President – a few words

It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I enter into the role of 1st President of the Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce. I am, in fact, the 120th President of this historical, but forward looking Chamber, and I am immensely aware of the privilege of being trusted with that heritage and our future. Having been incorporated by Royal Charter in 1813, Greenock Chamber of Commerce is past it’s 200th year anniversary – and in June 2016, changed by Royal Charter again, we adopt our new name. Another step forward as we build our business community across Inverclyde.

As a Director on the Greenock Chamber of Commerce Board for the last 8 years or so, it has been my privilege to work with our Past Presidents and Board. Their experience, creativity and forward thinking has forged a new era, bringing our approach progressively into the current time, whilst recognising and respecting the value of our heritage. Their example is my benchmark and beacon as we forge the next few years and I thank each and every one of them for their excellence and wisdom within the role, laying the foundation for a solid and progressive Chamber.

The next few years are going to be intensely interesting and challenging. Yesterday, the United Kingdom voted to Leave the EU…. What this means will begin to emerge in the coming weeks and months and each business in Inverclyde will need to understand what this means for them, make adjustments as necessary, and be ready for the opportunities and hurdles this will bring. As a Chamber, we will find ways of providing information, sharing insights, and providing platforms for discussion. Our intention is to walk alongside you all, as we face the uncertainty and the anticipation of the coming months.

Looking to the future, both as businesses and a Chamber, we must be flexible, responsive, relevant and sometimes radical in the current business context. These are not just words, and will be the baseline for me and for our Board as we set our strategy for the next 2, 4 and 6 years. We will not be a remote Chamber, but welcoming, listening, attentive and responsive in creative and appropriate ways.

I look forward to meeting more of you and working with you to build a supportive community – a community for Inverclyde growth and enhancement.

President, Gavin McDonagh


Inverclyde Chamber of Commerce
Room 5, Victoria House,
5 East Blackhall Street,
PA15 1HD
01475 806824
07534 196253

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