About the Chamber
A CROWD is much easier heard than a single voice ... and that, in a nutshell, is what Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce is all about.
As a group of business people working and campaigning together Helensburgh and Lomond Chamber of Commerce is a very powerful tool.
Membership of the Chamber enables businesses owners to share information and resources and to speak to people who understand the problems they are facing and who may be able to offer some useful advice and support.
It gives them a say in the future marketing of the town and a voice at many tables including the CHORD Project, community planning and Argyll and Bute Council as well as a credible presence for the powers-that-be at Faslane.
There are monthly oportunities for networking at informal events with a programme of guest speakers each sharing their own individual specialism or knowledge with the members as well as a number of purely social events.
The sharing of knowledge and resources that this facilitates can save much time and money for individual members and there are a number of other great membership benefits on offer through the Chamber ranging from business mentoring to real deals on services.
Together we create an effective crowd all working towards a healthy and prosperous business community which will benefit everyone.
Helensburgh - good for business
HELENSBURGH’s credentials as “the Garden City of the Clyde”, date from around the 1930s when the town was widely known as such and was a popular holiday destination.
The town itself, however, was actually founded in 1776 by Sir James Colquhoun of Luss and named in honour of his wife, the Lady Helen Sutherland and it has the distinction of having been a “planned” town. Its wide tree lined avenues and the grid design of the older town are clear evidence of that.
Helensburgh offers visitors and residents a wealth of things to do, combined with easy access to Loch Lomond, the Trossachs, Glasgow, Glasgow Airport and the rest of the Clyde Valley.
A beautiful Victorian seaside town which grew out of a Clyde fishing and weaving community Helensburgh combines elegance and style with a kind of Scottish “couthyness” and its residents are happy to welcome visitors from far and wide.
In fact Helensburgh is quite a Mecca for yachtsmen who take advantage of the fabulous facilities at the town’s Sailing Club and the Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club at Rhu as well as the many support businesses for boat owners ... carrying on a tradition which has seen Helensburgh host many great yacht races down through the generations.
Golfers too, find Helensburgh an ideal place to base themselves with a fascinating choice of golf courses within a few miles of the town including the town’s own historic course high on the hill above the Clyde.
There are courses at Cardross, the new and very exclusive Carrick at Arden, Loch Lomond Golf Course with its fabulous clubhouse Rossdhu near Luss, Buchanan Castle at Drymen, Clydebank’s excellent and very friendly club whose course is crossed by the Roman Antonine Wall and the Vale of Leven and Dumbarton Golf Clubs as well as a variety of municipal courses within easy reach and, of course, the small but devilish Wee Demon at the De Vere Cameron House Hotel.
Helensburgh itself has facilities for all the family from its swimming pool and fitness suite to a number of sports clubs and some very enjoyable walks both around the historic town and in the charming countryside on its boundaries.
The waters offshore are popular with wind surfers, the shores the haunts of anglers and nature lovers find delight in the surrounding countryside, the woodlands and the mystical Glen Fruin.
Historically minded visitors have plenty to occupy them in Helensburgh which has been home of many of the great minds and talents of the last 200 years including John Logie Baird, Henry Bell and one time prime minister Andrew Bonar Law.
Once known as the Garden City of the Clyde Helensburgh is a beautifully laid out Victorian town whose mansions and streets reflect a more genteel age and which include some stunning buildings by the world’s best architects from Charles Rennie Mackintosh to Leiper and “Greek” Thompson.
The less active can take advantage of the incredible choice of restaurants and pubs as well as the local shopping centre which is blessed with a fascinating selection of one-off emporia well worth browsing around.
The town is also within a few minutes of the famous Loch Lomond Shores and the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park where a wide variety of entertainment is on hand from walks and workshops to the Sealife Centre inside Scotland’s newest castle, Drumkinnon Tower.
Culturally Helensburgh is one of the most blessed towns on the West Coast with a full programme of musical and dramatic events throughout the year offering something for everyone whatever their age or taste.
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