Ways your membership can support
As a member, your business has access to various membership benefits some of which can help you save money. Details of these have been listed below, if you would like any further information please contact our Membership Engagement Manager, Alicia Mattcroft.
Providing your business with free HR, health & safety, tax and legal, advice, documents and insurance. This service can also help with cashflow offering assistance with debt collection. Further information on the service and what is covers can be accessed via the Handbook here.
Chamber Finance Finder
The Chamber Finance Finder platform simplifies and speeds up the funding process, matching member businesses with the right funding solutions across loans, equity and grants. Access this benefit in the members portal.
Suffolk Chamber Utilities
Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be working in partnership with Chamber member Auditel, the independent cost, procurement and carbon specialists, to bring you Suffolk chamber Utilities.
Your Suffolk Chamber membership gives you access to a local, established specialist who can advise what’s best for your business and the environment, and ensure costs are always optimised.
Chamber Roadside Assistance
A range of AA Breakdown and Recovery packages for company vehicles provided at preferential rates (up to 63% discount for Chamber Members) offering you a genuine return on your membership fees and reducing your business motoring costs. Access this benefit in the members portal.
Chamber Foreign Exchange
The British Chambers of Commerce has partnered with exchange experts, Moneycorp to provide money saving foreign exchange to Chamber members. If you have international payment requirements Moneycorp can help you save hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands every year.
Chamber Primary Health Plan
Your Suffolk Chamber membership gives you access to the Chamber Primary Health Plan which provides health cover that really works hard for you and your employees, including looking after their wellbeing, which is especially important during these difficult times.
Advice & Guidance from fellow members
Have put together some advice and guidance on how businesses can navigate the cost of living crisis.
Aston Shaw have put together some resources on how the cost of living crisis can affect your business.
Suffolk Chamber members, Auditel, work with businesses to deliver carbon solutions to reduce your emissions and costs.
We recently announced that we are providing an additional £135 million in customer support throughout 2023 for those struggling with the cost of living.
This is our largest ever support package for our customers and builds on a £65 million package already announced for 2022. We expect that it will help an estimated 330,000 customers over the next year. For many of our customers and their families, next year is going to continue to be very difficult. We’re proud of the support that we’ve already provided, but given the incredibly challenging reality for so many, we wanted to go even further to help our customers.
The scope of this £200 million support package means we can help even more people in a way that’s tailored to their individual circumstances. This includes discounted tariffs on water bills of up to 50 per cent for eligible customers, temporary payment plans, forgiveness schemes, payment breaks in certain circumstances, and also includes direct support through the Anglian Water Assistance Fund, which is specially designed to help cover the cost of bills when people are going through the most challenging times.
In addition to this direct support, we also help our customers identify wider external packages available to them which can help ease their financial burdens.
Whatever the circumstances, our message to our customers is: if you’re struggling, please get in touch. The sooner we talk, the sooner we can help. We would be grateful if you would share this message via your networks. Customers can contact us via our website, Twitter or Facebook accounts or call our Extra Care Team directly on 0800 169 3630.
Barclays have launched a Business Money Management page which has advice on managing cashflow and adapting to challenges. Barclays have also put together a course on cost of living. They also have a page with advice for individuals who are worried about money to help them get back on track.
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- Business Debt Helpline https://www.businessdebtline.org/
- Energy Savings Trust https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/business-energy-scotland-service-will-support-smes-on-path-to-net-zero-from-april-2022/ helping businesses change to renewable energy sources
Galleon Wealth Management
Galleon Wealth Management have produced a blog with advice on scams to look out for read more here.
MAD-HR have put together a number of blogs on how employers can support their team.
Suffolk Chamber members, Quest, have put together an article on how employers can support employees with the cost-of-living crisis.
RSM have put together a blog on how employers can help employees.
Schroders Personal Wealth
Schroders Personal Wealth have a guide on looking after the financial wellbeing of your employees.
Suffolk Building Society
Suffolk Building Society have collaborated with a local money journalist and blogger, Faith Archer, on a blog about handling financial stress with children.
Suffolk Community Foundation
Suffolk Community Foundation have set up their 12th surviving winter appeal for Suffolk, in partnership with Citizens Advice and Warm Homes Healthy People. This year they are painfully aware of the difficulties many are already facing with the rapid increases in the cost of living, which is why their annual appeal has been extended and renamed 'Suffolk Cost of Living Surviving Winter Appeal'
Westfield Health have put together a comprehensive guide on looking after your wellbeing during the cost of living crisis, including tips for your money mindset and money myth-busting.