View from the Chamber week 23

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Lochaber Chamber of Commerce was delighted to welcome Fergus Ewing MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, to a special Chamber members’ late lunch on Friday June 1.

The lunch was timed to fit in with Mr Ewing’s busy schedule, which included opening Marine Harvest’s new £26.5 million hatchery in Inchmore, Glenmoriston.

Around 25 Lochaber Chamber members took the opportunity to join Mr Ewing, fellow Chamber members and senior officials from Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise for a relaxed three-course lunch at the Moorings Hotel.

All Chamber members were invited to attend and were delighted to welcome colleagues from a wide variety of businesses along.

Fergus Ewing is the cabinet secretary for the rural economy and connectivity. Photograph: ABrightside
Fergus Ewing is the cabinet secretary for the rural economy and connectivity. Photograph: ABrightside

As a way to allow all members to have a chance to discuss their issues directly with the Cabinet Secretary, Mr Ewing moved around the tables, having one course and chatting to guests on each. This ‘progressive lunch’ approach worked well and meant everyone had a chance to meet Mr Ewing.

As the Scottish Minister responsible for connectivity and the rural economy, Mr Ewing was particularly keen to hear from members on issues and challenges they face with regard to the transport network and internet access, both of which are hugely important topics for businesses in Lochaber.

Mr Ewing also highlighted the fact that the Scottish Government has just begun a public consultation about the demand for mains gas supply to Fort William.

If you’re a Lochaber resident and you’d like to take part in the survey, visit and find the link in our ‘News’ section.

Thanks to everyone who came along for a most enjoyable and interesting afternoon.

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