Influencing Policy

Influencing…how your Chamber works to connect with key stakeholders on your behalf

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Connecting with key stakeholders

Strong relationships with many different organisations

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.

Strategic Engagement

Strategic Engagement

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
  • Inviting high profile politicians, policy makers and planners to speak and debate with our members
  • Providing a rapid response to media enquiries on business issues
    Generating our own news and real time commentary on topical matters
  • Making maximum use of our communications channels: website; social media; direct mail; e-news; business magazine
  • Making sure your chamber is visible and influential at key local forums and events
  • Building a reputation for being a powerful advocate for the business perspective
  • Participating in key business sector partnerships locally, nationally and internationally
  • Being actively connected to the Scottish and British Chambers of Commerce
  • Scottish Government Business Pledge Roundtable

In June 2018, we held a round table event to support the Scottish Government and their review of the Scottish Business Pledge. The Strategic Engagement team at Scottish Government took part in a lively discussion with representatives from the Chamber Board, Platinum Partners and members.

Members Round Table with Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation

In July 2018, we were the first Chamber to hold a session connecting Ivan McKee with Chamber businesses to discuss Inward Investment, Access to Finance, Innovation, Business Challenges and Brexit. Mr McKee was particularly keen to meet with members currently trading internationally and we look forward to continuing the discussions with him as he fully embeds into his new role.

Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable

In August 2018, a group of businesses met with Caroline Nokes to discuss a range of issues linked to immigration and labour market supply, emphasising some of the challenges they are facing in sectors such as higher education, hospitality, services and Dundee’s rapidly growing software development and video games sector.