A View From The Chamber – 19.11.20

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If there’s one thing that this pandemic has done, it is to remind us all that nothing is certain – what works in business one day can literally be turned on its head the next.

It’s been an incredibly challenging time for our businesses.  At the Chamber we’ve supported our members and the wider business community by offering access to advice, information on funding sources, legislation and recommendations, as well as more practical measures, such as hand-sanitiser and an app to help businesses keep records of customers for contact tracing.

All of these were things that none of us had an inkling that we’d be doing last November. In fact, this time last year Lochaber Ideas Week was in full swing and we were busily getting ready for a fantastic Gala Dinner to round off the week.

The reality of a big get-together still feels a long way off but at Lochaber Chamber we’ve found different ways to get our members together. Ideas Week is all about celebrating new ideas – and when it comes to ideas, the phrase ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ is never far away.

It’s fair to say that the pandemic has created a lot of new ideas, new approaches and new ways of living – while it’s incredibly hard for all business sectors, the need to adapt has led to really creative new ideas. Like most businesses, the Chamber team transformed our work to be delivered online and have been delighted with the way that members have embraced the opportunities on offer through online seminars and meetings.

Working on our ability to think differently, and to see things in a fresh way creates opportunities for learning new things. Asking yourself ‘What if?’ questions can help you to move past your assumptions about what works – and be as prepared as possible for the unexpected. It moves you away from what you’ve always done to open up options you might not have never considered. Asking ‘What if?’ might be the start of your next big idea!  Whatever your business and whatever your ideas, at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, we’re here to support you in whatever ways we can.

From ‘Excelling under Pressure’ to ‘A Meeting of Minds’ Aquaculture seminar, check out our wide range of events to get you thinking about opportunities and new approaches to business at www.lochaberchamber.co.uk