The UK’s departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

The UK exited the European Union on January 31, 2020. A business-as-usual transition period now follows as negotiations to establish a future relationship beyond December 2020 take place*. If these talks fail to produce an agreement, a ‘no-deal’ Brexit is still possible in December 2020. Time spent thinking through the changes that Brexit may bring to your firm could yield …

Highland Social Enterprise pivots business to launch online retail shop!

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

With Scottish Retailers losing nearly 1.9 billion pounds of sales in the first four months of the pandemic – ILM Highland like every other business has had to look very closely at how they promote their retail shop offering to the Highlands. ILM Highland is a Charity and Social Enterprise based in Alness which delivers valuable services to benefit the …

MORAY GETS BEHIND SPIRIT OF TWO CASKS SOCIAL DISTANCING

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

As part of its ongoing ‘Open With Confidence’ initiative, Moray Chamber of Commerce has launched an advertising campaign reminding visitors to Moray to socially distance. Posters, created in partnership with Speyside-based creative communications agency SPEY, have been printed and circulated to local businesses for display in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic.   Over 500 have been printed and many more …

Parklands Wins Two National Care Home Awards

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

Parklands Care Homes has been named the Best Smaller Care Group in the UK in the industry’s most prestigious awards. The Grantown based group, which operates eight care homes in Moray and Highland, won the Gold Award for Best Smaller Care Group (under 50 homes) at this year’s national Care Home Awards, beating six other finalists. Parklands also won the …

Award-winning Eight Lands Organic Speyside Vodka arrives in Canada

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

Eight Lands award-winning organic vodka is distilled and bottled in the heart of Scotch whisky country at the Glenrinnes Distillery under the watchful eye of Montreal-born Meeghan Murdoch in her role as Head of Distilling and Operations. The brand’s Organic Speyside Vodka is now available for the first time in Canada, having recently been launched in Quebec’s SAQ stores.   …

Landmark Kickstart scheme opens

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

• New £2bn Kickstart scheme will create thousands of new jobs for young people • Youngsters on Universal Credit aged between 16-24 will be offered six-month work placements – with wages paid by the Government • Launch comes as companies like Tesco pledge to sign up An innovative new scheme to help young people into work and spur Britain’s economic …

Stay Apart – 2 Whisky Casks Apart

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

You can download your Moray Speyside social distance posters here:     We have printed versions too, please get in touch with us if you would like to know where you can get your hands on them!  

SCC CORONAVIRUS SURVEY TRACKER

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

Scottish businesses need further direct financial support to cope with further lockdowns • 8 in 10 firms regard the threat of another national lockdown or potential local lockdowns as their most significant concern • 89% say that they have not let any staff go up to this point, with 87% pledging to retain staff over the next month • Poor …

CHAMBER LAUNCHES APP FOR MORAY BUSINESSES TO OPEN WITH CONFIDENCE

Sarah Medcraf Chamber News

Moray Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Visit Moray Speyside, has launched a free data collection app for the Moray business community called Check & Protect. The platform allows businesses in the area to securely check in their customers and collect data in line with official guidelines to support the Scottish Government Test & Protect Programme. Originally developed for use …