GCU’s Hamish Dingwall features in Business7

Hamish Dingwall, Director of Research, Innovation and Enterprise at Glasgow Caledonian University, features in this week’s Business 7 magazine.hamish dingwall GCU

His views on the value of Social Enterprises to the business sector are examined in the article.

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ClinTec’s Rabinder Buttar named Scottish Business Leader 2010

Dr Rabinder Buttar, President and CEO of Glasgow-based global Clinical Research Organisation, ClinTec International was named Female Business Leader of the Year at the 2010 Scottish Leadership Awards held last night in Glasgow. Scottish Leadership Awards

The award is sponsored by Glasgow Caledonian University’s Applied Knowledge Exchange and was presented by GCU Principal, Professor Pamela Gillies.

The Scottish Leadership Awards recognises the achievements of Scotland’s private and public sectors leaders and has just recently been launched by Scottish Business Insider magazine.

Rivals for the category included Michelle Mone, founder and co-owner of MJM International and Audrey Baxter, Executive Chairman of Baxters, the international food company.

The award ceremony was held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow with Lord Ashdown present as guest speaker.

Dr Buttar was recognised by the Scottish Leadership Awards for her unique business acumen and entrepreneurial spirit in building one of Britain’s fastest growing privately owned tech companies; 27th in the league of top 100 companies in Britain – Sunday Times Microsoft Tech Track 100.

On winning the award, Dr Buttar stated: “I am honored to receive this award and see it as a great reflection not just of my work but that of our Senior Corporate Director, Bobby Bal and the experienced global management team supporting me. Leadership is about motivating people and bringing out the best in them to deliver challenging company goals. I am proud to have created an organisation in which employees based in Scotland plus 40 countries globally are passionate about their work and have an uncompromising attitude to deliver nothing short of excellence in all they do for our pharmaceutical and biotech clients.”

For more information, please contact the Applied Knowledge Exhange on 0141 331 3189.

SMEs vital to Scottish economy

SMEs play a vital role in driving the Scottish economy and “yet they do not always received the recognition they deserve for their extraordinary achievements”.

These were the views emphasised by Alasdair Northrop, Editor of Scottish Business Insider, at the SME 300 Awards 2009 event in Glasgow.

According to Scottish Government research, SMEs account for 99.2% of enterprises here and they employ around 52.8% of the population.

Overall the SME 300 companies saw a 0.3% fall in profits reflecting the beginning of the recession. However, that compared to a 2.2% fall in Insider’s Top 500 companies listing, which seems to indicate that SMEs are more resilient in this climate.

Insider, in association with accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff, set up the awards three years ago to mark the achievements of SMEs in a number of areas including leadership, innovation and focus.

Cormac Bryce, PhD Researcher in the Division of Accounting, Finance & Risk at  the Caledonian Business School, conducted in-depth research for the SME 300 Awards 2009.

Cormac’s research was then put to the panel of judges led by Gio Benedetti. The other judges were Vivien Kyles, Chief Executive of Hamilton Park Racecourse; Audrey Corfield, Head of Office for Glasgow at Marsh; founder of Braveheart Geoffrey Thomson; and Chartered Accountant Nelson Gray.