Presidents Update - March 2018

Monday, 19 March 2018

A record number of new members signed up, new event partners on board and another public-policy heavyweight being lined up to come to Fife to meet us: the last few weeks have been very exciting for your chamber.

Fifteen new members have been signed up in March, which brings the total for the first three months of the year to 35.  I would like to warmly welcome them all to Fife Chamber.  What is especially encouraging about this membership growth is that it is taking in businesses of different sizes from different sectors and that diversity will create many more opportunities for everyone to make exciting new connections. 

The Fife Business Awards are only a few days away now and the Chamber team is working hard to make sure that the 330 people who will be at the Glen Pavilion have a fantastic night and that Fife’s award-winning businesses get the recognition they deserve, but they are also working hard to put the rest of this year’s event programme in place.  I am delighted that we have partners for two more of our Showcase events.  I would like to thank Young & Partners and Fife Seat who will be our partners at the AGM Business Lunch and Golf Challenge respectively.  

I am also delighted that RBS and Worldpay are sponsoring our next Fife Learn programme.   Members have already come forward offering to help us to design and deliver the  Customer Service Workshop that will be part of the programme, and after the success of the previous one I am already looking forward to learning from their insights and experiences.

Collaboration for us isn’t just working with our members to deliver a Chamber event.  It is also about working with other business organisations to represent and connect our members, and that will be demonstrated at the end of March when tourism is explored at a joint event between Fife Chamber and the Institute of Directors.   

We are also working with the Fife Economy Partnership to get a meeting arranged between local businesses and local MPs and MSPs.   The Chamber Board attaches great importance to this aspect of Fife Chamber’s work and we are pleased to see more of these influencer events taking place.   As well as the aforementioned session with local MSPs and MPs, we are hopeful that a member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee will be coming to Fife to meet us soon.

Fife Chamber has enjoyed a really positive start to 2018 and with your continued support and participation I am confident that we will continue to go from strength to strength.