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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 October 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/

Eric Flannigan 

Eric is the founder of Flannigan Consulting, a specialist, strategy, leadership and company culture consultancy. The consultancy is dedicated to helping business owners who strive to create businesses of growth, distinctiveness and strength 

He offers consultancy, in-company development and behavioural training. These come in the shape of programmes and projects which have been shaped over 19 years of experience working across all sectors and with specific relevance for the growing business.  

In particular his approach “Competing on Service” has led to privately owned companies achieving outstanding levels of profitable growth and becoming market leaders. 

Eric is also known to a significant number of the Exchange members for his work in these areas and also for his supportive one to one consulting with business owners, helping them to play to their strengths, build the best management teams possible and compete on their values. 

He is the co-author of “Shaping the Entrepreneurial Company” and contributes to TV, radio and press on the subject of leadership and company culture.  

He has an M.A. (honours) degree in English and Scottish Literature (Glasgow) and an MBA (Strathclyde Business School).    

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Kama Sutra 331 Sauchiehall Street
G2 3HW

0141 332 0055


Mr Eric Flannigan, Flannigan Consulting, www.flanniganconsulting.co.uk


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