John Scott, managing director of the Scott Timber Group. Since he became managing director of Scott Timber in 1990 at the age of 18, John Scott has transformed the family sawmill business into the UKís top and Europeís fastest growing pallet manufacturer. A turnover of £96,000 and a trading loss has been converted to £32m in sales and a healthy profit while employment has increased from four to 400. From its Rosyth-base, the company has expanded through organic growth and acquisition to cover the whole of the UK. Under Johnís leadership the company continues to identify new market opportunities and is increasingly being called on by its blue chip client base to advise on their wider packaging needs. Scott Timberís success was recognised when John was named Scottish Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2002.
Malcolm Phillips was educated at Alan Glen's School, the "Tec" and Glasgow University after serving an Engineering apprenticeship in Harland & Wolff's Shipyard and G & J Weirs. He graduated in 1963 with ARCST and BSc in Mechanical Engineering and worked for John Young & Co, (Kelvinhaugh) Ltd for seven years before joining the Motherwell Bridge Group as Managing Director of the Plant Hire Company. In his 30 years with Motherwell Bridge, Malcolm started 11 new companies, bought 10 and sold 21 companies generating over £60m for the Group. He retired from the Management Board of Motherwell Bridge Holdings 2 years ago to do an MBO of one of the Companies he had started. He is currently the Chairman of Structural Composite Solutions Ltd and owns a 7 acre industrial development in Aberdeen.
The evening will be chaired by Mike Rutterford, Managing Director, Rutterford Ltd and Director of The Entrepreneurial Exchange