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Annual Awards Dinner 2002

What a sensation! The Entrepreneurial Exchange Annual Dinner and Awards just moved up to a new level altogether.

Over 700 members and their guests packed the Glasgow Hilton on Thursday 28 November for a celebration of entrepreneurship in Scotland - an event which saw some major changes from previous years.

In a night of surprises, the top table and other 'victims' had a new tormentor as John Morgan was upstaged by Head.

The first surprise of the evening was a performance from a team from Ochiltree Primary School in Ayrshire, who had won the Schools Enterprise Programme Most Enterprising School Award.  The impact of the Schools Enterprise Programme was there for all to see - confident young people, unfazed by being on stage in front of 700 wealth creators.  Scotland's future is in good hands.

Instead of an after dinner speaker, Head presented his own thoughts on what makes an entrepreneur - featuring a number of Exchange members and directors. Ouch!

Chairman, Tom Hunter, discussed some of the achievements of the Exchange and its members in his Review of the Year another new feature of the event.

Sir Tom Farmer, Honorary President of the Exchange, then presided over the first formal induction ceremony for the newly created Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame. Moir Lockhead, chief executive and deputy chairman of Aberdeen based First Group; Donald Macdonald, chief executive of Macdonald Hotels and Sir Ian Wood, chairman of the Wood Group, became the first inductees. 

The climax of the evening was the presentation of the Entrepreneurial Exchange Entrepreneur of the Year.  Walter Nimmo of Inveresk Research, was selected from a shortlist of three, the runners-up being Pearse Flynn of Damovo and Alistair and Douglas Irvine of A McLelland & Son Ltd. 

A fantastic night like this one is the result of a lot of planning and special thanks go to John Morgan of Merle for his creative talents and to Kylie Forrest and her events team at Beattie Media for once again making it happen.

Most importantly thanks to our main sponsor, Bank of Scotland Corporate Banking and also to PricewaterhouseCoopers, UBS Private Banking, The Herald and the Hilton, without whose generous support the event could not take place.