The Outer Hebrides Commerce Group has agreed to assume the responsibilities of the islands’ Chamber of Commerce.
Their agreement to merge will be formally ratified at a meeting in Stornoway at the end of this week.
Chairman of the OHCG, Calum Campbell of Polybox Ltd said: “The OHCG is delighted to accept responsibility for issues which were previously addressed by the Chamber of Commerce. Our Group emerged as a response to the iniquitous ferry fares regime which has been imposed on our island businesses and families. With an other massive 50% increase due to be imposed next March, we have certainly not lost sight of that issue. A further massive increase will result in hardship for many in our communities. Once this merger is completed, the OHCG will address other matters affecting our business community. We are all looking forward to meeting with Chamber of Commerce representatives at the end of this week and formally signing the merger document”.
Speaking on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce Dr. Gordon Anderson of Anderson Associates Chartered Architects said: “This is a very positive development for the Chamber and one which we welcome. Whilst the OHCG has been recently heavily involved with issues dealing with transportation etc, we look forward to them expanding their area of concerns and embracing the wider remit previously associated with the Chamber. This will address all issues to help further the expansion of the private sector and the economy of these islands. This Group fully deserves the support of all island businesses .”