Date for the diary - Lanarkshire Business Conference

Thursday 29 August in Blantyre

Corinne Hutton, motivational speaker

Keep the date for the annual Lanarkshire Business Conference - this year, it takes place on Thursday 29 August.

The keynote address will be given by popular Scottish writer and broadcaster Stuart Cosgrove, alongside guest speakers Sir Boyd Tunnock CBE, Chairman of Tunnocks Biscuits, and Corrine Hutton, founder of the charity Finding Your Feet.

Organised by North and South Lanarkshire Councils, the conference will be hosted by freelance broadcaster, writer and events host Nicky Marr and is open to businesses across Lanarkshire.

Sponsored by Business Gateway Lanarkshire and with a theme of 'Exploring new markets and opportunities', the event will be held at the University of the West of Scotland's new Lanarkshire Campus in Blantyre, from 8.30am to 2.00pm. The cost for each delegate is £25, including lunch.

As well as the speakers, there will be masterclasses run by experts in procurement, recruitment, financing your business and accessing new markets; delegates can choose two of the four to attend. There will also be a marketplace for businesses to showcase their products and services. Businesses can exhibit in the marketplace at a cost of £50 per stand.

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Nicky Marr is a freelance broadcaster, writer and event and conference host. A newspaper columnist and regular on BBC Radio Scotland, she also writes and edits magazines including Connect, for Highland and Islands Airports, and FlightLOG, Loganair's inflight magazine.

Stuart Cosgrove completed a PhD. in modern American theatre history at Hull University and studied at Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania and the John Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of a Soul Trilogy for which he won the Penderyn Music Book Prize in 2018. Stuart was a staff writer with the black music paper Echoes, Media Editor of the NME and a television executive with Channel 4 for 20 years before leaving to pursue writing projects in 2015. In 2012 he won numerous awards including a BAFTA and Royal Television Society award for Channel 4's coverage of the London Paralympics 2012. Stuart presents BBC Scotland's popular radio show 'Off the Ball'.

When super-fit businesswoman Corinne Hutton fell ill at age 43 in June 2013 after suffering acute pneumonia and septicemia, surgeons were forced to amputate both her hands and her legs below the knee. Following her near-fatal illness, single mum Corinne made remarkably swift progress, defying the odds and the doctors, walking unaided on prosthetic legs within four months. She set up a charity, Finding Your Feet, which supports families affected by amputation or limb difference and now devotes her life to supporting others who face limb loss, by encouraging, mentoring, speaking, motivating and inspiring.

Sir Boyd Tunnock is the owner of Tunnock's, the family-owned confectionery business based in Uddingston. He is the grandson of the firm's founder, Thomas Tunnock, and inventor of the company's famous teacake, first produced in 1956. He was awarded an MBE in the 1987 Birthday Honours List and promoted to CBE in 2004. He was knighted in 2019 for services to business and charity.

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