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A virtual business club for Oban has grown to 50 members in just a few weeks and is now planning ‘walking meetings’.
Oban Business Club was established by Daniel MacIntyre, a business and marketing consultant who runs The Little Bay Trading Company.
But with no chance for business people to meet in the same room, there are plans for ‘walking meetings’, alongside the current virtual get-togethers.
Mr MacIntyre explained: ‘We’ve had a number of kind offers to sponsor members to get together, but we’ll just need to wait until we find out the details of social distancing.
‘However, we’ve got a wonderful town and area to explore, so think we’ll start with walk and talk sessions.
‘We’ll start with our town centre but when allowed, we’ve already discussed with Isle of Kerrera, as it’s important we find out more about the development trust plans and visit the Kerrera Tea Garden.’
Members of the club include start-up businesses and long-established firms.
They include hospitality operators, insurance brokers, accountancy and estate agencies, plus consultants in digital, IT, business and health & safety.
Salons, local retailers and e-commerce businesses have also joined the group, which has the backing of Bid4Oban.
Mr MacIntyre said: ‘Personally, it has been a welcome surprise to find businesses and very talented people living and working in the area.
‘I’ve made some excellent connections that will assist my own business and I’m eager to extend that to many others.’
Business people with links to Oban, Lorn and the Islands but now working away have also kindly offered to share experiences and support future business club activities, he said.
Businesses are encouraged to sign-up at www.obanview.com/obanbusinessclub/