Beat the boss
THERE will be no shortage of employees who day-dream about having a pop at their boss but far fewer who have the opportunity to do it … and have it sanctioned from the top.
Creditsafe boss Cato Syversen, above, stepped into the ring last weekend to face an employee in a charity boxing match.
Mr Syversen took on data capture specialist Luke Williams on a bill of 10 bouts expected to raise £8000 for Welsh cancer charity LATCH. We trust the victorious Mr Williams held on to his job.
MAITLAND Mackie, chairman of the Mackie's ice cream and renewable energy business, raised a few laughs as he reflected on the peculiarities of running a family business. Speaking at the University of Strathclyde, he recounted a story about a couple aged 95 and 93 who were planning to divorce. Asked why they decided to part at such elderly age, Mr Mackie said they replied: "We are a family business. We had to wait until all our children were dead!"
What's in a name?
WE hear Harper Macleod's latest foray into events caused a bit of head scratching for the law firm's creative minds.
With a renewable energy event called SHREC already on its books, title suggestions for a new Life Sciences conference, being held in Glasgow on September 3 and Inverness on September 30, included SHEEP (Science, Healthcare, Enterprise & Education Platform) and KILTS (Knowledge, Innovation, Life Sciences and Technology Scotland).
After playing safe with the LiKE Conference (Life sciences, Knowledge & Enterprise) the next job was a suitable slogan. 'Love Life Sciences: You'll LiKE This' was dropped after people starting signing up for a new form of speed-dating.
Maitland says no
BACK with Maitland Mackie. The veteran businessman was emphatic about his stance in the debate over Scottish independence this week.
Sporting a badge bearing the slogan "UK OK", Mr Mackie admitted in his lecture to the International Centre for Family Enterprise that he was losing sleep over the prospect of a Yes vote in next year's referendum.
"How will it be when we are foreigners in 90% of our markets?" he asked. "That is crazy stuff, just at that level. "Thousands and thousands and thousands of families will suddenly become strangers in each other's company."