View from the Chamber – 29.4.21

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce

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With business opening up again this week, there is a welcome feeling of change in the air. We wish all local businesses the very best of luck as we move into this new phase of recovery.

Of course, there is other change in the air right now in the shape of the upcoming Scottish Election on May 6.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce held a Virtual Election Hustings for members on Tuesday, April 27, where we were pleased to offer our business members the chance to hear directly from the main party candidates standing in our Lochaber, Skye and Badenoch constituency and Highland region.

How the next Scottish Government works with business is vitally important and Scottish Chambers of Commerce has issued a business-led action plan, entitled Rally for Growth, ahead of the election.

This plan calls for the relationship between businesses and politicians to be reset and highlights the need for Scottish Parliamentarians to understand and support the value and importance of business in their policy programmes.

Speaking about the plan, Frazer Coupland, chief executive of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘The Scottish people need commerce and government to align if we are to tackle the big challenges ahead.

‘In this most critical moment, it is vital that Scottish Ministers and business leaders are talking the same language and recognising the need to balance long-term strategies for growth alongside concrete action in the here and now, to ensure we retain as many businesses as possible whilst creating new jobs.’

You can read the full Rally for Growth plan at www.lochaberchamber.co.uk
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