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Alex Watts  

Alex is the Director of Lettingweb Ltd. and Kingsford Estates Ltd.  Having set up and sold a successful publishing business at university Alex went on in 1996 to set up Central Letting Ltd. This quickly became a very prestigious Edinburgh letting agency and by 2003 was managing over £70M worth of property in the Capital. This company was sold to Grant Management and following a 2-year non-exec role Alex now divides his time between his two principal companies Kingsford Estates and Lettingweb Ltd. Kingsford Estates is a bespoke property investment and development business. The development arm specializes in conversion of Georgian townhouses in Edinburgh's prime residential districts from office to top end residential apartments but has involvement in land acquisition and redevelopment of major city centre sites. The investment arm covers retail, industrial, and office property sectors including a new serviced office division.  

Lettingweb Ltd owns www.lettingweb.com, which is Scotland's largest marketplace for residential property to let and advertises over 10,000 properties available at any one time to let from the nations best letting agents. In addition to this, Lettingweb has a number of other technology related products specifically targeted to the UK’s residential letting sector.

Alex was involved in the SIE student mentoring project during the last year and also invests in companies independently, as an advisor, and recently through the Par Equity syndicate.

Scott Allison

While Scott was busy gaining a BA Hons Marketing degree at Glasgow's Strathclyde University, he also founded his first business, Freedom Phones, having spotted the market opportunity for selling mobile phones online. He continued to grow this before and after graduation in 1999 and it grew into a profitable business specialising in advanced mobile phones, PC data cards and smartphones.

In early 2006, recognising the need for a specialist telecoms provider for small businesses, the company changed focus and became Access Business Communications and three additional shareholders came on board, bringing with them clients and expertise in the business marketplace; Scott's role as managing director was pivotal to the evolution of this business when in Octover 2008 the business was relaunched as abica. A powerful new brand was created and offered a fresh alternative to the big multinational telecoms players. Offering converged mobile, landline and broadband services to SMEs the business model focused on delivering contracted, recurring revenue with the intention of building these long-term and creating a substantial UK wide business.

As business telecoms is an incredibly competitive marketplace abica's focus and differentiator was on quality and service. Scott developed the team at abica and by October 2009 the turnover was at £1M and there were 12 staff. The investment in quality paid off when abica won the Glasgow Business Award for excellence in customer service. At the same time Scott decided to part company with his co-owners due to differing opinions on what the priorities should be going forward.

Scott is now looking for a fresh opportunity with a new business and is now also able to take on projects, consulting and non-executive work. As well as sitting on the board of The Entrepreneurial Exchange Scott is giving back by volunteering as an advisor to young start ups through the PSYBT. More info on his blog at http://ascottallison.wordpress.com

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Kama Sutra 331 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow
G2 3HW

0141 332 0055

Chairman

Scott Allison

Speakers

  • Alex Watts, Kingsford Estates, www.kingsfordestates.co.uk

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