MEMBERSHIP TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Membership is available to companies and other organisations both based on or operating in the Outer Hebrides. Members are not required to have a main office or headquarters in the Outer Hebrides in order to become a member.

Companies applying for membership are entitled to one standard entry in our directory and membership listing. Chamber membership is not open to departments within organisations. Membership is a business privilege rather than a personal one and, as such, all members of the member organisation are entitled to use of the benefits and services the Chamber provides when working on behalf of the member organisation.

Membership is valid for 12 months from the month payment is received by the Chamber. The minimum duration of membership is 12 months. An automatic invoice is generated and delivered to your company for the next membership period as each 12-month term expires. Chamber membership fees are non-refundable and membership is non-transferable.

Your fees are based on the membership package option chosen upon application. Member organisations cannot choose a fee bracket set for companies with fewer than the number of employees in the member organisation at the relevant location.

It is your responsibility to notify the Chamber of any relevant changes in the number of employees or any other essential information of the business that may affect the cost of membership. The Chamber may consider applications for a higher category of membership on an individual basis.

The Chamber regularly communicates with members by email, post and telephone. We aim to only approach our members with information which we believe could be of interest to them. This is an integral part of the membership and by entering into membership you agree to be contacted by the Chamber. The regular communication can be terminated at the member’s request at any time.

From time to time, members may be contacted by the Chamber’s carefully selected partners in order to make them aware of certain membership benefits, e.g. private healthcare cover, foreign currency exchange, tax and legal insurance cover. You may opt out of this at any time.

Chamber members are entitled to cancel their membership. However, cancellations made over the course of the membership year will not be refunded.

If you wish to cancel your membership, you must supply the Chamber with a written notice of cancellation at least 30 days before the end of your membership’s 12-month duration. Failure to do so may result in an automatic renewal of your membership fees.

Submission of the application form is taken to be your company’s entrance into a legal agreement to join the Chamber. This agreement may be cancelled by the company by giving the Chamber a written notice of cancellation within 14 days of the date of the agreement.

The Chamber reserves the right to withdraw, resign or cancel a company’s membership at any time and for any reason. The membership is subject to Chamber Board approval and the Chamber reserves a right to refuse membership without disclosing any reason.

If a company’s membership is withdrawn, resigned or cancelled by the Board, the Chamber membership fee will not be refunded and membership may not be transferred. Similarly, if a member company chooses to withdraw their own membership, the cost of their membership fee will not be refunded.

While members are entitled and encouraged to take advantage of the range of opportunities the Chamber offers, there is never an obligation or pressure to make use of any of the services the Chamber provides through its partners or offered by other members. If a member chooses to utilise a partner-provided service, any agreement between them are strictly between the two parties and are not the responsibility of the Chamber.

In the same manner, the Chamber is not responsible, nor is it liable for, any losses suffered by a member as a result of using services offered by a fellow member. Any advice given or services provided by the Chamber’s third party service providers are not the responsibility of the Chamber, regardless of whether or not the providers were introduced to the member by the Chamber.

The Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce Membership Listing contains your company name, sector and contact information and is available to all current paying members of the Chamber. It may be used by these members for their own purposes, dependent on the following conditions:

  • The membership listing may not be distributed to any third party and is provided by the Chamber for use by your own company alone.
  • If you use the membership listing to contact members by bulk e-mail, you must use the blind (Bcc) field for all e-mail addresses.
  • If you use the membership listing to contact members by bulk e-mail, you must include an unsubscribe option.
  • When contacting other member companies, we recommend that you state your company is a fellow member of the Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce.
  • If your company has chosen to leave its membership or failed to renew its annual subscription, use of the membership list must cease.

Upon becoming an Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce member, you will be supplied with a member logo that you may wish to display on your website. However, you are under no obligation to do so if you do not wish to.

If you do decide to display our logo on your website, the Chamber asks for the following:

  • You do not alter the logo in any way, including size, colour, arrangement, etc.
  • Use of the logo must cease if membership is not renewed or has been withdrawn.

Partnership is aimed at organisations who want to work with the Chamber to help achieve our strategic goals, increase their reach and influence in the business community and have a say in shaping the future of our islands.

The Chamber offers two levels of partnership status to interested members. Partnership is valid for a minimum term of 12 months from the month payment is received by the Chamber and prices can be negotiated for commitment to two or more years. Chamber partnership fees are non-refundable and partnership is non-transferable. The cost of your package is based on the partnership package option chosen upon application.