The chamber, the largest independent business organisation based in the Highlands, believes the establishment of a Free Trade Zone in the Cromarty Firth would meet its core focus of developing a strong regional supply chain within the Highland business community.
They recognise how Free Port status would bring more quality jobs to the Highlands, as it would be more attractive for multinational companies to invest in manufacturing facilities in the region. This would produce a ‘ripple effect’ with local suppliers used for products and services.
A host of other Highland organisations have already backed Opportunity Cromarty Firth including Port of Cromarty Firth, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), The Highland Council, Global Energy Group, Inverness Harbour Trust, Highland Resources, and Skills Development Scotland.
Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce, said: “Opportunity Cromarty Firth recently shared with us and our members the enormous benefits that Freeport status could bring to businesses in the Highlands.
“The scale of this opportunity cannot be underestimated, and in our opinion, no other location is better positioned to realise its full scope. As a result, we firmly believe that Freeport status for the Cromarty Firth will profoundly benefit our network of businesses.