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Chamber Welcomes Duke of Rothesay to Enterprise Celebration

On Friday 27 July, Caithness Chamber of Commerce was delighted to be joined by HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay at its event at Mackays Hotel celebrating enterprise and entrepreneurship. With over 60 attendees representing businesses from a wide range of sectors, young entrepreneurs, mentors, young people and support organisations, the event was a showcase of innovation, talent and expertise.

The event was kindly sponsored by Mackays Hotel and kicked off in the early afternoon with a short introduction from Trudy Morris, Chief Executive of Caithness Chamber of Commerce, covering the Chamber’s Young Entrepreneur and Young Business of the Year Awards and the support available in the area for businesses and young people.

This was followed by short presentations from Graeme Macdonald (Gow’s Lybster), discussing the work they have done with the Developing the Young Workforce North Highland (DYW) initiative, and Martin Murray (Dunnet Bay Distillers), who discussed how their business has grown since its start a few years ago, and how this has changed compared to their initial expectations.

The event was a chance for business start ups and young entrepreneurs to network with established businesses, mentors and support organisations.

His Royal Highness was introduced to the various attendees by Stephen Sutherland (Chairman of the Chamber) and Trudy Morris, along with The Rt Hon. The Viscount Thurso (Lord Lieutenant of Caithness and Patron of the Chamber). HRH took great interest in the wide variety of products and services on offer, and was also introduced to a group of pupils from Castletown Primary School who won the DYW “Totally Awesome Schoolbag Challenge”.

Speaking after the event, Trudy Morris said: “It was a great privilege to bring so many great businesses together to network, share their experiences, and showcase what they have to offer to His Royal Highness. Seeing so much innovation, talent and expertise in the room really brought home just how much the business community of the North Highlands has to shout about, and I’m delighted that the Chamber was able to help facilitate this.”

Stephen Sutherland said: “The Chamber is all about businesses being stronger together, with everyone from sole traders to multinational corporations bringing something to the table, and this event really demonstrated what we can achieve when we work together. As a Chamber, it’s our job to create a supportive environment to help businesses grow and develop and I’m proud that we’ve been able to achieve that.

“Our thanks go out to all the businesses who gave up their valuable time to take part in this event, and to our Patron The Rt Hon. The Viscount Thurso, who tirelessly champions the work of the Chamber”.