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Date: 02/10/2002 Location: Kama Sutra Restaurant, Glasgow
Chairman: Mr  John Anderson
Speaker: Mr  Les Meikle  Mr  Kai  McCabe          

Les Meikle.  Les has been in the building preservation industry for over twenty five years working his way up from Surveyor to Managing Director with Peter Cox Preservation before being made redundant in 1996.  In 1996 Les bought Timberwise Preservation which at the time was turning over just over 600k and had not made a profit in the previous three years.  Since then Les has taken Timberwise's turnover to 2.5 million and achieved significant profits each year.  In aiming for a turnover of 10 million in the next five years, Les has re-branded his company to Wise Property Care Ltd to reflect the increased range of services to be offered to his company's customers, and the change in philosophy of the company from a strip-out and re-instate orientation to a preventative maintenance regime.  Les was a finalist in the Entrepreneur of The Year Awards 2001 and winner of The National Business Awards Scotland for the best business turnaround in 2001. Kai McCabe, Managing Director Scotland, Search Consultancy. As Managing Director - Scotland, Kai sits on the main board of Search Consultancy, Scotland's leading independent recruitment business which has an annualized turnover of 62 million. Since becoming part of the management buy-in/buy-out team in February 2000, Kai has played a key role in developing Search's successful business model within the Scottish market.  Whilst firmly establishing Search as the leading independent player in Scotland, Kai has also supported Search's substantial growth south of the border as the company has opened locations in Manchester, Crawley, Derby and Leicester, and increased staff numbers from 170 to over 300 within 14 months.  As a result, Search is now recognised as one of the UK's 100 fastest growing private companies in the current PricewaterhouseCoopers' 'Profit Track 100'. Kai joined Search in 1995 as Director of their Edinburgh operation and within 3 years was appointed Managing Director for the overall business in Scotland and the North East of England. Kai's Scottish Team consists of over 170 professionals in 14 specialist business units. Kai, who has an MBA from Edinburgh University Management School, joined the recruitment industry in 1987 and rose to Sales Director of a market leading pharmaceutical consultancy before joining Search.

Our Chairman for the evening is John Anderson, CEO of The Entrepreneurial Exchange.


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