• Policy & Representation

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It’s our objective to ensure that your voice – whatever the size or sector of your business – is heard when local councils and government agencies are formulating policy or consulting the business community.

All businesses are subject to changes in government policies which can impact the way businesses operate. Our activity ensures Shropshire businesses are represented in policy decisions at all levels of government.

All policy arguments are developed through engagement with members. We do this work so you do not have to.

Using the Chamber will enable you to:

  • Influence local and national government
  • Give your business a competitive advantage by knowing what is happening within the region and beyond
  • Add weight and influence to your comments

Shropshire Chamber’s Policy and Representation department help local businesses to understand policy decisions that affect their business and ensure that the voice of business is heard by decision-makers through the following approaches:

Research

We develop all policy arguments and campaigns through direct engagement with our members and local businesses to ensure that we best represent the views of your business and lobby on the issues that you are facing.

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Economic Data

Shropshire Chamber of Commerce compile economic data from a variety of businesses across the Shropshire region. Our economic data and the data gathered by the wider Chamber Network assist us with formulating policy arguments to raise to Government. This data also provides easy to use commentary on the key economic indicators for businesses and access to economic data compiled by external organisations.

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Reports & Publications

We regularly publish reports and publications to provide businesses with easy access to information on current policy developments including briefing papers and economic reports. This information assists you when making business decisions and planning.

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Who do I talk to if I have a question about Policy & representation?

You are welcome to contact a member of our Policy team using the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 01952 208200.

We are here to ensure that your voice is heard, and you are given the opportunity to have input into decisions that are made.

Can the Chamber really influence policy?

Yes, to a certain extent. Shropshire Chamber is part of network of over 50 accredited Chambers of Commerce who are recognised as the leading voice for business across UK meaning your voice is stronger when supported by BCC and combined with other businesses.

The Government consult BCC before making decisions that impact businesses. Shropshire Chamber is represented on various local boards which allows us to take the concerns of our members straight to the local decision makers.

Can I participate in the Quarterly Economic Survey if I am not a member of the Chamber?

Yes, the Quarterly Economic Survey is open to businesses of all sizes across Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, and you do not need to be a member of the Chamber to participate.

This survey is conducted nationally by the BCC and open to all businesses across the nation. We encourage all businesses to participate as the opinions are used to shape business policy in the coming years and having a wider cross section of responses allows us to represent all sectors.

Every submission is valued equally.

Complete the survey here

What benefit is the Quarterly Economic Survey?

Your responses from the QES provides Shropshire Chamber with the evidence we require when campaigning for the support that your businesses need.

The QES results are used by the Government, HM treasury and Bank of England as evidence when formulating policy decisions.

Many members use the results to give their business a competitive advantage by knowing what is happening in the region and beyond.

View latest results here

Do I need to be a Chamber member to access the Policy & Representation support?

No, all businesses across the region can take advantage of the support offered by the Policy and Representation department of the Chamber.

We represent all businesses equally when campaigning to policy makers for greater business support.

However, becoming a member of the Chamber allows your business to access many member benefits, click here for more details.

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