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Open Forum 2014

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A return of the ever popular Open Forum with a panel of experts ready to answer questions and offer guidance. This year we welcome our old friends Murdo Beaton and John Wright who will be joined on the panel by John Glen, CEO of Buccleuch Estates. It might be useful to submit your questions beforehand to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. thus giving the panelists time to prepare a considered response.

Scottish Borders Exporters Association
Club Meeting
Thursday, 22nd May 2014 - 6.15 for 6.30 p.m.
Venue: The George & Abbotsford Hotel, Melrose
-       Open Forum -

This is the final event in the 2013 - 14 programme and we finish with the ever popular Open Forum. This year we are delighted to welcome an exceptionally interesting and varied panel of experts: John Glen, CEO of the Buccleuch Group, John Wright, retired banker and former CEO at the Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks and someone who requires no introduction Murdo Beaton.

John Glen was appointed Chief Executive of the Buccleuch Group in 2008. He is a Scot and a graduate of Edinburgh University who has enjoyed a long and varied career with both Unilever and Air Liquide. John has had extensive experience in the international market across a number of sectors including household products and foods, working in the UK, Germany, the US and France.

John Wright needs little introduction being a regular and welcome speaker at our events. Although retired from Banking since 2001 John continues as a Non Executive Director in a variety of Banking, Commercial and other entities in the Public and Private Sectors. Having correctly forecast that recovery from the recession would not kick in until 2012 we can look forward to hearing John’s current thoughts on the state of the economy.

Murdo Beaton is well known to members of the Exporters Association through his time at Edinburgh International Trade. A real font of knowledge there can be few exporters who have not called upon Murdo for advice. Now many new to exporting are benefitting from the IPP programme he developed for SDI. I can safely say there is little Murdo does not know about exporting.

As always, we will hear sound words of advice from the panellists but we also want to hear from members and guests who will be encouraged to put their questions to the panel and to share their own recent experiences.

Note: Want to ensure your question is asked? Why not submit it in advance to the Executive Co-ordinator? e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As usual, Scottish Borders Exporters Association events are open to anyone whether they are involved in international trade or not. Manufacturers, IT, designers, service providers, everyone is welcome. The presentations will be followed by a finger buffet giving everyone the opportunity to exchange views and news with the speakers, members and guests. We look forward to welcoming you.

The cost to non-members including the buffet is £12

Please let us know if you plan on attending this meeting by sending an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call 01 896 830 505.


            Time (p.m.)              Topic                                                              Speaker

6.15 for 6.30 p.m.  Arrival - tea & Coffee

6.30                       Welcome and Introductions                    Mike Wilson, Club Captain

                                        Panellists                                                 John Glen, Buccleuch Group

                                                                                                         John Wright

                                                                                                         Murdo Beaton


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