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About the Chamber

The MELKSHAM Chamber of Commerce and Industry represents its members, then Melksham's general business interest. Any business is welcome to join; as well as Chamber representation, membership benefits include access to training, information, the ability to input to local political process the effects businesses, and a variety of local and wider discounts. Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a member of the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce

A bit about Melksham

Melksham is a town with a population of about 22,500 in the county of Wiltshire, England - about 100 miles to the west of London. There are many interesting and historic buildings in the town, and many tourists attractions in the beautiful areas nearby, but Melksham is very much a working town, with a mixture of modern and traditional industries and services, and in town and out of town retail stores. [Melksham in Pictures

Currently Running Issues

Dates of next meetings:

20th July 2017 - King's Arms, Melksham. All welcome

Our A.G.M.

Full retiring president's blog report [here]

Follow us on Twitter

You can find the Melksham Chamber of Commerce Twitter feed via @melksham.
On Facebook as MelkshamChamber

The Way forward

Melksham Chamber of Commerce, and indeed many Chambers in Wessex and the umbrella Wessex Association are looking forward - at what local (Melksham) and Association (Wessex) members want for coming years. What's wanted, how it's delivered and how it's funded was the subject of last week's Chamber meeting in Melksham.

Melksham Chamber of Commerce welcomed the enhanced membership package (including HR and and legal help lines, insurance against tax audit costs, and much more) that's to be offered to members of the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce from January 2013. These will be of benefit to many smaller businesses, and can be arranged in bulk by the association at a far lower cost than if purchased by individual members.

The Melksham Chamber was, however, concerned at the substantial rise in subscriptions projected for members, some of whom already have such business packages through trade bodies or other organisations, or (in the case of larger members) through their own departments or head offices. It was therefore resolved to support the Wessex Chamber in presenting their new enhanced package to exisiting members, and at the same time to offer a new, clearly defined local membership of the Melksham Chamber of Commerce for businesses and organisations with a commercial interest who wish to support Melksham.

Local membership will start at 45 pounds per annum (sole trader), with additional tiers up to 195 pounds, and a "local Patron" level of 450 pounds. Intermediate tiers are still being calculated, and the income (after admin costs) will be spent to further support in the Melksham Community Area.

Association membership rates will start where local membership rates end, and will purchase the Associaition package, together with membership of many additional groups, mailings to businesses throughout the Wessex area, and the right to attend Chamber meetings and events in at any Association Chamber at member rates. 30 pounds of each association member's annual fee will be paid to the Melksham Chamber to support work in Melksham, with remaining fees covering wider admin and operational costs, the costs of the services provided by the Wessex Association, and further support in the wider (Wessex) area.

Local membership will offer members ... a monthly newsletter, specific to Melksham, on what's happening in the community area for businesses. A monthly meeting (alternating between an executive style meeting and an event such as networking, social media seminar, council update, etc). Mailing to Melksham members. "Contact point" to help put you in touch around the town. The right to use the Chamber emblem. Priority inputs on decisions where the Chamber's involved and can make a difference - recent and ongoing Melksham examples include transport, the Campus, the Canal and Countrywide Farmers. Several of those are ongoing, as are issues such as the Bowerhill to A350 link road, the core strategy planning framework for the future, and waste disposal for businesses.

Working quietly behind the scenes, Melksham's Chamber of Commerce has achieved a great deal for its members and for the wider town over the years, and it's now set out its strategy for doing so into the future. New local and association membership enquiries are welcome at any time - email - or visit our website at . If you prefer, simply come along to the next meeting which is at Well House Manor on Tuesday, 27th November.

President's Blog

Most recent posts:

[link] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - my final Presidents report (posted 2017-05-10)
From last night ... Melksham Chamber of Commerce and Industry. President's report to AGM 9.5.2017 Written by Graham Ellis I'm stepping down this evening from the position of President of the Melksham Chamber of Commerce. Traditionally, this role is held for a year or two; I had the honour of being elected to the position in 2009 and thank members for re-appointing me at each of the subsequent s ...

[link] Annual review of Melksham Matters for Chamber of Commerce AGM (posted 2016-05-15)
So much has happened in the last 12 months in Melksham that I don't know where to start. I'm missing the AGM on Tuesday 17th (18:00 at Well House Manor / open to all), so sending in my report by email - composed and checked from Saudi Arabia! At the general election almost exactly a year ago, Michelle Donelan was elected as our new MP in place of Duncan Hames who had served the Chippenham Const ...

[link] The Campus in Melksham - name, logo, and livery choice (posted 2015-01-18)
What should the new Melksham Campus be called? How should it look and feel? The arts and heritage subgroup of the Community Operations Board took a look at this, with professional help, a year or so back and came to some conclusions about building the community into the whole fabric of the building - with material finishes such as glass etching in the history of Melksham, and floor and wall trea ...

Other recent postings:

[link] Future Swindon - Westbury train services. At current level into the future? (posted 2014-05-25)
[link] Herman Miller coming to Melksham - the Chamber of Commerce is briefed (posted 2013-09-10)
[link] Melksham Market - every Tuesday (posted 2013-09-03)
[link] Tell me a bit about Melksham (posted 2013-08-10)
[link] Questions from children about Melksham Campus (posted 2013-05-26)
[link] Melksham Chamber of Commerce - Report for AGM, 21st May 2013 (posted 2013-05-21)
[link] Over a hundred welcoming businesses - Melksham Town Centre (posted 2013-03-17)

Read Graham's full daily blog (including technical articles, running a hotel, daily life and the campaign for an improved train service to Melksham here

Joining the Chamber

All local businesses in Melksham are encouraged to join the Melksham Chamber of Commererce and Industry. You gain ... local networking ... a say in local developments ... news updates for business ... access to training ... chamber support ... discounts ... publicity. Your business pays about 18p per day.

[more] about joining and its benefits to you

Our latest newsletter - [html] or [pdf]

Wessex Association of Chambers (Inspire)

Melksham Chamber of Commerce is a member of the Wessex Association of Chambers of Commerce - 17 chambers of commerce and similar organisations spread across Wiltshire and nearby counties. By working with other Chambers, we can share administration costs, we can be a more powerful voice when talking to County and National Government on business issues, and we can offer members a wider range of business services such as advise, training, referrals, networking and discounts. [Link]

Contact Information

Chairman - Colin Harrison - 0845-094-3558 -
Secretary - Phil McMullen - 01225- 709638 -

Other Resources

[Link] Melksham Town Council
[Link] Melksham Without Parish Council
[Link] Wiltshire Council

[Link] Visit Melksham
[Link] Melksham Train Times and campaign for more trains
[Link] Melksham Bus services.



Wiltshire Business Support Service

• Melksham Campus - passed planning approval

• Train services to Melksham from 2015 to 2020. Read our consultations submission [here].

Easter 2013 - Web site under update