Our policy team works to represent your views on policy issues at all levels of government, by providing the following services:
Our summaries explain key issues and show the Chamber’s position in a simple and brief way.
We proactively keep your priorities on the agenda of politicians and civil servants with face-to-face meetings.
By following the weekly debates at Holyrood and Westminster, we are able to provide MPs and MSPs with relevant research so that the perspective of North-east business is represented.
We seek your views and submit responses to important consultations at all levels of government, on issues ranging from planning developments to Bills passing through Parliament.
The latest calls for views are in our discussion papers
Our Meet the Leader events give you the opportunity to engage with leading politicians. Take a look at this year's events.
The Chamber’s mission is to help create a buoyant regional economy in the North-east. This includes raising awareness of investment projects which are underway.
We have gathered data on the major infrastructure projects committed for delivery in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire in the next few years, and published them in the form of an Investment Tracker.
The tracker is a document that can help your organisation to:
- identify the improvements coming to North-east Scotland
- visualise what the future of the region will look like
- inform your staff, customers and visitors
- highlight to your customers that this is a great place in which to work, invest, study and visit.
As Scotland’s largest professional services firm, EY is proud to sponsor Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce’s investment tracker – an important ongoing barometer of the region’s progress towards delivering the infrastructure essential for our future prosperity.Derek Leith, senior partner - EY Aberdeen
The Chamber aims to publish an updated version of this document every year.
Ahead of the local authority elections in May 2017, Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce asked its members what their priorities are for the success of the region.
As in all the elections of the past few years, we have produced a Chamber manifesto to represent the views of North-east businesses.
Local authorities play a vital role for businesses by providing basic services and infrastructure, educating our young people, investing in economic development and planning and securing new funds for major regional projects.
May 4, 2017 will mark the latest in the round of elections you have been asked to vote in, and can actually have the largest bearing on your day-to-day life.
We have held meetings to present your views through the manifesto to the local leaders of major Scottish parties in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire.
We aim to ensure that all of the local parties’ manifestos support our own document's requests.
In the run-up to the elections, we will analyse the party's pledges to inform our members and support their decisions, so watch this space.
The Chamber works to make sure the voice of business is heard in the run-up to elections and referendums.
The Chamber’s campaigns for the 2016 Scottish Elections, 2015 General Election and the independence referendum in 2014 were successful in informing politicians of what North-east businesses need from government.
Scottish Parliament Election:
The 2016 manifesto focused on issues devolved to Holyrood where members have consistently identified barriers to business growth:
- Developing the workforce
- A competitive fiscal system
- International trade
- The Chamber met 16 local candidates from every main political party and 15 national candidates
- Three mentions of the Chamber manifesto were secured in the Scottish Parliament
- Sixteen of the 27 requests made in the manifesto were committed for delivery by at least one of the political parties
- We drafted more than 18 briefing papers on key business issues
- The Chamber’s main referendum event attracted over 200 delegates
- A special referendum edition of the Business Bulletin was featured in the Press & Journal