Clacks Business Week – Official Launch & Networking Lunch

Clacks Business Week 2016 officially opens on Monday 21 November with the “Going For Growth” Networking Lunch for the Clackmannanshire Business Community.

The key motif of Clacks Business Week is Growth. Clacks Business Week aims to support Business Growth by facilitating networking events, information sharing and learning from the experience of others. The “Going For Growth” Networking Lunch, to be held at Gean House, starts the week in an appropriate fashion with two presentations themed around business growth.

Firstly, Ken Lewandowski, business owner and government adviser, Chartered Engineer and Chairman of Alloa based Emblation Medical Limited will present “Scaling up your Business”. Ken will draw on his experience of more than 30 years in the Electronics Manufacturing Sector to discuss Business Growth, including tips based on his personal experience of growing businesses across a wide range of sectors. 

Ken is currently a Director of The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and the Scottish Children’s Charity, Children 1st, where he Chairs the Audit and Risk Committee.  He is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and was Co- Chairman of the Scottish Government Review of Procurement in Construction in the Public Sector. 

Ken takes a keen interest in all issues to do with SMEs and has lobbied consistently for legislation to address late payments. He is also a Business Investor and has invested in a number of Forth Valley companies over the years.

Clacks Business Week is partnered by French Duncan and Graeme Finnie, Managing Partner & Head of Corporate Advisory will be presenting the keynote address, “Growth in a changing world”. Graeme provides a sneak preview, “No matter what sector or type of business you run, whether it’s a start up or an established business, the key to growth is understanding how your business makes money and in making judgements on the future direction of your market. Reliable data is paramount in maintaining this edge which leads to success.”

Graeme joined French Duncan in 2005 to establish French Duncan Corporate Advisory, the corporate finance and advisory department of French Duncan, and in 2011 he also assumed the role of Managing Partner. As one of the most recognised corporate financiers in Scotland, Graeme has built FDCA into one of the market-leading corporate finance and advisory practices in Scotland.

Over the last 20 years Graeme has been personally involved in, or advised companies involved in, company sales, acquisitions, finance raisings, restructurings, downsizing, strategic reviews, business planning and bank renegotiations. He has worked with hundreds of businesses over the years and has an understanding of most of the issues which commonly face businesses.

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, the Member of Parliament for Ochil and South Perthshire will also be in attendance to show support for Clacks Business Week and the local business community.

Finally, with so much going on, prominent local business owner, Alloa Athletic Chairman and Chairman of Clackmannanshire Business, Mike Mulraney has agreed to be Master of Ceremonies and to keep the event moving smoothly along in his own inimitable style.

The “Going For Growth” Networking Lunch promises to be a memorable start to the first ever Clacks Business Week – a week showcasing the very best of the Clackmannanshire Business Community – and we hope to see you there!

For more information about the Clacks Business Week Official Launch & Networking Lunch, to be held at Gean House on Monday 21 November, call 01259 726430.