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Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
1st May 2003

The Entrepreneurial Exchange's ninth annual conference was a real grand prix event.

The Schumacher of business conferences once again descended upon Perthshire's world-renowned resort for a Formula One themed conference, providing the 300 entrepreneurs in the audience with excellent networking opportunities and a truly unique learning experience.

Growing a business is a race full of excitement, risk and challenges and our line-up of guest speakers would have left even Murray Walker speechless. 


Luke Johnson, co-founder of Pizza Express and now Chairman, of Signature Restaurants plc was joined by Imran Khand, founder and Chief Executive of Picsel Technologies, Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic and Jim McColl, Chairman and Chief Executive of Clyde Blowers. 






  Luke Johnson, pictured left
  Imran Khand, above

Each speaker made excellent presentations and had lively question and answer sessions - each inspirational yet all different.





  Jim McColl, pictured above
  Sahar Hashemi, left




As ever, the comments from members provide the real evidence of the success of the event.

'A really strong, eclectic mix of inspirational leaders this year…without doubt the best event in Scotland for bringing together those who have done it with those who are striving every day to do it.  Inspirational!' - Graham Bucknall, Adventi

'Great to hear success stories through hard work and innovation from people who have made it, but who still have their feet on the ground' - Gordon Cairns, Cairns Bond

'As usual the conference was great - inspirational, motivational, good fun, great networking.  Just the inspiration I need during the start-up of a new company' - Jim Pickard, Accura Health

'I found it a most stimulating day…I was particularly struck by the openness of other attendees to exchange their experiences…I came away appreciating that The Entrepreneurial Exchange is a real asset to the rapidly developing business community in Scotland.  I look forward to next year's event.' - Roy Leitch, The Interactive University

'Still the best event in Scotland' - Richard O'Connor, Ambergreen