Chamber’s challenge

SELKIRK Chamber of Trade has given itself a year to reverse its fortunes, writes Andrew Keddie.

“We are going to make a concerted effort to get more involvement from all sorts of businesses in the town and we have set a deadline of 12 months to achieve this,” said chairman Gordon Edgar.

He was commenting after a special meeting of the body, which currently represents about 50 local businesses, in the County Hotel last week.

The gathering had been called by Mr Edgar who felt the chamber was unable to fulfil its principal function of promoting the interests of the town’s business community because, apart from himself and treasurer Tommy Combe, few of its members were proactive.

“It was an extremely positive meeting with some great ideas and suggestions to raise the profile of our wonderfully-diverse business community in Selkirk,” said Mr Edgar.

“There appears to a perception that the chamber is just for a few shops in the town centre, but that’s not the case. It’s for all businesses in all sectors whose survival and success is so important to the local economy in terms of jobs. “