Chamber celebrates business success at eleventh AGM
Published 04 Oct 2018Caithness Chamber of Commerce hosted its eleventh AGM on 1st October 2018 at Mackays Hotel in Wick, who kindly sponsored the event, where attendees celebrated another successful year for business in the North Highlands.
Stephen Sutherland, Chair and Trudy Morris, Chief Executive, gave attendees an update on the activities of the Chamber over the past year, including the growth of the membership to over 200 businesses. The Chamber also welcomed two new Premier Partners – Wood plc and SNC-Lavalin (Atkins) – and signed a new five-year deal with Cavendish Nuclear.
Outside the core membership offering, the Chamber has continued to manage a number of contracts and funded initiatives. Attendees heard about the work the Chamber has done with the Caithness Business Fund and North Highland Regeneration Fund to help businesses start up, expand and grow, and the advice on offer for startup businesses through the Dounreay and NDA-funded business support programme.
The Chamber has also taken on a new initiative this year, delivering the Europe Direct Information Centre (EDIC) for the North Highlands & Islands. This provides resources to businesses and individuals to help them answer any questions they have about European matters and helps to give the most up-to-date information on the ongoing Brexit process.
The evening kicked off with the Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) Awards for 2018 celebrating the work that local businesses and education providers have done to engage with young people across the region.
Following the formal business of the AGM, members heard an update from Martin Sutherland, Operations Manager, on the progress of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm project, as well as from Richard Carrington at Police Scotland and Andrew Cambridge and James Ellis from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) on how to recognise and report suspicious behaviour. The evening was rounded off with some fun entertainment provided by Team Challenge
A full list of the DYW awards presented is as follows:
- Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd
- Caithness Collection
- Skibo Castle
- The Pier
Individual Outstanding Contribution
- Louise Sinclair (Sinclair Bay Subsea)
- Ellie Lamont (Mackays Hotel)
- Sutherland Rotary Club
- Highland Treecraft
- Keiss Primary School
- Watten Primary School
- Gow’s Lybster