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Membership Terms & Conditions

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 and 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

The Membership 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 regardless of their location. Chamber Membership is open to companies or other organisations and separate business divisions and not to departments within organisations.
Membership is subject to Chamber Board approval and the Chamber reserves a right to refuse Membership without disclosing any reason.
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  

Membership is a business entitlement rather than a personal one. All employees of the Member are therefore entitled to all of the Chamber benefits and services when working on behalf of their Member employer.

Membership is valid for 12 months from when the payment is received by the Chamber.

Membership is for a minimum period of 12 months. Membership will be automatically invoiced for renewal unless notification is received before the invoice is sent out 30 days before expiry.

The Chamber regularly communicates with Members by email and telephone. We aim to only approach our Members with information which we believe could be of interest to them. This is an integral part of the Membership and by entering into Membership you agree to be contacted by the Chamber. The regular communication can be terminated at the Member’s request at any time. (see our Privacy Policy Opt Out Section) 

Members are entitled and encouraged to take advantage of the various opportunities the Chamber offers but there is never any obligation or pressure to use any of the services provided by the Chamber or its providers. Any agreement between the Member and the Chamber’s providers are strictly between the two parties, and are not the responsibility of the Chamber.

Chamber Membership benefits are subject to change without notice and are subject to terms and conditions available from the Chamber.

The Chamber Membership fee is non-refundable and Membership is non-transferable.

Membership fees are based on the number of employees in the Member organisation at the relevant location. It is an expressed term of the membership agreement that the member will inform the Chamber about any changes in the number of employees or other vital aspects of the business.

By signing the Membership form you are entering into a legal agreement to join the Chamber. You may cancel the agreement by giving the Chamber a written notice within 14 days of the date of the agreement.

Membership is subject to the provisions of the Articles of Association of the Chamber (available on request) and in the event of a conflict between these terms and conditions and the Articles of Association, the Articles shall prevail.

The Chamber shall have no liability for any losses suffered by a Member as a result of using services offered by a fellow Member. The Chamber shall have no responsibility for advice given or services provided by its third party service providers even though such providers may have been introduced to the Member by the Chamber.

Chambers official and Respected Member logos
If membership comes to an end the ex-member MUST destroy all stationary displaying the Chambers logos and remove any displayed on websites.

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.
Any pre-booked events, exhibitions, training or workshops that occur AFTER the membership has been terminated will be converted to a standard booking and the additional costs must be paid.
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, locations and weblink will only be made available through the members area on our website. 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. View our Privacy Policy for further details.

Marketing & Promotion of Other Members Events
We often receive requests from both private and public sector organisations to promote their events and our Board has taken the decision that to be fair to everyone we will only promote our own events through our website and publications.   

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 all 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.