As well as a thank you for their business, the scheme aims to give the port business community a bigger voice.
ABP contributes £1.75 billion to the UK economy and supports over 84, 000 jobs nationally. With a Chamber of Commerce membership, businesses will be able to expand their reach and influence in professional networks and grow their business support services.
James Cooper, ABP Chief Executive, said: “We take our responsibility to contribute to the economic wellbeing of the region seriously. One of the best ways to do that is to support our customers to make the connections they need to become even more successful.
“By making their voice heard and taking part in the business life of the region, they will also have the chance to play a part in making our region a better place to do business. And that’s something we can all benefit from.”
The British Chamber of Commerce offers members a multitude of services including: lobbying at local and national levels, support for key business functions at a discounted rate and connection and networking opportunities for their business.
There are nine local Chamber of Commerce branches involved in this scheme and each local Chamber of Commerce is run by and for their members offering a dedicated focus on improving conditions for local business members.
John Longworth, Director General, British Chamber of Commerce said: “As an island nation, ports are vital to the UK economy and the businesses based there play a huge role in creating jobs and driving growth. This is why we are pleased to welcome these businesses into our Chamber Network.
“Being part of this network will provide these businesses with a strong voice and influence to ensure they are given the right business climate in order to thrive. The BCC and Chambers at a local level will be on hand to provide practical support, help them to make useful connections and tap into new markets.”
To request a brochure or to find out more information please call 01292 670144 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and quote ‘ABP Guest Membership Offer’.
ABP is the UK’s leading ports operator with 21 ports and other transport related businesses creating a unique national network capable of handling a vast array of cargo.
ABP contributes £5.6 billion to the UK economy every year and supports 84, 000 jobs. Our current investment programme promises to deliver an extra £1.75 billion for the economy every year.
· Handled over 1.5 million vehicles in 2013
· Generates around one quarter of the UK’s rail freight
· Has 1.4 million square metres of covered storage
· Has 1, 000 hectares of open storage
· Handled 119m tonnes of cargo in 2013
· Owns 5, 000 hectares of port estate
· Has 87km of quay
Over the next five years, ABP is investing over £650 million in a wide range of major projects across the group.