Constitution

INTRODUCTION

At the Newton Abbot Chamber of Commerce, we are committed to provide a practical framework including tools, support and advice for businesses of all sizes and sectors across the Newton Abbot district, in order to help you shape your own business for sustainability and growth.

AIM 

Our aim is simple, to collectively and collaboratively have a positive impact on the local economy and business community. We will achieve this through raising awareness listening to you, the members, to offer support and advice for our local businesses. We will also be a conduit between local governance on issues relating to the economic and business environment. Specifically, you can expect us to be:

  • A responsible, ethical and transparent organisation.
  • Open and honest in all that we do.
  • Resourced appropriately within the Chamber with people, premises and budget to support the local business community.
  • Supportive to our members to get best value from your membership.
  • A positive perception within the business community.
  • Ready to use our influence wherever appropriate, as the independent voice of local businesses to represent views and priorities in relation to the local economy of you the members.
  • Able to promote best commercial practice throughout the members.

OUR MISSION

To support our local businesses, by being a voice of the many, the source of reason in building sustainable growth in the region and economic sustainability. 

HOW WE WILL DELIVER THE MISSION

As a not for profit organisation with the volunteer appointed committee members we seek to organise and run the chamber in a business-like manner with business framework and focus. The following organigram highlights our aspirational structure and roles within the Chamber:

THE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHAMBER

Business Development.   We will support the development and promote sustainable business ‘best practices across the region. In doing so we recognise the key business contribution towards sustainable development in order to promote long-term business success. Through sharing best practice, we will always seek to offer proven strategies, advice and guidance from within the Chamber membership.

We will increase awareness and responsibility within the business community and its employees, shareholders, customers and stakeholders of the part they play.

We will always aim to offer insight, introduction and education into such matters as leadership, management, HR, business delivery, market trends, new market opportunities, export, better communication and sustainable growth.

Lobbying & Consultation.   As an independent support organisation, we will undertake and encourage engagement with local, regional and national business organisations and government bodies to promote the needs you, the members, businesses and the local economy. We will aim to be the VOICE of the business community and where representation of we will always aim to ensure we are heard.

Signposting.   On issues requiring specific, professional support, consultation or advice and where we at the Chamber can’t help directly, we will seek to signpost and refer you to someone who can. This may range from within the membership, through to local government, professional bodies and or Chamber affiliations.

Weekly Newsletters and Monthly Bulletins.   Our website and email communications keep you informed about local news, member announcements and Chamber networking events

Networking Events & Seminars.   For us to building a strong Business community it is key to communicate as widely as possible. At the Chamber we will hold and host monthly networking events for business with the aim of building relationships and widening the membership sphere of influence, whilst making it a fun exciting experience. The networking will aim to allow you the local businesses to share your business knowledge and interests, strengthen current business relationships and establish new ones.

Online Business Directory.   As a valued members of the Chamber, you will have your business promoted within the online Business Directory listings on this website with your own page allowing you to personalise for additional reach.

Member to Member Benefits.   We encourage members to share offers and discounts on a members for members basis, cementing stronger business relationships.

Business Surveys.   In order to fully understand and support the Chamber there is a need to establish the facts and offer feedback to local governance on those facts. We will periodically survey its members each quarter to assess the business conditions and establish the growth across the region as a snap shot. The results of each survey will be collated and reported directly to the British Chamber of Commerce (via Devon Chamber) to give an indication of the regional economy.

Social Responsibility.   We will always seek to support the region through taking a view on the need to be socially responsible, taking a view on long term sustainability, caring for our environment and challenging the members to follow by example.

IN ESSENCE

At the Chamber we have a clear focus on the support we aim to offer the local business community and the tangible effect it can have on the local economy. Essentially answering the question of ‘What does the Chamber do?’ It doesn’t aim to create massive shift in the economy but rather impact across the region with marginal gains and by virtue make a big difference. We are reliant of the support through membership and the voluntary enrolment of the Executive Committee. Join HERE.

OUR VISION

We will become the number one business support body within Newton Abbot and the District, reaching and supporting thousands of local businesses, building strong business collaborations and relationships through sharing great business.