You need Hans
HANS Rissman, the outgoing chief executive of Edinburgh International Conference Centre, was in ebullient form at the CBI Scotland dinner in Glasgow.
But we concede he initially had The Bottom Line on the back foot with one of his anecdotes.
Referring to Hans junior, managing director of Glasgow's five-star Blythswood Square hotel, we were somewhat startled to hear him state: "I really don't like my son." Normal service was resumed when he quickly added: "He is so much better than I am!"
Oh the glamour!
THE life of a public relations consultant is not all glitz and glamour.
The Bottom Line was due to have lunch with one practitioner of the dark arts when an unscheduled media appearance caused him to cancel.
"Sorry for the late lunch call off," he said. "I was holding a bag of grass cuttings while the BBC did a last minute recycling story in the Botanic Gardens."
We can only admire such commitment to the publicity cause.
The female touch
THE skills female employees bring to the insurance world was highlighted to The Bottom Line this week by Polly Staveley, deputy managing director of commercial insurance firm TL Dallas.
Ms Staveley, who noted her company employs more women than the industry average, said female insurance brokers make good negotiators. "We can be very persuasive as well," she added.
That's certainly the experience in The Bottom Line's household.
THE heat was on The Bottom Line when we arrived at the Hilton Hotel to interview Sir Michael Rake ahead of his first major speech as president of the CBI.
Taking our chair in the media suite, we found ourselves directly in line of what can only be described as the blazing early-autumn sun. As we squinted bleary-eyed at our notepad, the thought this was a ploy to befuddle journalists flashed across our synapse.
The absence of the sound of running water was enough to allay those fears, however.
WE can see the merit in a call for Prince William to become Britain's official business ambassador.
PR man Richard Hillgrove, who represents former Dragons' Den star James Caan, said the Duke of Cambridge can open doors for British companies looking to export. As the heir to a multi-million-pound empire, it might well be assumed the prince has some business nous, not to mention knowledge of succession planning.