View from the Chamber – 30.12.21

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2021 has been another of the strangest years yet for business, with continuing restrictions and rule changes, adapting to staff absences, Covid regulations and guidance and unpredictable income streams.
With so much uncertainty, and information to navigate, the pandemic has made the work of a Chamber of Commerce more vital than ever. We’re proud of the work we’ve been able to do throughout the year to help our members weather the Covid storm.

Events are a key part of the work a Chamber does, and we continued to adapt events for online access, ensuring that businesses were able to get the support, training and information they needed from wherever they are. Looking back through the year, we’ve hosted over 30 events for businesses to help across a range of business issues and sectors.

Most of the events have taken place virtually, but by October we were delighted to once again bring our members together for our first in-person networking lunch since March 2020. Once we got used to being together in a room again, it was lovely to see people chatting naturally, re-establishing connections and making new contacts – all in a Covid-safe way.

Over the year we’ve hosted round tables with key politicians and government ministers, run online security seminars, employment law updates, tourism guidance sessions, aquaculture insights sessions, a unique tri-chamber online networking event with Inverness and Caithness Chamber members, visits to key industry; not to mention the welcome return of Lochaber Ideas Week in November. This celebration of innovation and resilience in business brought the business community together, culminating in a fantastic Ideas Week Gala Dinner.

Whatever 2022 brings, you can count on the dedicated team at Lochaber Chamber of Commerce to be here to help the businesses in our community continue to adapt and thrive.