Your Membership is a valuable business asset, but are you getting the most out of it? In this economic climate every penny counts and paying for a Membership may seem like an extra expense; but with our Members saving thousands a year, its well worth investing in your Membership.
If you want to make sure you get the best ROI possible from your Membership, here’s our five simple hints.
Speak to your Membership Manager
When you joined we will have assigned you a Membership Manager, their role is to connect you with everything the chamber has to offer. You can drop them an email or phone for a quick chat anytime and they’ll be able to help point you in the right direction, whether you need advice on exporting or a mailing list for a new campaign.
Getting to know your Membership Manager will help them to make more tailored recommendations, whether it just be over email or face to face make sure you use them to help save your business time accessing your Member benefits.
Attend free networking events
Your Membership includes free access to networking events. Networking provides unsurpassed opportunities for your business as you never know who you will meet. People at networking events are there because they want to make connections and/or offer their services to local business people, so getting your business name out there in the local community is a great way to support local business and generate interest and leads at the same time.
Our Business Breakfasts are very popular with Members, attracting both small and large businesses. These events run monthly and are completely free for Members (saving you £200 a year!), with lucrative business deals being forged at the event.
We also run our Business Fair each year, where businesses from all over the borough come together to network and take advantage of the informative guest speakers. Members receive discounted stand rates, so for only £139+vat you could get your business and its services in front of hundreds of local people and businesses who are actively looking to network and use your services!
Take advantage of marketing opportunities
When you joined St Helens Chamber, you may have seen that you are entitled to a number of different benefits which could help you market your business to prospective customers.
You’ll get a free listing on our online directory, it’s important that your contact information is kept updated as this is a way for other companies or the wider public to contact you; outdated contact information may be a deterrent – so keep your Membership Manager updated or log into your online account.
We will also share your news in our digital Comment magazine. This is circulated to a wide range of businesses across St Helens and Merseyside, so it provides great coverage for your business! If you have a story you’d like to share then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your news.
Another great opportunity are the 200 free mailing records a year for your chosen target audience. These 200 people could turn into 200 warm leads for your business and it doesn’t cost you a penny! Further records are also exceptionally low priced, so taking advantage of this benefit is a must for any businesses looking to grow their customer base.
Use the Mediation and Legal services if you need it
We hope you never have to, but if you have a legal problem or are in need of mediation; your Membership has you covered. Our Members have access to a legal advice line 24/7, so you can call with any concerns and get some preliminary advice about your issue. You also receive £1 million of legal expenses insurance cover for property disputes, data or licence protection and more. To back all this up, there’s also a website with approximately 200 downloadable legal documents; all completely free with no extra charges.
St Helens Chamber Members can also access discounted mediation services through Mediatelegal, who help solve issues without going to court or a tribunal; often saving valuable time and money in the process. Mediation is completely confidential and impartial and can help you come up with solutions without the need for courts.
If you do need legal help, it is much more cost (and time) effective to use your Chamber benefits to help you address any issues; with help also available for HR matters, Health and Safety and Tax!
Save money on business essentials
St Helens Chamber have plenty of business essentials all included in our Membership packages; such as discounted AA Membership, free credit checking service, savings on chip and pin payment facilities and much more.
By taking advantage of these exclusive discounts on the essentials you can be sure to get ROI on your Membership fees!
If you have any questions about your Membership and how you can get the most return on investment from your Chamber Membership, call our Membership team on 01744 742125 or get in touch with your Membership Manager who can talk you through the benefits.