The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce wins
Excellence in Membership Growth award

AYRSHIRE Chamber of Commerce has been awarded the award for Excellence in Membership Growth at this year’s national Chamber Awards. The award, sponsored by Composite Legal Expenses is given to the Chamber of Commerce that, in the opinion of the judges, has best committed to the growth of its membership by the provision of excellent services.

[Picture shows: Ayrshire Chamber deputy chief executive Valerie Russell, president Carolyn Elder, development manager Helen McBride and chief executive Bob Leitch.]

John Mullin, managing director of Composite Legal Expenses said: “Membership growth is what the Chambers are all about. A growing and retained membership points to a highly successful Chamber that is meeting (and probably exceeding) the needs of its membership. Ayrshire stood out amongst the competition for its achievements here along with its often unique and innovative approach. In Ayrshire members are often based in remote areas, so the Chamber has taken the opportunity of introducing an ‘e-membership pack’ and this has had the effect of attracting members and significantly reducing the Chamber’s carbon footprint. Also we were struck by how education and business have been linked by the Chamber through its full exploitation of an initiative called ‘Determined to Succeed’.”

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry chief executive Bob Leitch said: “We are very proud our membership work at the Chamber and to receive this award. A Chamber is only as good as the members it has and its ability to attract new ones reflects this. By focusing on the delivery of high quality services and a commitment to continued innovation, we have managed to maintain a very healthy rate of growth and retention.”

The Chamber Awards were launched by the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) in 2004 to recognise and celebrate business excellence through the successes and achievements of its Accredited Chambers of Commerce and their members. More details on the awards and the individual winners can be found at

BCC director general David Frost said: “Membership growth follows continued innovation and commitment to meeting the needs of your local business community. Ayrshire set a standard that all Chambers could learn a great deal from. There was very tough competition for this award, but Ayrshire impressed the judges with the range and creativity of its approach to membership. Congratulations.”

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