Business organisations joining forces

Four leading business organisations have agreed to act together to ensure that the voice of commerce has a stronger impact on local issues.

The Mid-Warwickshire Branch of Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has signed a document of co-operation with the Kenilworth, Warwick and Leamington Chambers of Trade.

The agreement, signed at the Kenilworth Holiday Inn, will see the four organisations teaming up to lobby on key issues across the patch.

Sophie Howe, chair of the Chamber of Commerce branch, said that while the organisations were different, they had some common issues.

She said: “The Chamber of Commerce operates across the whole area, while the Chambers of Trade have tighter geographical areas, but we are all membership organisations which represent a very wide range of businesses.

“Those businesses often face the same issues and we believe that if we can come together when there is a common interest, that can only be good.

“There are a host of issues – local plans, car parking, planning, transport and jobs  to name a few – which will impact on every business in the area and if firms can have one concerted and unified voice it will be heard that much clearer.

“We will also look at co-ordinating events to avoid clashes and needless duplication, and, again, to add value to our members.”