Our May Networking Lunch was with Kate Lennon, CEO & Peter Logue, Chairman – of one of our charities of the year – St Vincent’s Hospice on the 31st May at St Mirren FC - pics are here
Our June networking lunch is with Clydesdale Bank, Managing Partner – Andrew Maclean, on the 28th June 2012 at Ingliston Country Club, Bishopton – more info & to book here
Local Chamber Celebrate Affiliation
Friday 4th May 2012
An event to celebrate the affiliation of Dunbartonshire Chamber to Renfrewshire Chamber took place at the Erskine Bridge Hotel on the 1st May. Around 40 members from across the two counties came together to hear about the benefits of affiliation and network. The official paperwork was signed by both Presidents; Tom Johnston from Renfrewshire Chamber and Gary Groves from Dunbartonshire Chamber.
Affiliation with Renfrewshire allows Dunbartonshire Chamber members to access the products & services of a fully accredited Chamber including HR & Legal, Health, Merchant Services as well as the association with Scottish and British Chambers. Members from either chamber are encouraged to support local events and network – providing potential business opportunities for the members.
Commenting on the affiliation, Chief Exec’ Bob Davidson said “…we are delighted that Dunbartonshire have decided to affiliate with Renfrewshire. We look forward to sharing our learnings and experience and helping them grow & develop. We aim to do more joint events such as today and give members the opportunity to network and expand their contacts”.
For more info on the Chambers visit www.renfrewshirechamber.com and www.dunbartonshirechamber.co.uk
From Ukraine to Paisley….
Renfrewshire Chamber recently welcomed a delegation from Zhytomyr Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ukraine. The 3 delegates were in Scotland for a business tour and chose Renfrewshire as their first full day in Scotland. Bob Davidson, Renfrewshire Chamber Chief Exec’ spent the full day with the delegation accompanied by multi-lingual member & interpreter for the day, Natallia Hinde – an international business consultant with specialist knowledge of many markets including the Ukraine & Russia.
The morning was spent at Diageo Shieldhall, the world’s largest & fastest Scotch whisky bottling plant. The group were given a presentation by senior member of the site leadership team, Caroline Joss, then a full tour where they saw the world’s no.1 Scotch whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, being bottled.
Lunch followed at members Ingliston Country Club in Bishopton, the UK’s top equestrian venue, where a chance meet with marketing manager Brian Main led to a full tour of the facility after lunch.
The group then moved on to world renowned members Rolls Royce at Inchinnan for a presentation and tour with Chief of Manufacturing, Andy Ryley and colleague Mick Gallagher.
Finally the group headed back to the Chamber’s HQ at Glasgow Airport for a private meeting with members of the Chamber Board, where followed an exchange of gifts. Paisley pattern shawl and ties for our Ukrainian friends and in return the Chamber received a special award for encouraging international relations and a hand-made vase, crafted by one of their members.
The Chamber would like to thank Diageo, Rolls Royce, Ingliston and Natallia for their support on the day. The delegation was very impressed with the warm welcome received and the fantastic selection of businesses that are based in Renfrewshire. They also seen Renfrewshire at its best as the weather during their visit was excellent.
Renfrewshire Chamber Annual Golf Competition 2012 – Erskine GC
The 34th Renfrewshire Chamber annual golf competition was another great success, with just under 50 golfers taking part at Erskine Golf Club on Friday 8th June.
Apart from a light shower on one hole, the weather held up nicely allowing all the players to enjoy one of the top golf courses in the west of Scotland.
The winning team were Glasgow Airport (below)
and runners up were Phoenix Car (below)
The winning individual was Paul Robinson from Diageo – who also won the longest drive (below)
Runner up was John Sandells from Glasgow Airport (below)
Nearest the pin was won by Alan Watson of Chem Tech (no pic)
The raffle on the day raised £650 that the chamber will top up to £1000, for their charity of the year, St Vincent’s Hospice.
Chamber chief exec’ Bob Davidson, who organised the event said “I would like to thank all the companies that entered a team, supported the event & donated prizes for the raffle. A big thank you to all the staff at Erskine GC for a great event”.
That’s all for now folks – thank you for reading…
Bob Davidson, Chief Exec’, Renfrewshire Chamber