Championing Business

The Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce is delighted to offer an exciting new community-wide business initiative to help foster individual and collective growth, and forge cohesive working partnerships and engagement within our local areas.

The inclusive Championing Business programme – incorporating Local Business Champions and Global Trade Champions – is open to all businesses from the smallest independent micro-business to the largest exporter, irrespective of whether they are a Chamber member or not.

John Bridge OBE DL, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “One of the most important points about this initiative is that it is fully inclusive. Recent times have shown the need for businesses to come together and build a different and more inclusive future for themselves, for the benefit of all. And this is something that needs to be encouraged.

“As we continue to navigate unprecedented times, let’s stay informed, be inclusive and access the right information at the right time.

“Being a Local Business Champion and / or a Global Trade Champion allows us to build proficiency as and level-up our business community. Additionally, our Championing Business events will allow companies to come together and share experiences and expertise so that we can all work together to promote and drive the local economy forward.”

A Local Business Champion is a representative of any business in our region that:

·         Want to be part of a community that drives activities for the benefit of the whole community

·         Play a part in the success of our local economy

·         Are committed to working collectively to promote and drive the economy forward.

We believe that, collectively, we can achieve more, and that is what being a Local Business Champion is all about.

For more information and to register click here.

A Global Trade Champion is a representative of any business in our region that:

  • Wants to create links to do business overseas
  • Is actively pursuing import and export opportunities
  • Wants to share their knowledge to help others conduct business outside of the UK.

We want to encourage business across the region to engage more internationally and ensure they are prepared up to and after the Brexit transition period has ended.

For more information and to register click here.

The Chamber holds bi-weekly Championing Business sessions highlighting important issues and updates, and where businesses will have the opportunity to share their insights and experiences, and input into important decision-making and key policy developments for our region.

Business owners can register for the event here.

Vanessa Burkitt, CEO of Catherine Jones of Cambridge, an Independent jeweller in Cambridge, said:

“Linkage and mutual support give independent businesses in our area the opportunity to make a go of it, together: swapping ideas, creating new networks and working relationships have never been so important.”

Rupert Davey, Managing Director of Cannon Tomlinson Mansley Ltd, an IT support company based in Stow-cum-Quy, says:

“Now, more than ever, it’s important for businesses to support each other.  The Local Business Champion initiative from the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce is perfectly timed and we’re really excited to be involved.”

Helen Dighton, Head of Sales & Marketing at Encocam, an engineering solutions firm in Huntingdon, says:

“The Local Business Champion initiative is a great way to share knowledge and experience. We all have so many things demanding our attention that other businesses’ intelligence can be a huge help and save precious time and energy. Encocam is delighted to be a part of this scheme and hope to both learn from others as well as share our experience.”

Catherine Lidgley, Marketing & Engagement Manager at commercial finance experts, Pilot Fish in Bourn, says:

“We support the initiative of Local Business Champions to encourage the growth and expansion of local businesses within the region. Recognition as a Local Business Champion will be a significant accolade for us as a business and a positive message for all stakeholders.”