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The Bottom Line: Herald Business Diary

Positive thinking

Positive thinking

LORD Haughey has devised a novel response to help the pro-Union camp overcome claims the Better Together campaign is too negative.

Speaking at a Prince's Trust event in Glasgow yesterday, the City Refrigeration entrepreneur said: "Let me ask, how do you make N-O sound positive.

"I've worked out a quirky way of doing it. We should use the Scottish vernacular and say, "Aye, right."

Percentage play

COMPETITION in the Weir Group boardroom apparently extends down to the decimal points on the percentage of shareholder votes a director gets for re-election.

Lord Robertson joked with chairman Charles Berry his 97.35% was "pretty bad". Then when Mr Berry saw chief executive Keith Cochrane had received 95.89% he said: "I do not feel so bad now."

The rest of the directors all received more than 99% with finance director Jon Stanton and non-executive John Mogford in joint first with 99.93%. We don't think Mr Berry or Mr Cochrane have demanded a recount.

Name game

GLASGOW City Council leader Gordon Matheson showed good humour when he was mistakenly introduced as George by host Vanessa Collingridge at a Prince's Trust event yesterday.

Ms Collingridge was quick to correct her initial error but Councillor Matheson could not resist the chance to retort.

"Thank you very much Victoria, I mean Vanessa," he quipped.

Company exit

MACFARLANE Group chairman Graeme Bissett opened the packaging and labelling firm's annual general meeting (AGM) in Glasgow this week with a note of caution to shareholders.

Explaining that the Thistle Hotel had no practice fire alarms scheduled for the morning of the AGM, he asked shareholders to make their way to the exits at the side and rear of the room should the siren sound.

Given the age profile of shareholders in attendance, The Bottom Line is confident it would have been first out the door.

Mountainous effort

GLASGOW-based liquor licensing solicitor Stephen McGowan will be trading his brief case for a rucksack when he undergoes a charity climb next month.

Mr McGowan, who chairs the Scotland branch of licensed trade training body the BII, revealed on Twitter that he and his colleagues at law firm TLT will be scaling Ben Nevis on June 6 to raise funds for Yorkhill Hospital.

Here's hoping conditions are favourable for the big climb.

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