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JCI Glasgow Shake up your social life

When thinking of activities for a social weekend in your home city, there can often be arguments between the various organisers as to what is fun and what is not. It all began quite sedately on

the Friday night with a drinks and dinner reception at possibly the most multi-purpose venue in the west end – Cottiers. It has a beer garden, bar, restaurant and a theatre all within the confines of an old church. The intimate surroundings, fine food, and a mix of board, social and potential members made for a great meal and hopefully will set the foundations for future events. So to Saturday and the arrival

of our international guests. After the initial greetings and reunions we headed out of the city to Auchentoshan – Glasgow’s local

distillery on the outskirts of the city – for an education on how ‘the water of life’ is made and of course to sample some of it. I don’t think much whisky was purchased, but a fair amount of tablet and Auchentoshan’s answer to Bailey’s Irish Cream was loaded into the back of the car before we left. So to the evening and a trip to the

Avant Garde’ for their Saturday Ceilidh with the girls from ‘Withkids’ and, for at least some of our international guests, a bit of an education in Scottish beverages and dancing skills. We never did find out if they liked the taste of Irn Bru but it seemed to have an effect and as is tradition, once a bit of Dutch courage was found the dance floor was the place to be. The party then moved to Maggie

May’s before finishing in complete contrast at ‘The Corinthian’.

have been out of place in an E.L James novel were fitted and before we knew it we were hooked up and standing on the edge of the final platform. After a quick pit stop a gentle

drive in the country to find Scotland’s ‘Mountain in Miniature’ Beinn A’an. After the exertions of Beinn Narnain the week before the cooler temperatures and gentle drizzle were a welcome sight. Another quick pit stop to freshen up and then the final meal in ‘The Loft’ before a speedy dash to the airport. JCI Dublin are seemingly looking to out- do us in the adrenaline stakes so the Irish National Conference in October could be an even more interesting experience. JCI Glasgow will be represented.

Sunday morning and the weather had turned. The spirits were not dampened, however, as we made our way to the Titan Crane praying that the weather wouldn’t stop us from ‘flying’. At the top of the crane additional harnesses that may not


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Consultants are used to help organisations change for the beter and are seen as experts in their field. Tey are hired because the organisation may not have sufficient expert resources in house. Consultants are expensive,

so it is important that the one you pick meets your needs, QMI Scotland advises. » First be clear about the results you want, but try not to be too prescriptive in how you want this achieved. » Ask your friends and colleagues for the name of consultants they would recommend. » Shortlist three to five and invite them in to discuss the project. Te beter consultants will ask more questions than give you opinions. » Check references. Ideally, they will be members of a relevant

professional association. »Make sure the consultant shares your management philosophy. » Be sure that the consultant has relevant real life experience in the type of project you are tackling. » Choose a consultant with whom you feel comfortable. Remember that good

consultants should make your organisation stronger and beter than when they found it, and they should leave the managers in the business capable of carrying out the tasks themselves in the future, not the requirement to call on the consultant again and again.


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It was top marks again for the computing department at West College Scotland’s Paisley Campus when it was awarded an A grade by the British Computer Society (BCS) on the annual audit of the college’s provision of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) qualification. Carol Hughes, Head of IT,

said: “Te college is delighted to be awarded an A grade once again, which means Reid Kerr has achieved this grade 12 times over the last 13 years. Tis is a wonderful endorsement of the professionalism and dedication of staff delivering this qualification. ECDL is an excellent comprehensive IT qualification. It continues to be

one of our most popular qualifications.” If you’d like to develop your

employees’ IT skills, and benefit from more efficient IT systems and processes, West College Scotland delivers courses for ECDL and on Microsoſt Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access). Courses are delivered via our

campuses in Paisley, Clydebank and Greenock, or at a venue of your choice. We can also create a bespoke training course tailored to your specific needs.


Contact West College Scotland on 0300 600 6060 or visit www.westcollegescotland. for more information

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