety of media and PR opportunities.

Whether you are involved with a ‘start-up’ or long established company, the Chamber will support your business aspirations. The Chamber’s business experts can provide you with a range of services which will help you to develop your business, reduce costs, support your staff and add value to your business.


CHAMBER EVENTS & NETWORKING

Somerset Chamber hosts over 60 events each year throughout Somerset including business to business dinners, the Somerset Business Awards, informal networking and more.

Chamber membership includes discounted member rates and in some cases attendance at no additional cost.

  • Raise your profile and standing in the local business community
  • Develop sustainable business relationships
  • Find trusted suppliers and meet new customers
  • Showcase your company

MEMBER TO MEMBER OFFERS

As a Chamber member you can post your latest offers to other members on the Chamber website.

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SOMERSET BUSINESS MAGAZINE

The Somerset Business Magazine is the official publication of the Chamber.  It is produced in print and online format and members will receive a complimentary copy as part of their membership.

Regular features compliment the mix of members' news and regional comment in a publication distributed to our members and reception areas throughout Somerset.  As a Chamber member you can:

  • Increase the profile of your staff members
  • Promote your success stories
  • Raise awareness of your brand
  • Discounted advertising rates


When submitting an article for the Somerset Business Magazine you will not incur any additional cost, this benefit is included as part of the Chamber membership.

View the latest Somerset Business Magazine here.


MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

The Chamber is regularly contacted by local and national media who are looking to speak with businesses that are willing to talk on a number of topics such as employment figures, infrastructure, the budget, Brexit and much more.

As a member, we’ll keep you informed of any media opportunities that arise.

  • Profile raising opportunities
  • Local and national radio coverage

CHAMBER ONLINE

Somerset Chamber has developed a strong social media presence.  The Chamber’s Twitter feeds can be found at @chamber_somerset and @events_scoc. Members can also interact through LinkedIn and on the Chamber website.

As a member, whatever your success story, we can provide a platform for its promotion via:

  • Social media connections
  • Listing in the Chamber Membership Directory and details of fellow members
  • Post business events on the Chamber website
  • Fortnightly eNewsletter featuring positive news stories
  • Quarterly listing in the Chamber’s Membership Directory

CHAMBER LEGAL EXPENSES INSURANCE

Chamber Legal Expenses Insurance provides protection to members against unexpected legal costs and penalties. The policy covers the legal costs associated with representing a member following an employment dispute, criminal prosecution, property & landlord dispute, data protection prosecution, statutory licence protection or tax investigation. It also provides a financial benefit for the business when a member of staff is called up to attend Jury Service (terms and conditions apply)

  • Save money with inclusive legal expenses insurance
  • Provides £65,000 worth of cover for your business
  • Protection against legal costs of up to £670,000
  • Employee benefits including £75,000 Personal Injury Cover
  • Opportunity to top-up your standard cover to include Contract, Debt & Restrictive Covenant disputes cover

CHAMBER PRIMARY HEALTHCARE PLAN

As an employer, you have your employees' health at heart, so how can you ensure they stay fit and healthy at work?

As members of the Chamber, you have access to health cover on the Chamber Primary Health Plan. Westfield Health are proud to be award-winning health insurers, providing harder working health cover for almost a century.

The Chamber Plan provides health cover that really works hard for you and your employees. It can be purchased as a standalone product or together as a package with Hospital Treatment Insurance, providing comprehensive cover at a fraction of the cost of Private Medical Insurance. 

So from things like sight test and glasses, dental fees and surgical procedures such as cataract treatment and hip replacements, you can help keep your staff at their healthy best.

Additional services such as their 24/7 GP phone line, DoctorLine™, which includes a webcam consultation facility, enables employees to undergo a ‘face-to-face’ consultation with a qualified, practising GP from anywhere that has a webcam connection. Staff can have a consultation without even having to leave their workplace – good news for employees and their employers, as well as busy GP surgeries

As a member of the Chamber you can access our Chamber Primary Health Plan from Westfield Health and pay as little as £1.10 per employee per week with the cash plan scheme Chamber Primary Health Plan.

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AXA HEALTHCARE SERVICES

“I need my staff healthy, happy and here.”

AXA PPP healthcare can help you create a healthcare plan that's as unique as your business. A plan to fast track you and your people to diagnosis and treatment. And to support you all back to health, and back to work as quickly as possible.

  • Let us remove any hassle and arrange your appointments for you and avoid waiting lists.
  • Make sure you see experienced consultants and practitioners.
  • Our team of medical experts will give you and your staff support and guidance.
  • You’ll be surprised how little it costs to protect members of your team, and even your family.

The Chamber Business Healthcare package has been created with small businesses in mind, offering affordable, flexible plans to suit your business and budget, along with a discount to Chamber membership and free business resources.

In just ten minutes you can have a tailored quote to suit your business needs. Call on 0800 387 754 and let us know that you’re a member of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Additional benefits for your business

Sign up to the Chamber Business Healthcare plan and you’ll receive:

  • 50% discount off your Chamber membership for three years.
     
  • A free Employee Assistance Programme offering your staff expert qualified telephone counselling.
  • Free access to Health at Hand – a free 24/7 telephone helpline from a UK land line, offering confidential health information and support from health professionals.

Visit https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/chambers/ for more information and to activate your free services now.

For more information on AXA PPP healthcare and its products and services, please visit https://www.axappphealthcare.co.uk/business-health-insurance/small-to-medium-business/ 

Terms and conditions

This offer is only available to members of participating Chambers.

This offer is available to direct new customers of AXA PPP healthcare only.

50% chamber membership is up to value of £125 per insured employee.

50% chamber membership can be claimed each year for up to 3 years as long as a current business healthcare policy remains in force.

AXA PPP healthcare reserves the right to change or remove this special offer at any time.


DISCOUNT ON AA ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE

Keep your staff moving with a 64% discount on AA breakdown cover as part of you Chamber membership.

Hear from one of our members on how the Chamber helps to keep their business on the move through discounted roadside assistance.

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DISCOUNT ON DHL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS

A great rate on DHL express services is available exclusively to Chamber members. 

Support is provided for businesses sending goods internationally or at the start of an export strategy, as well as receiving 50 per cent discount on all DHL Express international shipments for the first year for new DHL customers.

Interested? Find out more on the DHL website.


CUT COSTS WITH CHAMBER ENERGY SOLUTIONS

Chamber Energy Solutions can help businesses cut costs.

Access to Chamber energy solutions offers Chamber members a new and exclusive range of products and services to drive down energy consumption and costs.

For the first time, join with other Chamber members to unlock the benefits of purchasing your energy collectively, through the Chamber Energy Alliance.

Sign up to leverage an energy deal that is typically only available to large-volume energy users.

Have an energy question or issue? Call the Chamber Energy Helpdesk free on 0800 923 0210, or follow the link to find out more about managing your costs and reducing your energy consumption.


CHAMBER FOREIGN EXCHANGE SERVICE

Help your business to save money and manage foreign exchange risk. Chamber Foreign Exchange, in partnership with Moneycorp, offers competitive exchange rates, free online currency accounts, reduced transfer fees and fast, online transactions.

Add practical advice and a free foreign exchange health check of your FX requirements to see your business capitalise on currency fluctuations and save money on every transaction.

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CHAMBER LOGO

Chamber members have exclusive use of the Chamber logo providing a unique third party endorsement for your business. The logo is available from the marketing team.

  • Increase your credibility
  • Demonstrate you are a member of a trusted brand

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BRITISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE BUSINESS AWARDS

The annual ‘BCC Chamber Awards’ provide you with a prestigious opportunity to showcase your business at a regional and national level. The awards are open exclusively to accredited Chamber Members

  • Showcase your business and achievements
  • Boost staff morale
  • Increase customer confidence
  • Win cash prizes

 This benefit is included as part of Chamber membership.

To find out more information about Chamber membership or any of the services please contact the Membership Team on 01823 444924 or email membership@somerset-chamber.co.uk


 

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