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In 2019, Exeter Chamber delivered close to 70 events, welcoming over 2,500 attendees from businesses across the Greater Exeter area. Event highlights for the year saw the introduction of Business Breakfast Briefings, a STEAMM (science, tech, engineering, arts, maths and medicine) exhibition at Exeter College and the Exeter Business Dinner.
The Business Breakfast Briefings gave Chamber members exclusive opportunities to learn more about plans for the city and surrounding area’s future from local leaders Karime Hassan, Phil Norrey and David Ralph, giving member access to information to aid strategic decision making for their businesses and to hear about forthcoming opportunities.
The ExIST STEAMM Show, welcoming a host of innovative companies, organisations and artists from across the south west region showcasing a range of commercial, research and creative projects which combine arts, sciences and technology. The event also featured thought-provoking talks from a range of speakers about the importance of combining different disciplines and the value of creative industries to the region.
The Exeter Business Dinner saw 300 business leaders gather at Sandy Park to hear a speech on climate change from Met Office chief executive Penny Endersby. The talk inspired a Sustainability Campaign for business, which will be launched in 2020.
Matt Roach, Exeter Chamber chair and managing director of Exeter Airport said; “We would like to thank our members for their ongoing support as well as our premium partners, Wollens, swcomms and Reach PLC, who enable the Chamber to continue to deliver a wide programme of events, information and activities across the year. In 2020 we will continue to offer high calibre events to our members. The first two events of 2020 will see Exeter Chamber come together with both Somerset and Devon and Plymouth Chamber for the popular ‘Meet the Neighbour’ events.”
In 2020, Exeter Chamber will launch its newest format event ‘Thirsty Thursdays’ an informal networking event, which will give members the chance to network over a drink on the XX Thursday of each month. Each event will be hosted in different venue in the city; with the first two taking place in the Rabbit Hole and the Underground Passages.
The Chamber’s role includes regular meetings with Exeter MP, Ben Bradshaw and representatives and officers from the City and County Councils as well the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership.
As part of Exeter Chamber's purpose to represent, inform and support local businesses in the Greater Exeter area, membership with Chamber is aimed to help individual businesses to play a role in Exeter’s future, make the right connections and drive your business forward.
Mr Roach continues, “Exeter Chamber’s new board of directors are working on defining the Chamber’s priorities over the coming months, including the launch of the sustainability initiative, which will see a programme of events, workshops and resources made available to business. As part of Exeter Chamber's purpose to represent, inform and support local businesses in the Greater Exeter area, membership with Chamber is aimed to help you and your business to play a role in Exeter’s future, make the right connections and drive business forward.”
Exeter Chamber of Commerce is the leading business organisation in the City and is committed to supporting the interests of its members. Exeter Chamber also offers its members an informed sign-posting service to members as well as a varied programme of events which is, aimed at informing members and providing opportunities for them to develop business contacts.
For more information on Exeter Chamber or to book an event, visit: www.exeterchamber.co.uk
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