Naughtie is nice as flagship event guaranteed top entertainment

Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive of Inverness Chamber's latest Business Comment in the Inverness Courier.

Having sold out before we’d even announced our fantastic speaker for 19 May 2017, Inverness Chamber of Commerce’s Highland Business Dinner has certainly grown to be an annual highlight for hundreds of the region’s business leaders. It will be my 9th since joining Inverness Chamber in 2008, and I always look forward to this fantastic opportunity to reflect, celebrate and enjoy a good laugh in excellent company.

It’s not just good fun, it’s good for business. Many of the best connections I have made over the years have been across the tables of our annual flagship event. And I hope this tradition continues for many years to come.

Part of this tradition is the outstanding speakers we have been able to secure. In recent years, we’ve heard from an eclectic mix of top journalists and renowned politicians from Andrew Neil and Jon Snow, to Anne Widdecome and Michael Portillo. All have shared with us their wit, worldly experience and musings on the current state of affairs.

This year will be no different. One of the UK’s best known radio broadcasters, James Naughtie will be spending the evening with us, guaranteeing a night of top entertainment.

Jim became one of the most popular presenters of Radio 4's flagship Today programme. An often entertaining presence, he also didn't flinch from grilling politicians, analysing events in the US, and revealing the people behind the headlines on over twenty years on the show. He now serves as Today's Special Correspondent.

Jim’s career started here in the north of Scotland at The Press & Journal in Aberdeen. He moved to The Scotsman, then grabbed the chance of a fellowship at The Washington Post before returning to Britain to become chief political correspondent at The Guardian.

The switch to broadcast journalism came with an invitation to join Radio 4 as presenter of The Week in Westminster, followed by The World at One. He also made numerous documentaries, including investigations into UN peacekeeping operations and what was then considered a crisis of leadership in America. I’m absolutely positive his take on events since the latest Presidential inauguration is guaranteed to be more than enlightening.  He has anchored Radio 4's coverage of every general election since 1997, and reported from national commemorations and Papal coronations.

Outside the BBC newsroom, Jim is a noted authority on classical music and opera. A lover of literature as well, he also hosts Radio 4's Book Club and chaired the jury for the Man Booker Prize. His own publications include The Rivals, which exposed the truth about the relationship between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, and his first novel, The Madness of July.

We're delighted to have someone of Jim's calibre as the guest speaker at this year's event - as one of our most experienced and knowledgeable broadcasters we can be sure that his perspective on recent worldwide events will be truly fascinating and insightful.

Whilst the Highland Business Dinner is currently fully booked with a waiting list, there are a limited number of tables still available for sponsors.  For more information contact our events manager Paula, at paula@inverness-chamber.co.uk or on 01463 228382.