The British Chambers of Commerce Stands Up for Start-Ups
Today the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and Accredited Chamber Network announced a long term commitment to help UK start-up firms become significantly more successful. The first service is a custom-built Business Start-Up Pack. The Pack was designed in response to feedback from start-up companies and specifically to solve common initial challenges faced. It also offers an unequalled bundle of products and services developed by the BCC in conjunction with a number of its commercial partners. The Pack includes three years free business banking from RBS Group as well as instant tender alerts, exclusive telecommunications and mobility offers, free software trials, unbeatable discounts on products, half price Chamber membership and free legal advice just to name a few of the benefits. Full details available at www.thebusiness-startup.co.uk.
It was frustration about the high number of start-up failures that led John Dunsmure, Managing Director of the BCC to do something radical to help these firms:
“Encouraging entrepreneurship is high on everyone’s agenda but that is not enough – you have to match that commitment with practical support for start-up businesses in their critical first few years. I believe it is time for all the pro-enterprise talk to be matched by action. The BCC intends to use its knowledge, influence, contacts and network to make a major difference to the UK’s start-up businesses. Our Business Start-Up Pack is the first deliverable for this strategy.”
He continued: “I meet with businesses up and down the country all the time. Everywhere I went the story was the same – cash strapped new firms were spending too much money they could ill afford, on things they did not need, or buying the wrong equipment. There was no spare cash and when the going got tough so many had to fold. It is heart breaking to witness this especially when so many had such great potential. I was certain we had to act then but with the economy taking a turn for the worse it was crucial we moved quickly.”
Following the launch of the Business Start-Up Pack the BCC will add to its services in the coming months. Future services will include an online business networking and advice portal and a nationwide programme of Chamber Business Growth Clubs.