View from the Chamber – 10.9.20

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Events are an important part of a Chamber of Commerce’s work – and at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, we’ve worked hard to find new ways to get members together, help them access meetings and training and make new business connections during lockdown and beyond.

Just a few short months ago, how many of us had heard of the online video conferencing software Zoom? This kind of easy-to-use online platform has been a real lifeline for many during the pandemic, and online conference calls and meetings continue to be the main way to hold business meetings in the new normal working world.

Until we can meet again for real, Lochaber Chamber hosts a weekly informal coffee and cake get-together every Tuesday morning – this is a simple way to ask questions of the Chamber team, feedback about how business is going and most importantly, have a chat with other local business people that you might not usually have a chance to see.
It’s a time to raise topics, share your issues or just share your movie recommendations! We’ve found these to be really popular and a nice regular way to connect with our members.

We’re involved in and hosting a lot of exciting online events over the coming month. September is a month for making connections! We’re delighted to host a meeting all about help available to small and micro-businesses to expand with our Advancing

Manufacturing in the West Highlands event on September 16, help people find out about the world of construction career opportunities on September 30, and we’ll be taking a virtual stand promoting the help the Chamber can provide to local businesses at the Highland Spotlight Virtual Exhibition on September 22.

This is the first Highland-wide virtual business-to-business exhibition and it’s open to all businesses to make new contacts and promote what they do. You can choose to take a virtual trade stand or come along as a visitor – chamber members get a discount on both ticket types. Visit www.lochaberchamber.co.uk for more information.

And, of course, our biggest online event of September kicks off on the 21st, when we begin the week of our first Virtual International Trade Mission to Nova Scotia in Canada. We’ll be introducing eight businesses from Lochaber and across Scotland to potential international trade partners in their specialist areas, plus giving them a ‘Doing business with Nova Scotia’ in-market briefing to help explain the practicalities of doing business with the Canadian province.

We’re delighted to say that this online event exploring new international markets has been so popular we’re running a second mission in November.

There’s lots to get involved in to help promote your business and make new connections, whatever industry you’re in.

Visit www.lochaberchamber.co.uk to find out how we can help you today.