SHILDON Chamber of Trade has restructured and is excited about moving forward with and becoming a modern chamber.

The Chamber was originally reformed in April 2014 by a local businessman and since then has seen many changes.

It includes Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, sole traders, self-employed people, home workers and anyone else with a professional interest who is based in Shildon or surrounding areas.

The chamber’s new chair Kathryn Mortimer, of Navigate HR and Admin Services Limited, is really enthusiastic about the changes the chamber has made and the direction its heading.

She said: "We have a dedicated team of business men and women to all work really hard in contributing to the redevelopment of the chamber.

"The Chamber of Trade is looking to build relationships with its members providing a service that will meet the needs of our membership.

"We would like to actively promote the chamber and market the Chamber as the combined and collective voice and opinion of businesses."

The Chamber will assist and encourage businesses through training opportunities, shared knowledge and guidance, business promotion opportunities, networking opportunities as well as offering businesses the chance to be involved in the future of strategic business relations and activities.

"We really want the role of the chamber to be recognised as enabling an association of traders and professional people and businesses in the town getting involved in considering and promoting, planning schemes and programs that may improve and secure the wellbeing of the business community.”

She added: “The chamber has traditionally focused on high street retailers. But with the way high streets are now so we are extending it to all the business in Shildon and the surrounding area to help give them a common voice in local issues."

To celebrate the newly reformed Shildon Chamber of Trade, it will host a networking event on Tuesday, December 3 at the Civic Hall in Shildon.

The event will give those that attend an opportunity mix with other like-minded businesspeople from the area, to speak to members of the Chamber and gain further information on its goals and objectives. The initial event is free and starts at 9.30am.

“It’s a real opportunity no matter the size of your business to get your business out there and benefit from others valuable experience," said Kathryn Mortimer.  

Further information regarding the Chamber is available by calling 01388-227727 or by emailing theshildonchamberoftrade@gmail.com