Member Profile – Eric Flannigan

| 18/02/2014 | 1 Comment

Eric Flannigan“In my youth my desire for independence was based on passion, now it’s pragmatic.”

An entrepreneur and author, Eric started his career in publishing but an early change of direction led him to work with The Forum for Private Business, the parliamentary pressure group. After working at the SDA (precursor to Scottish Enterprise) in business advisory and strategy roles, he launched his first consultancy, Matrix. Over 16 years they developed a range of services for the development of SMEs in Scotland. It was during that time he co-authored “Shaping the Entrepreneurial Company”.

In 2006 he launched his current consultancy, which helps company owners, directors and senior managers build companies of distinctiveness, strength in their marketplaces and heart and mind commitment in their people.

Eric says that as the business community and the people move towards this momentous decision of independence,  he has become increasingly concerned that the policies for privately owned businesses in Scotland need to be set square in the centre of decision making. The strategic challenge for the next thirty years is to create a massive increase in the numbers of medium sized (plus) companies domiciled in Scotland.

“We need strong catalysts; we need policies that creatively provide incentives and support for company growth and we need a business community working for the common good,” says Eric. “I can only see that coming from a widespread “yes” to independence. Business for Scotland provides us with that and I am happy to add my voice and commitment.”

“It’s been a long time since the campaign “It’s Scotland’s Oil” but that’s how far back my interest lies in the fortunes and future of this country which has given me so much.”

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Michelle is a former national newspaper journalist who co-founded an award-winning IT business before launching Tartan Cat Communications. She is on the Advisory Board of Business for Scotland and is leader of the Glasgow Business for Scotland Group.

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