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6 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013

All the night’s winners assemble

Inspiring awards light B

usiness leaders, individuals and organisations who go ‘above and beyond’ to

contribute something special to Glasgow and the wider community were celebrated in the inaugural Inspiring City Awards hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Te awards held in partnership

with Te Herald and the city’s new People Make Glasgow brand recognised exceptional contributions in many different facets of life and community.

Strategy Priorities identified for city centre

Glasgow’s City Centre Strategy should focus on four main priority areas in the first two years of its five-year duration, according to a panel of leading city business people gathered by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. The four priorities are:

» Establishing a dedicated city centre management, delivered

in partnership with city centre businesses to address issues, progress opportunities and provide a single point of contact » Establishing a transport strategy that recognises the benefits of all modes of transport, including private cars, to grow the economy and drive footfall to the area » Promotion to link the retail and

evening economy to deliver activity focused on increasing visitor stay and experiencing and marketing and PR activity to change negative perceptions of the city centre » Identifying opportunities to maximise the city centre impact of major events, including the Commonwealth Games, and to look to develop specific city centre events, possibly including a shopping festival. Glasgow Chamber has also urged that its six city centre workstream

heads should be invited to take part on the overall City Centre Strategy Board. They are House of Fraser General

Manager Paul Mitchell (retail); Mapping Consulting Principal Gary Mappin (commercial property and inward investment); The Garage club operator CPL Group Director Brian Fulton and Two Fat Ladies owner Ryan James (leisure and the evening economy); and Carlton George General Manager Duncan Johnston (hotels and tourism).

From Sir Alex Ferguson,

formerly of Manchester United FC who won the People Make Glasgow Award to Croſtwood United FC which won the Sport Award, the categories covered many aspects of the city and the wider community. A Play a Pie and a Pint was

recognised for its contribution to Culture while the Glasgow Bike Station, the city’s largest recycling project, was celebrated for its contribution. Sir Jim McDonald was

recognised for his contribution

as a business leader while Professor Seona Reid, Director of Glasgow School of Art, was awarded for her contribution to education. Sir Tom Hunter, the

entrepreneur and philanthropist, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and made the keynote speech at the event. He said that Glasgow’s role in

shaping Scotland and the world should be taught in schools. “Let’s sort that,” he told those who had gathered. He said: “Glasgow has an

incredible history... John Logie Baird gave us the TV, Billy Connolly probably the best humour ever... from Sir William Burrell, an industrialist and fellow philanthropist to Carnegie, Rennie Mackintosh – exceptional architecture – the list goes on. “We are constantly building

businesses and creating opportunities. “Business is the lifeblood

of any economy and looking around this room tonight, I see confidence in our future,

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