The Falkirk forBusiness Magazine
Issue 3 • December 2011
Falkirk Business Panel Annual Conference
The 4th Annual Conference took place for the second year running at the Macdonald Inchyra Hotel in Polmont, and an excellent turnout of over 130 delegates were treated to a lively morning session of speakers. Following a round up of local economic developments by Falkirk Council Chief Executive Mary Pitcaithly, delegates were prompted to face up to the challenges of leadership in difficult times in an interactive and entertaining session led by Gerry Godley of Godley Corporate Executive Coaching. Dr Jim Hamill continued the interactive theme with his presentation on using Social Media, asking delegates to think about their social media strategy. He clearly identified that while many of us enthusiastically Tweet and Facebook, very few of us have a developed strategy as part of our business plan, something which we need to rectify if we are to use social media more effectively! After a busy refreshment break, it was back to the delegate hall for a Question and Answer session with Curt Hopkins, CEO of Redeem. Curt followed on from the social media topic
to talk of changes in the way we use, and particularly recycle, our hand-held devices such as phones, ipads and tablets. His demonstration of the growth and success of Redeem into the world market place, also underlined the importance of exporting and keeping abreast of change and new markets during this period of rapid development for businesses. Final keynote speaker was Colin Robertson, CEO of local company Alexander Dennis. Colin gave a fascinating presentation on the story of the company and its growing role as a worldwide player. His passion and enthusiasm for his company and product had conference host Bill Whiteford commenting “I really feel like going out to buy a bus now!” Lastly, the Conference heard from Gordon Grant of INEOS, who outlined the plans for the Upper Forth Development Framework. George Stevenson, Chairman of Falkirk for Business, closed the event and delegates enjoyed a lunch and networking.