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Essex Chambers of Commerce – Conditions of Membership
Purpose of these conditions
These are intended to set out some of the key issues that might affect the Chambers’ relationship with an individual member or their staff.
These conditions are not exhaustive and do not preclude the Chambers’ from doing or not doing anything to which it is entitled under its’ Articles of Association or by any rule of law or statute or otherwise.
Member – means a member of Essex Chambers of Commerce and may be an individual, a member of a partnership, or a corporate body that are listed within the Chambers’ Register of Members
Chambers – means the Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry Limited including its elected Officers and Chief Executive
Conditions – means the Conditions of Membership in force at any particular time as agreed by the Chambers’ Board
Membership of Essex Chambers of Commerce is open to any individual conducting a business, any unincorporated firm or partnership, any limited company, any public limited company, any charity or public sector organisation based or operating in  Essex – including Southend on Sea and Thurrock
Election of members is by resolution of the Chambers’ Board which may at its discretion approve or refuse any application for membership without giving reasons.
The Board may also in accordance with its’ Articles of Association resolve to expel any Member at any time where the Board’s view is that Membership is not in the best interest of the Chambers  
Members’ obligations
The Member will always act in the best interests of the Chambers
The name, reputation and goodwill of the Chambers are vitally import to the Chambers and the Member will not do anything, nor fail to do something, that will have, or is likely to have, a negative impact on the Chambers’ name, reputation or goodwill
The Chambers’ also have numerous intellectual property rights and other proprietary rights that are of vital importance to the effective running and reputation of the Chambers and the Member shall not doing anything, nor fail to do something, that will have, or is likely to have, a negative impact on such rights
All Members must pay their subscriptions, and any other payments, to the Chambers’ on or before the due date. Failure to do so will incur a 4% surcharge over and above the bank rate at the time.
A Member may terminate their membership by giving notice in writing at least three months before the date when their subscription is next due. If no such notice is received then the Member will be liable for their subscription for the ensuing year, which will be a debt due to and legally recoverable by the Chambers
Essex Chambers of Commerce will hold and use the data you have supplied for administrative and promotional purposes and it will not be supplied as a database to any third party. Business names, phone number and main contact will only be made available through the members area on our website and details of all attendees will be included in the event delegate list for any Chambers event. By joining Essex Chambers of Commerce you hereby consent to the use of your data for those purposes in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry Limited is registered under the Data Protection Act 1998, registration number 2981688. Information on the use of data by Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry Limited can be obtained by writing to the Chief Executive at 8 & 9 St Peters Court, St Peters Street, Colchester, CO1 1WD.
Insolvency, Bankruptcy and Death
If a Member is adjudged insolvent or bankrupt, or enters into receivership or administrative receivership, or makes a composition or arrangement with their creditors under the provisions of any relevant statute or rule of law, then the Chamber may if it so desires terminate the membership of that Member with immediate effect
Membership by an individual person is not transferable and such Members shall cease to be a member on their death or if they become mentally infirm
Criminal offences
If an individual Member, or an employee of a Member, is charged with or convicted of a criminal offence then the Chambers may, at their discretion, suspend the membership of the individual concerned with immediate effect.
Suspension and/or termination of membership
Failure by a member to comply with any part of these Conditions will be sufficient for the Chambers to consider terminating the membership of that Member
Any member who has their membership terminated for any reason whatsoever is not entitled to a refund of any part of their membership subscription to the Chambers
Any sanction or remedial action under these Conditions of Membership is additional to any alternative sanction, remedial action, legal action or any other action that the Chambers may take in respect of a Member
Any individual or organisation ceasing to be a Member of the Chambers shall forfeit al rights to utilise without limitation, the name, logo, goodwill, products and/or services of the Chambers in connection with their business, personal or social activities with immediate effect.
Changes to the Conditions of Membership
The Board of Essex Chambers of Commerce and Industry Limited may from time to time vary these conditions. The Board will provide Members with notice of any such changes and where they can be viewed