The first Blog of 2019 and already one month has flown past in a flurry of snowflakes and a crumbling of New Year Resolutions.
All hopes of a quiet start to the year fell at the first hurdle with the opening of the window of opportunity for Employer Recognition Scheme Gold and Silver applications. With so much excellent work being done across the Highland region, it has been no surprise to see so many of our businesses meeting the awards criteria and being put forward for recognition.
Drafts and re-drafts are well under way with the REEDs on hand to offer support, guidance and cups of strong coffee to keep the creative juices flowing. Hard work but worth it to be able to join the ranks of the current Silver and Gold award holders across the UK. We will be keeping our fingers crossed for success for all of our applicants.
The first road trip of 2019 was to Aberdeen – a shortish hop up the road from Dundee – and a city where support for the Armed Forces is evident in a raft of organisations all working together. Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Councils, Sport Aberdeen, Robert Gordon’s College and Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Airport, and the Developing the Young Workforce Group at Aberdeen Chamber are all full of enthusiasm and joined up ideas on how we can work together. Our friends at Wood Ltd will be hosting our Armed Forces Covenant business lunch in March, and we look forward to catching up with everyone there.
January also saw the forces for good gathering as our ChamberFORCE members and their military “buddies” came together to plan joint engagement events. A productive meeting generated an amazing number of events and opportunities for employers and reservists to come together over the next few months, and we are indebted to our participating Chambers (Aberdeen, Dundee & Angus, Fife, Dunbartonshire and Moray) for their enthusiasm and support for our Armed Forces Family.
To round off the month, an invitation from 7SCOTS to attend their Burns supper was not to be turned down, and a huge dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties all washed down with copious amounts of Atholl Brose proved to be a convivial way to bring January to a slightly befuddled close!
And that was January – gone in the blink of an eye!