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If you live locally, then consider signing up for this June event about training and development in the Highlands.

Presented by Lochaber Chamber of Commerce in partnership with member business West Highland College UHI, this lunchtime talk and networking lunch will give tourism and hospitality members a close-up look at the training on offer at the college. Nigel Patterson, Business Development Manager at West Highland College UHI would also like to hear from you about the kinds of skills training and development you’d most like the college to offer to help you and your staff-team thrive.

After a delicious lunch, hear from our very own, Caroline Gregory, inspirational hotelier and passionate champion of staff training and development. Caroline Gregory has been the owner and manager of The Lovat, Loch Ness in Fort Augustus for the past 14 years. With a full-time staff of 22 rising to 38 in high season, the hotel has 28 bedrooms and is the only 4-star hotel on Loch Ness. Caroline will give a short talk on the crucial importance of investing in your staff team, how she deals with the challenges of rural recruitment and retention of staff and what she believes it takes to make your hospitality business a really rewarding place to work. This will be followed by an informal Q&A session and a chance to discuss your own key business challenges and opportunities.

Caroline has recently joined the board of the Developing the Young Workforce West Highland. Lochaber Chamber of Commerce hosts this Scottish Government initiative that links young people with the world of work.

This special hospitality sector event will be held on Tuesday 4th June 12.30-2.30pm at West Highland College UHI, Fort William. See for event details and to book your place.

If you’re not yet a member of the Chamber and you’d like to come along and find out how membership can help your business, please give us a call on 01397 705 765 or visit

We’re delighted that the students on the college’s ‘Professional Cookery’ course will be serving us up a special buffet lunch with an international twist!

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