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NORA SENIOR SETS OUT BUSINESS PRIORITIES AS SHE TAKES UP SCOTTISH CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE CHAIR
[ 25-01-2013 ]
New Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC), Nora Senior, takes up the position this month (January) with clear aims in mind to ensure that the organisation builds on its unique role in helping to create the right environment for business and society as a whole to flourish.
Nora, who is the first businesswoman in the SCC’s 64-year history to be honoured with the office of Chair, outlined her vision:
“My focus for the Scottish Chambers of Commerce will be around three key themes, woven into the Chamber movement, of collaboration, connection and communication.
“Each of these themes is important not only to our work in Scotland, but also to ensuring that we optimise SCC’s place in the worldwide Chamber of Commerce movement for the benefit of Scottish businesses and the Scottish economy. The Chamber of Commerce brand is a truly global one, and under my leadership, SCC will make full use of the international connections that we have through the global network of Chambers to enable Scottish businesses to grow their international reach. Increasing business internationalisation is a key plank of the Scottish Government strategy for economic growth, and one where SCC has a unique contribution to make.
“Utilising connections, collaborating to achieve, and communicating effectively will ensure that SCC can drive forward Scottish businesses’ priorities. Businesses in Scotland can deliver growth – but improvements to the business environment are necessary to ensure that they can operate at full stretch. Our businesses need the right people – which means fully overhauling our careers service to ensure that young people have support throughout their education to make meaningful choices about what and how they study.
Our businesses also need an infrastructure which is fit for purpose –not just decent transport connections, but access to enhanced broadband to boost productivity and trading opportunities.
My priority will be to support business and job creation, ensuring burdens on business are reduced and barriers to growth are removed. I am looking forward to working with the SCC network to exploit every opportunity we have to enable Scottish business to perform at its best. We will celebrate Scottish business, and ensure that our companies get the recognition they deserve.
“The Scottish Chambers network and membership is continuing to grow as businesses, both large and small, see the advantages of strengthening commercial connections and being effectively represented at Scottish, UK and European level.
“I am hugely honoured to take up this prestigious position”