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As Lochaber Chamber of Commerce’s recent trade mission to Canada shows, international links are becoming ever more important to our business landscape.

At our recent chamber members’ business breakfast, Charlotte Wright, CEO of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), highlighted the importance of ‘internationalisation’ as one of the agency’s key themes for economic development.

Chambers of Commerce can play an important part in forging connections between international markets.

As Tim Allan, president of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said back in January: ‘By using our connections to forge business to business relationships in Europe and beyond, our chambers network will leverage the power of the international chambers organisation to match member companies with the clients, suppliers and partners of the future.’

While several local businesses already trade goods and services internationally, an upcoming HIE business event hosted by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce aims to inspire and assist more local companies to think beyond our borders and explore the potential of overseas trade.

If you haven’t considered doing business overseas before or have limited experience of selling to international markets, now is a great time to find out more about potential opportunities.

HIE’s Three Steps to Successful Selling Overseas seminar in Fort William on Wednesday April 25 is a great place to start.

Come along for practical advice, as well as sources of support and expertise, and gain a clear understanding of how to successfully sell your products or services overseas. Book online at

At Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, we’re committed to helping our members achieve their business goals.

If you would like to join, please give us a call on 01397 705765 or visit