Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Business Support
  • Year established:
    1832
  • Website:
    https://hwchamber.co.uk
  • Contact
    • Severn House, Prescott Drive, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR4 9NE

About Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Herefordshire and Worcester Chamber of Commerce are a member-led, not-for-profit organisation, working to support the local business community, including a 1,400-strong network of members.

From three sites across the region, the organisation provides access to solutions that local businesses need in order to achieve their goals, through engaging, influencing and connecting.

The organisation also aims to promote a positive working environment, in which staff can feel comfortable and enjoy going to work.

Employees are offered a wide range of support, helping in particular those with caring opportunities to improve their work-life balance. In addition, senior management look to combat workplace stress through offering counselling to all employees through a healthcare scheme.

Chief Executive Sharon Smith operates an ‘open door’ policy, where employees are welcome to pop in for a chat. Sharon also aims to be very visible, talking to staff when walking around the office and regularly participating in social events, such as quizzes and dinners.


What is it like to work for Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce

Leadership
Leadership
Managers and directors are assessed against a Management Charter, created by employees. Managers have 'protected time' with their team members and the CEO has an open-door policy. She’s very visible and takes part in - and organises - social events.
My Manager
My Manager
Last year, the management team completed a development programme with an external coach, tackling a project-based on a business issue of their choice. There are regular director and manager development days, a monthly engagement survey and 360-degree feedback for managers.
My Team
My Team
A membership referral programme encourages individuals to generate sales leads from their day-to-day conversations. Cross-team working for projects is encouraged. There are Lunch 'n' Learns, charity events and street cricket. What’s more, a manager and director development day included an escape room event.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here

Benefits:

  • Women
    Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays
    Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 28 days annual leave to all employees

  • Gym
    Gym

    Companies offering either free gym/ sports facilities or offering subsidised gym membership for all employees

  • Health Insurance
    Health Insurance

    Companies offering private health insurance for all employees

  • Pensions
    Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme to all staff or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

Company Statistics

  • Earning £35,000+:

    20%

  • Male : Female:

    23% / 77%

  • Staff Turnover:

    24%

  • UK sites:

    3

  • Average Age:

    40

  • Staff:

    60

Accreditation

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