The restored Outer Hebrides Chamber of Commerce was launched last night (Thursday November 28th) in the refurbished Willow Room at the Caberfeidh Hotel.

More than 30 people were involved in a largely informal evening with a buffet supper and plenty of opportunities to network and meet fellow business owners.

Stewart Nicol, the chief executive of the Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said this was a significant step, not just for businesses in the islands, but also the wider Highlands and Islands business community.

Inverness Chamber of Commerce is now 126 years old and was delighted to be able to assist the newest member of the chamber family. Its international trade team has provided invaluable support to the new organisation, allowing businesses to grow by taking advantage of export opportunities and offering guidance on regulations governing overseas trade.

The new chamber is also now part of the Highlands and Islands Export Partnership, which provides SMEs across the region with increased opportunities for their goods and services, and Open 4 Business Highlands and Islands.  It's also part of the wider Chambers of Commerce Network in the UK and internationally.