About us

We are the leading business membership organisation in Dundee & Angus and part of the worldwide long-established Chamber of Commerce brand. We have over 700 members who between them employ over 67,000 people. We work hard to help provide members with the business connections and opportunities they need to flourish.

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DYWGeorge R Donald FundChamberFORCECircular TaysideLove Dundee LocalBuy AngusKickstart Scheme
DYW

DYW

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Dundee and Angus is one of 21 regional DYW groups across Scotland. DACC works with DYW to help implement the Scottish Government DYW strategy, which aims to reduce youth unemployment and help young people get the right skills and experiences to move from education into employment.

We work in partnership to bring businesses and education closer together. This helps young people become more work ready through taking part in quality work-related activities, growing work-based learning like apprenticeships and collaborating on work- focused curriculum.

All DYW groups are industry-led, to respond to the needs of the local labour market and work with employers and education to help meet these. Their work helps young people, supports employers of all sizes to meet their workforce needs and ultimately helps grow the local economy.

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George R Donald Fund

George R Donald Fund

The George Donald Fund is the Chamber’s youth enterprise charity which began in 1965. The charity trustees, its members and the chamber team work to implement our benefactor’s vision and to achieve the following objectives:

Encourage proficiency in business studies in City of Dundee secondary schools
Raise awareness and understanding of enterprise and business as potential careers
Recognise and celebrate young people in secondary education who display outstanding capacity and passion for enterprise

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ChamberFORCE

ChamberFORCE

ChamberFORCE is a partnership programme between selected Chambers of Commerce and local Army, Navy and RAF units, designed to bring tangible business benefits to Chamber members. Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce has already pledged its support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and has also been awarded Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award.

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Circular Tayside

Circular Tayside

Businesses in Dundee and Angus are enjoying the benefits of the circular economy with the continuation of a partnership support programme. ‘Circular Tayside’ is a joint initiative being delivered by Zero Waste Scotland, Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce.

Circular Tayside aims to help local businesses in the transition towards a circular economy and offers access to Zero Waste Scotland support that includes free workshops,  business consultancy and grant funding. With the carefully tailored range of support, we can help businesses at every stage, from idea generation, to market analysis and funding for project development.

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Love Dundee Local

Love Dundee Local

Love Dundee Local has been created to help support local people to buy from local businesses. Love Dundee Local is here to help businesses in our community to take online orders, and to offer food, drinks and other products for Collection or Delivery.

Local businesses including shops, pubs, restaurants, bars, and independent drinks merchants play a key role in their communities by safely providing food and drink, gifts, household goods and other products to families who may be self-isolating, fostering community spirit, keeping morale high and supporting local jobs.

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, Dundee City Council, and key private sector providers, supported by Scotland's Towns Partnership, have teamed up to offer this service to drive purchases and footfall across many sectors who need our support. From food & drink businesses, to bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and attractions, every Dundee business has something to offer and buying local helps sustain local jobs.

Having a thriving city where you can buy what you need, enjoy local experiences and feel part of the community is what makes a place special. And local businesses often source their goods locally too, helping to reduce everyone’s carbon footprint.

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Buy Angus

Buy Angus

Angus boasts a diverse range of specialist retailers and businesses. It is more important than ever to support local suppliers of products and services.

Buy Angus is a collaboration between Angus Council & Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, supported by Scotland's Towns Partnership.

The online directory of local businesses is available to help shoppers find the products they are looking for wherever they are. We also have a business showcase, highlighting a number of businesses providing seasonal produce and staging events.

Please remember to support our local businesses and #BuyAngus.

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Kickstart Scheme

Kickstart Scheme

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce are a Kickstart Gateway organisation and we have already received approval to help local employers create nearly 150 job placements. If you are interested in finding out more, please email kickstart@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk 

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Meet the Team

Simone Steele

International Trade Assistant

Simone Steele joined the Chamber of Commerce on 12th February 2021 with the International Trade team as a Modern Apprentice. She is currently finishing her HNC Business Administration and IT with Dundee and Angus College, she is excited to further her skills and knowledge with the chamber.

Alison Henderson

CEO

Alison is proud to have led the team at the Chamber since 1st November 2014 she is passionate about business and the local community. Outside of work, Alison is a wife, mother, an avid reader and loves to walk along our many local beaches!

Amber Farquhar

International Trade Assistant

Amber joined the chamber on 1st March 2021 and is joining the international team to work on e-learning! Prior to this, Amber attended university where she studied Business Management at Abertay University and graduated in June 2020. In her free time Amber likes gaming, travelling, and spending time with her friends.

Donna Bell

Office Manager

Donna joined the Chamber in 2013 and is now the Office Manager. Before that she took time out to be a full time mum to her son. During her time away from full-time employment she worked on events for the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone and the Dare to Be Digital Project at Abertay University. She returned to Scotland with her husband, in 2008 after spending many years in London as a Television Awards Officer for BAFTA dealing with all aspects of the Awards Ceremony. Her background is being put to good use at the Chamber with the general day to day running of the office and hiring out the facilities.

Ross Barty

Membership Recruitment Manager

Platinum record producer and recording artist, original beats and real live emcees. Growing up on the mean streets of South Central Liff Village near Dundee, Ross has enjoyed a 15 year career in Sales & Marketing and has built up a reputation for helping businesses grow. When he isn't selling out arenas world-wide he is helping Chamber of Commerce Members to make the most of their Membership and enjoys getting out and about to encourage New Members to join the Chamber.

Grace Sellerajah

Administrative Assistant

Grace joined the Chamber team In June 2020 as part of her Foundation Apprenticeship. We are absolutely delighted to have Grace join the team. Grace is in her final year of high school and recently joined the Chamber team to gain some experience and to put everything she has learned over the last year at college into practice. She has a keen interest in business and is really looking forward to getting to know the team and developing her skills and qualities.

Lynsey Christie

Office Administrator

Lynsey Christie joined the team in January 2020 to work across the membership services in a support role and to deliver book-keeping services for the Chamber. She has worked in a variety of roles since leaving college including running her own business selling high quality wooden toys. She has also held positions within Dundee City Council and Rentokil as a Pest Control Officer. In her spare time Lynsey enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors enjoying the countryside. 

Glen Kelly

Business Development Executive

Glen joined the Chamber team on 3rd September 2019 as part of his Foundation Apprenticeship. Glen has now completed this but is staying on with the Chamber for a four-year Graduate Apprenticeship Business Degree at Dundee University. He has a keen interest in business and also runs his own piping business in his spare time, www.glensbagpiping.co.uk. He will be working across the whole Chamber team as he learns about the business, and developing his communication, business and team skills.

George Peacock

Customs Officer

George has spent all his working life in Dundee, firstly in construction, then manufacturing and finally in Oil and Gas until Covid set in. Previous experience in Sales, purchasing and latterly Warehousing and Logistics. Currently a member of Scotland Football Supporters Club and was in Paris in 2007 when James McFadden scored "that goal". Golf is his sport now, and he has also taken up painting as a hobby while in lock down, inspired by the man with the giant afro - Bob Ross. Various degrees of success, but finding it very relaxing.

Ben Macfarlane

Intern

Ben joined the chamber in June of 2021. Having recently graduated with an honours degree in Business Management, Ben plans to begin a Master’s in Finance and Management at St. Andrew’s university in September. Between 2012 and 2016, he attended school in New York and secretly wishes he still had an American twang. (Yee-ha!)

Outside of work, Ben currently plays ice hockey for the local Dundee Tigers but in previous years has represented Scotland internationally. Other than hockey, Ben likes to restore classic cars and doesn’t mind relaxing with an odd video game.

Sophie Fairweather

Intern

Sophie has just finished her LLB Hons Law degree and hopes to become an employment/corporate lawyer. She works with the Dundee Independent Advocacy as a volunteer advocate and part-time as Manger at The Selkie, with her family! 

In her free time she loves to walk with her rescue pup, Lars and spending time with friends and family!

Gemma McGregor

Administrative Assistant

Gemma joined the chamber on the 1st March 2021, as part of the kickstart scheme. This scheme is to help young people get into work. Gemma will be working with Donna on the kickstart projects to give more young people opportunites to work with other employers to gain skills and experience. When Gemma is not at work, she likes listening to music, being creative and enjoys playing her keyboard. She is learning to play 'Can't Help Falling In Love' by Elvis Presley.

Katie Preston

International Trade Officer

Katie joins us with a background in Procurement and Purchasing, having previously worked for many years in Lisburn, Northern Ireland for Coca-Cola HBC NI as Procurement Admin Supervisor. Since returning to Scotland in 2017, she continued to provide Purchasing Admin support for companies such as Kanthal in Perth and GL Dameck in Blairgowrie. Her role in the Chamber as International Trade Officer means that Katie provides documentation services to exporting businesses, is trained in Chamber Customs and offers advice and support on all aspects of International Trade. Katie currently works part-time hours, and when not at work spends her days running around after her young child and dog!

Gemma Blackie

Personal Assistant to Chief Executive Officer

Gemma joined the Chamber on 1st March 2021, on a placement through the Kickstart Scheme. This is a scheme in which provides funding to help and aid young people who are at risk of long-term unemployment. Gemma works as an Administration Assistant to the CEO. Outside of work Gemma likes listening to music, spending time with her friends and taking her 2 dogs for long walks.

Sarah Young

Events & Marketing Manager

Sarah Young is our Events & Marketing Manager, who joined the team in October 2016 after 2 years as Alumni Relations Officer at Glenalmond College. She has extensive experience in the hospitality and events industry, having held several positions at organisations such as West Park Conference Centre, Rufflets Country House Hotel and others.

Lockdown has brought about a new way of doing events, having gone virtual within 2 days of the office closing Sarah and the Chamber team have been working on a variety of webinars and virtual programmes to support the region.

Christy Rattray

International Trade & Events Officer

Christy runs the International Trade Missions and is responsible for our International Events. Christy has a diverse administrative background with a background in international events and is looking forward to promoting and running our missions for the Chamber. 

Vince Mitchell

International Trade Officer

Vince Mitchell joined the Chamber team in 2020 and is currently part of our International Trade Team. He joins us with a background in Marketing and Customer Care, having held positions at Discovery Credit Union, Marks and Spencer and Dunnes Stores.

Board

Lorraine Lemon

Director

Lorraine specialises in managing and leading strategic direction and commercial operations and is Head of Business and Operations at Dundee Science Centre. Lorraine has extensive knowledge and experience of managing this charitable and commercial business that delivers a diverse offering from being both a tourist attraction and supplier of STEM career pathways initiatives. She builds strong successful partnerships across academia and industry supporting a positive impact not only at the individual and local levels but also nationally and beyond especially via the sustainable economy, climate change and innovation.

Kyle Moir

Director

Kyle a Partner at MacRoberts LLP and specialises in Real Estate matter. Kyle's wide ranging experience includes development site acquisition and disposal, funding and securities, ranking agreements, commercial and residential leasing, investment property, portfolio acquisition and disposal, social housing, and property development.

Kyle's clients include local businesses, healthcare providers, governmental agencies, high street names, financers and major PLCs. As such he has extensive experience in advising a wide range of businesses across all sectors. This experience and close contact with clients has provided him with an excellent insight of the current challenges in the business community.

Manny Baber

Director

Manny Baber is General Manager of the Sleeperz Hotel in Dundee. The 120-bedroom hotel became an addition to Dundee’s hotels sector in 2018 and is part of the waterfront regeneration program. Manny has over 25 years of experience in hospitality including 12 years at senior operational level with Hilton Hotels. Originally from Glasgow, his career has taken him to remote parts of Scotland, various cities in the UK and a short spell in the Middle East finally settling in Dundee. As a Hotel General Manager he specialises in identifying opportunities for commercial success for the business and the Dundee’s growing hospitality sector as a whole. He is passionate about people development and is committed to developing a workforce for the future of Dundee.

Jeremy Parker

Director

I have over 25 years’ experience as an Agent for NFU Mutual Insurance, moving up from Devon in 2011 to become a partner at the Forfar Agency. I especially enjoy dealing with farming, food and drink manufacture, hospitality, retail and wholesale. www.nfumutual.co.uk/forfar

My role also involves being a Group Secretary to the Angus branch of NFU Scotland, serving a growing membership of over 300 farm businesses. I am a past Chairman of the National Association of Group Secretaries, responsible for the relationship of over 500 colleagues with the UK farming unions and with NFU Mutual. 

I’m a graduate of the Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership programme and am on the Angus LEADER LAG, which is responsible for local distribution of EU rural development funding.

I mentor for Breakthrough Dundee which, through Dundee’s secondary schools, supports care-experienced and other young people who face or have faced significant challenges in their lives. www.breakthroughdun

Blair Davidson

Director

Blair specialises in providing external audit services to a wide range of medium and large commercial clients across a variety of sectors including motor retail, manufacturing & engineering, healthcare, construction and transport. He works with businesses to help them achieve their ambitions locally, nationally and internationally. Having spent time on secondment with a number of MHA Henderson Loggie’s clients in both the private and public sectors, Blair understands how businesses of all sizes work and has practical experience of the commercial environment in which his clients operate. Blair is a key member of MHA Henderson Loggie’s audit and accounting department.

After leaving Dundee University in 2005 with an honours degree in Accountancy, Blair trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant with MHA Henderson Loggie in 2008. In addition to his role in audit, he is a member of the firm’s Motor Retail sector group.

Susan McFadyen

Vice President

Susan specialises in corporate and commercial law and is a partner at Blackadders LLP.  Born and raised in Dundee, she gained a first class honours degree in law from Aberdeen University.  Susan was formerly a partner at a large Edinburgh law firm before returning to Dundee in 2015.  

Susan has extensive experience of advising business clients and deals with a variety of matters across a range of sectors, including company and business sales and purchases, joint ventures, investment rounds, commercial contracts and intellectual property.  This experience has enabled her to develop an excellent understanding of the challenges and opportunities of running and developing a business.

Steve Smith

President

After 20 years in the IT sector, Steve has now moved into the fast moving area of Cannabis related beauty and skincare products, running the commercial activities for both a Business to Business brand and a Direct to Consumer brand.

Dr Abi Abubaker

Director

As Head of College and Vice Chancellor of Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education Abi remains committed to the furtherance of the College's vision,  mission and objectives to become a leading institution of higher education at the national and international levels. Born in Benghazi, Libya, Abi completed all his further and higher education in Scotland gaining an HND in Mechanical Engineering (Bell College of Technology), BA (Hons) in  Information Management, MSc in Mechatronics and Project Management (Abertay University), and PhD in Construction Management at the University of Dundee.

Abi joined the Al-Maktoum College when it was first opened back in 2001 and has played a significant role in the development of the College as a recognised centre of learning. Initially appointed as Director of Operations, his responsibilities included general administration, financial management, student administration and estates management. He joined the College’s Board of Directors in 2008 and has e

Graham Parker

Director

Graham works as Client Director at Condie & Co Accountants. Having qualified with ACCA in 2013, he specialises in client management and business growth.

Working with clients over a wide range of sectors he assists small and medium size businesses reach their potential through digital transformation

He particularly enjoys working with start ups and guiding them on their new business journey.

Graham is also a Trustee of Skilz Academy, a charity promoting sport and wellbeing in young people, and the Chair of the ACCA Tayside & North Fife Panel. He enjoys helping Accounting students with their future careers.

Chamber publications

Chamber publications

The Chamber produces a range of publications, including our ConnectED magazine, Economic Indicator Quarterly Reports plus much more. 

Our publications give our members the opportunity to share their stories.

The Global Chamber Network

The Global Chamber Network

Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce is part of the British & Scottish Chambers network in the UK, and are trusted champions of businesses, places, and global trade. Together, we represent tens of thousands of businesses of all shapes and sizes, which employ more than six million people across the UK.

Working together, we help firms of all sizes to achieve more. We believe it’s our relationships with others that lead us to achieve goals beyond those we could ever achieve alone. We’re the only organisation that helps British businesses to build relationships on every level, in every region and nation of the UK.

Our unparalleled business network is strengthened by our responsive business insight and economic intelligence, and our unrivalled local knowledge and business to business connections, making us Scotland & the UK’s most informed and influential business support organisation.

Media pack

Media pack

You will find downloadable images here for key Chamber spokespeople and additional brand assets.

If there is something you are looking for that you can't find, please contact Sarah Young at sarahyoung@dundeeandanguschamber.co.uk

Business support

Business support

DACC provides a wide range of business support, from Influencing Policy to Economic Updates and Covid guidance