February 20th 2013 (Wednesday)
Organisation: Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

Venue: Cardrona Hotel, Peebles
Time: 7 for 7.30
Guest Speaker: Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment

Network Meeting featuring Richard Lochhead MSP Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment. During the evening, he is expected to discuss the future of the Borders economy, important farming issues, how the rural community will fare under independence if Scotland votes Yes in 2014, and the possibility of a UK referendum on EU membership.

February 16th 2013
Venue: Council Offices, Newtown St Boswells

Time: 9am – 11am
Subject: Borders Business Breakfast
Bookings: Contact Bartje Mcgee on 01835 824000 ext 8224 or if SBCC member let Bruce know.

Scottish Borders Business Forum event to discuss the need for a common voice on business issues. Agenda: 9am Light Breakfast 9.30 Background – Cllr Stuart Bell 9.40: Guest Speaker Duncan Nisbet, Next Generation Broadband Step Change 2015 Project (Scottish Government) 10.05: Why a Borders Business Forum – James Aitken, Convenor, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce. 10.20: Discussion on the current issues faced by Borders businesses. 10.50: Proposals for next steps.

December 6th 2012 (Thursday)
Organisation: SBCC
Venue: Town House Hotel, Melrose
Time: 4 for 4.30

For over 30 years Scottish Business in the Community has been Scotland’s lead organisation promoting responsible business practice. At an event in Edinburgh on Thursday 8th November Scottish Business in the Community launched its new business HUB concept designed specifically to help small and medium enterprises to work together improving their impact on society, the environment and the economy.

A network of Hubs is being established throughout Scotland including the Scottish Borders. The Borders Hub will work with a diverse and wide geographic area to help enable businesses to work together – from textiles and forestry to tourism and hospitality the Hub will build on the work of Scottish Business in the Community’s Senior Executive Programme. The Hub will also work with other business support organisations in the area through collaborative projects that develop businesses and address social and environmental challenges in the region. On Tuesday 6th December Scottish Business in the Community will be joining with the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce for an initial meeting at the Town House Hotel, Melrose to which all interested parties are cordially invited.

November 23rd 2012 (Friday)
Organisation: SBCC
Event: Members pre-Christmas informal social meeting

Venue: Salmon Suite, Buccleuch Arms Hotel, St Boswells
Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

Informal buffet lunch and pre Christmas drinks to which all members are invited together with invited guests.

November 8th 2012 (Thursday)
Organisation: SBCC
Venue: Cross Keys Hotel, Kelso
Time: 7 for 7.30
Guest Speaker: Alyn Smith MEP

Alyn Smith  MEP will be the guest speaker and his topic will be “Scotland’s food producers – bedrock of our economy”. This event will be of particular interest to the Borders agricultural and farming community but by no means exclusively.

Alyn was born in Glasgow in 1973 and grew up in Scotland and Saudi Arabia.

He returned to Scotland in 1986, and later studied Law and European Law at Leeds University and spent a year studying on the Erasmus Programme at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. He graduated from Nottingham Law School in 1996 and gained a Master’s degree in European Studies from the College of Europe in Natolin. He also, for one year, taught English in India and worked with Scotland Europa in Brussels. He later moved to London where he qualified as a lawyer with commercial law firm Clifford Chance.

Having worked with the SNP for a number of years, he was elected as an MEP for the first time at the 2004 European Parliament election and was re-elected in 2009. He is Scotland’s youngest MEP and is Honorary President of both the youth wings of the SNP, the Young Scots for Independence and the Federation of Student Nationalists, as well as a member of the SNP’s National Executive Committee.

In the European Parliament he is a full member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development and won the coveted Scottish Farmer Magazine award for “Outstanding Contribution to Scottish Agriculture” at the Highland Show in 2009.

He is therefore a man with many achiements even at such a young age and his talk is bound to be both informative and entertaining.

The meeting commences at 7 for 7.30 and is free for members. Non-members will be charged £10 and are very welcome.

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