Policy and Campaigns
Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is affiliated to British and Scottish Chambers of Commerce and through the latter’s Council ensures that Perth & Kinross issues get heard at national level.
Our Chamber is lucky to have an extremely active, dedicated and passionate Board and this is instrumental in the success of Chamber lobbying on behalf of its members. Issues tackled in recent years include business rates, the need for improved district-wide Broadband connections, road and rail connections, youth unemployment and skills gaps, city centre protection, peripheral city trading, the local planning process, infrastructure, housing needs and retail development.
The Chamber President, Chief Executive or Directors work closely with the local authority and government and sit on a variety of influential groups including the City Development Group, Perth and Kinross Green Technology Business Accelerator Group, Community Planning
Partnership, Invest in Perth, Career Academies UK, Economy and Lifelong Learning to name but a few. The Chamber is also part of the Perth and Kinross Business Month in partnership with Elevator/Business Gateway, Perth College UHI, FSB, Scottish Enterprise and Perth and Kinross Council.
Perthshire Chamber of Commerce also invests a lot of time and effort in forging strong Relationships with key public and private sector bodies in order to represent the businesscommunity at the highest levels.
During the lobbying process, the Chamber does its best to communicate developments to its members. This could be by having a relevant speaker at a lunch, holding a tailored event or cascading information through its extremely busy website or local media. The Chamber is always able and keen to be contacted regarding issues the membership wishes to raise.
An excellent working relationship with both local and national media allows the Chamber Voice to be heard by the business & investment public as well as influencers, decision makers and stakeholders. And the organisation is constantly approached for opinion on key issues and asked to be part of local steering groups and working parties covering many aspects of public and business interest.