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Iain MacRitchie 

Iain is a serial entrepreneur, focused on investing and leading situations which require rapid change, growth or development. His marketing and brand development expertise, first gained from a Strathclyde University education has led him into multiple corporate leadership roles, mostly within Private Equity backed businesses. Iain has completed 12 major engagements in the last 8 years, returning just over £500m with an average 6-fold increase in company profits. His latest was after leading the £75m buy in of Maxinutrition (Maximuscle), he helped double sales and profits in 3 years, resulting in the sale of the company to Glaxo for £162m in 2011. 

He is now Chairman of Hobbs the fashion designer and high street retailer where he is driving the domestic and international development plans for this longstanding British fashion brand. In addition to growth projects he is also Chairman in a portfolio of turnaround situations including Care Homes & Schools, Shipping, Timber & Real Estate.   In addition to his sector experience in £100m to £500m consumer, business services, technology and healthcare companies, he has also started up 3 new business ventures.  

Iain has been recognised with the UK’s Turnaround Professional of the Year award and Private Company Turnaround of the Year. He is Chairman of the Institute for Turnaround, has sat as a member of the 3i plc’s Chairman’s Board and advises a number of other PE houses, Banks and Hedge Funds. Leisure time is taken up by a passion for sport and his Charitable Foundation established with a perpetual 10% of profits. The Foundation is focused on providing advice, support and capital for education and welfare initiatives in deprived inner city areas.  Glasgow is currently a major focus with multiple education projects helping to realise the full potential of children under social work supervision.   

John Anderson  

A well known specialist in entrepreneurship and new venture creation in Scotland, John brings considerable experience of emerging and high growth companies to his role as Chief Executive of The Entrepreneurial Exchange. 

A founder member of The Entrepreneurial Exchange, John was a shareholding director of a young venture backed technology company engaged in the design, manufacture and distribution of laboratory equipment and co-founded a company that provided pre-hospital emergency care and healthcare industry training.  As a CA in professional practice he worked with many of Scotland’s most exciting growth companies after returning to Scotland from Chicago in 1989.    

An experienced non-executive chairman and director in growing businesses, currently with two appointments, he is a regular contributor to the media on issues facing emerging and high growth companies and was instrumental in setting up the Scottish Enterprise "Local Heroes" project, based in part on his own MBA thesis "Local Heroes - Scotland's Entrepreneurial Role Models". 

John is also a Visiting Professor at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde, a founding GlobalScot member, a Saltire Foundation Fellowship advisory board member and sits on the boards of PSYBT, Stirling University Innovation Park and the Scottish Programme for Entrepreneurship. 

John runs a small shoot in Perthshire and formerly served as chairman of the Tayside and Fife Regional Committee of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.  He is a Governor of Morrison’s Academy in Crieff.

 

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No 29, Glasgow 29 Royal Exchange Square
Glasgow
G1 3AJ

0141 225 5615

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Chairman

John Anderson, The Entrepreneurial-Exchange, www.entrepreneurial-exchange.co.uk

Speakers

  • Iain MacRitchie, MCR Holdings, www.mcrholdings.com
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