East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, representing local companies, has once again been granted ‘Exemplary Status’ on the processing and certification service which is rolled out to assist them on their International Trade activities.

After a vigorous inspection audit by its national supervisory body, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce passed with flying colours.
The BCC said it had an outstanding record on certifying export documentation and had continued to maintain the
‘Exemplary Standards’ necessary for the top status.
The Chamber’s International Business Team carefully check and certify thousands of exporters’ documents
each year, along with offering a full support package. This is crucial for businesses to ensure the goods arrive at their country of destination smoothly and can be cleared through customs quickly.
It also ensures that businesses large and small can build and keep a sustainable working relationship with their overseas customers.

Mike Damms, chief executive of East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said:

“The national imperative is to double exports and the Chamber’s responsibility is to help its members export safely, without delay and effectively.
“We are pleased that we are consistently accredited as setting one of the highest standards in the country.
“Our members can rightly have trust in the support that we provide across a range of trade services and in our care on their behalf.”

Marie White, the chamber’s international business officer and export documentation manager, who has regular face to face contact with local exporting companies, said

“I see the hard work and dedication the team puts into looking after our customers every single day and it’s reassuring to pass with such high standards. This service complements the wide range of other International trade services the Chamber offers our local companies.”

The British Chambers of Commerce accreditation system is designed to evaluate and improve the performance of local Chambers of Commerce.
Accreditation helps to identify and promote good practice.The results of each external assessment is reviewed by the BCC Accreditation Board, comprising Chamber representatives from around the United Kingdom, including business non-executives, Chamber chief executives and a BCC board representative.

Hurst Green Plastics, Whalley emailed to say “Congratulations on passing the inspection with flying colours. The work and support the East Lancashire Chamber provides to local industries is exemplary and it is great to know that we can rely on the expertise and knowledge that you and your team provide – Very well done!”

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