Fife businesses urged to forge a powerful and unified force in the face of economic challenges presented by Brexit
Some of Fife’s leading business figures gathered at the University of St Andrews last week for Fife Chamber’s 2017 President’s Lunch.
More than 50 delegates turned out to hear from Scottish Chamber of Commerce President Tim Allan and Loganair Commercial Director Kay Ryan, reflecting on the current business environment in Fife, Scotland and the UK.
Speaking on a variety of business topics, including Brexit, skills development and the economy, Allan’s core message was that businesses must come together to present a strong and unified voice to politicians – both Scottish and the UK – to make sure both governments are focused on these key issues.
The proceedings were hosted by Fife Chamber President Peter Southcott, who gave the closing speech, focusing on the challenges ahead for Fife businesses and also calling for businesses and chambers to work together as a unified and powerful force.
Southcott said: “Brexit, the weak economy and continued political turmoil are set to generate a perfect storm that Fife businesses will have to navigate in the upcoming years.
“But Fife Chamber has a clear sense of purpose and is in a strong position to help its members and local partners in these challenges.
“We have expanded our membership, improved our account management, listened to the needs and wants of our members and invested in our organisation wisely. A key indication of these factors is the expansion of our networking and learning events, with the launch of Fife Social and Fife Learn which are proving to be a big success.
“I am also pleased to inform you all of the launch of Fife Chamber’s new, outward-looking programme, Fife International, which will build on the Chamber’s existing international trade partnership with Fife Council, Business Gateway and Scottish Development International. Further details will follow soon.
“Whilst no business will be immune from the challenges ahead, the Fife business community is resilient, resourceful and reactive. I am optimistic that by working closely with each other, this chamber and our partner chambers, Fife businesses will prevail.”