The past 12 months have been challenging for business owners but many have learned valuable lessons about how to adapt, juggle finances and develop new opportunities. Businesses relying on the high street have had to focus on their online output while firms who furloughed staff were forced to count every penny to balance the bank. Now that restrictions are easing in many parts of the country, businesses are looking ahead at the challenges of recovery and beyond.
To help companies get back on their feet and face the future with confidence, Bank of Scotland and The Scottish Sun are hosting an unmissable live online event with an expert panel, including leading entrepreneurs, who will be sharing their lockdown learnings and tips for rebuilding.
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Scottish Sun columnist, self-made millionaire and a BBC Dragon Shaf Rasul will be joined by Snag founder Brie Read, Gareth Oakley, Managing Director Business Banking, Bank of Scotland and Janette McAllister, Managing Director of McAllister Litho Glasgow Ltd, to discuss top tips for bouncing back.
Our experts will share the benefits of their own 'lockdown learnings' and how their businesses have adapted to survive. Focusing on the key areas of financial resilience, sustainability, tech, digital innovation and mental health, we discuss how your business can bounce back stronger than ever.
Gareth's current role is Managing Director Business Banking where he has responsibility for a million
business customers. He is a trustee for the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Chairman of the UK Finance
Corporate and Commercial board.
Gareth has over 30 years of experience in banking and has run a number of large businesses within many of the Bank’s divisions including Retail Banking, Wealth Management and Commercial. He was also formerly Chairman of the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) and Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the East.
Brie Read is the founder and CEO of Snag. Describing herself as an 'elder millennial' Brie is a
passionate believer in the power of digital technology to change the world and people’s lives, and
has built her career by being at the cutting edge of the digital revolution.
A psychologist by training, Brie moved into marketing early in her career and became Head of Marketing for online course provider ICS by the age of 26. After spells at Start Learning and the Peoples Postcode Lottery, she joined Diet Chef as Marketing Director in 2013, before becoming CEO a year later. Brie led Diet Chef, one of Scotland’s fastest-growing startups, to a successful sale to private investors in 2015.
Since leaving Diet Chef Brie has founded a number of digital economy start-ups. Snag is her first direct-to-consumer e-commerce brand and was inspired by Brie’s own daily struggles to find tights that really fit.
Shaf Rasul founded E-Net Computers in 1999 and grew it into the world’s largest optical storage
distributor. He was named Ernst and Young Scottish Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006 and ranked
19th in a Management Today 2008 survey of the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs.
In 2009, as well as joining the BBC Dragons Den team as one of the online Dragons, Shaf became a business columnist for the Scottish edition of The Sun newspaper.
His venture capital investment portfolio – which focuses on property, asset management and technology – continues to invest in a wide range of business interests. Shaf remains an active philanthropist and business mentor, and was recently named The University of Strathclyde’s Resident Entrepreneur.
Janette has worked in the printing industry for over 30 years, working her way to the top from customer service administrator, estimator, production manager, production director and finally to taking over the business and becoming MD of McAllister Litho Glasgow Ltd.
It is her enthusiasm and dedication together with a sharp mind for print production that has got Janette to the top level.
Janette is renowned throughout the industry for being trustworthy and having a steadfast determination to exceed customer expectations. When it comes to getting the job done – if anyone can she can!