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As part of Glasgow Chamber’s hosting of the Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow group, the Career Ready Business Breakfast event introduced the UK-wide charity that links employers with schools


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lasgow Chamber of Commerce is launching a Member Panel as a new way of


regularly and – if needed – quickly consulting its Members. About 100 members,


consisting of a representative sample of the size, type of ownership and sectoral make-up of the Glasgow Chamber membership have been asked to serve on the panel in the first instance. Te Member Panel will be


consulted on issues regarding the economy of Glasgow, policy issues, Chamber services and any topical issues. At times, the collated survey responses will be circulated to the media to raise the profile


Research Chamber report on crowdfunding to be published


Glasgow Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a new report into the current state of business crowdfunding. The 2016 Crowdfunding follows an earlier ground breaking report, which was published in 2013, and will also be conducted by leading international Glasgow-based consultancy twintangibles. The 2016 report is sponsored


by crowdfunding platform Lending Crowd, Santander and Harper MacLeod. Glasgow Chamber supports


crowdfunding as an alternative source of funding to help businesses grow and wants to encourage it as a source of financing


where appropriate so that opportunities for SMEs are not lost. The publication will be a


benchmarking report that will include a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the


crowdfunding sector in Scotland through interviews, surveys and research and will include case studies. Alison McRae, Projects Director


of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said: “Our previous report into crowdfunding, conducted with Scottish Enterprise, was the first of its kind to look at crowdfunding from a Scottish perspective and it has been widely referenced. “Given that the sector has


evolved considerably over the last few years globally and that it is an important and growing source of finance we felt it was important to commission this follow-up report to chart how it has developed.”


of key issues and priorities. Panel members will be asked to


do a five-minute online survey about once a month seeking personal, professional, business or sectoral views. Te first set of questions


is due to go out shortly including a response on the development of a new Economic Strategy for Glasgow. Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive


of Glasgow Chamber, said: “We are commited to championing the issues of greatest significance to our members and our city. Te Member Panel is being established to obtain input in a quick and easy manner to inform our policy, campaign and membership activities.”


Helping Glasgow pupils become Career Ready


Glasgow Chamber hosted a Business Breakfast to introduce Career Ready, a UK wide charity that links employers with schools to help open up the world of work to young people. The event was part of


Glasgow Chamber’s hosting of the Developing the Young Workforce Glasgow group and was attended by representatives from more than 40 businesses. Of those, 14 have expressed an interest in hearing more about the possibility of increasing links with schools.


A number of Chamber


members including Scottish Water and Edrington already work with both the Glasgow Schools Business Partnership and Career Ready to boost links and help young people enter the world of work more easily. The Career Ready programme


seeks to give S5 and S6 students access to real experience of the world of work, help them to understand it better and to broaden their horizons and raise their aspirations.


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