Under new management
Business group going for growth
The new man in charge of the Rutherglen and Cambuslang Business Network is hoping the group will continue to strengthen in 2017.
Colin Halliday has taken over as organiser of the group from Gary Hosie, who started it in 2013.
Supported by Clyde Gateway, the group gives local businesses the chance to network and learn from others. Meetings take place at the Burnside Hotel.
With the next event scheduled for January 27, Colin hopes to get more businesses involved.
He said: “We’ve varied things a bit as we now have a guest speaker who will discuss a subject common to everyone in the room.
“At the last one we had someone from Healthy n Happy talking about workplace stress.
“The meetings are open to everyone. Yes, we are called Rutherglen and Cambuslang Business Network but we’re happy to hear from people coming from outwith the area or people bringing services into the area.
“You see the same people coming back again and again so they are definitely getting something from it. People that came to our last meeting in October all said it was fantastic and they would be back.
“This group can be really good for the area. Hopefully we’ll go from strength to strength.”
A former pupil at Bankhead Primary and Stonelaw High, Colin started his own insurance business Trade and Commercial Broking Services after 22 years with Prudential.
He was contacted by Gary Hosie of PTS Clean before the network started four years ago.
He said: “Gary knew I went to many networking meetings and he wanted to explain the reasons behind why he was getting it started.
“I didn’t have a hands- on role. However, he contacted me over the summer, saying his increased business responsibilities meant he couldn’t give it as much attention.
“Clyde Gateway were very keen to keep it going so that was that.”
Around 40 people attended the last meeting and Colin believes businesses do get something from it.
He said: “It has been successful and there is great potential for future success.
“It’s about networking but that doesn’t stop at the meeting. We are just facilitating the first contact.
“A couple of schools have come along as well.
“Some kids want to work for themselves. They are the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, if you like, and it’s fantastic for them to hear from people who have set up their own business.”
The network meetings are free and include a breakfast roll on arrival.
The next meeting takes place on Friday, January 27, at the Burnside Hotel from 9am with a 9.30am start.
Anyone interested can register at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rutherglencambuslang- business- networktickets-30588014575 or turn up on the day.
There is great potential for future success