View from the Cham­ber

The Oban Times - - News -

A NEW trade al­liance be­tween Strait Area Cham­ber and Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce, sup­ported by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, is set to forge trad­ing al­liances be­tween Lochaber and Cape Breton, Nova Sco­tia, in 2017/18.

A trad­ing al­liance is an agree­ment be­tween two Cham­bers of Com­merce and their mem­bers com­mit­ting to shared busi­ness pri­or­i­ties and spe­cific trade plans.

Key sec­tors such as aqua­cul­ture, tourism, food and drink, cre­ative in­dus­tries, and re­new­able tech­nolo­gies have much to of­fer and gain from in­creased en­gage­ment and col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cana­dian com­pa­nies. Canada is also one of Scot­land’s big­gest over­seas tourism mar­kets.

Di­rect flights from Hal­i­fax to Glas­gow and a di­rect ferry ser­vice from Mal­laig to Lochbois­dale have opened the re­gion to grow­ing tourism num­bers.

The strength of the Cana­dian dol­lar against the pound and the in­flu­ence of Scot­land’s in­ter­na­tional di­as­pora in key tar­get mar­kets present a good op­por­tu­nity to per- suade Cana­dian trav­ellers to come to Lochaber and the High­lands.

In­ter­na­tion­al­i­sa­tion is a key part of Scot­land’s eco­nomic strat­egy and Lochaber Cham­ber of Com­merce is step­ping up ef­forts to raise Lochaber’s pro­file and en­cour­age more lo­cal busi­nesses to ex­port.

Grass­roots busi­ness-to-busi­ness in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tiv­ity has the po­ten­tial to de­liver a rev­o­lu­tion in the way our SMEs trade over­seas – re­sult­ing in jobs, growth and wealth.

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