Fife Chamber of Commerce members elected Colin Brown as their President at their AGM on 27th April, and he has told them that creating opportunities for young people in Fife will be a priority for the business organisation under his leadership. Heather Stuart was elected Vice-President at the AGM.

Colin is a Director in the Property Division of the leading Scottish law firm Burness Paull LLP. He deals with all aspects of commercial property work with a particular focus on commercial investment, development and leasing from a landlord and tenant perspective. He has extensive experience in the acquisition and disposal of shopping centres and hotels. He acts as a lawyer for agricultural clients in the disposal and acquisition of farms and advises regularly on all aspects of agricultural law. Colin joined the Chamber Board in 2019 and was elected Vice-President in 2021.

Colin lives in Leven and is a member of Glenrothes Baptist Church and a director of their popular Bridge Café in Glenrothes. Away from work he is a trustee of the charity Krabbe UK and a member of his local bowling club.

Colin Brown said of his election and goals: “I am delighted to assume the role of President of Fife Chamber of Commerce at one of the most pivotal times in its recent history. Our members have had no choice but to adapt to the challenges thrown up by Covid-19, but I sense a real desire among many of them to get out from behind their laptop screens and meet up again in person. The Chamber provides significant opportunities for business to engage locally, nationally and internationally. I was struck at our recent Public Policy Lunch with the extent to which the Chamber network exists to help and support business and take their concerns to government ministers at both Holyrood and Westminster.

“We have enlarged and strengthened the Chamber team and we are launching a new website soon, the biggest IT investment at the Chamber in a generation, providing the perfect platform for us to provide unparalleled levels of assistance to our members and to the wider business community as it grapples with many problems.

Fife’s businesses tell us their real concerns about the challenges of increased costs whether in the supply of raw material and components for production or in the cost of construction projects. Recruitment challenges are themes which have been picked up and with new rules on visas and immigration these are tough times in which to do business.

“While Fife Chamber is best known for the practical and valuable day-to-day support that it provides to members to help them