When you become a member of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), you are offered access to an established network where legitimate business can meet and engage. The Durban Chamber’s strategic purpose is to help create a conducive business environment that facilitates and promotes economic growth in the region.
For this reason, the Durban Chamber offers its members a bouquet of exclusive business benefits. These deals were created to provide members with another service to add value to their Chamber membership. This programme offers a unique combination of promoting member to member buying, boosting sales for members, and increasing member visibility. “In the current challenging economic environment, no business, no matter the size or industry, is immune to the operational and revenue pressures being experienced across business sectors,” said Durban Chamber CEO, Palesa Phili.
During 2020, the Durban Chamber worked on an exclusive business benefits package for active Chamber members to include a total of 24 value-adding benefits, which were based on member input and requests. The Chamber has negotiated these agreements to provide exclusive benefits valued in excess of R50 million, an unprecedented injection of direct value into member businesses. The benefits are offered in the form of preferential pricing or discounts as well as free service opportunities.
By taking advantage of the business benefits tremendous savings on doing business is possible. Benefits offered such as discounts on new vehicles, tyres, hotel accommodation, car hire, vehicle services, catering, coaching, and training can help you save hundreds, if not thousands of Rands every year.
“As part of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s ongoing support to a member network of approximately 3 000 SMMEs and 54,000 informal businesses in eThekwini and beyond, we have looked for value-adding benefits, securing tangible value that will alleviate pressure on the bottom line of our member businesses,” explained Phili.
“The Durban Chamber Business Benefits will assist many businesses in the eThekwini business ecosystem in regenerating their productivity levels as we enter 2021. The rewards programme between members is also available for all employees who apply their skills and services to Durban Chamber members. By simply downloading the Durban Chamber App you will have a full spectra of Business Benefit rewards at your disposal. Allowing you to; increase financial benefits through member – to – member sales, decrease expenditure through discounted prices whilst increasing member – to – member networking.”
Over the year, this member benefit programme has continued to evolve with more benefits being offered by participating Chamber members. Other new benefits are currently being negotiated, which will offer some exciting discounts to members.
However, currently many of the benefits that have been negotiated are not being fully utilised by members. Consequently, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry is working towards ensuring that all Chamber members are aware of and can easily access the range of benefits. To this end the Durban Chamber Mobi app will be used as a platform to both promote and access the member benefits. An added platform to ensure that all required control measures is currently under development and will be launched in February 2021.
A further ‘referral benefit’ being developed will reward Chamber members who refer other members to a service provider once a transaction is successfully concluded. Member to member referrals and benefits are a great way to attract new customers, build relationships with current customers, save money and strengthen our economy.
To participate as a supplier in the benefits programme, your business must be a member in good standing of the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Please visit page 10 and 11 to see the current benefits available from participating members.