View from the Chamber – 21.7.22

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Lochaber Chamber of Commerce along with local businesses, including Alvance British Aluminium and West Holidays, recently hosted a group of students from the University of Georgia, Atlanta, USA at the Lime Tree Restaurant Gallery who had travelled to tour the Highlands and Islands.

Their focus was on Scotland’s sustainable strategy, finding out more about how Highland regions and business are approaching sustainability, green agendas, technology and how they are helping to improve the social and environmental conditions of the region.

Lochaber is host to a strong range of businesses, as I’m sure you’ll agree, that range from energy, transport, timber, tourism and hospitality, aquaculture, production and so many more. So, we felt very well suited to hosting the group of 25 students from their Business School to find out directly how major businesses are tackling recycling processes, carbon neutral targets, carbon offset processes, use of technology and using the natural landscape and assets that are available to us.

As a Chamber of Commerce, we take pride in bringing businesses together but it’s also immensely powerful to continue to bring, not just regional and nationally, but internationally, those in education and providing an insight into the great work that our region is doing and is planning to do in the future. This legacy is being set through our hosted DYW West Highland programme currently with employer insight seasons, careers talks and facilitation work experience, to name only a few interactions.

Hosting discussions to international students showcased that Lochaber is an extremely ambitious region and quite rightly so. We have the natural capital, the natural resources, successful businesses pushing on all fronts, the homegrown talent and building on talent attraction for the future. Collectively, Lochaber still has its challenges though, and it won’t be a surprise that these include combating rising costs, workforce planning, continued impact of Covid-19, housing and trade.

The future is looking strong here in Lochaber and it can’t be achieved without you, the wonderful residents, workers, business owners and investors. As a Chamber, we want to build a strong Lochaber that is an attractive place to live, work, visit, study and invest.

To find out more about what we do or to get involved in the discussion, head along to www.lochaberchamber.co.uk or email membership@lochaberchamber.co.uk