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02 May 2004
Sunday Herald - Business Diary
Mother Knows Best

We know that Tom Hunter and other backers of the Schools Enterprise programme are trying to catch them young, but it seemed things were being taken to extremes at Thursday's Entrepreneurial Exchange conference at Gleneagles.

The organisation's ninth annual conference welcomed its youngest-ever delegate, three-month-old Tamsin Morgan.

She was there accompanying Lara Morgan, the founder of hotel toiletries company Pacific Direct, who was one of the speakers at the event.

Tamsin behaved impeccably throughout, perhaps sitting quietly mulling over her first business plan.  We are sure she will be getting working on that ... once she has learned to write.

The event also marked Hunter's stepping down from the post of exchange chairman.  He was called on stage at the close of the conference to be presented with a token of the exchange members' appreciation for his efforts during his four years at the helm.

David Moulsdale presented Hunter with a handwritten note penned many years ago by Hunter's hero Andrew Carnegie containing directions of how to get to the great Scottish philanthropist's house.  The note was accompanied in its frame by a letter addressed to Hunter from Carnegie's great-grandson William Thomson, chairman of the Carnegie UK Trust.

In the letter, Thomson commends Hunter on his philanthropy, and makes specific reference to his recent 100m donation.  Hunter was visibly moved by the gesture.

Chris Evans (no, not that one) of Merlin Ventures was in sparklingly entertaining form on the day, talking about his twin investment interests in biotech and car security.  He said he went from an industry where they were trying to solve complicated technical issues to one where people threatend to kill you. 

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