Return of the Highlands’ Leading Business Event

After a two year enforced postponement due to the Covid pandemic, Inverness Chamber of Commerce has announced the return of its flagship event in 2022.

The Highland Business Dinner will take place on Friday 20th May at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness and is set to be attended by over 300 of the region’s business leaders.

The announcement follows the success of Inverness Chamber’s Highland Business Awards held in November with almost 200 people joining the hybrid event in person.

Paula Nicol, Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Events at Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be staging the Highland Business Dinner again in 2022. Our recent Highland Business Awards have demonstrated that it is possible to create a really enjoyable event experience while following Covid safe procedures. We look forward to welcoming businesses back to the Highland Business Dinner in May.”

Guests attending the highly regarded event can also look forward to hearing from accomplished film and television writer, former barrister and award-winning journalist, Clive Coleman.

Guest speaker Clive Coleman

Clive co-wrote with Richard Bean The Duke, starring Dame Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, about the 1961 theft of Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. Following its world premiere at the 2020 Venice Film Festival it received 5 star reviews in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Mail and is due for release in the UK on 25th February.

For the theatre, Clive with Richard Bean co-wrote Young Marx, directed by Nicholas Hytner, which opened at London’s Bridge Theatre in 2017.

Clive’s TV credits include Chambers for R4/BBC1; The Bill for ITV; Dead Ringers for BBC; Spitting Image for ITV and the sitcoms Spending My Inheritance and Hair In The Gate for R4. Clive won the inaugural Frank Muir award in 1998 for outstanding comedy writing, alongside co-winner Tony Roche.

For ten years from 2010 Clive was the BBC’s legal correspondent covering major stories across the BBC’s news, a role for which he won multiple journalism awards. He has also presented factual BBC programmes including Panorama for BBC1 and Law In Action for R4. Clive has been a columnist for The Times and written for several other national newspapers.

Paula commented: “It’s fantastic to finally be able to welcome Clive as guest speaker at the 2022 Highland Business Dinner. As one of the UK’s top comedy writers, Clive’s combination of analytical, broadcasting and writing skills have cemented his reputation as a renowned after dinner speaker where the focus is always sharp, intelligent and witty.”

The 2022 Highland Business Dinner will be supported by Highlands and Islands Enterprise as a Principal Sponsor.

Tickets available via our events page here.

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