The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle chairman Norman Geddes attends Business in Parliament conference

Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes attended the Business in Parliament conference in Edinburgh last week.


[Pictured left to right: John Scott MSP for Ayr, Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman and Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes, Willie Mackie, managing partner of the Clydesdale Bank Financial Solutions Centre in Ayr, and Martin Hunter, managing director of MH Training and Recruitment.]

Also participating were Willie Mackie, managing partner of the Clydesdale Bank in Ayr, Martin Hunter, managing director of MH Training and Recruitment, Ayrshire MSPs John Scott and Chic Brodie, and South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson.

And two of Scotland’s most successful entrepreneurs, Sir Tom Hunter and Jim McColl also took part in this major event in the Scottish Parliament.

The seventh annual Business in Parliament conference debated how we can inspire the next generation of business people in Scotland.

Leading entrepreneurs, business people and academics from across Scotland told the assembled delegates how entrepreneurialism can deliver sustainable economic growth at all stages of a business – whether this be at start-up, when exporting, or when the business is in transition.

 
Scottish Parliament Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP (pictured above opening the conference) said: “I’m delighted that the Scottish Parliament provided a platform for debate by bringing together over 200 leading names from the world of business, politics and the public sector.
  
“The seventh annual Business in Parliament event provided an exciting and unique opportunity to discuss and debate the role of entrepreneurialism in delivering sustainable economic growth in Scotland.”


Sir Tom Hunter (pictured above) said: “Scotland’s future is in all of our hands; we need to stand up and be counted and deliver for the future of this proud, proud nation.

“Do what we have always done and we will be defeated. Innovate, experiment, aim high, aim long and I do believe we can reinvent the modern world.”
 
The event was jointly organised by the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, and contributors to the event included:

Presiding Officer Tricia Marwick MSP;
First Minister, the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP;
Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee, Murdo Fraser MSP;
Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth John Swinney MSP;
Head of the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship, Professor Sara Carter OBE;
Director of Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland, Geoff Leask;
Vice President Sales, International Beverage, Malcolm Leask.


Murdo Fraser MSP, Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee (pictured above) said: “At a time when our economy is in the doldrums, we need innovative thinking, bold solutions and a joined up approach to help get it moving again.

“Some of the most successful business people in Scotland today told us what we need to do to inspire the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.”


Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Economic Growth, John Swinney MSP (pictured above) said: “The Scottish Government, with our enterprise agencies and Local Authorities, work closely with business and industry to ensure the country continues to be a competitive place to do business, generating innovative ideas and new entrepreneurs. Scotland is recognised for its contribution to shaping the modern world through innovation and it is important we work together to build on this reputation and ensure Scotland retains its position as the most competitive environment to do business in the UK.
 
“The Business in Parliament Conference is a great opportunity for leading business people, academics and politicians to come together to discuss how best we can  encourage, inspire and support Scotland’s entrepreneurs to realise their growth plans and contribute to Scotland’s economic success.”

Summing up the Business in Parliament conference, Elite Ayrshire Business Circle executive chairman Norman Geddes said: “The conference provided a real opportunity for Scottish business leaders to contribute to the future of Scotland through liaison with the Parliament. The speech by Sir Tom Hunter was truly inspirational to all who attended. Together with the positive contributions of the First Minister and other ministers it left delegates with confidence in the future prospects for Scottish business.”

[All photographs in this article appear by kind permission of The Scottish Parliament.]


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