A new alliance between two of
Cambridgeshire’s premier business support organisations will bring
many benefits to the county’s businesses.
The Cambridgeshire Business Group is
the outcome of new arrangements between Cambridgeshire Business - the
parent company of Business Link for Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire
Business Services and Cambridgeshire Enterprise Services - and the
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
While Cambridgeshire Business and the
Chamber of Commerce will remain separate legal entities, they will
increasingly act together as the ‘Cambridgeshire Business Group’, for
the benefit of their clients and for the economy of the county as a
The close working relationship will be
cemented by the presence on the Board of Cambridgeshire Business of
two representatives of the Chamber, with a similar arrangement
operating on the Chamber's Board.
Stephen Hampson, group chief executive
of Cambridgeshire Business commented: "Working together with the
Chamber will have many advantages for our customers.
"We will be able to provide an
enlarged and seamless service for the county’s enterprises, whilst
avoiding duplication. With this greater clarity, customers will find
it easier to access the services they need. By sharing some overheads
we will be able to free up resources for our customers.
"Whilst formation of the
Cambridgeshire Business Group will be very beneficial for our
customers, existing partners will not be forgotten. For example, we
will continue to work with St John's Innovation Centre, Cambridge
University Enterprise, the Further Education Colleges, Enterprise
Fenland, many private sector providers and other membership
organisations including Enterprise Link and Peterborough Business
Club, making their expertise available to our customers.
John Bridge, chief executive of the
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry was enthusiastic about
the alliance: "The alliance will not only provide the Chamber with
access to additional resources, but will also allow us to focus on our
role of supporting our members, including a discount on some Business
"We will continue to remain fully
independent, owned by our members, but will now have an increased say
in the provision of the services that are available to them and will
be able to commission special services if a particular need arises."