Wessex Chambers of Commerce get prepared to Inspire

By Anita Jaynes on 7 April, 2015

Wessex Chambers of Commerce have officially uncovered their new brand- Inspire.

Previously Wessex offered services under a number of brands including: Wessex Chambers of Commerce, Wiltshire Business Support Service, Wiltshire Business Hub and The Enterprise Network.

The idea behind the new name Inspire is to create one strong identity. Rob Perks, chief executive of the newly named organisation said: “Our clients and members found our multiple identities confusing and unhelpful. The change is the result of a six month study into support and advice available to businesses in the county, especially small businesses.

“We listened to business owners and entrepreneurs. By studying successful and less successful businesses we have applied our own knowledge, education and experience to the question – What can we do to make the greatest positive impact on the small and medium-sized enterprise community and the economy across Swindon and Wiltshire?”

Inspire will provide educational seminars, delivered by industry experts, on every business topic imaginable, backed up by one-to-one support from one of its team of business managers. In addition, Inspire will also arrange regular networking events with inspirational speakers including highly successful entrepreneurs, politicians and other influential public figures dealing with current business issues. There will be regular newsletters and blogs provided by professional partners and information exchange and chat forums via the Inspire website where clients will be able to talk to each other. There will also be an online service available to businesses who prefer to interact digitally. Thanks to funding from Wiltshire Council and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, this heavily publicly subsidised service will be available to any business from £25 per month plus VAT

Elaine Harvey, Inspire’s head of marketing said: “We are incredibly excited about this new initiative and we are keen to remain closely aligned with and supportive of the many partnerships and relationships that we have established over the years. We will continue to build on our partnerships with other business support delivery organisations.

“We will be establishing closer links with natural partners to Inspire including higher education organisations. This will enable us to more specifically refer clients who require further input from the world of academia as well as providing assistance to HE providers in placing interns and post graduation students with suitable employers.”

To find out more about Inspire’s new offering call: 01225 355553