At the Board meeting held on 24th October, the subject of Membership and Membership Benefits was the main topic and it was agreed that a Membership Drive/Initiative should start as soon as possible. Scottish Chamber of Commerce had also agreed to be the headline speakers at a future Network Meeting.
On the subject of future events, it was agreed that the Chamber should open out its web site to incorporate all events notified to us of a relevant business nature. Future SBCC events include the 8th November Network Meeting featuring a talk by Alyn Smith MEP at the Cross Keys Hotel commencing at 7 for 7.30. Scottish Business in the Community had been approached for a December meeting, Scottish Chamber of Commerce for January 2013 and Richard Lochhead MSP in February. A further meeting in March concerning Constitutional Change has also been pencilled in.
Since the last Board meeting, Directors had had meetings with the Sean Connaughton (Scottish Chamber re membership and “affinity”deals), Christine Grahame MSP (Business Surgeries), Scottish Business in the Community (co-operation in membership benefits), Fergus Ewing MSP and Alistair McKinnon Scottish Enterprise South of Scotland Region (liaison between public and private sectors).
Meetings already planned include discussions with Lanarkshire Chamber and Midlothian Chamber as well as co-operational discussions with many other Chambers in Scotland.
Finally, the Converner paid tribute to Alan Dickson who was attending his final meeting of the Board as Chamber Director. Alan has been a long-standing Director who has helped steer the Chamber through challenging times and his wisdom and energy will be missed by the Board.