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Wirral businesses vote against merging Chamber of Commerce with Liverpool
3:22pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Merger plans between Wirral and Liverpool Chambers of Commerce have been cold-shouldered by the peninsula’s business people.
The merger was planned to create a super-chamber representing 2,000 businesses across the region.
Following a closed-doors meeting at Thornton Hall, the Wirral contingent voted to retain their own independent chamber.
Wirral Council fought against the link-up plan and called for the chamber to join forces with Wirral Business Partnership.
Council leader Cllr Phil Davies said: “We were supportive of the Wirral Business Partnership proposal. We have felt, and still feel, it is important an area the size of Wirral has its own Chamber of Commerce.”
The meeting was called after it was revealed by the Wirral chamber that “radical action” was needed to avoid being “wound up” by the end of the present financial year – just 12 months after its centenary.
Paula Basnett, Wirral Business Partnership’s chief executive, said: “The meeting was absolutely fantastic.
“It was a great result for us, the members voted for our proposals for Wirral Business Partnership to become Wirral chamber.
“But it’s not done and dusted by any means because now we have to go to a board meeting to agree that.
“We are at stage one and I think we are moving in the right direction.”
Alan Glazier, Wirral Chamber of Commerce chief executive, said: “The view of the membership was for us to pursue talks with Wirral Business Partnership and this is what we will proceed to do.
“Due to financial constraints and a reduction in funds from Government and local authority we were going to use up our reserves and look at closing.
“This is why we initiated talks with Liverpool Chamber of Commerce with a view to forming a cross Merseyside organisation.
“The local authority canvassed strongly against that . Now, so long as we are joining a stronger organisation the chamber, the chamber will continue.”
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