Dunbartonshire Chamber continues to represent local business at the highest level - most recently at the Business in Parliament Dinner and Conference at the Scottish Parliament.

We had the pleasure of speaking directly to some of our country’s policy-makers and influencers as well as having an input on key issues for business such as skills, funding and productivity.

Our programme of events also focuses on these and the government’s other priorities such as Women in Business, International Trade and Innovation.

The next few weeks is a particularly busy period with a range of surgeries, seminars, networking and showcase events taking place - a number of which will form part of the West Dunbartonshire Working4Business Week (November 25-29).

Tuesday 26th sees the launch of our series of new business surgeries as we bring together our “Chamber Experts” who will be on hand to provide free advice to the businesses in attendance. On Wednesday, November 27, there is an opportunity for businesses to visit a state-of-the-art manufacturing plant at our Showcase event at European Circuits.

On the Thursday 28th, we take our popular Business Breakfast Club networking event on the road to the Vale of Leven Academy at which guests will be treated to a tour of the school as part of our Building Bridges partnership (pictured right) with local schools.

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The business week is rounded off on Friday 29th with our Dunbartonshire Women in Business Event at which Emma Armstrong, “Scottish Women’s Awards Professional of the Year”, will provide a fascinating and inspirational insight into how she grew B-ABLE into a highly successful multi award-winning business.

Also as part of the Building Bridges Programme, and throughout the business week, the Chamber will launch our first “Schools2Business” Week to offer local schools the opportunity to visit local businesses to highlight some of the fantastic career opportunities we have in our area.

On Monday, December 5, the Chamber’s Dunbartonshire Women in Business Programme launches a new partnership with Cafe Creme in Bearsden to present a series of informal evening events to provide the opportunity for businesswomen to connect, build relationships, learn and exchange ideas.

We are delighted to welcome chamber member Alison Bell, of the Frill Factory, to our first event to share her business journey under the banner of “Commercially Creative”.

The calendar year is topped off with the Chamber’s ever-popular Christmas Lunch that will take place in the stylish surroundings of Boclair House in Bearsden on Thursday, December 12.

We are privileged to welcome as our main speaker, Liz Cameron OBE, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, who is one of Scotland’s leading business voices and leaders. We are delighted to be supporting Golden Friendships as our chosen charity this year.

To find out more about the benefits of being part of the biggest business network in the UK or to book for any of our events please get in touch on 0141 280 0272, email hello@dunbartonshirechamber.co.uk or visit the website dunbartonshire chamber.co.uk.