Moray military matters in the spotlight

February 14, 2023

Moray Chamber of Commerce hosted a business breakfast in Elgin, giving participants the chance to learn about the area’s military.

Around 50 guests gathered at the Eight Acres Hotel to hear about the military’s current priorities and its plans for the next 10 years.

Guest speakers included Group Captain Jim Lee (Station Commander at RAF Lossiemouth), Major Jo Charlton and Ann Griffin (both 39 Engineer Regiment, Kinloss), and Highland RFCA’s Head of Engagement Michelle McKearnon.

The event on 7 February was part of the ChamberFORCE initiative. ChamberFORCE is a partnership programme between selected Chambers of Commerce in Scotland and local Navy, Army and RAF units, designed to bring tangible benefits to Chamber members and to Defence. Participating Chambers have all signed the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved ERS Gold Awards.

The founding Chambers of Commerce are Fife Chamber of Commerce, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce, Moray Chamber of Commerce and Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce.

Highland RFCA first launched the initiative in November 2018, with the aim of bringing Chambers of Commerce and Armed Forces Reserve units closer together. Defence Relationship Management (DRM) sponsored the pilot. It was relaunched in 2022.

ERS Gold Award holder Amazon is the official corporate sponsor of ChamberFORCE for the next three years. This will further support the project to deliver the mutual benefits of military and commercial engagement, enabling the participating stakeholders to deliver advocacy for Defence.

To find out more about the relaunch of ChamberFORCE, click HERE.