Un­der new man­age­ment

Busi­ness group go­ing for growth

Rutherglen Reformer - - Info.. Info.. Info.. - Douglas Dickie

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

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