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Lochaber Ideas Week 2016


The fun of Ideas Week 2016 may have ended for this year, but watch this space for news about developments for Ideas Week 2017!


The 2016 programme can be found HERE


Lochaber Ideas Week is presented each year by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce.  In 2016, the event was run in association with West Highland College UHI and The Oban Times, powered by No Fuss Events and hosted by The Moorings Hotel.

The week-long event celebrated business, education and community through a gathering of exceptional talks, workshops, competitions, discussion and networking opportunities.  Ultimately, Lochaber Ideas Week is a catalyst to stimulate fresh initiatives and ventures, creating new connections and points of collaboration designed to enhance the area we live in.

For 2016, Lochaber Ideas Week ran in parallel with Global Entrepreneurship Week and Scotland’s Towns Week.

Attending Lochaber Ideas Week allows you to become part of a diverse community of practitioners from Lochaber, the Highlands and the UK. Lochaber Ideas Week offers a unique platform to share your ideas, hear ideas on the next big projects in our region and provides a multitude of opportunities. You won’t want to miss it in 2017!

Ideas Week 2016 Overview

Monday 14th November

  • 2.30pm – 4.30pm: Free Event – Question Time: Lochaber’s Priorities in partnership with West Highland College UHI featuring Kate Forbes MSP, David Stewart MSP, Donald Cameron MSP & John Finnie MSP.  Full details HERE
  • 6.00pm – 8.00pm: No Fuss Events present An Evening with David Millar.  David is a former UCI World Tour pro cycling peloton.  one of only two British cyclists to have worn the leaders jersey in all three Grand Tours.  This is your opportunity to hear his story! Click HERE to find out more and to book your ticket

Tuesday 15th November

  • 9.00am – 12.00pm: Around Lochaber in 80 Tables in partnership with The Oban Times.  Open to all, over the past three years Around Lochaber in 80 Tables has connected over 200 businesses to new business contacts and contracts.  Find out more HERE
  • 9.30am – 12.00pm: FREE EVENT – Strategic Sales Workshop from Klozers  Attend our Strategic Sales Workshop and join fellow business leaders just like you, to discover practical strategies and tactics you can take away, and implement in your business immediately, that will impact your bottom line.  Find out more and book HERE
  • 1.00pm – 4.00pm: FREE EVENT Digital Technologies Update – find out more and book HERE
  • 5.00pm – 8.00pm: Dragon’s Glen in partnership with Moidart Trust –  Dragons Angus MacDonald, Anja Baak, Steve Ham and Emma Parton are ready to help the next generation of entrepreneurs!  Click HERE for further details

Wednesday 16th November

  • 1.00pm – 4.00pm: Upgrading or Planning a New Website – Digital Tourism Scotland.  Book HERE
  • 5.00pm – 7.00pm: FREE EVENT – About Lochaber Hope.  Join Alyson Smith of Lochaber Hope for a presentation on the incredible work Lochaber Hope carry out, and how the business community of Lochaber can engage with them for the benefit of the business community.  Book your place HERE

Thursday 17th November

  • 9.00am – 12.30pm: FREE EVENT – Tourism Conference featuring Story Coach, VisitScotland & Cal Mac.  As part of Ideas Week 2016, we are delighted to announce our Tourism Conference fre of charge to all attendees! Click HERE to book your free place!
  • 1.00pm – 4.00pm: Digital Tourism Scotland – Measuring Digital Return on Investment.  Find out more and book HERE
  • 5.00pm – 7.00pm: FREE EVENT – Room 13 Panel Discussion.  Room 13 would like to invite you to a panel discussion exploring the economic benefits of creativity.  The panel will consist of invited guests, each with an interest on developing our community’s creativity.  Book your place HERE

Friday 18th November

  • 9.30am – 12.00pm: FREE EVENT Food & Drink Workshop – Lochaber Chamber of Commerce is delighted to announce Douglas Watson from the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society as part of Ideas Week 2016!  Book your place HERE
  • 5.30pm – 7.15pm: Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture in partnership with HWEnergy.  This year’s Charles Kennedy Memorial Lecture will be delivered by an incredibly high profile figure in UK politics – watch this space for the announcement, and book your place HERE
  • 8.00pm – late: Ideas Week Dinner in partnership with Twin Deer Law.  Featuring special guest Fraser Doherty, and the winner of Dragon’s Glen 2016.  Tickets are selling fast, so book your place HERE

Here are some memories from years gone by!


Ideas Week 2014

LIW Teaser 2 from Lesley Benfield on Vimeo.

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