Connecting for Good: don’t stop giving employees time to work in their communities

The more I talk to Scottish businesses about social impact and giving back, the more heartened I am to witness a genuine shift towards more meaningful community support. But as restrictions ease and isolation...

CalMac’s commitment to communities is rewarded

The UK’s largest ferry operator CalMac has earned a top award for its commitment to generating social value for its local communities. CalMac has become the first Scottish company to be awarded a Level 2...

ScotRail unveils plan to boost apprentice numbers

ScotRail is unveiling ambitious plans to swell the number of apprenticeships they offer over the next five years. The financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic means apprenticeships in Scotland are down 75 per cent year...

A Digital Future for Business in Scotland

Neil Francis, Interim Managing Director, Scottish Enterprise As 2020 draws to a close, it’s a year that none of us will ever forget. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the norms we previously associated with everyday...

A New Year Message

By Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce As the old year closes and the new one dawns there is both unease and yet a sense of hope and purpose. Unease because...

Nova Scotia offers new horizons for Scottish business

Lochaber Chamber of Commerce shares their experience of leading their first virtual trade missions to Nova Scotia. What do you picture when you think of an international trade mission? People in smart business outfits milling...

SCC hosts virtual trade missions to Shandong & Inner Mongolia

Over the last few weeks, Scottish Chambers of Commerce have hosted virtual trade missions to Shandong and Inner Mongolia. Both missions, which took place in November 2020, introduced Scottish businesses to the main socio-economic profile...

Liz Cameron reappointed to UK Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group

Dr Liz Cameron OBE, chief executive and Director of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce has been re-appointed as the Scottish Business representative to advise the UK Government on strategic trade policy issues, including future...

Creating the right opportunities for young people

Frank Mitchell, Chair, Skills Development Scotland Nobody in Scotland has been unaffected by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. When it comes to employment prospects, the evidence shows that young people are being affected more that the...

Employer grant boosts support to recruit apprentices

Employers who take on an apprentice can get increased financial support thanks to a new initiative in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Apprenticeship Employer Grant, announced by the Scottish Government, offers up to...