View from the Chamber – 18.11.21

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It’s an exciting week here at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce – our first Lochaber Ideas Week in two years is in full swing and we’ve been delighted with the attendance and engagement at our events so far.

Speaking about the week, Frazer Coupland, CEO of Lochaber Chamber of Commerce, said: ‘Ideas Week has become one of the most important weeks of the year in the local business calendar, and we’re pleased to have been able to bring it back after two years, albeit in a slimmed-down, Covid-safe way that is appropriate for 2021.’

This week is also Scottish Careers Week, which highlights the range of help available to help young people and those looking to retrain in their careers and training options. Career opportunities are woven into our Lochaber Ideas Week agenda, with a special Developing the Young Workforce event at the new Advancing Manufacturing Centre, a focus on training and development of staff and apprenticeships during aquaculture day and a chance to see inside a major local employer on Friday, with two ‘behind the scenes’ tours of BSW Timber’s operations in Corpach.

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is proud to have strong connections with local businesses of all sizes and sectors, and across our local community. Our hosted Developing the Young Workforce programme works directly with employers and our young people across the West Highlands to bridge the gap between education and employment and share the opportunities and career paths that young people may never have considered.

Lochaber Ideas Week is part of that work, celebrating the ideas that are creating business innovations for the benefit of the whole community and encouraging collaborative working and opening up new connections. Thanks to everyone who joined us to celebrate ideas at the Ben Nevis Distillery this week. It’s great to be back!