Newcastle-under-Lyme Town Deal member profiles

Staffordshire Chambers

Robert Lawley - Head of International Trade

Board role



Digital Society Centre (Objective 2)


The Chamber has been in existence for over 200 years - the first association was established in 1813 and became incorporated in 1949.

It was born out of a desire from businesses to meet and trade together, for there to be an organisation to represent the interest of commerce and industry and to ensure that there was a voice for business.

There has also been a need for an organisation to deliver services to help businesses to start, grow and succeed. Staffordshire Chambers continue to deliver this role.

It has developed a wider role with the recognition of the contribution that the business community makes to economic and social success.

Rob is responsible for the International Trade Department at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce which comprises eight members of staff.

The team delivers the full range of Department for International Trade (DIT) services or programmes and is also an issuing body for export documentation. In 2019 the team processed export documentation for companies with a combined invoice value of nearly £250m.