Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce will merge with Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce after a vote by the group’s membership.
Stamford members will now transfer to the Cambridgeshire chamber after Wednesday’s decision, where they will benefit from regular networking opportunities across the county and will receive an enhanced membership package including free legal expenses insurance and a 24/7 legal helpline, the chamber human resources service and discounts on a range of key business services.
The merger will be formalised on February 1. Businesses in Stamford will continue to have their own identity and views communicated with local decision-makers by their representatives on the Stamford Chamber of Commerce committee. Similar committees already exist within Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce to represent businesses in Peterborough, Ely, Fenland, Huntingdonshire and Cambridge and South Cambs.
Stamford chamber president Tim Lee said: “As a business community we are focussed on growth and pursuing new opportunities. By becoming part of Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce our members will benefit from increased opportunities to network, share expertise and develop their businesses.
“This is a very positive step for the Stamford business community. We will continue to lobby local organisations on issues relevant to Stamford and we look forward to helping our members establish new relationships with potential customers and suppliers within Peterborough and across Cambridgeshire.”
Chief executive of the Cambridgeshire chamber John Bridge OBE added: “Over the last few years businesses in our region have excelled in adapting to new markets and changing conditions, and it is a great pleasure to welcome members of the Stamford chamber into our chamber network.
“Businesses are no longer constrained by geographical boundaries. More natural economic boundaries are emerging and businesses in and around Stamford are recognising that Peterborough and the wider Cambridgeshire area offer excellent opportunities for successful business growth.
“Under this new arrangement, Stamford Chamber of Commerce will also continue to work closely with colleagues at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce to ensure we maximise those opportunities for all of our members.”