Entrepreneur Paul Grant, chairman of Mackays and the Scotland Dairy Board, is the keynote speaker at the black tie dinner at the HSBC Scottish Export Awards which starts at 6pm tonight.
Grant is a real success story for Scottish exports. He began his career in food manufacturing in 1967 at United Biscuits having been offered a management trainee position.
He then went on to purchase Mackays from United Biscuits in 1995, which at the time was a small jam and marmalade factory with only 18 employees.
Paul then set off on an entrepreneurial journey to turn Mackays into the success story it is today, a company boasting over 150 employees, an annual turnover of £17.5m, and exporting the Mackays and Mrs Bridges products to over 80 countries across the globe.
BQ managing director Bryan Hoare said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to join us as our keynote speaker. He is a perfect example of everything these awards have been designed to celebrate having turned Mackays into one of the nation’s most renowned exporters.
“It’s entrepreneurs like Paul who are laying down the baton to SME’s across Scotland to consider exporting as a realistic opportunity for growth and to help bring immediate and sustainable growth to the Scottish economy.
“I’d also like to say a huge good luck and thank you to all of the companies nominated for awards this evening. We have been inundated with success stories of companies flying the flag for Scotland overseas, all the way from from Shetland to Stranraer.”
Tickets have already sold out for the event which marks the third annual Scottish Export Awards in association with Scottish Enterprise.