As a member of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, you’ll gain access to a wide range of practical benefits designed to develop your business and boost growth.
Whether you’re looking to connect with fellow leaders in the Edinburgh business community, increase your visibility in the Capital or begin trading overseas – we’re here to help you take the next step.
And you’ll be in good company; as one of Scotland’s largest Chambers of Commerce, you’ll be joining a community of over 1,000 members who employ more than 120,000 staff in Edinburgh and across the country.
Networking EventsThe Edinburgh Chamber hosts over 130 events every year attracting an audience of over 5,000 delegates. We pride ourselves in delivering the highest quality events – and with a 98% satisfaction rate, it seems our members agree! From informal breakfast events and drinks receptions to formal business updates from key city stakeholders, we have something to suit every audience and to meet every networking objective.
Member DirectoryNetworking is at the heart of what we do. On top of access to our programme of business events, members of the Edinburgh Chamber benefit from having their business listed on our Member Directory for 52 weeks. Each member will receive a login to our Directory, where you can access over 800 direct contacts from within Edinburgh businesses.
Marketing SupportOur members have access to a suite of marketing and PR tools which can help in reaching a wider business audience. We'll promote your messages via our social media channels, upload your press releases and blogs to our website and share your opinion pieces and features in our bi-monthly magazine, Business Comment. We’re here to champion you!
InternationalisationAs well as preferential rates on our International Documentation and Certificates services, you'll get access to our monthly International Events Programme. We work closely with Consuls in Edinburgh and many other international organisations, so wherever you're looking to grow your business - we can help!
Policy SupportWe regularly engage with our members through surveys, round-table discussions, and events to help understand issues affecting local businesses. As a Chamber, we then represent our members and call for action to be taken when needed. Whether this be through submitting a Business Case to local or national Government; arranging a discussion with city stakeholders; or campaigning on a particular issue – we’ll always do you best to make sure your voice is heard.
Business trainingThe most powerful asset of any business is people – and we recognise that. We offer our members excellent discounts on our comprehensive and dynamic calendar of open courses. Each year, we deliver approximately 140 courses with over 40 different business subjects covered. Working alongside hand-picked, expert trainers, we’re proud to maintain a 98% delegate satisfaction rate!
It doesn't stop there...
Chamber Energy Solutions
Designed for Chamber members, in partnership with Utilitywise. Chamber Energy Solutions offers an exclusive range of products and services to reduce both energy consumption and associated cost.
Through Chamber Energy Solutions every member has the opportunity to join the Chamber Energy Alliance. For the first time, members can join together, with other local and national members, in order to leverage an energy deal that delivers a competitive rate.
You’ll also get access to the Chamber Energy Helpdesk – a brand new, Freephone Chamber Energy Solutions helpline and email helpdesk, offering businesses of all sizes direct access to energy specialists, answering questions and offering advice on all aspects of energy management.
Through Chamber Energy Solutions, all members can access a range of discounts on audits and across the Utilitywise market-leading suite of monitoring and diagnostic products. Savings can amount to hundreds of pounds, depending on member requirements.
Free HR, Legal, H&S and Tax advice
As an accredited Chamber of the British Chamber of Commerce, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce members benefit from four essential business services:
- Free HR advice and resources
- Free legal advice
- Free H&S advice
- Free tax support.
Members have access to unlimited HR and Legal advice conveniently available 24/7 – 365 days a year, a document library with 750 templates, and legal expenses insurance with no excess. When you need support you’ll be sure to receive friendly, down to earth and practical advice to help you every step of the way. Why pay for advice and documentation that you can get for free?
Scottish Business Mentoring is for ambitious businesses and social enterprises who want to realise their personal and business growth ambitions, giving them the ability to take their company to new heights. Business Mentoring matches experienced mentors who come from all business areas and sectors with growing businesses. By sharing the entrepreneurial experiences of mentors, this service gives the business the confidence to develop and grow, and opens up a great network of contacts that can open doors and inspire new thinking.
Chamber Roadside Assistance
Roadside Assistance for Company Vehicles – up to 67% off!
All Edinburgh Chamber members can take advantage of preferential rates to support your business vehicles.
With several packages on offer, there is bound to be one that provides the right cover to meet your budget and recovery needs. The scheme also offers preferential rates for members requiring cover for trucks and other vehicles travelling in Europe.
The Chamber Fleet Assist scheme is available to all member companies and you can cover as many cars as you like.
You can also view our Chamber Roadside Assistance brochure.
Business Comment Magazine
Business Comment is the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce’s bi-monthly magazine. It provides insight on Edinburgh’s vibrant business community, with features on the city’s key sectors, interviews with leading figures and news on new business developments in the capital.
Members receive a substantial discount on advertorial in the Business Comment. To enquire, please contact John Neilson at Distinctive Publishing on 0845 884 2343, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
COBCOE Connects is a digital platform designed to help companies grow their businesses through easy access to contacts in new markets. We are delighted to offer members FREE access to this platform until April 2019.
The platform was created in 2017 and already includes over certified 5000 users with numbers continuously growing. Over the forthcoming year, the wider Scottish Chambers Network will join the platform too, helping you to boost your business relations with your neighbours.
COBCOE Connects provides businesses with the following benefits:
- It is a user-friendly platform that allow you to access and post business opportunities
- It offers a trusted environment for business growth
- It is moderated by a local expert at the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce
- It gives you the chance to build your local and international network
You can watch the COBCOE Connects introductory video which includes a walk-through of the platform here.
Our members have the opportunity to explore and use this platform for free until April 2019 and non-members can also have three months free trial.
If you have any further questions about the platform, do not hesitate to contact Sophie-Lou, the moderator of the platform, who will help you get the best out of it.
ECC Annual Business Awards
The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Business Awards, now in its 8th year, is a key date in our events calendar. Attracting nearly 600 guests each year, the event is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your business and highlight successes.
There are over 15 categories to enter, and all submissions are free, and are generally speaking only open to members. Previous winners have included the Grassmarket Community Project, Edinburgh Airport, AM Bid Services, Edinburgh Trams, Lothian Buses and Anderson Strathern.
Foreign Exchange Services
Helping Chamber members grow their international business.
Moneycorp provide money saving foreign exchange to chamber members. If you have international payment requirements Moneycorp can help you save hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands every year.
- Bank-beating exchange rates – typically as much as 4% better than the banks.
- Expert market guidance at the end of a phone – Moneycorp’s professional currency dealers can guide you through the foreign exchange market.
- Fast online money transfers 24/7 – trade at convenient times with online accounts and live rate information.
- Safeguarded client funds – Moneycorp is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority to provide payment services and safeguards all client funds in segregated customer accounts.
Exclusive Member Package
- Free foreign exchange health check – Free assessment of your business’s foreign exchange requirements, to help you pin-point where you could improve your margins.
- Low transfer fees – Our fees start from just £5, a substantial saving over the £20-£40 that banks typically charge.
- Free account opening – Buy and sell any of 35 currencies.