Broadstairs and St. Peter's Chamber of Commerce which was established just after the turn of the last century, represents the business community within the town of Broadstairs and the village of St. Peter's.
Many of our members are in the retail sector, but also represented are financial and legal institutions as well as service and technology industries.
Through the introduction of modern technology the Chamber has been able to evolve and offer various services to its members. This includes instant access to the Chamber management for advice through the Chamber email, dedicated telephone with message facility, and its website. Through these modern mediums we are able to keep our membership fully informed about matters that may have an impact on their business, and to keep them up to date with items specifically linked to the town.
Members are provided with a membership sticker to display, so that the pubic are aware they are a member of a long established business organisation.
The Chamber meets on a quarterly and at these meetings members are invited to contribute to debate and bring items to the table for discussion.
We offer to our members, the facility to have their business listed on our website along with a link to their website. And for members who do not have a website, we offer the facility to have this set up on very favourable terms through our website designer, Broadbiz Web Services Ltd.
|President||Malcolm Cox||Malcolm's Hairstylists|
|David Payne||The Devonhurst|
|Karen Hodder||Cintra B & B|
|Julie Taylor||Copperfields Guest House|
|Lucy Woodcock||The Broadie|
The Chamber is pro-active in supporting the community of Broadstairs and St. Peter's.
Each year the town is decorated with hanging baskets and tubs, which is administered by the Town Council. The Chamber sponsors two flower tubs which are situated outside the Library and opposite the Copy Shop at St. Peter's.
On Remembrance Sunday, the Chamber is represented at the service held at the War Memorial, Pierremont, and the President lays a wreath on behalf of the membership.
Our members display posters in their windows for events run by local organisations, and for the fundraising events for the Mayor's charities.
We also encourage our members to support local events. Members can regularly be seen at fundraising Quiz nights and as volunteers at town events.
In the last two decades the Broadstairs & St. Peter's Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in the following:
Mystery surrounds the date the Broadstairs & St. Peter's Chamber of Commerce was originally formed. Old year books indicate it was sometime in 1900. However according to the Broadstairs & St. Peter's Mail, it came into being on 4th December 1903.
Chambers of Commerce are the direct descendants of the merchant guilds of medieval times and earlier from the forum associations of Roman cities.
The movement has spread throughout the world as an effective medium of communication between business people and the government, and for the assurance of integrity in local and international business transactions.
At one time the Chamber produced an annual Year Book, which was given to all members. This listed the Officers, Committee a complete membership list, and adverts for local businesses - presumably the cost of printing was covered by these ads.
The 1963-1964 Year Book shows a committee of 21, as well as 6 Officers, and a membership list totalling 263! An advertisement for the China Shop, in the High Street (long since gone) encourages us to buy a Poole Twintone Dinner set for us £11.6s.6d!
Although many of the 263 members no longer trade in the town, there are a handful of names that still feature today.
The Chamber of Commerce has moved with the times and today the organisation is much smaller, run by a small management team, communicates with its members via modern technology, but it still the voice of the business community in the town.
The future of the Chamber and its work includes the following: