Chambers of Commerce

Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and CONNECTS, a Strong Partnership since 2017

September 17, 2020

A bit about the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Established in 1924 the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a privately run membership organisation. It opens doors for local businesses and organisations of all types and sizes by helping them to grow their profile and connect with other businesses locally, nationally and globally.

Management Team

Hertfordshire Chamber is managed by a Board of Directors.

Chairman: Jeremy Bishop

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Founder and CEO of Mirage Health Group an international health and dental company headquartered in the UK. A true entrepreneur at heart, Jeremy has been running his own businesses since his early 20s and his experience spans a range of industry sectors in both B2B and B2C.

Chief Executive Officer: Briege Leahy

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Briege was appointed Chief Executive in March 2019 and is committed to increasing opportunities for the Hertfordshire Chamber and meeting its members’ needs. Briege spearheads an exciting period of investment and transformation at the Chamber and is keen on delivering a strong business influence on the growth of the Hertfordshire community.

Services

Hertfordshire Chamber offers a wide range of services for its members, both locally and internationally. Whether you are planning to export for the first time, or expanding on your existing export activity, their export team has a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and can offer practical advice and assistance, with documentation services and international marketing and business information.

We have a dedicated British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) approved documentation team who can help with the issue and certification of documents to ensure your goods and services are exported in accordance with international law and procedures.

Global benefits include:

  • Certificates of Origin
  • Electronic Export documentation
  • Certification, Legalisation & Notarisation of Export Documentation
  • EUR1 & ATR customs authentication
  • Global, European and National Connections with British Chambers of Commerce
  • Access to CONNECTS – Pan-European contact and trading platform
  • 50% discount for Chamber members on all documents certified by the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce

Mission and Goals

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to become the representation and support organisation for businesses in Hertfordshire. They aim to contribute to the long-term economic environment, success and prosperity of Hertfordshire.

In order to support the ongoing prosperity and growth of its members and local economy effectively, they offer a dedicated programme of activities and events to facilitate business opportunities for members  and offer benefits that help them in running profitable businesses.

The Chamber also negotiates group discounts for member companies that help to reduce operating costs and provide detailed information about various topics on their website.

Furthermore, they offer marketing and advertising opportunities and manage various groups throughout the country to help members connect, partner and thrive.

Their four core values are:

  • Customer oriented: The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is passionate about meeting the expectations of its members.
  • Exemplary behaviours: The way they operate is underpinned by their conduct. They will behave with professionalism and integrity at all times.
  • Quality driven: They will strive to deliver excellence consistently and look into opportunities continuously to make their services more effective.
  • Delivering value: They aim to create value driven solutions for their members. This is at the heart of everything they do.

Events

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s expertise lies in training, organisational development, sales and marketing. This is combined with strong business experience and organised events throughout the year. The Chamber’s services enable members to build strong partnerships, connect with other businesses and gain a good understanding and confidence about how to develop and grow their profile and business in the long-term. 

These will also allow members to gain a competitive advantage. Members can attend regular networking events throughout the UK and meet with other decision makers. There, they can speak out about various topics, share ideas and advice. This is also a great way for members to make their businesses visible to a wider audience. Furthermore, the Chamber has a range of media channels to promote their members’ work.

The various opportunities and events they offer include:

  • Chamber Lunches
  • Women in Leadership Lunches 
  • PA Club Lunches
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Topical Conferences
  • Expert Masterclasses
  • Training Seminars & Workshops
  • And more recently, online events including Summits and Webinars

The Hertfordshire Chamber has ambassadors who have large networks and make introductions between members. They can open doors both on a national and an international level, through an accredited chamber of commerce network and overseas professional networks across forty-one high growth markets.

Membership

Hertfordshire Chamber offers a wide range of membership levels and benefits, as well as events and training.

Please call the office on 00 44 1707 502 180 or email: enquiries@hertschamber.com  for help with finding the perfect package for your business.

Key contact

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John Woodruffe is our key contact and moderator for the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce.

Location

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce offices can be found at MacLaurin Building, 4 Bishops Cl, Hatfield AL10 9NE, United Kingdom.

The Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce also has a Google My Business page where you can find more information about the Hertfordshire Chamber and leave a review.

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Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce and CONNECTS

CONNECTS (formerly known as COBCOE Connects) is an online service designed to help member companies to grow their businesses through easy access to contacts in new markets.

CONNECTS uses advanced B2B matchmaking to help find the right strategic partners for your business. It is a simple and effective platform to create a secure overseas network to help your business grow. Not only can you grow your overseas presence and network, but with CONNECTS you will also gain access to businesses within the U.K, aiding you in setting up connections and strategic partnerships.

You can read more about the CONNECTS communities which you can access as a member of the platform. If you found this article interesting, you might also want to read our piece about the British Chamber of Commerce in Belgium.

Our partners are also constantly helping us to improve our platform.

Interested?

Interested in making your company grow and prosper? Want to have access to the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce’s network? Join CONNECTS and discover a world of new business opportunities you can trust.

Enjoy our latest offer: start your free trial. This offer includes:

  • The opportunity to connect with all our members
  • Validation by a moderator
  • Access to the companies and member search tool
  • View and create business opportunities
  • Online training on how to use the platform

Already a member of a participating chamber? Join our Business Matchmaking Platform for free.

Business is all about confidence in the future. At CONNECTS we believe we can only develop strong business relationships through trusted networks. 

We provide entrepreneurs with the best of both worlds, the digital and the personal user experience. The platform is a unique, simple, and effective tool for online B2B matchmaking.

Want to learn more about CONNECTS? Find us on Google maps! For more information, don’t hesitate to contact us or request a demo

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