TWO LEADING business support organisations have joined forces in a merger creating a new look body which will support the growth of commerce and industry in Wirral.
Wirral Business Partnership has merged its services and resources with the Wirral Chamber of Commerce, a combination which sees the formation of a strong representative organisation offering a powerful lobbying voice for issues affecting businesses in Wirral.
It will also enable the Wirral Chamber of Commerce to offer greater business support, including the development of export services, crime alert programme, together with a full calendar of business events throughout 2014, including participation in supporting the forthcoming International Festival for Business and The Open Golf Championship.
By combining services and resources the new look Wirral Chamber of Commerce will be in a much stronger position to focus on driving strategies for economic development when bidding for publicly funded business support programmes which are being planned across the Liverpool City Region.
Between Wirral Business Partnership and Wirral Chamber of Commerce its combined membership comprises a large and influentisl cross section of leading companies and organisations within Wirral’s high growth industriy and commercial sectors, including Unilever UK, Bristol Myers-Squibb, Finsa UK, Wirral Met College, University of Liverpool, Sovex, The Contact Company, Cammell Laird, Faiveley Transport, Peel Group and Magenta Living.
From December 1st a new Board and Executive Structure will be formed, headed up by Wirral Business Partnership’s Asif Hamid as Chair and Paula Basnett as CEO, and it will secure the financial stability and long term future of the organisation.
Paula Basnett was delighted that the merger had taken place and that the new Wirral Chamber of Commerce will offer a stronger voice in representing the views of Wirral’s business community, she said, “We will be not only developing but adding to the services available and, by working in partnership with other support organisations, we will identify those resources which will add value to our membership in supporting the creation of employment opportunities and growth of Wirral’s economic prosperity." She added, "On behalf of the membership we will be able to offer benefits to support their growth, including a much larger networking base which can help in developing the local supply chain, enhanced technology for web and social media communications, business profiling, educational programmes, combined staff in co-ordinating even stronger events, and there is greater potential for the Chamber to look at both its asset and revenue growth.”
Amongst the benefits the merger will provide is the ability for the Wirral Chamber of Commerce to focus on resourcing funding opportunities which can be used for economic development, developing its business services, implementing community and educational initiatives, and through the co-ordination of business strategies it will work with strategic business partners in moving the region forward.