Jump to content

The Entrepreneurial Exchange

People Your Biggest Asset

Focus Dinner

The positive effects of a happy, motivated and loyal workforce should not be underestimated – businesses thrive when they have the right people on board.  Recruiting the right staff and good management can pay dividends for your company. 

Please see feedback below from Members who attended this event:

Venue information

Howard Hotel 34 Great King Street

0131 557 3500


John Anderson, The Entrepreneurial Exchange


  • Colette Grant, Grant Management, www.grantmanagement.co.uk
  • Colin Manson, Xodus, www.xodusgroup.com

Show venue on a map or Read the biographies.


Excellent real life examples provided by both Colette and Colin. This included a good balance of initiatives that were successful and those that weren't (lessons learnt from those experiences). Some very valuable contributions also provided by other attendees

A very open and honest group. Everyone contributed positively.

The event was very interactive, everyone had something to contribute and there were many ideas from around the table. Nuggets for me: Putting fun back doesn't need to cost anything. Go back to basics. Try and instil the excitement back into the business that you felt when you started up. Remain focussed. Remain positive

Excellent well prepared speakers who also paid attention to the needs of the room

Great night, great speakers. I know Colette really well but still managed to pick up so many tips. Colin seems to have a great business and it was refreshing to hear the downs as well as the many ups

Speakers were brilliant! They highlighted points for thought and discussion. It was a small group and therefore easy to converse with the speakers about individual problems

It was good to hear other people's views on how they manage their staff and in particular, the tools they employ to motivate them. It was also useful to hear the mistakes that people had made along the way in recruiting the wrong people

Key tips for me was to avoid compromise when trying to recruit/retain the key members of your team. Act quickly in relation to underperforming employees

Key tip for me - people are your only asset.

Key tips for me - career pathway/academy for team members. The importance of culture and how to keep it as an organisation grows

The evening made me reassess a couple of decisions I'd made re recruitment of staff

Key tip for me was the importance of training and the academy approach

John did an excellent job in stimulating lively debate and discussion

John was excellent.

John did a sterling job

John - an excellent balance of letting people talk and directing the conversations

John was great and as usual good company, keeping the discussion on track and encouraging lively debate

John kept the conversation fluid and inclusive of all players

John Anderson who was excellent

Colette gave a very inspiring talk

Colette was well structured, to the point and to time.

Colette was enthusiastic and shared well thought out comments. She was passionate about the topic with some great insights

Colette covered some of the essentials we often forget - inspired food for thought

Colette's presentation was excellent. she made a real effort to prepare for her presentation and to connect with her audience.

Some great examples of practical lessons learnt by Colin as he and his fellow directors have grown Xodus in a successful business. Honest accounts of how styles/approach to staff development have changed over time

Colin was very insightful and passionate about people.

Colin gave a brilliant delivery on his topic, honest and sincere about not only his success but his mistakes and what he has learned. Again some great insights

Colin's enthusiasm and humour was very uplifting and motivating

Colin was a great guy and gave an enjoyable talk. I especially enjoyed meeting someone who has such a different employee base

Colin spoke with enthusiasm and knowledge on recruitment

Colin's presentation was very good

SubscribeUpcoming events

Registered in Scotland. Company registration number SC160976.
Registered office: Barncluith Business Centre, Townhead Street, Hamilton, ML3 7DP. Developed by Mercurytide