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Lochaber Ideas Week 2021

15th – 19th Nov

Ideas Week 2021 is here…

Lochaber Ideas Week 2021 will take place on the week of 15th to 19th November. All events (except those noted) will be held at the spacious and centrally located Ben Nevis Distillery in the shadow of Ben Nevis.

Now in its seventh year (after a two-year break due to Covid), Lochaber Ideas Week is well established as a favourite fixture in the local business and community calendar. 

We’re presenting a slimmed-down version of Ideas Week this year and we’re delighted to be able to offer events that will inspire and inform our business community and get us back in the swing of sociable, in-person events.

Events preview

Lochaber Ideas Week brings you a fantastic selection of events that are mostly free-to-attend that make up an inclusive and engaging week of ideas worth celebrating! Come and join us – you never know where those ideas might take you…

Monday 15th November

To celebrate the official opening of West Highland College UHI’s Advancing Manufacturing Centre, we will be inviting our Premium Members to a special drop-in session from 1500 – 1900, where we will be hosted at the new centre and given an opportunity to speak to the experts about ways this facility can help improve and enhance business.          

Tuesday 16th November

DYW Schools Event – Learn about the future of manufacturing and what Lochaber has to offer at a special event with the Advancing Manufacturing Centre.

Wednesday 17th November

Ideas Week Aquaculture Day presented in collaboration with the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre.

Join us for a day celebrating innovation in this key growth industry for Lochaber.  The programme is targeted towards sector professionals interested in aquaculture innovations for sustainability, training and recruiting for tomorrow’s aquaculture sector. Book your free tickets here.

Thursday 18th November

Tourism Day – A chance to celebrate the resilience and inspiration of Lochaber’s biggest industry.  Sustainability will be key to the future of tourism and we’ll consider what we can all do now to make sure we’re ready for the future. What have we learned from the challenges of the last 18 months and what future trends will shape the visitor economy of tomorrow? Come along to join the discussion and hear from inspiring speakers. If you’re in tourism, you do not want to miss out on this day packed full of food for thought. Book your free ticket here.

Friday 19th November

Tour of BSW Timber – open to all, Lochaber Chamber of Commerce will host this great opportunity to see behind the scenes at one of Lochaber’s biggest and busiest businesses. Booking essential.

Advancing Manufacturing Centre Open Day: come along and find out more about the range of state-of-the-art  manufacturing facilities and support that could turn your business dreams into a reality! Free to use for businesses across the west Highlands, no matter what the sector or size of your business.

Ideas Week Gala Dinner at Ben Nevis Distillery – paid event. Get dressed up and join the celebrations at our Lochaber Ideas Week Gala Dinner featuring fabulous local food and drink in a sumptuous six-course taster menu, and fantastic after-dinner entertainment.

It’s been quite a while since we all got together, so don’t miss the chance to don your glad-rags and enjoy a sociable night out with your fellow Chamber members!  Tickets cost £80 (+VAT) per person and £640 (+VAT) per business table. Numbers are limited. Book your tickets here.

All events are free to attend, except those noted. Tickets are on sale now!

If you’d like to be a business sponsor of the week, or an individual event, email membership@lochaberchamber,co.uk or call to discuss sponsorship opportunities on 01397 705 765.

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