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Speakers:  Mr Jim Faulds Mr Chris van der Kuyl      

Chris van der Kuyl, leads a new breed of dynamic young entrepreneurs in Scotland.  He is the founder and CEO of VIS entertainment plc, a leader in the creation of high quality entertainment property for broadband and leading games platforms across the world. As well as developing content for major current games platforms, VIS entertainment plc is amongst a select number of games developers from across the world announced by Microsoft as a licensed developer of content for its highly anticipated Xbox. Chris’s visionary approach to the development of entertainment property has lead to a joint venture with leading broadband cable communications operator Telewest.  The joint venture company, ‘VIS iTV’, designs, develops and commissions content for the broadband and Interactive Digital Television (“iDTV”) markets. Chris is the winner of the 1999 Scottish Region Ernst & Young Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is founder and past Chair of the Scottish Games Alliance whose aim is to develop and internationalise the Scottish games industry through joint promotion and co-venturing initiatives.  He is also past chairman of the Interactive Media Alliance Scotland. Dedicated to supporting the games industry in Scotland, Chris spends time encouraging entrepreneurship in schools, colleges and universities and was recently appointed Chairman of Young Enterprise Scotland. VIS entertainment plc was founded in 1996 and employs over 110 people working from four studios across the UK.

After a career working in advertising agencies in Glasgow, London and Edinburgh, James Faulds, founded Faulds Advertising in 1985 as a start-up.  The agency was consistently profitable and grew to be, and still is, Scotland’s largest.  In 1993, James created The Faulds Group Ltd which eventually consisted of Navigator Responsive Advertising, a direct marketing agency; Redpath, a graphic design consultancy; The Glasgow Agency, a second advertising agency and Magellan, a new media consultancy.  By 2001, The Faulds Group had grown to be the larges marketing services group operating outside of London.  Its turnover was £40 million and net pre-tax profits exceeded £1 million annually.  In profitability terms, The Faulds Group was the most successful company in its sector ever seen in Scotland.  In December 2001, James sold his majority shareholding in the group to the management of each company in an MBO.  As well as having taken on non-executive posts at Dunfermline Building Society and The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, he has expanded his portfolio by joining the boards of Careshare, Scotland’s larges group of private nurseries; Newell and Budge, Scotland’s leading IT consultants where James is Chariman, Wood Mackenzie, a world class research and strategy consultancy.  James is also Chairman at i-Design, an innovative technology company who have developed software to enable advertising to be effectively broadcast on ATMs.

Our Chairman for the evening is John Anderson, Chief Executive, The Entrepreneurial Exchange.


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