Influencing…how your Chamber works to connect with key stakeholders on your behalf
The Chief Executive and Board of Directors of the Chamber regularly consult and meet with key stakeholders locally and nationally to discuss issues of importance and relevance to members and the Dundee & Angus business community.
Whether there is an issue that affects many members, like transportation or infrastructure, or specific issues that a business asks for our support on, it is important that the Chamber maintains strong relationships with many different organisations in order to be able to have a frank and open discussion, or bring different parties together to agree a way forward.
Here are some of the activities that we do on a regular basis:
Lobbying and campaigning to local and national government, politicians and the media
Quarterly meetings with senior staff & councillors at both Dundee City Council & Angus Council
Lobbying through Scottish Chambers to Holyrood & Westminster parliaments on many issues - both generally & specifically
Regular & close connection to DC Thomson, publisher of Courier and other local publications
Inviting high profile politicians, policy makers and planners to speak and debate with our members
Since 2014, we have hosted Nicola Sturgeon (in the run up to the Referendum, as then Deputy First Minister), Jim Murphy (Scottish Labour), Malcolm Roughead (CEO VisitScotland), John Swinney (Deputy First Minister), Chris Law, Dundee West MP to Westminster, who all came to speak to our members at events etc.
Providing a rapid response to media enquiries on business issues
We are regularly contacted by the media to respond to comment on business issues, which requires immediate response, and it would be usual for there to be at least one media article per week which mentions the Chamber & references our support/commentary on local issues.
Generating our own news and real time commentary on topical matters
Our website, social media and magazine are extensively used to share our own news and commentary
Making maximum use of our communications channels: website; social media; direct mail; e-news; business magazine
We have rapidly grown our audiences in the last year, using our communication channels
Keeping in touch and working with key stakeholders on behalf of our members
We currently connect on a very regular basis with our Platinum Partners, who are amongst the largest public & private sector organisations locally, and who would be classed as key stakeholders in our local area. They are:
Making sure your chamber is visible and influential at key local forums and events
We are asked to partner in, speak at and be on the panel at many local events, from the Annual Tourism Conference, to the Dundee Economic Summit. Our Board and staff regularly attend key events and represent the business community. Our CEO is an invited member of the Dundee Fairness Commission.
Building a reputation for being a powerful advocate for the business perspective
We are the first point of contact locally for the media as the voice of business. Both Councils ask us to survey the business community on their behalf, and via the Scottish Chambers, we are very often handpicked amongst the Chamber network to host key national organisations who are looking to connect with the business community locally, such as Microsoft, VisitScotland, Skills Development Scotland, Santander, Abellio etc
Participating in key business sector partnerships locally, nationally and internationally
We represent the business community at Community Planning Partnerships, in Economic Development forum meetings, and at national level our Directors represent various sectors, such as digital, creative, investment, manufacturing in groups and policy meetings. We are an integral partner & driving force in the newly forming Dundee & Angus Developing the Young Workforce Group, which is being set up as a direct recommendation of the Wood Commission, with Scottish Government funding for the first three years, to establish an employer-led group to engage the business community with the future workforce to influence education policy and ensure more young people are employed by businesses.
Being actively connected to the Scottish and British Chambers of Commerce
We are one of the most active and responsive members of the Scottish Chambers of Commerce, and often receive this feedback from many members of their team. Our relationship with British Chambers is more arms length currently, as we are not direct members, but have begun the process to join in the near future. We are affiliate BCC members via our relationship with Fife Chamber. We do engage with BCC through our Internationalisation & Exporting work for members, and attend their training and conferences.
We would be happy to discuss any of this activity with you, and look at ways that we can work to support members in this area.