Business forum says voice will be heard loud and clear

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COMPANY bosses have formed a new organisation that will be used to make their voices heard.

The Scottish Borders Business Forum wants to be seen as a single, powerful voice.

It was formed at a meeting last week which was chaired by James Aiken, convener of the Borders Chamber of Commerce.

He commented; “While individual organisations will look to the detailed needs of their members, this Forum is designed to create more clout when approaching opinion formers and political leaders on issues that concern all of us.”

It has the backing of the local authority, and the councillor with responsibility for economic development, Stuart Bell, pledged: “This forum will reflect the interests of its business members – not of the council.

“I welcome and applaud this initiative.”

Mr Aiken added:“I am convinced that this collective voice will ring louder in the ears of politicians than each individual organisation can hope to do.”

The forum’s first major event will focus on transport, with input from both the council and the Road Haulage Association.