Welcome to Truro Chamber of Commerce

The City of Truro Chamber of Commerce has been 'Working for Truro 'since 1887 when Truro gained 'City 'status and no doubt trade organisations promoted business interests for many centuries before this.

Due to the unique efforts of Truro's Nigel Parriss the chamber has staged numerous festivals and spectaculars including a boat show and bringing the steam locomotive 'City of Truro' to the city centre on two occasions.

Planning and transportation issues have always dominated the agenda and in the 1980s and 90s the chamber fought a highly successful campaign to prevent the construction of extensive 'out of town' retail parks the likes of which have blighted so many other towns and cities throughout the country. Last year the chamber fought unsuccessfully against the out of town shopping centre beyond the eastern boundary of the city and now supports the call for a judicial review into the process.

Six years ago the chamber was as the forefront of the introduction of the Business Improvement District scheme (BIDs) or Truro and now works closely with the scheme with representation on the board of directors.

Truro now faces a mounting number of challenges from retail development elsewhere in the county, major transport disruption within the city and of course the ongoing recession.

It is however a time of opportunity with new businesses opening and quite optimism returning in some sectors.

Now more than ever it is essential that business speaks up 'loud and clear' with one voice to defend and build on the cities past successes.

Please join the chamber now so that you can influence the future of the city.

About us

The City of Truro Chamber of Commerce is the oldest and largest group of businesses represented by a chamber of Commerce in Cornwall. It was established over a hundred years ago. Our members are invited to General Meetings once a month at the Truro City Council Chambers, to proactively engage in networking, to help safe guard the vitality and viability of our city, its prosperity, both now and for future generations to come. The purpose of these meetings is also to provide information and gather opinion on matters of importance to our city and to feed it to the Executive Committee, which governs the Chamber, which ultimately takes appropriate proactive action with vision.

The Executive Committee consists of Trustees, Chairman, Vice Chairman, President, Secretary, Treasurer and Sub Committee Chairman. The Executive Committee meets once a month, a week prior to the General meeting, to review members hopes, concerns and aspirations for prosperity and enjoyment of the city.

Our Mission

TO HELP INCREASE THE PROSPERITY OUR MEMBERS BUSINESSES

 

HELP MARKET THE CHAMBER, INCREASE MEMBERSHIP, GIVING YOU A CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY, BE HEARD AND KEEP YOU INFORMED

In order to resolve a stronger united voice and to ensure all hear and understand our members views, like those depicted in our Vision & Action Plan which ultimately defines a larger area of potential membership and greater unity. The City of Truro Park & Ride programme is providing common ground to achieve this, in addition to the proposals for a new Transport, Car Parking, Shopmobility programme promoting Integrated Transport. Clearly, to increase our membership is to improve our resources to help deliver our objective.

 

HELPING TO MARKET OUR CITY, BUSINESSES TO HELP ATTRACT INVESTMENT 

Part of this programme of action is to help raise the GDP by attracting further investment, hence we have entered into a new City of Truro marketing campaign, not only across the County, Country but Internationally, which includes a reworking of our website, our in put into the Truro City Guide, contribution to the relaunching of the famous Yellow Book that marketed Cornwall globally, and locally through our Investment in Truro : Past, Present and Future General Meeting presentation series.

 

HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE OF OUR CITY

We aim to help improve the quality of the City of Truro Experience, for our members and all those who reside, work, shop, relax, socialise and visit our Historic City, spending their time and money. This we strive to do working in partnership with The Authorities, The Community of Truro and Wider Business Communities. Hence our involvement with so many organisations.