Chambers merger moves a step closer

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A merger of chamber of commerce organisations in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire has moved a step closer after members gave the proposal the green light.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce (DNCC) members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a special resolution at last week’s Annual General Meeting, giving directors the remit to negotiate and agree to a merger with Leicestershire Chamber of Commerce.

A similar vote of approval by the sister organisation in Leicestershire paved the way for formal merger talks to commence between both boards.

DNCC Chief Executive George Cowcher said: “Over the past 18 months, both chambers have been working more closely together and the proposed merger is the logical extension of this.

“I think the vote reflects the fact that member businesses from both chambers recognise the value of merging into a single, three-county super-chamber.

“It will become the premier source of business information, support and other services in the East Midlands which is capable of influencing at a national level.”

The merger will allow both organisations to pool their resources to better meet the needs of businesses in the towns, cities and communities within the three counties by extending existing services and developing new ones, for the benefit of all members.

Among the key advantages for members will be access to a wider range of services, efficiency savings and the ability to pool resources to develop new and improved services, particularly in relation to international trade, skills and training.