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Policy Forums

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce remains determined to support its members and champion the Glasgow city region. In refining and evolving our approach to prioritising policy and campaign activity, the Chamber Council of Directors, who help the full-time executive team with the strategic direction of the Chamber, recommended the establishment of five new Policy Forums steered by members and member businesses.

PLACE 

The Place Forum is chaired by Alan Thomson, Head of Corporate Relations, Scottish Water. 

Remit:

  • To cover all issues affecting the physical infrastructure environment including property, transport, digital, energy, water, waste and public realm
  • To identify and promote initiatives that position Glasgow for future growth. 

BUSINESS AND INNOVATION 

The Business and Innovation Forum chair is Jim McIntyre, Regional Director (West of Scotland), Royal Bank of Scotland. 

Remit:

  • General issues affecting the expansion of the city’s business base through entrepreneurial activity and business formation, the attraction of investment, the growth of existing businesses, the levels of innovation including research investment, circular economy, Glasgow City of Science & Innovation, and innovation districts
  • Maintaining a watch over the link to the city’s sector work streams. 

BREXIT WATCH 

The Brexit Forum is chaired by Katy Wedderburn, Partner, MacRoberts. 

Remit:

  • To guide the Chamber in its position as the Brexit negotiations evolve
  • Monitor Scottish constitutional sentiment 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND TOURISM 

The International Trade and Tourism Forum is chaired by Stuart Cruikshank, Manager - Small Business, Clydesdale Bank. 

Remit:

  • To support the Chamber in growing its international trade links and exploring all issues affecting members’ exporting activity
  • Attraction and economic impact of major events and conferences
  • Support the city’s tourism targets to increase visitor numbers 

GLASGOW EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS BOARD 

The Glasgow Employment and Skills Board is an expansion of the Glasgow Employer Board chaired by Craig Martin, Head of Human Resources, Glasgow Airport and co-chaired by Alison McRae, Senior Director, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Stuart Yuill Interim Executive Director, DSL Business Finance will provide updates to the Council of Directors on behalf of the forum. 

Remit:

  • To cover the existing remit of the Glasgow Employer Board which includes oversight of Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow and wider labour market issues such as skills shortages and the migration of key workers. 

Membership of the policy forums is available to Chamber members, Silver Partner level and above. If you would like to find out more or become involved, please contact policy@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com

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