Inverness Chamber Leads Highland Business Debate for Election Candidates

Inverness Chamber of Commerce has announced it will hold an Election Hustings on Thursday 20 June with the five candidates for the Inverness, Skye and West Ross-shire constituency already declared confirmed to attend. 

Focusing on issues that are key to the Highland business community, Inverness Chamber CEO, Colin Marr will moderate the session which will include: Ruraidh Stewart, Conservative; Angus MacDonald, Liberal Democrats; Peter Newman, Scottish Green Party; Michael Perera, Scottish Labour; and Drew Hendry, SNP.  The debate will take place at Merkinch Community Centre.

Attendees will be invited to submit questions in advance as well as on the night. The event will be free to Chamber members and will be open to non-members at a cost of £10.

All attendees must register in advance via the Inverness Chamber of Commerce website and will be limited to two people per business as space will be limited to the capacity of the venue. Members have priority booking until Friday 7 June.

Colin Marr, Inverness Chamber of Commerce CEO, said: “I’ll be looking to focus the debate to the issues that Westminster can help us with, and as you would imagine we’ll be concentrating on what the candidates can do to help businesses in our region flourish.

“This is a really important election for our business community. UK productivity and growth both remain stubbornly low and it’s important that the new government’s top priority is to create the conditions that allow businesses to thrive.

“Whether or not you agree with a government’s social policies, the one thing that’s certain is that without a thriving business sector, no government can deliver the services that our society needs.  A growing business sector creates more employment and therefore generates more tax income, which in turn allows more of all the other things that we care about to happen.

“So, whatever your particular political allegiance, and Inverness Chamber of Commerce will always be party-political neutral, it’s essential that the next government finds a way to unlock business growth.”

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