Chamber Matters: Jennifer Simpson joins Chamber Board
Published 28 Oct 2016Having recently joined the Chamber Board as a Director at this year’s AGM, Jennifer Simpson of BBM Solicitors talks about what she hopes to bring to her new role.
As a corporate solicitor, I spend the majority of my working life dealing with the purchase and sale of businesses, and advising on contract negotiation and intellectual property. As such, I’ve seen the fortunes of Caithness ebb and flow, as with the wider national and international economy.
In joining the Caithness Chamber Board as a Director, I’m looking forward to bringing the experience gained from working intimately with local businesses over the years to the wealth of knowledge already present.
At BBM, I’m primarily based at our Caithness office in Wick, while making regular trips to Orkney, Shetland, and the central belt. Recognising the importance of making and maintaining strong relationships which span several regions, I believe Caithness Chamber of Commerce plays an integral role in keeping companies in the far north connected with the wider business community, and am happy to be able to support the work of the Chamber in strengthening its network and securing new opportunities for the future.
Maintaining these vital connections is among the key reasons BBM has kept its Caithness roots and built firm foundations in Wick, with five staff on our legal team and three supporting admin.
We’re always looking to reward commitment to our firm and, within the past 12 months, we’ve promoted 4 of our long-standing staff; three of those in Caithness. May 2016 saw Andrew Kerr progress to Director, having displayed a genuine commitment to helping clients and enthusiasm to grow and strengthen our services throughout his tenure.
In September, Joanna Morris and Florence Fisher followed Andrew in advancing to more senior posts.
Joanna has been with the firm for 5 years and is an experienced civil litigator. Florence trained with BBM in Edinburgh and Wick, before becoming a permanent part of the Wick Team. Both work hard to provide a high quality, tailored service to their clients and we were delighted to be able to show our appreciation for their loyalty and dedication.
The same dedication, commitment to quality, and loyalty is clearly seen throughout business in Caithness – it seems inherent in the community. I hope that, in joining the Board, I can support the Chamber in its hard work towards the sustainable growth of our local economy and, along with my colleagues, keep creating new opportunities for local people, while celebrating the achievements of those who work so hard to keep the cogs turning.