National and European Lobbying
Our lobbying power also carries your issues to EU Parliament. We can communicate effectively with our MEPs, a channel that has proved itself to be extremely effective in safeguarding the freedoms of UK businesses enabling them to remain competitive on the European and World stage. See the Opt-Out Clause on the Working Time Directive.
Lobbying leads to publicity
The information gathered during the lobbying process can also be used for writing informed articles for local newspapers and magazines, as well as for local radio discussions.
We direct local media attention to your business
Local radio stations require not only up to date factual information, they also need to hear from a business involved with the main issues. Surrey Chambers will put forward the names of business who have voiced concerns or who have joined the debate who then benefit from free publicity.
When our issues coincide with the national debate, we similarly receive requests from National news media – a national broadsheet newspaper or BBC or ITV News service. The benefits of that kind of publicity speak for themselves!
We will usually contact members either by phone or email to seek an opinion on an issue, or to obtain a response to a question or series of questions.
Your replies are collated and fed back either to the statutory body (e.g. county council) in the case of a local or regional issue, or to the British Chambers of Commerce, who will add those replies to the others received from around the UK and, armed with that real feed back from the business community, hold talks with the relevant Government Ministry or Department. The information or data collected is freely available to any Chamber member on request.
Here at Surrey Chambers we sit in on the following boards:
- Surrey Employment and Skills Board
- Military Civilian Board
- Coast to Capital Partnership Board
- Coast to Capital Delivery Group
- Gatwick Diamond
- Economic Development Officers Surrey Forum
- Surrey Business Leaders
- Epsom & Ewell Business Leaders
- Guildford Business Forum
- Spelthorne Business Forum
If you haven’t already talked to us about the issues facing your business, it’s about time you did. Call 01483 735540.