It is hard to believe that less than six months has passed since the new Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce was launched.
Since then the team has been working hard behind the scenes to promote the new Chamber by pulling together a range of activities to benefit our members such as training and events to help their businesses grow and thrive.
This has meant attending business events, launching our own office in 500 Avebury Boulevard, Central Milton Keynes, and investing in dedicated staff to ensure we offer key services to organisations because Milton Keynes is a key location for business growth. So far, so good but what has been the effect of this ground work? Let me share with you the resulting activities.
Over the past few months Milton Keynes Chamber has been developing a calendar of networking events and already, Chamber members have attended their first joint networking opportunity. Nearly 70 businesses from three counties participated in Meet the Neighbours hosted by Northamptonshire Chamber, which also involved Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce.
“Members were keen to share their positive response on our social media channels”
More recently we held our inaugural Business After Hours at Milton Keynes College aimed at helping businesses to interact with each other after work in a less informal environment. What a success that was. In both cases members were keen to share their positive response on our social media channels and I am pleased to say there are more events planned on the horizon.
Our membership has been growing at a rapid pace - just three months after we began trading we reached our 100 member milestone. We now have businesses and organisations representing the different sectors in Milton Keynes. You can find out who they are on our membership directory.
As a business support organisation we are also keen to back SEMLEP initiatives that help local companies to strengthen business relationships. Our International Trade team was on hand to give firms advice and support on going global at the Growing Your Manufacturing Business hosted at stadium:mk. As for myself, I was invited to sit on a Q&A panel at November’s Business Engagement Summit to discuss SEMLEP’s VeloCITY Growth Hub – the planned one-stop for business support.
Being a pro-active chamber
One of Milton Keynes Chamber’s core services is representation and as such, we are interested in hearing your opinions on business issues. You can do this via our regular Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) which is fed to the British Chambers of Commerce(BCC) to gain a national picture of the economy. This can be vital for influencing Government decisions and those made by the Monetary Policy Committee. Remember, your views matter.
“As you can see we are not a Chamber that will stand still”
I want to reiterate that although Milton Keynes Chamber is, in the main, operated by the same team at Northamptonshire Chamber, they are run as separate entities. Northamptonshire Chamber won the running of the Milton Keynes territory after the BCC carried out a rigorous selection process.
But as you may have noticed there are also benefits such as cross-organisation networking opportunities to allow members to expand their contacts. As you can see we are not a Chamber that will stand still, we are a very pro-active organisation.
Milton Keynes Chamber is very much looking forward to the future and to working with more members as they come on board with us. It is certainly an exciting time for Milton Keynes Chamber.