In his latest Post column, Damon Scott, chief executive of the Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce shares his thoughts on the year left behind...

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I AM delighted that Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce finished 2022 on a high, with more than 100 guests turning out in force to enjoy our annual Christmas lunch.

The event was packed full of inspiration with a fantastic presentation from guest speaker, Charandeep Singh, deputy chief executive of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, just one of the many highlights.

The focus on the ChamberFORCE, Armed Forces Programme and the partnership with Amazon and the Highland Reserve Forces Association (HRFCA) was another high point to promote the benefits to business of this initiative.

The afternoon was rounded off with a superb raffle in support of the Chamber’s nominated local charity, The Golden Friendships, raising more than £1,500 for this good cause in keeping with the festive spirit at this time of giving and goodwill.

The Chamber is immensely grateful to our wonderful community for making the event such an amazing success along with our sponsors and partners.

Our heartfelt thanks must go to Amazon and HRFCA as headline sponsors as well as Chivas, Adsmart by Sky and the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel for their invaluable contribution.

Thanks must also go to all of the members that donated such generous prizes to the raffle and to the guests that attended and dug deep to ensure we raised as much as possible for the Golden Friendships.

The incredible support for the event is a real measure of the amount of goodwill there is towards the Chamber and our importance and standing at the heart of our business community.

It also shines a light on the willingness and importance of our network to continue to come together at such a difficult time for business. This is why the Chamber will be working hard to continue our “TogetherForBusiness” campaign.

Our programme of events will very much focus on growth and resilience along with other opportunities to bring our community together, share important information, build skills and connections.

Running a business can often be a very lonely experience – even for owners/managers with staff.

The Chamber is now very much established as a first responder for business and offers important opportunities for businesses to meet, learn, share and support each other.

Additional protection is built into Chamber membership with access to our legal, HR, health and safety and tax helplines and hundreds of online documents, policies and procedures – as well as a great value health plan.

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