Fighting Fit and Spirited @ 29

by Julian Westaby.

Good company, good food and the good old Glesga ‘banter’ were out in force to celebrate the end of another business year with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce’s president and our own MD, Claire Dunning earlier this week.

The venue was the stunning private members club 29 in Royal Exchange Square. Claire chose 29 not only because she is a member but to reflect the transition the Chamber has experienced over the last two years whilst she’s been at the helm, as President. There’s no denying it’s been a tough two years trading. However, a refreshed and strengthened Board, led by a young female, entrepreneurial president has had a positive impact. With Stuart Patrick as the new chief executive and the shiny, brand-new commercial director, Richard Muir – keen as mustard, Richard attended the reception the day before he started – the Chamber is fighting-fit and making a positive difference for Glasgow. The fight for the reinstatement of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link is a testament to the collective voice and strength of position the chamber plays within ‘Team Glasgow’.

So, the evening was all about celebrating success and looking forward. 29 was packed full of spirited, (in more ways than one!), business people and city ‘stakeholders’, who were there to show support for Claire’s commitment to the Chamber and the City.

It was the type of night where competitors stood side-by-side, catching up on the year gone by, sharing stories of success and congratulating each other for still being in business! Collaboration was plain for all to see with deals being done and relationships strengthened for 2010. A lot of talk, conviviality and drinking ensured there were few sore heads the next day!