Coventry and Warwickshire give rising stars a leg up

Pictured (left to right): Megan Kaziow, Cheyenne Angliss, Sean Rose, Matthew Hammersley, Megan Snape, Sophie Webb (all Chamber)
Coventry & Warks Chamber Talent

A new initiative has been launched to develop the next generation of business stars across Coventry and Warwickshire.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce has created a new membership package and programme aimed at aspiring professionals, entrepreneurs and learners to help them in their future careers.

Chamber Talent is apersonal development programme, designed to help individuals unlock their potential and climb the ladder as one of the next generation of business stars in the region.

It gives upcoming professionals, entrepreneurs and learners the opportunity to join the extensive Coventry and Warwickshire community of business movers and shakers, and gain access to the people driving today’s organisations, while also developing their own skills through a dedicated series of workshops and events.

The Chamber Talent programme was developed in response to feedback that regional businesses need support in identifying and nurturing potential stars of the future.

Sean Rose, Chamber Talent Lead at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “The Chamber has a long history of helping companies in Coventry and Warwickshire to be successful, and a key part of that is ensuring there is a pipeline of skilled and inspired staff coming through.

“We created the Chamber Talent programme to help develop and nurture aspiring businesses influencers – and thereby also help the companies they work for and with.

“In many ways, the programme has also been shaped by how the Chamber has helped develop its own staff internally. We’ve got a strong track record of doing that and are now using that good practice to help our members and the wider business community.”

He added: “There’s a huge wealth of untapped learning that we can gain from the leaders of today’s business world and their experience. We want to help the business stars of tomorrow fulfil their potential and achieve their ambitions by bringing them together with influential regional stakeholders to explore the opportunities for future growth for everyone.

“We’ve designed the programme to offer practical advice and inspiration to Chamber Talent members – to give them the tools and the confidence to demonstrate their talent. This not only enhances their own profile, but also that of the wider regional economy.”

Chamber Talent membership will include a series of personal development workshops and special training courses, delivered by Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber Training, as well as opportunities for networking events during the year to meet peers and begin to build a sustainable business network.

Costing £99 per year, Chamber Talent membership is open to rising stars, who are working within SMEs or larger companies, running their own businesses or currently in education.