Sheffield Chamber is busily shaping the next chapter in the organisation’s long history. The vision? To see Sheffield as the best place in the UK to run a successful and sustainable business. The Chamber’s mission? To lead the way in making that happen

 The Chamber’s transformation has started at the top. The Chamber Council that represents our members has welcomed new business leaders from a more diverse range of industries.

 A new cohort of non-executive directors will shortly join the board. All bring a passion to make Sheffield the best place in the UK to run a business. They all understood the role the Chamber can play in leading the way to making that vision for the city a reality. An announcement on their identity is imminent. In the meantime, the Chamber is thinking differently and broadening its horizons which is why future board meetings will need to take place across seven time zones.

Like any organisation, the Chamber of Commerce does not operate in a vacuum.

The strength and quality of its relationships with other organisations is key to success.  At the start of the new year the City Council welcomed a new chief executive and council leader. Conversations have already started on how our Town Hall and business community can work more closely together, building on the collaboration that was forged at the start of the pandemic when Sheffield’s COVID-19 Business Response Group was set up. Sheffield Chamber is also a key player in the newly formed Sheffield Partnership for Jobs and Skills.

Collaboration across South Yorkshire is also going from strength to strength. The three Chambers in Sheffield, Barnsley and Rotherham and Doncaster are in contact on a daily basis and representing our region’s businesses nationally. The Chambers are now represented on the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Working with the local authorities and the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, the local Chambers of Commerce, headed up by Sheffield, have just launched the South Yorkshire Brexit Support Service. Any business with a question about how to thrive outside of the EU now has a single point of contact to access expert advice.

The service can be reached by calling 0114 223 8188 or emailing brexitsupport@ scci.org.uk.

Next up is a strategic review of every aspect of what Sheffield Chamber does and the services and support we provide to members. If you have questions, suggestions or ideas get in touch by calling 0114 201 8888 or emailing membership@scci.org.uk.

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