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Looking after your staff and making sure that you’re dealing with them fairly is probably the most important aspect of running any business.

As part of our membership benefits, Lochaber Chamber of Commerce members can automatically access a huge amount of help with HR issues, through the Quest Cover service.

There’s an extensive online library of useful HR templates and guidance that’s free to download and adapt, PLUS a free advice phoneline to help with your queries. It’s like your very own HR specialist – all included in the price of membership.

Employment Law might not sound like something you need to know about…until you do!

At Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, we also run regular employment law updates with the employment law experts from Ledingham Chalmers law firm. It’s a great benefit to be able to ask your questions and keep up to date with changes in regulations around staffing.

It’s always surprising what you think you know, and how wrong you can be about the rules covering staff communications, fair work, equality, and discrimination in the workplace.

There have been a lot of changes to most companies’ staff teams over the pandemic – and a lot to learn in a hurry; especially when implementing the new concept of ‘furlough’ that allows businesses to retain staff while shut or operating at reduced capacity.

The furlough scheme runs until 30th September 2021. Coming back from furlough isn’t always plain sailing for employees and employers and thinking through staff and business needs ahead of changes helps to make the transition successful for everyone.

If you’d like some back-up when it comes to managing staff and HR issues, joining the Chamber could be the best thing you ever do. Drop us a message on to arrange a chat or join us online at and start benefitting right away.