Message from the Chamber Team

As the seasons are changing, there has been a change at West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.

Charlene Wallace has tendered her resignation from the role of Chief Executive with West Lothian Chamber of Commerce.  This has been accepted by the Chamber’s board with immediate effect.  Mrs Wallace’s resignation is due to changes in her personal circumstances and the Chamber would like to thank Mrs Wallace for her contribution over recent months and wish her well for her future ventures.

The Chamber will look to commence a recruitment process, alongside a review of how the Chamber best supports the businesses of West Lothian. In the meantime, the operations team is busy continuing to support our members through these unprecedented times.

It has been a productive month at the Chamber starting off with a Joint Event with Fife Chamber, looking at developing talent, and it was great to see a healthy turnout of members from both Chambers coming together to discuss the topic. Our speaker was Nicholas Gribben, HR Director from Linlithgow based utilities consultancy DB Group Europe, who shared their strategy for staff development and the positive steps DB Group are taking to recruit, support and engage with young people. With Nicholas highlighting that the key to success is to ‘know your people’.

The Chamber couldn’t agree more with this statement and we are currently getting in touch with all our members to get their views on what we offer, what they would like to see and how we can continue to support them going forward.

We have been delighted to hear about some of our members achievements over the last few months with Matugga Distillers recently winning a Scottish Edge Award, the UK’s biggest funding competition for early stage and high growth companies and Lucerne winning big at the Scottish Care Awards with two of their carers Lorna Archer and Gillian McGhee winning the very prestigious award of Palliative & End of Life Care Practise Award. Alongside Carer Nicola Vickers who was placed as one of the three carers in the Category of Carer of the Year. These two businesses are a great example of our local business community.

The Chamber team was also able to get out to visit one of our members, Dalmahoy Hotel and Country Club, while following social distancing guidelines this week.  Since re-opening, Dalmahoy has been verified by Visit Scotland with the Good to Go scheme, showcasing that they are working to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for their guests during this time.

We are looking forward to the month ahead and working with our members to offer the support needed at this time. If you would like to hear more about your local Chamber or if you need any support, please let us know at  chamber@wlchamber.com.

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