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Jonathan White, Managing Director of Desire Marketing
“Desire Marketing has been a member of the Norfolk Chamber for three years now and find it a valuable part of our business support network. Over the three years I have personally built up an excellent relationship with the Chamber, who have provided me with additional opportunities including running a workshop at the last Talking Technology conference on how to get seen online, delivering some of the ‘be better at’ training sessions and now I deliver the social media for business course as part of the new member training programme.
“There are many ways the Chamber can help your business in support and advice, marketing, networking and the Chamber has a voice to influence change. Also remember to keep looking at all the member-to-member offers that are listed online. I have listed the top five areas where the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce has helped our business.
“Networking - meeting new connections is key to growing our business. We have attended many networking events and as a result we have been introduced to many local business people. Networking is all about getting to like, know and trust people.
“Marketing solutions - As a marketing company we always say to our clients or prospects that they should join the Norfolk Chamber because of the marketing benefits that come with membership. You are reading this article, only because of our membership! The online directory links you to many people online and I believe the best marketing tool for your business is the online member news section, as you can add your website link to your story which generates good search engine optimisation for your site. Plus any news that you publish may end up in this magazine. In the past 12 months we have had 3 articles published in Norfolk Voice.
“Training - The Chamber offers some excellent training courses, these can be the free sessions that last just an hour or the new Training Room, which offers half day courses at great value for money, especially as there is a 25% grant available at the moment. In 2017 we will be making more use of the training provided.
“Free HR and Legal support - This is an extremely useful service that is included in the membership. A whole bank of free HR documents and forms to help with your employee activity and people to talk to on the phone for HR or legal advice. We have used both of these services and I am sure saved a small fortune on external fees.
“Social events - meeting people outside of work is a much more relaxed environment. The Chamber puts on some really good social events. In the summer, I went to the quiz jointly organised by the Norfolk and the Cambridge Chamber, which was great fun and I also met new connections. Plus the events are a great way to include your staff. We had 4 members of staff recently attend the John Lewis Christmas event.
“If you use your Chamber membership to its full potential the value it gives is fantastic. We look forward to being members for years to come.”