FOCUS: Learn About Wokingham Chamber of CommerceBy Laura Herbert
December 04, 2012
Wokingham Chamber of Commerce aims to be the voice of businesses throughout the borough, from owner-managed companies to multi-national corporations.
Over the years the branch, which is part of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce Group, has been involved in major plans such as Wokingham’s regeneration. And, through its members, it has succeeded in influencing investment in Berkshire’s high speed broadband network by highlighting poor coverage and securing agreement for improvements. With many plans now under way, the chamber has reviewed its strategy.
Newly elected chamber president Mark Walton is well known in Wokingham in his role as a property manager.
He said: “Our new strategy and message is simple – business is the backbone of the local economy.
“It can only prosper if a forum exists for group advocacy, collaboration and shared learning. The chamber offers this forum, and we encourage you to get involved.”
The chamber has three goals for the coming year – to campaign for policies that improve the business climate, to promote the economic development of Wokingham borough, and to develop partnerships with organisations that build better business communities.
By making the chamber a platform to share information and concerns, members hope it will promote and highlight the benefits of doing business in the borough.
To improve communication, a microsite for news and information about the chamber and its activities has been created. Through www.wokinghamchamber.tvchamber.co.uk the chamber hopes to develop campaigns and focus on topics of interest to local businesses so they feel more informed.
The chamber’s members will also be writing a monthly column in The Wokingham Times, focusing on key issues companies are facing and keeping businesses up to date with its work.
To kick off the new strategy, the chamber’s next event will be a breakfast meeting with Bernie Pich, head of regeneration at Wokingham Borough Council.
The ‘Wokingham Town Centre Regeneration – The Value to Business’ meeting takes place at Cantley Lodge Hotel, Wellington Road, on Tuesday, December 4. Entry is £10, including breakfast.
To book a place, call 01753 870500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.