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Varry McMenemy, President

Countdown begins to new opportunities

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As we reflected at our AGM in January, the Chamber has achieved a lot over the past year working with and for our members. That meeting confirmed the

progress that is being made increasing our services for members and our contribution to the Glasgow economy during a particularly challenging time. Our plans are in place for a very


significant year ahead which will have a major effect on our city, our country and its place in the world. A major drive to boost our membership, themed events focusing on key sectors to the city’s economy and increased services for our members are all areas that will be rolled out in the months ahead. As we detail in this issue of Glasgow Business, we have launched Workforce Solutions, an exciting new service for our members. It will help cut through

News Chief Executive welcome

Chamber news Glasgow news Partner news Member news New members

Events Training

Chamber events programme

Behind The Scenes Glasgow Business Awards

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Features City of the future

Flying high

Healthy working life Get the right staff

Tell me about yourself The hiring minefield Member benefits City investment

Chamber Champion Member profile The Pitch

Column BIG talks

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Cover image: Land Securities Chief Executive Robert Noel and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP celebrate the opening of 185-221 Buchanan Street

the complexity involved in taking on new employees by helping at every stage of recruitment, including accessing the public sector support that is available. We look forward to hearing how that service is received and welcome any suggestions as to how it can be improved. We have announced more detail of

a tremendous series of Glasgow Talks events covering a range of key issues that face our member businesses and offering the chance to learn from the experience and knowledge of business leaders and commentators. We will hear from top business leaders Sir Brian Souter, Chairman of Stagecoach, and Keith Cochrane, CEO of The Weir Group. We are also delighted to welcome Martin Wolff, Chief Economic Commentator of the Financial Times, and Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development at Siemens, to our thought-provoking

themed Glasgow Talks on the Economy and Smart Cities. A Glasgow Talks event on whisky

will feature a panel of speakers including Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Scotch Whisky Association. The Chamber is working with the

business community to submit is views on the development of the city centre. We are very grateful to our members within the retail sector in helping create the Glasgow Retailers Association as a new vehicle to all retailers across the city.

This important work is about

attracting investment into the city centre and assessing what needs to be done to ensure that Glasgow continues to flourish. The Chamber has also begun its work on the constitutional debate. Members of the Chamber’s Council have met with Alistair Darling

of Better Together and Blair Jenkins of

Yes Scotland to examine

the issues as they affect our membership and our city economy. Council member Katy Wedderburn

of MacRoberts is chairing a group set up to carry on that task. In this issue, we begin a countdown

to July 2014 when the Commonwealth Games will open in Glasgow. We have met with Sports Minister

Shona Robison to discuss the Games. We discussed and will continue to work on two key themes on the Games. These are access to the city and how that will affect businesses during the Games and the opportunities for business for our members arising out of Glasgow 2014. Scottish-based businesses have already won £250 million worth of business from the Games, with more business available to win in the months ahead. We at Your Chamber shall do all

we can to prepare for an exciting year ahead for our city.

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