Policy and representation

Our policy and representation activities have been the cornerstone of Chamber activities for 150 years. Our representational legacy has allowed the Chamber to influence decisions on a wide variety of subjects, including transport, regeneration, regional development, sectoral issues and inward investment.

It’s our objective to ensure that your voice – whatever the size of your business – is heard when city councils and government agencies are formulating policy or consulting the business community.

All businesses are subject to changes in government policies over which they have no control. Our activity ensures Sheffield businesses are represented in policy decisions at all levels of government. All policy arguments are developed through engagement with members. We do this work so you do not have to.

How we do it

  • Lobbying and Consultations
  • Chamber Forums
  • Quarterly Economic Survey

The Quarterly Economic Survey is the country’s biggest and longest running private sector survey. The results are used to influence local, regional and national governments and decision makers and help shape the support structures available to the local business community. For more information and to see latest results, visit screconomy.org.uk

Using the Chamber will enable you to:

  • Access a wide range of contacts
  • Influence local and national government
  • Give your business a competitive advantage by knowing what is happening within the region and beyond
  • Add weight and influence to your comments

Our Board and Council

The Chamber Board and Council are made up of elected members from the regions leading businesses. They act as the main forum for Chamber members to bring forward business issues, debate their impact and agree the necessary actions. The Chamber uses its nominations committee to help source and identify suitable individuals with which to make recommendations to the Board and/or Council regarding appointments.

Become involved in Chamber Forums

Be a voice for and of the members and assist in lobbying activity. Debate issues of interest and collaborate with other relevant organisations.

All Chamber Forums are listed to the right, click on an individual Forum for more information.


Service included in:


This service is available in all categories, however an additional costs will apply for Primary Membership.