We are delighted to announce that, since launching five years ago, your Chamber’s Patronage Scheme has proved a real success with 32 Patrons from a diverse range of industries now signed up to the programme.

The Patronage Scheme is an integral part of our support structure to you, our Members, and is designed to offer exclusive and enhanced opportunities for local businesses to promote their services to other businesses across the region and beyond, and to express commitment to the success of the Shropshire business community as a whole. The scheme offers Patrons a range of benefits additional to those enjoyed by Members, including high level networking opportunities through the Executive Forums, , exclusive discounts, access to special events and unrivalled brand awareness.

Our Patrons were provided with a number of unique opportunities throughout 2014, including a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels, where they met the British Ambassador and several MEP’s. The visit also provided a valuable chance to network with other Patrons, as well as to understand the ‘Single Market’ opportunities for business in Europe. In addition to the formal events, Patrons have been offered the chance to attend numerous social gatherings this year, including the simply spectacular ‘Cirque du Ciel’ at the Theatre Severn. There is already a range of social meetings scheduled for 2014, including the annual Gala Dinner at the University of Wolverhampton.

Keith Winter said: “It is rewarding to see the Patronage Members actively networking and working together, sharing best practice and helping each other to develop their respective businesses – in short, adding value to make a stronger Chamber.”

“We would like to say a huge thank you to every one of our Patrons for their commitment and dedication over the past 12 months, and we very much look forward to your continued support into 2014 and beyond. No-one should underestimate the value of the contribution that Patrons make to your Chamber and how this allows us to support the wider business community through the delivery of more events and services and developing an ever-evolving product.”