In 2018, the PMCB had a #BuyPmb campaign, recognising the value in supporting local businesses and the positive impact that has on our whole city.
Members can display their brochures for free in the PMCB foyer which is a busy hub with many visitors passing through.
Capital magazine promotes the greater Pietermaritzburg and KwaZulu-Natal Midlands through a focus on business and enterprise. People, and the myriad ways in which they make money and succeed, drive an economy and also shape the future. Their stories – often inspiring and frequently surprising – are featured in Capital.
Target your advertising at the business community. The daily eBizBlitz newsletter is circulated to 3 300 email addresses and the PMCB’s social media platforms. To view the rates click here.
Our electronic database consists of an email facility, enabling you to reach over 1 200 email addresses. To view the rates click here.
The register of members contains an alphabetical listing of member firms, providing details of their business and contact details (main contact person, telephone and fax numbers). PMCB members can purchase the list as a hard copy or in electronic format.
Members can promote their business via the PMCB app. To view the rates click here.
Affordable advertising opportunities are available on this website. To view the rates click here.
The PMCB produces an attractive wall calendar for each of our members which includes details of key events, as well as our PMCB forums. There are 20 advertising spaces available and only one advertiser of each business type is permitted to advertise on the calendar.
The PMCB is in a unique position to facilitate business relationships. Its contacts are widespread and numerous, and successful facilitation has been achieved both with city businesses and between city businesses and others elsewhere.
The PMCB offers co-ordinated training in business skills to further the development of business insight. Training ranges from basic skills for inexperienced employees to training suitable for management. To view the programme click here.
The network of PMCB members offers extensive expertise which may be accessed directly, or through the PMCB office which is able to provide initial guidance and advice and subsequent linkage with an expert member.
The PMCB enjoys a close relationship with numerous business support organisations, including Trade & Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) and other national and international support programmes.
PMCB membership enhances the profile of your business. It offers access to the business networks of Pietermaritzburg and beyond and gives recognition to your business practice. PMCB members receive a certificate which signifies membership of a world-wide network of chambers of commerce born over 400 years ago. There is no better endorsement of a business’s standing and respectability.
Backed by a library and electronic resources, the PMCB is able to provide members with information on a variety of business matters.
A daily electronic business newsletter.
The PMCB offers a variety of practical seminars that cover the latest developments and issues in business. The seminars will keep you up-to-date and upgrade the skills of your staff at well below market cost.
The PMCB is part of a worldwide network of chambers and as such offers an unrivalled gateway to international markets.
An international customs facility enabling members to temporarily take merchandise samples overseas without paying customs duties. The PMCB advises members on application procedures and supplies the necessary forms.
Carnet de Commerce
A letter of introduction to foreign chambers of commerce.
Certificates of Origin
The PMCB certifies export documents as required by foreign Customs departments. You may find further information here.
The PMCB has various meeting rooms for hire to members at preferential rates. The use of conference equipment such as flip chart, screen and public address facilities are available and are included in the hire price. Please find further information under venue hire.
There is no denying that we prefer to do business with people we know. The PMCB offers a large and accessible network, which results in business linkage opportunities. To view the calendar click here.
The Banquet is a glamorous occasion at which we present our business awards.
This network can accommodate up to 24 companies and the programme is designed to provide a constructive networking opportunity.
Chamber Lunches provide the opportunity to network with other members while enjoying a three-course meal. Three members have the opportunity of promoting their business at each lunch by giving a short presentation on the services their company has to offer.
This is a fun filled business relay with the aim of bringing different businesses together in a relaxed informal environment.
The Golf Day provides an ideal opportunity to compete against colleagues and fellow business people.
This forum deals with all aspects of leadership which are addressed by presentation and discussion.
The PMCB hosts an annual Lean Conference with local and international speakers sharing their ideas on how to become a lean thinking company.
Small Business Network
This is a network and forum for small business people.
This is an initiative with the aim of gathering manufacturers and other interested chamber members. These meetings are excellent opportunities for networking, sharing of experiences and knowledge as well as discussing industrialists concerns.
Women in Business Luncheon
This luncheon is held annually and is a popular function which celebrates the role women play in the business environment.
In its own right, the PMCB has made representation directly to a number of national bodies and government departments. Its intervention has influenced developments and benefited individual members, whose concerns have been taken up by the PMCB on their behalf.
In order to co-ordinate the ‘business voice’ the PMCB holds a series of forums such as Commercial Property, People Management, Marketing Mix, Lean and NGO. In this way the PMCB provides the opportunity for members to contribute to its advocacy role. Relationships with municipalities are very strong and the ‘business voice’ is influential.
The PMCB offers a verification service by arrangement with an international verification agency at very reasonable rates. On behalf of a member company, the chamber will obtain verification of various claims/documentation such as: qualifications, criminal records, credit checks, and identity documents.