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Caithness Chamber of Commerce chairman proud of 'tireless work and positive attitude' shown by businesses during Covid-19

By Alan Hendry

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Caithness Chamber of Commerce members were welcomed to the organisation's first in-person AGM since the start of the pandemic.
Caithness Chamber of Commerce members were welcomed to the organisation's first in-person AGM since the start of the pandemic.

Members of Caithness Chamber of Commerce have been praised for their "tireless work and positive attitude" throughout the pandemic.

Chamber chairman Stephen Sutherland pointed out that membership had grown and pledged that the organisation would help businesses emerge from Covid-19 in a stronger position than ever.

He was speaking at the chamber's annual general meeting – its first in-person AGM since the pandemic began. It was attended by business representatives from across the north Highlands.

Mr Sutherland and the chief executive, Trudy Morris, gave an update on the organisation’s work over the past year. This included new projects such as the development of an offshore wind supply chain directory and the North Highland and Moray Space Cluster Strategy, along with the chamber’s ongoing projects and contracts such as the Developing the Young Workforce initiative.

Over the coming year the chamber expects to focus on a range of priorities including the public service obligation for Wick John O’Groats Airport, the Scottish Government’s Fair Work First policy and the sustainability and net-zero agenda.

Mr Sutherland said: “This has been another challenging year for businesses in the north Highlands, and we have been proud to see the tireless hard work, determination and positive attitude shown by our members as they worked through an unbelievably difficult set of circumstances.

“As a chamber, ultimately we exist to serve our member businesses and it has been a privilege over the past year to continue to support them however we can. It is a testament to our success in that mission that we have not only retained but grown our membership over the course of the pandemic.

"Whatever challenges the new year brings, the chamber will be here to support our members and to help them emerge stronger than ever before.”

In recognition of the difficulties businesses have faced and the efforts they have undertaken to surmount these, Caithness Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Award for Resilience at the Highland Business Awards 2021 on November 25.

A number of chamber members have been shortlisted across the award categories.

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