Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has appointed Charandeep Singh to the new role of deputy chief executive.

Mr Singh, until now the business lobby group’s head of external relations, will focus on growing the reach of the Scottish Chamber Network nationally and internationally in his new berth.

And he will continue to work closely with chief executive Liz Cameron to expand the network’s commercial opportunities, raise the profile of business among decision makers and on strategy development.

Ms Cameron said: “Our Network is growing and strengthening its position to promote the interests of Scottish business nationally and internationally. To achieve this growth and deliver for our members, investing in the talent of our team is critical to the success of the Chamber Network and the business community. I am delighted to appoint Charandeep to the post of deputy chief executive where he will bring his utmost dedication and entrepreneurial zeal to supporting the growth of the Scottish business community.”

Mr Singh, who has worked for SCC for six years, said: “This is an exciting new role which I am honoured to take on. In the midst of political uncertainty and economic challenges, a strong business-led Chamber Network has never been more important.”

Mr Singh, who formerly worked for the Scottish Council for Development and Industry, added: “I am absolutely committed to raising the voice of business to decision makers, making sure that business communities in Scotland are thriving.”