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06/06/19
Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce e-Bulletin
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Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Thanks to Jack Clark

Jack Clark

The Directors of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to join them in giving thanks to our outgoing Chairman, Jack Clark. 

Jack has worked tirelessly in his endeavours to build the Chamber and establish it as a viable business members organisation, acting as the voice of Borders business.

Jack said recently: "It has been an honour to have served as Chairman of The Borders Chamber over the past six years. Throughout that time there have been several challenges, mostly concerning the viability of the Chamber for the future. Our Borders Chamber has evolved to be primarily a business organisation which has members, it is forward-looking and has dispelled the perception that is is an 'exclusive club'.

"Our new Chair, Moira Wilson, will continue to evolve the Chamber and expand our vision for the future, while I am pleased to remain as a Board member and, together with others, continue various projects in an effort to ensure the Chamber's future sustainability."

Jack will continue to be an active member of the Chamber Board and can be contacted at jack@borderschamber.com.

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Enter your business in the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2019

The Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2019 is now open for entries.

Businesses, community groups, and charities are being encouraged to submit their entry for the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards 2019 following the opening of entries on the 3rd of June.

The region’s flagship business event, organised by the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce for the fifth successive year, is once again sponsored by the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The event aims to promote and celebrate the best of Borders business, championing the diversity and achievement of those who operate within the region.

The 2018 Awards saw a record number of applications, with an increase of 146% in submissions. It is anticipated that this number will grow further in 2019, as the Chamber has already been inundated with enquiries relating to the event. Speaking recently, Jack Clark said: “We are proud to once again be hosting the Scottish Borders Business Excellence Awards. There is no better forum for showcasing the outstanding businesses within the Scottish Borders. We look forward to working with our judges and sponsors over the coming months in advance of the winners being announced at the event in November.”

Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers receive their award
Shani Barclay, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers (left), with Jack Clark.

Commenting on their continued commitment to the Awards, Shani Barclay, category sponsor, Bruce Stevenson Insurance Brokers said: “Bruce Stevenson is delighted to continue to support the awards as sponsor of the Tourism category. The Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce has successfully created an annual event which demonstrates the diverse range of businesses we have here in the Borders. The awards are open for all businesses regardless of size or sector. The energy in the run-up to the awards and at the event itself is tremendous, I would encourage businesses to apply and wish them very best of luck.”

Online entries opened on Monday 3rd June and will close on Friday 13th August 2019.

Entrants who successfully make it through stage one will be invited to interview by Friday 30th August 2019. Interviews will take place week commencing Monday 2nd September 2019.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday 7th November 2019 at Kelso’s Borders Event Centre.

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A Warm Welcome to Moira Wilson, Chair of the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce

We would like to take the opportunity to introduce your new Chair, Moira Wilson. Reflecting recently on her new role, Moria said:

Moira Wilson, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce Chair

"My parents moved to the Scottish Borders in the ’70s and I remember growing up in an area thriving with industry and bustling high streets. Times change and sadly many of these companies have long since closed their doors. However, over recent years I have witnessed the growth of established employers and the introduction of new and exciting businesses in the Scottish Borders, all of whom are major contributors to the economy of not only the area but Scotland and the UK.

"Having worked closely with businesses in the Scottish Borders for over 10 years, I have an in-depth understanding of the challenges they face. Whether that be from the lack of specialist talent available locally, to the difficulties that our infrastructure causes when moving products to market and the impact public transport has on accessing work.

"Being born in the Borders, in addition to being a business owner and mother, I have more than a vested interest in the stability and growth of this area. I feel very privileged to have been bestowed with the honour of Chairperson for the Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, representing the needs and interests of every business in this area and being your voice on a local and national level. Let’s work together to create memories for new and future generations."

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Scottish Chambers of Commerce Quarterly Economic Indicator

Submission Date Extended. 

The Quarterly Economic Indicator survey is a chance for SBCC chamber members to share their business performance and influence the economic conversations in Scotland.

The SCC Network’s QEI is Scotland’s longest-running economic survey of its kind, run by Scottish Chambers in partnership with the Fraser of Allander Institute.

This is our collective opportunity to highlight the concerns and needs of the business community in Scotland and indicate the key issues affecting businesses in 2019.

We would like to ensure a strong submission for the Scottish Borders and you now have until Friday 14th June to complete the survey.

Your input really makes a difference.

Take the QEI here in less than five minutes: http://bit.ly/SCCQEIQ22019

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