Customer Interests Come First, Scottish Financial Enterprise CEO tells Thrive for Business Members

Owen Kelly, CEO of Scottish Financial Enterprise (SFE) will tell Thrive for Business members that, “The success of our industry comes from serving clients and customers and their interests need to come first.”

Kelly is speaking to Thrive for Business on Wed 23 November at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, in Edinburgh.He said, “Financial services, as an industry and an employer, is central to Scotland’s continued prosperity. The biggest challenge for the industry is the combination of market uncertainties with continuing regulatory change. It is a bit like building a car while you are at the same time trying to drive through a storm.”

Asked what his career highlights were to date, he said, “Responding immediately on behalf of the industry to the unfolding financial crisis in 2008; working with Scotland’s leading fund managers to promote that sector of the industry in China; and helping to secure some big investments in Scotland from Japan in the 1990s.”

ENDS (background info on Thrive follows)


Thrive for Business – Info:

  • Thrive runs a series of sector-specific business networking clubs in Scotland.
  • Founded in 2005 by Amanda Kremer, a business development specialist with a strong track record of using networking to grow client bases.
  • Kremer set up Thrive to fill a gap for sector-based facilitated networking.
  • Thrive runs an average of 10 meetings a month in central Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway:
    Technology – Glasgow
    Energy – Edinburgh
    Professional Services – Glasgow & Edinburgh
    Hospitality – Glasgow
    Property – Glasgow & Edinburgh
    Dumfries & Galloway  -  Agriculture, Tourism plus Food & Drink
  • Influential speakers at Thrive clubs include senior players from: Touch Bionics, Wolfson Microelectronics, Robert Wiseman Dairies, AgriScot, Scotland Food & Drink, G1 Group, Famous Grouse, Scottish Power Renewables, Scottish Government, Aquamarine Power, AMA Developments, Barrhead Regeneration, HSBC, Microsoft, and Investors in People.
  • Thrive’s professional management at meetings accelerate results by providing structured opportunities for members, facilitating introductions and sourcing interesting visitors.
  • Thrive guarantees an average of 40% new visitors per meeting to keep the network fresh, plus managed competition in business categories, and 1-2 potential clients at every meeting. 
  • Future plans include:  an Energy club in Glasgow and a Life Sciences club in Edinburgh, plus Network Conferences in both cities.
  • Thrive itself is thriving: on track to nearly double members by the end of 2012

Thrive is the only business network in Scotland to offer a 33% discount to the third sector. 

Contact: Emma Taylor, Marketing Executive, Thrive for Business
Phone: 0131 526 3106 or 07720 970 664