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John McLeish 

 John is the Managing Director of Equator. With a career to date spanning over 15 years, John has considerable experience in the ‘Online’ sector. During this time John has successfully worked with many major international brands where he was involved in the design, development and implementation of their e-business and digital marketing strategies. Companies such as AXA, Virgin Media, Shell, Unilever, Drambuie, Bourne Leisure, and UMBRO are but a few. With this experience behind him John was fast becoming recognised for his wide range of skills and expertise, his reputation for ‘getting the job done’ made him the focus of many leading organisations, however, he resisted the offers of security and went for the challenge of being involved in a new start. John left his role as operations director in 1999 to form Equator and encouraged colleagues James Jefferson and Roy Woodward, award winning creative director and ex Saachi & Saatchi CEO respectively to join the newly formed business. Since then, as role of Managing Director John has continued to develop Equator towards the goal of being recognised as one of the leading full service digital marketing agencies in the UK. Equator’s reputation has grown year on year and continues to benefit from an already impressive portfolio of clients.

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.  Many years later that business developed into the award-winning business telecommunications provider, abica. A powerful new brand was created to be seen as 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, underpinned by seven core values. The investment in quality paid off when abica won the Glasgow Business Award for excellence in customer service.

In October 2009 Scott decided to move on from abica due to differing opinions on what the priorities should be going forward. After taking 6 months off in which time he travelled extensively and spent time in Silicon Valley, Scott has gone back to his online roots and has now launched his latest business, Teamly.com. Teamly builds online tools that help improve companies by revolutionising how they manage their staff and maximise their effectiveness. It combines his passion for the internet and desire to help people and businesses succeed.

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 about Scott can be found on his blog at http://ascottallison.wordpress.com/ and at http://teamly.com


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Bonham Hotel, Edinburgh 35 Drumsheugh Gardens

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Scott Allison, Teamly.com, www.teamly.com


  • John McLeish, Equator, www.eqtr.com
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