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The Bottom Line: Herald Business Diary

Wise words

Wise words

JOHN Watson has recalled how the Entrepreneurial Exchange was a great source of comfort to him after a deal to sell his Glasgow-based printing business fell through earlier this year.

Mr Watson eventually sold the company, which specialises in printing labels for the Scotch whisky industry, to US giant Multi-Color Corporation in September.

But it had come very close to selling it to Canadian Company CCL just six months earlier, only to walk from the deal at the last minute.

Speaking at the Entrepreneurial Exchange annual dinner, Mr Watson said: "I called three or four heavy hitters in the exchange after pulling out of the sale and they said if a big fish swims into your pond, you can be sure another will be swimming after it."

Wise words indeed.

Elixir of youth

CALNEX boss Tommy Cook is not a man who takes himself too seriously.

In a video interview screened at the Entrepreneurial Exchange dinner, at which he was short-listed for a top award, Mr Cook expanded on his long career in the telecomms industry when he quipped: "Don't be fooled by my young good looks - I'm older than I look!".

Taking flight

HIGH-flying Meghan Gallacher is on a high after collecting the up and coming legal PA (personal assistant) of the year award.

Ms Gallacher, a PA for the corporate team in Pinsent Masons' Glasgow office, was up against nominees from 40 other legal companies in the contest organised by Strictly Recruitment.

She said: "It's an honour that my work colleagues thought so highly of me to nominate me and a great feeling to have your work recognised."

Ms Gallacher supported the Pinsent Masons legal teams on work including Spike Exploration's acquisition of Bridge Energy ASA, the purchase of Pyeroy Group by John Wood Group and the Falkland Oil & Gas acquisition of Desire Petroleum.

Ms Gallacher is now looking forward to taking her first flying lessons, which was part of the prize she received.

Perks of the job

BILLY Walker, the chemist turned distillery boss, highlighted one of the perks of the whisky industry in one of the other interviews screened at last week's Entrepreneurial Exchange shindig.

Mr Walker, who owns the BenRiach and Glen Dronach distilleries, said it is "the only job in the world where you can screw up your forecasts and your product becomes more valuable!"

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