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Speaker Biographies
Date: 29/01/2004 Location: Hurricane Restaurant, Edinburgh
Chairman: Mr  Alastair Balfour
Speaker: Ms  Amanda Boyle  Mr  Gio  Benedetti          

Amanda Boyle, is Managing Director of Caledonia Contracts (www.caledoniacontracts.co.uk), the Dundee-based contractor specialising in shopfitting, commercial interiors and fire door installations.  The company works throughout the UK with clients who include Morgan, Bakers Oven, HMV, Schuh, Telewest Broadband and Bovis Lend Lease and continues to win work against bigger competition.  The company has been trading for six years, employs 19 people with turnover heading for £5million this year; and Amanda’s aim is to be in the industry top ten within the next five years

Gio Benedetti knows how to take on the big fish and eat them alive.  Gio is inspired by competition from big established businesses and has had spectacular success in growing companies in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, firstly with ICS which he grew from scratch and sold to BET in 1989 for £15 million and now with Benedetti International plc (www.benedetti-intl.com), leaders in the supply of captured dispensing systems and refills to the Hygiene & Pharmaceutical Industries.

The evening will be chaired by Exchange director Alastair Balfour, Chairman of The Company Creators. (www.companycreators.co.uk)

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