Upgrading chamber offices is another vote of confidence in Inverness city centre

Stewart Nicol, Chief Executive, Inverness Chamber of Commerce

Next month, Inverness Chamber of Commerce reaches another significant milestone in our efforts to provide the best possible service to our membership.

Our city centre headquarters in Metropolitan House is undergoing expansion and refurbishment. We received building warrant approval last week and we anticipate work will get under way in early August and last four weeks.

I am excited at the upgrade of the offices, where we have had a base in the heart of Inverness for over ten years, as the investment is a clear demonstration of our determination to provide the best facilities to serve members.

The new chamber office will have Gigabit-fibre connectivity which provides a fast, reliable digital service. We have been instrumental in the campaign to make Inverness the next Gigabit City and hosted a seminar last year outlining the benefits it would bring to businesses regardless of their size or sector.

As well as being able to offer this service to visitors, it will allow us to showcase how Gigabit capability can help the business community in reaching new customers and markets.

We already offer a modern, fully-equipped meeting or conference room which is available for hire, to allow businesses to not only meet with chamber staff, but also have a city base for meetings of their own.

The upgrade will see two new meeting rooms created, the larger of which is bigger than our existing room, while we are also increasing the number of staff desks to 17 as well as providing ‘hot desk’ facilities.

This initiative by Inverness chamber is also another vote of confidence in the city centre at a time when other commercial developments are ongoing, particularly in the Old Town. These will have a transformational effect on Inverness and we want to continue to be right at the heart of this new wave of investment and optimism.