New Leader Think Tank Announced By Inverness Chamber Of Commerce

A new think tank which will publicise key economic issues and solutions, whilst delivering thought leadership for the Highland and Islands, has been announced by Inverness Chamber of Commerce at its annual Highland Business Dinner.

The Leader Think Tank has been created with partners the Press and Journal (owned by DC Thomson), the Chamber’s constituency MP Drew Hendry, and System2 PR agency. It will generate awareness and leadership on key economic issues which affect not just Chamber members, but the wider region and Scotland as a whole.

Stewart Nicol, Inverness Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive said: “This is a proactive partnership and new entity. It will initiate awareness campaigns whilst commissioning and publicising white papers that seek to provide solutions to economic challenges which are relevant to Chamber members and the wider regional and national economies. This is vital activity which underlines the Chamber’s position as the leading business voice in the region.

“We are excited to be announcing the Leader Think Tank and look forward to further news about its work over the coming summer.”

Chamber constituency MP Drew Hendry said: “The Chamber has a commitment to connecting, supporting and representing its members. This new Leader Think Tank will widen its work and see benefits for the region and Scotland as a whole. It will be my role to ensure political engagement with the UK and Scottish governments as we seek to bring further benefits to businesses and communities in the Highlands and Islands.”

Duncan Chisholm, head of regional sales for DC Thomson Media, said: “We are delighted that the Press and Journal is a permanent partner of the new think tank and believe our media reach will be important in raising the profile of key economic issues arising from its work. We also believe the Chamber’s Highland Business Dinner can grow into an even greater showcase for economic leadership as the think tank develops.”

Director of System2, Peter Kane said: “We will be working hard to raise the profile of the think tank and its work, and we’re looking forward to providing PR, public affairs, and secretariat support. There are many economic challenges facing the region and Scotland, so such leadership at this time from the Chamber is very welcome.”

These permanent partners will be meeting in the summer with announcements planned thereafter about the Leader Think Tank’s first priorities for focus. Temporary members will also be co-opted into its activity, based on expertise, experience and potential influence.