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Return of region’s premier business event demonstrates resilience of Highland business community

By Rachel Smart

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Andrew Stott, president of Inverness Chamber of Commerce.
Andrew Stott, president of Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

The premier event in the Highland business calendar is making a welcome return as a capacity business audience gathers this Friday at the Drumossie Hotel in Inverness for the 2022 Highland Business Dinner, which is organised annually by Inverness Chamber of Commerce.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive, Stewart Nicol, commented: “We are delighted to see the return of our flagship event for the first time in three years since our last event in 2019, prior to the impact of the global pandemic.

"The response from the Highland business community has been hugely encouraging for all of us at Inverness Chamber and we are looking forward to a fantastic evening with business colleagues and friends from across the region.”

Guest speaker on the evening will be former barrister, award-winning journalist and one of the country’s leading comedy writers, Clive Coleman.

Paula Nicol, deputy chief executive and head of events at Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are delighted to have secured Clive for this year’s Highland Business Dinner and so pleased that our event has coincided with the outstanding success of his recently launched film ‘The Duke’ starring Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, which has been on general release to rave reviews and packed cinemas.”

Ms Nicol added: “Having delivered a successful in-person Highland Business Awards lunch at the end of last year, it is extremely encouraging to have our flagship event back.”

Chamber President, Andrew Stott, a Partner at city law firm Ledingham Chalmers, will deliver the annual business address.

In his opening comments, Mr Stott will reflect on the resilience and ingenuity of Highland businesses, encouraging everyone to celebrate the opportunity to return to some form of normality.

Mr Stott will remind the audience of all that Inverness Chamber of Commerce does for the region’s business community to support their growth by actively connecting and representing them locally, nationally and globally.

He will also call for action to address the challenges we face on skills, housing and transport infrastructure. While recognising the achievement of Inverness, and other parts of the Highlands, in achieving ‘Gigabit City’ status, Mr Stott will acknowledge that much has still to be done across the wider region.

Mr Stott will conclude his remarks by recognising all of the positives that can be derived from business, arguing it is a strong force for good. In doing so, he will also make the audience aware of the phenomenal opportunity which could be realised for our region by a successful Green Freeport bid, something which he believes we are uniquely placed to deliver.

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