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Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has launched its 2019-2022 strategy, which outlines ambitious plans to help build a more economically vibrant region.

HIE’s new three-year strategy, available to view at www.hie.co.uk, details how the agency will help improve productivity, equality, well-being and sustainability, building an inclusive rural economy through a place-based approach across the Highlands and Islands.

Partnership working is at the heart of the new strategy – between agencies, with local and national government, with the commercial and third sectors and between academia and industry. In Lochaber, the Chamber of Commerce is a key point of contact for industry, agencies and the Scottish Government.

There is so much potential in Lochaber. Tourism and the marine economy represent hugely important areas for growth, as well as manufacturing and other industries.

The planned alloy-wheel plant at Liberty British Aluminium has acted as a real catalyst for change. The Fort William 2040 Masterplan outlines 20 projects which together will transform the area as a place to live, work and study.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce works closely with Highlands and Enterprise to help economic growth in the area by acting as a local business hub that brings businesses together. We provide networking, training, business information and promotion, as well as represent our diverse membership’s needs and views on important issues at regional and national government level.

Both HIE’s new strategy and the Fort William 2040 Masterplan show we are  heading into exciting times for Lochaber. If you are not already a member, join Lochaber Chamber of Commerce and connect into the heart of your business community.