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SOME of Glasgow’s most enterprising businesses will unveil the secrets behind their success at a new and unique event in the city this Friday (June 15) and hosted by TV personality, Alison Walker.

Being held at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, CROWD is a new fun and interactive annual member conference hosted by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce which aims to “turn its AGM on its head”.

The ‘quick conference’ will feature 16 short and sharp addresses from a number of emerging business leaders whose firms have enjoyed recent growth based on the deployment of a wide range of strategies.

Keynote speakers are Airlink Group’s John McGlynn and Tim Wright of Twintangibles.

There will also be a special crowd-sourced slot for one Chamber member, chosen through a user-submitted video competition.

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce chief executive, Stuart Patrick, said: “There is nothing quite the same as hearing it from the horse’s mouth, by people who have been there, been passionate about it, tried it, seen it work, seen it fail and ultimately who can help you consider how to take your business forward.

“CROWD has sourced its speakers from the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce membership and they each have just ten minutes to tell you their story in this new, innovative and interactive event.

“It is our own fresh take on an annual member conference, very much designed by business for business. With the CROWD continuing to grow by the day, we’d encourage members to sign up fast.”

The event will also feature optional breakout sessions, a selection of user-submitted videos shown on big screens and a ‘meet the expert’ bar in the shape of five minute one-to-one slots with leading business figures.

CROWD will be opened by John McGlynn, founder and owner of Airlink Group, who will share the entrepreneurial story of how he built his business and has managed to successfully diversify his product portfolio.

Other confirmed speakers, who will deliver brief, ten-minute presentations, include:

• Gavin Clark, Martha’s Fast Natural Food, on market research

• Kim Lowe, John Lewis Glasgow, on employee ownership

• Mike Smith, Orb Group, on merchandising

• Colin McMurray, Clyde Marine Training, on diversification and technology

• Gerard Smyth, High Torque, on exporting

• Bryn Williams, Creation IP, on IP protection

• Jackie Wynn, Nucoco Chocolate, on crowd funding

• Elly Rothnie, National Theatre of Scotland, on creative diversification

• Alan Ramsay, Connect Communications, on the future of print media

• Varry McMenemy, Bellcom Worldwide, on happy and healthy workplaces

• Petra Wetzel, WEST Beer

• Maree Aldam, International Network of Street Papers, on third sector corporate partnerships

• Nicola Taylor, Chardon Management

The Chamber has also teamed up with Cameron House Resort at Loch Lomond to offer all delegates at CROWD the opportunity to be entered into a special prize draw to win a night’s stay for two at one of Scotland’s most luxurious hotels.

Businesses will be automatically entered into the draw when booking their place online.

Alternatively book by contacting Glasgow Chamber of Commerce via 0141 204 8319 or

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