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GLASGOW BUSINESS SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013


CONTENTS/PRESIDENT


Varry McMenemy, President president@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com


Eyes of the world are on Glasgow


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The premier event of the Chamber’s year – the Glasgow Business Awards – took place on Thursday 3 October at the Thistle Glasgow hotel. I am delighted that the total


number of businesses put forward for the 14 categories was up 10 per cent on last year’s highly successful event and tickets sold out weeks in advance. It turned out to be a very special evening during our 230th anniversary celebrations and indeed in the run-up to an even more special year for our city. Glasgow 2014, what it will


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Chamber news Glasgow news Partner news Member news New members


Events Forthcoming training


International trade 6


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Past and forthcoming events 18 Glasgow Talks


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Features Tourism


Workforce solutions


How to choose a professional adviser


Independent schools Chamber champions


Column BIG Talks


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Corporate hospitality ideas 33


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Glasgow Business Awards 46 56 Cover image: Susan Walsh, Principal and Chief Executive, Glasgow Clyde College


mean for us all, and the business opportunities it presents was the subject of one of the latest events in our Glasgow Talks series. We heard direct from those leading the event, with Glasgow 2014 Chief Executive David Grevemberg and Sir Craig Reedie, Executive Counsel to 2014 Games Chairman Lord Smith, leading the presentation. They stressed the importance of the business community’s contribution in supporting the winning bid for Glasgow 2014 and also what the event will mean in terms of opportunity for businesses in the city. Preparations for holding the Games in the city have already meant significant opportunities for businesses, including those in the house building and construction sectors. There are further opportunities


for enterprises of many kinds which will be tendered in the months leading up to the Games and we would urge our members to look out for them. Glasgow Chamber is also


preparing a Business Ready Toolkit which will help member businesses prepare for the Games, aiding them in being able to operate normally


during the time of the Games and enable them to capitalise on the opportunities presented. Our Glasgow Talks series also


provided a fascinating vision of the Smart Cities of the future courtesy of Martin Powell, Head of Urban Development at Chamber Platinum Partner Siemens. There are many ways that buildings and processes can be designed differently to lower energy use and emissions for the benefit of all. Sticking with the sciences and


technology we were updated on Health and Life Sciences and what opportunities they create for the Glasgow city region in a Glasgow Talk by Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice-Principal and Head of College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at the University of Glasgow and Peter Silvester, President for Life Technologies Europe Middle East


and Africa. That event was the


start of Glasgow Chamber ‘shouting’ about the Health and Life Sciences sector in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. It is a contribution not widely


enough recognised within the business world generally and also sometimes among Scotland’s policy- making community. As the speakers at our Glasgow


Talks event said, there is an opportunity for Glasgow to bring the health services, the research community and industry together in a powerful partnership that will make the sector here truly a world leader. In both Health and Life Sciences and in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014, the eyes of the world will be on our city with the opportunities and spin-off benefits that will provide for businesses of many sizes.


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