View from the Cham­ber

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PART of the work of Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce fo­cuses on busi­ness ad­vo­cacy for the mem­ber­ship.

This means rep­re­sent­ing the views of lo­cal busi­nesses and lob­by­ing on is­sues that af­fect the Lochaber busi­ness com­mu­nity.

Re­cent work in­cludes the on­go­ing pres­sure on the trans­port min­is­ter, Humza Yousaf, in re­la­tion to the Mal­laig-Ar­madale ferry (a copy of the most re­cent cor­re­spon­dence is avail­able on re­quest) and lob­by­ing in re­spect of the new pro­posed busi­ness rates.

There are forth­com­ing meet­ings with Fer­gus Ewing MSP to dis­cuss the Lochaber econ­omy, and with se­nior of­fi­cials from Trans­port Scot­land to dis­cuss plans for the Lochaber in­fra­struc­ture.

Re­cently, there was a meet­ing with Robin Walker MP, par­lia­men­tary un­der-sec­re­tary of state for ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union, to dis­cuss the im­pact of Brexit on the Lochaber tourism in­dus­try.

Tourism makes up more than 40 per cent of the Lochaber econ­omy, so it is im­por­tant that the views of busi­nesses in the area are rep­re­sented at the very high­est level dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time.

It is an ex­cit­ing time for Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce, and if your busi­ness is not yet a mem­ber, get in touch for an in­for­mal dis­cus­sion with Fiona McCormick, mem­ber­ship and events of­fi­cer, by email to mem­ber­ship@lochaber­cham­ or call the of­fice on 01397 705765.

Fiona McCormick is the Cham­ber’s mem­ber­ship and events of­fi­cer.

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