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Think global, firms urged

Con­fer­ence: Gle­nea­gles packed for top ad­vice

- BY ROB MCLAREN Business · Entrepreneurship · Bicycles · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · Scotland · Angus · Dundee

Busi­ness lead­ers from around the world gath­ered at Gle­nea­gles yes­ter­day to share their thoughts on how Scot­land can be­come the most en­tre­pre­neur­ial so­ci­ety in the world.

Record-break­ing cy­clist Mark Beau­mont, west High­land en­tre­pre­neur An­gus Mac­Don­ald and worl­drenowned neu­ro­sci­en­tist Dr Vivienne Ming all took to the stage.

They were at En­tre­pre­neur­ial Scot­land’s an­nual con­fer­ence to ad­dress a packed-out au­di­ence on how to help busi­nesses thrive and sur­vive.

The event, be­ing held for the 22nd year, was opened by Dundee tech­nol­ogy en­tre­pre­neur and En­tre­pre­neur­ial Scot­land chair­man Chris van der Kuyl.

Mr van der Kuyl, who ar­rived rid­ing Mark Beau­mont’s bi­cy­cle, en­cour­aged com­pa­nies to think on a world­wide level from the start.

He said: “The con­fer­ence to­day is all about hav­ing a global mind­set. To me that means hav­ing a global head and a Scot­tish heart.

“What’s the point if you can’t have an im­pact on the whole world? I don’t re­ally

“To me that means hav­ing a global head and a Scot­tish heart”

care about build­ing a busi­ness that’s only rel­e­vant to my back yard.

“As a tech en­tre­pre­neur, if I don’t think global from day one, the busi­ness is dead at birth as far as I’m con­cerned.

“That goes for all our en­tre­pre­neur­ial ideas – whether they be busi­ness, pub­lic sec­tor or gov­ern­men­tal, we have to think with a global mind­set.”

 ??  ?? IN GEAR: En­tre­pre­neur­ial Scot­land’s 2018 con­fer­ence opens at Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel
IN GEAR: En­tre­pre­neur­ial Scot­land’s 2018 con­fer­ence opens at Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel

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