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Birmingham Chamber of Commerce completes merger

The Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has merged with Southern Staffordshire.

23 April 2010

The Birmingham Chambers of Commerce has completed its merger with Southern Staffordshire.

The successful completion of negotiations has created one of the largest organisations in the sector in the country, now holding 3,200 members, according to the Birmingham Post.

Scope for mergers within the sector has been strong in recent months following the fallout of the recession and the implications the downturn had on businesses within the industry.

Indeed, rumours are afloat that Birmingham and the Black Country could soon enter into merger negotiations.

Birmingham president Paul Bassi said that the completion of the deal would herald positives for all parties involved.

He told the news provider: "The merger is a significant change in the history of Birmingham and Southern Staffs chambers. And it is a win-win move for everyone."

Mr Bassi added that Birmingham would win as it would "now carry more weight", while the benefit for South Staffordshire would be joining "one of the biggest and most influential" chambers in the UK while retaining its local identities.

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