Policy Groups

Policy Groups

The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce currently has three active policy groups, each focussed on a specific priority – the Inspiring Talent Group, the Inspiring Communities Group and our Policy Committee which oversees all areas of our policy work. Collectively, our policy groups exist to help gather and represent member views, as well as inform, formulate and drive forward our policy positions on key subjects.

Each of the existing groups, whose members are the leaders of businesses and organisations from across the city, has its’ own area of focus and objectives as outlined below:

Inspiring Talent

An Inspiring Group consisting of a cross section of Education providers and Businesses; bringing them together to form partnerships which influence and contribute to the talent and skills agenda of the City for the benefit of all sectors. The group will do so by:

  • Consulting with businesses on long-term skills and talent needs
  • Bringing together educational organisations and businesses – from SME’s to large corporates – to form partnerships which will influence the skills agenda
  • Understanding and identifying what the skills and talent needs are within businesses in Edinburgh. With Brexit and the City Region Deal on the horizon, there are lots of opportunities for employment but also gaps in specific some sectors, such as hospitality and retail
  • Sharing ways of working – between businesses, schools, the Chamber, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities

Read the group’s full Terms of Reference here. Minutes from the group’s meetings can also be found below:

Inspiring Communities

An Inspiring Group consisting of a cross section of businesses, third sector and public sector organisations who will contribute to the Chamber’s ambition to build a strong, safe and settled socially just Capital City where resilient, sustainable and inclusive communities are nurtured and where business can thrive and contribute to a growing economy rooted in strong local communities. The group will:

  • Explore how the business and third sectors can best understand each other’s purpose and ambitions and find the common ground between them.
  • Move the relationship between business and charity from dependency on business sector’s benevolence to one where there is a sense of equal partnership, parity of esteem and common cause.
  • Understand the inherent tensions partners on this journey of cultural change will experience and to turn them into opportunities

Read the group’s full Terms of Reference here. Minutes from the group’s meetings can also be found below: