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Businesses to discuss creation of a Shetland Chamber of Commerce

02 October 2013

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is supporting the Shetland business community to explore the possibility of setting up a Chamber of Commerce.

The agency is hosting a business breakfast on Wednesday 30th October at 8am in the Shetland Hotel, St Catherine’s Suite.

Business owners, company directors, and relevant business staff are welcome to attend the session which will share information on the role of a Chamber, including benefits, operational practicalities and support available. 

Guest speakers are Liz Cameron, Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber’s of Commerce and Liam Smyth, Membership Director at Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce.  Neil Cartwright, Million Media, will also give information on how digital technologies can be used to support a Chamber of Commerce.

If there is a demand, the event could lead to the formation of a working group to help make a Shetland Chamber a reality.

Rachel Hunter, HIE’s Area Manager, said: “A Chamber of Commerce is an opportunity for local private businesses to work in collaboration and have a strong collective voice on shaping the economic landscape in Shetland.  Against a backdrop of a buoyant private sector and public sector cuts, a Chamber could provide the business perspective on issues such as housing, investment and industry transition to maximise on opportunities and ensure Shetland continues to be a successful, sustainable and diverse community.”

Anyone interested in attending should contact Rachael Hume by Friday 11 October 2013 to register. email or tel. 01595 744907. 

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