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Mark Gillanders Mark is Managing Director of Sales Evolution, a leading sales growth consultancy serving aspiring SME’s, ambitious corporate and investor-backed businesses.Mark believes that for most companies, the difference between failure and success lies in their approach to selling.  An acknowledged sales strategy innovator and thought leader, Mark has built a distinguished career in corporate sales and management over the last 15 years.  He has built successful sales systems for clients across multiple markets, focusing on accelerating their rate of revenue growth through developing and delivering sales and marketing strategies and processes, performance coaching and sales leadership.Seeing sales as more of a science than an art, his key aim is to improve the image of professional selling within the b2b marketplace, and to work with companies who see the development of their sales systems and function as the key to unlocking growth potential.  He is committed to attracting bright young talent into the profession by dispelling the damaging myth that Sales is all about being a ‘smart talker’. Mark’s experience has taught him that Sales success in the modern world is more about blending strategic and creative thinking with structure and process rigor.  Mark is deeply passionate about his area of expertise, having established himself as a freelance sales performance consultant in 2002 and, subsequently, founding Sales Evolution in 2004. 

Jimmy Gilchrist Jimmy Gilchrist is the Managing Director of GP Group, comprising of GP Plantscape which principally supplies and maintains interior and exterior landscaping services, plants and planters and large landscape schemes.  GP Green Recycling which specialises in the production of high quality organic compost through recycling of green waste within North and South Lanarkshire which is sold throughout Scotland and North England and also GP Artscape to which we supply and rent open/limited edition artwork on canvas and frames. The GP Group provides a nationwide service and employs approximately 60 people from their Head Office in Kirkfieldbank, Lanark and a further 40 site specific personnel based throughout the UK with offices in Kelty, Newcastle and Darwen. Jimmy is the 4th generation to be involved in the family business and spent time in Denmark and the USA before returning to the UK and spending three years with a multi national service company, thereafter entering the family business. During September 2008 Jimmy participated in the Kilts 2 Kilimanjaro” fundraising expedition, to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in a kilt in aid of one of Scotland’s leading Children’s charities, Aberlour Child Care Trust. He also participated in the Great North Run in September 2009 in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association. Jimmy is currently a committee member of the British Institute of Facility Managers, and a board member The Lanarkshire Chamber of Commerce. Jimmy lives in Kirkfieldbank with his wife Alison, son Donald and daughters Erin and Jessie.   

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Scottish Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh 28 Queen Street

0131 220 2044


Mr Jimmy Gilchrist, GP Plantscape, www.gpplantscape.com


  • Mr Mark Gillanders, Sales Evolution, www.sales-evolution.co.uk

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