The Port of Inverness held its Annual Meeting on Friday 30 November 2018 to present its Annual Accounts for the financial year 2017/2018. The event was well attended by over 60 key stakeholders, Trustees and members of the business and local community.
Presentations were made by Angus Mackenzie, Chairman of the Port of Inverness, Sinclair Browne, Port CEO and Drew Hendry, MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey.
Key highlights for the period were as follows:
• Turnover: £1.33m
• 10% increase
• 25% reduction
Commenting in detail, Chairman Angus Mackenzie explained that 2017/2018 had been “a year of consolidation, capitalising on all the improvements made over the last couple of years and whilst turnover was slightly down on the previous year, it was ahead of forecast”
Port CEO Sinclair Browne went on to give an update on progress on Port’s Strategic Plan. He was particularly delighted to report that the Port had received a grant of £22,500 from SUSTRTANS to undertake an Options Appraisal in relation to the Maritime Heritage Trail that he launched at last year’s meeting. The aim is to improve the connectivity and the overall experience for cyclists’ pedestrians and visitors to the area. The route is an important link between the Maritime Quarter and the city centre and is a popular commuting route for cyclists to work. Mr Browne went on to say,” We intend to hold a public engagement day when we will be able to present the options for feedback by stakeholders, business and members of the public. All comments will be welcome and it is likely that this event will be held in January 2019. ‘’
Attendees were most interested to hear from Drew Hendry on his views of the Highland Economy and implications for Brexit. Mr Hendry praised the efforts of the port to assist businesses in the Highlands to prosper and expressed his hope that they would continue to flourish.