View from the Cham­ber

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

LOCHABER Cham­ber of Com­merce is part of a world­wide move­ment that is cen­turies old.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion traces its roots back to 1599 in the Mediter­ranean port city of Mar­seilles, when a ‘bu­reau de com­merce’ was founded to pro­mote the in­ter­ests of the lo­cal mar­itime in­dus­try.

Of­fi­cially recog­nised by the French king Henry IV in April 1600, Mar­seilles holds the hon­our of the es­tab­lish­ment of the first Cham­ber of Com­merce.

The Cham­bers of Com­merce move­ment ex­panded across Europe over the sub­se­quent cen­tury, but it was not un­til 1783 when the world’s first An­glo­phone Cham­ber of Com­merce was es­tab­lished in Glas­gow.

The 19th cen­tury saw the growth of the Cham­ber of Com­merce move­ment through­out the rest of Scot­land.

The model adopted by Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce orig­i­nated in Scot­land, and has been repli­cated in the USA and across the globe. The com­mon thread is of busi­nesses com­ing to­gether to find a com­mon voice to speak to gov­ern­ment and other stake­hold­ers to pro­mote busi­ness in­ter­ests and to work for their com­mu­ni­ties.

Cham­bers of Com­merce are en­tirely in­de­pen­dent and their ac­tiv­i­ties are driven by their mem­bers.

To find out more about be­com­ing a mem­ber of Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce, con­tact mem­ber­ship and events of­fi­cer Fiona McCormick on 01397 705765 or by email to mem­ber­ship@lochaber­cham­

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