Find out a bit more about our history.
Founded in the 19th century, we have a long heritage of supporting business in the region.
Long service - 50 years at the Chamber
Our finance assistant Isabel Grant celebrates 50 years of employment at the Chamber.
"The biggest change I've seen is probably the introduction of computers," she said.
“Up until that point we used a manual typewriter."
'UK Chamber Of The Year'!
Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce is named as 'UK Chamber of the Year' by the British Chambers of Commerce.
The Chamber moves to purpose-built offices at the Hub in Bridge of Don from its previous office at Greenhole Place.
Having moved from Union Terrace, to Hadden Street, then Albyn Place and later to George Street, the Chamber moves to the Bridge of Don.
No longer just Aberdeen
Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce becomes Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.
We welcome HRH Princess Anne
HRH Princess Anne gives the address at the Chamber's Scotland Tomorrow at the Beach Ballroom.
Celebrating 100 Years
A centenary luncheon is held to mark a hundred years since the incorporation of the Chamber.
Growth in Peterhead-Fraserburgh
The Secretary of State for Scotland is urged by the Chamber to reject the Gaskin Report as a blueprint for the future of the North-east, but to designate the Peterhead-Fraserburgh area as a growth area in the region. This eventually came to pass in the Energetica Corridor.
Our First Home
Finally, the Chamber finds a home at 15 Union Terrace.
The building is still there today marked by an engraved granite lintel above the doorway.
Membership had by now risen to 258, many of whom sat on committees within the Chamber to take the lead regarding different issues of relevance to members.
This was a forerunner of the Chamber’s current policy council.
Hello...can you hear me?
Aberdeen Chamber calls for the nationalisation of telephones.
Adding Weight To Issues
Aberdeen Chamber urges Parliament to make the metric system of weights and measures obligatory.
Back On Track
The start of a 25-year campaign for an improved joint rail station in Aberdeen. This campaign was taken up again by the Chamber a full century later.
Memorandum & AOA
The Chamber underwent the biggest change to its constitution when it submitted its Memorandum and Articles of Association to the Board of Trade and became an Incorporated body.
Calls To Abolish Income Tax
Vote at the AGM unanimously resolved to call on Government to abolish income tax on the basis that, not only was the country’s public finance in an enviably prosperous condition, but because that particular mode of taxation was “most objectionable, vexatiously inquisitorial in its nature and incapable of equitable realisation”.
John Miller, a manufacturing chemist in the city and president at the time, convened the AGM on Tuesday, February 13, he recorded 24 new members being admitted that year, giving a total of 168.
Included in the annual subscription of 21 shillings was a copy of the weekly publication “The Mercantile Test”.
Establishing Our Name
The Society became the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce and North of Scotland Trade Protection Society.
For many years it was known simply as the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, until 2002 when it became the current Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce
George Thompson Becomes Chairman
At the first AGM of the Society for the Protection of Trade, Baillie Forbes stood down as chairman in favour of George Thompson Junior MP.
George had formed the Aberdeen White Star Shipping Line which traded around the world with a fleet which included the locally built Thermopylae. This was the fastest sailing ship in the world at the time and until recently was a feature on the emblem of Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce.
The First Aberdeen Meeting
Leading members of Aberdeen's business community meet up in the Lemon Tree Tavern in Huxter Row to consider “the best mode of accomplishing the objects of a proposed Society for the Protection of Trade”.
Under the leadership of their first chairman – highly respected warehouseman Baillie John Forbes - the intention was to form a group of individuals who would work together to promote common business interests and support.
First chambers of commerce were founded in continental Europe in 1599 in Marseille in France and Bruges in Belgium.