• Complaints procedure

  • INTRODUCTION 
    Cornwall Chamber of Commerce views complaints as an opportunity to learn and improve for the future, as well as a chance to put things right for the person or organisation that has made the complaint.
     
    Our policy is:
    To provide a fair complaints procedure which is clear and easy to use for anyone wishing to make a complaint
     
    To publicise the existence of our complaints procedure so that people know how to contact us to make a complaint
     
    To make sure everyone at Cornwall Chamber of Commerce knows what to do if a complaint is received
     
    To make sure all complaints are investigated fairly and in a timely way
     
    To make sure that complaints are, wherever possible, resolved and that relationships are repaired
     
    To gather information which helps us to improve what we do
     
    Definition of a Complaint
    A complaint is any expression of dissatisfaction, whether justified or not, about any aspect of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce.  A complaint can be received verbally, by phone, by email or in writing.
     
    This procedure does not cover complaints from staff, who should use Cornwall Chamber’s Grievance policies.
     
    Confidentiality
    All complaint information will be handled sensitively, telling only those who need to know and following any relevant data protection requirements.
     
    Responsibility
    Overall responsibility for this procedure and its implementation lies with the Chief Executive Officer.
     
    Review
    This policy is reviewed regularly and updated as required.
    Complaints Procedure
    If you have a complaint, please contact us with the details. We have eight weeks to consider your complaint. If we have not resolved it within this time you may complain to the Legal Ombudsman.
     
    What will happen next? 
    1. We will send you a letter acknowledging receipt of your complaint within three days of receiving it, enclosing a copy of this procedure. 
     
    2. We will then investigate your complaint. This will normally involve passing your complaint to our Chief Executive Officer, who will review your matter and speak to the member of staff who acted for you. 
     
    3. Our Chief Executive Officer will then invite you to a meeting to discuss and hopefully resolve your complaint. He will do this within 14 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter. 
     
    4. Within three days of the meeting, our Chief Executive Officer will write to you to confirm what took place and any solutions he has agreed with you. 
     
    5. If you do not want a meeting or it is not possible, our Chief Executive Officer will send you a detailed written reply to your complaint, including his suggestions for resolving the matter, within 21 days of sending you the acknowledgement letter.  
     
    6. At this stage, if you are still not satisfied, you should contact us again and we will arrange for an independent member of the senior management team to review the decision
     
    7. We will write to you within 14 days of receiving your request for a review, confirming our final position on your complaint and explaining our reasons. 
     
    8. If you are still not satisfied, you can then contact the Legal Ombudsman about your complaint. Normally, you will need to bring a complaint to the Legal Ombudsman within six months of receiving a final written response from us about your complaint or within six years of the act or omission about which you are complaining occurring (or if outside of this period, within three years of when you should reasonably have been aware of it). For further information, you can contact the Legal Ombudsman on 0300 555 0333 or at enquiries@legalombudsman.org.uk.