Kingston Chamber of Commerce was established in 1905 by the mayor of Kingston, the local newspaper, and Bentalls. The goal was to encourage local businesses to share common issues and to give them a voice to influence local decision-making. Kingston merged with New Malden and Surbiton chambers in the early 1990s. It became the Royal Borough of Kingston Chamber of Commerce, representing the interests of business communities across the borough. Although we’ve been around for more than a century, the events and services we offer reflect how today’s businesses network and grow. In July 2014 the Kingston Chamber of Commerce was affiliated to The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We remain an independent organisation, operating on a not-for-profit basis.
The Chamber of Commerce is the formally recognised business representative of the local authority. We also have links with the Mayor of London, the Greater London Authority, and the London Chamber of Commerce. Our membership is represented mainly by businesses in the borough. However, you are welcome to join even if you’re based outside and want to do business in Kingston. We’ll help you make valuable business connections through a variety of networking events and activities.
Kingston is one of the largest independent borough chambers in London. We provide a range of information, advice, training and business development opportunities as well as a dedicated business support help line. We also issue regular business news updates and local information to keep you informed about important events and activities.
Our vibrant events programme includes networking and social activities from breakfasts to supper nights. We support and participate in local charity events such as the annual Kingston Dragon Boat challenge. On a slightly more serious note, we also organise major business events such as the Kingston Business Expo and the Borough’s Business Excellence Awards.
In October 2016 the Chamber team attended a Dementia awareness workshop and became dementia friends. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and it has touched most peoples’ lives one way or another. The Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) is working towards bringing about a society-wide response to dementia. The Chamber would like to encourage all local businesses to support this initiative and become more Dementia aware.