Somerset Business Chamber launched

The new Somerset Business Chamber is championing business success as the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset Business Alliance merged on 29 May. Picture: FILE

Business proprietors from various sectors in Somerset joined arms as the Somerset Business Chamber was launched at the Esk Grand Hotel on 29 May.

The Somerset Business Chamber is a merger of the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce and the Somerset Business Alliance and aims to provide business owners with valuable advice and insight into different benefits from some of the region’s most experienced business heads.

Somerset Business Chamber president Lee Robinson said the Kilcoy Chamber was formed in 1987 and was re-energised after COVID.

Mr Robinson said the newly formed chamber was seeking to build value for its members and said the goal is to bring the benefits of the Kilcoy Chamber of Commerce into the greater Somerset region to get more business involvement.

Mark Wells from Somerset Business Alliance said that the Somerset Alliance was formed in 2010 after absorbing business groups from Lowood, Toogoolawah and Fernvale, with the merging with Kilcoy the last piece of the puzzle.

Somerset Regional Council mayor Jason Wendt spoke strongly for the new group and said advocacy is everything and gave his assurance that as a business owner, he knew many of the the hurdles facing business today and that council would work to facilitate strong business growth through streamlined and expedited processes.

Somerset Business Chamber Business Development manager Cameron Smart said he would endeavour to bring business together with the collaboration.

He said a primary goal was to publish an online business directory allowing businesses to support business.

This year, sixteen networking functions will be held across the Somerset region, allowing businesses in all areas of Somerset to attend.

Mr Smart said the Somerset region was extensive and diverse, and as a business community could combine to promote excellent work into the future.