Member Profile – Ian McDougall

| 28/06/2013 | 5 Comments

Ian McDougal Profile 150

“Scotland, a country with strong natural resources and clever hardworking entrepreneurial people should be punching above its weight on the world stage, in terms of economy, health and social mobility.”

Ian is the managing director of McDougall Johnstone, a corporate finance and accounting firm offering ambitious businesses corporate finance, strategic growth, and accounting and taxation services.

Ian is passionate about growing businesses and is a mentor at Entrepreneurial Spark where he sees everyday the value of having a Scottish based funding infrastructure assisting growing organisations.

A Greenock boy, Ian believes that a country with strong natural resources and clever hardworking entrepreneurial people should be punching above its weight on the world stage, in terms of economy, health and social mobility.

“I spent the vast majority of my life in Greenock and still spend a lot of time there on business and family matters and I have seen exactly what the “Union Dividend” has offered to a formerly proud shipbuilding town.

“It pains me to see how far Scotland has been dragged down the league tables in the above areas when compared to countries like Norway ,and there is no reason for this other than being tied to a partner who does not share our vision of a successful, wealthy and healthy future.”

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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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  1. Frann Leach says:

    I intensely dislike the pgrase “punching above its weight”. It echoes the idiot currently in charge at Westminster who thinks, quite obviously wrongly, that behaving belligerently is the way to get what they want. It might work at Eton, but in the real world a soft voice and firm but polite manner will get you much further in my view.

  2. Colin Erskine says:

    Well said Ian, the decline of Greenock also pains me. I was part of the last apprentice intake into what at the time was the oldest continuously operating shipyard in the world, Scott Lithgow.
    The yards were far from perfect but the skills I learned during that apprenticeship afforded me great opportunities in life.
    When I use the expression “served my time” in the company of people in their twenties and thirties they think I’m talking about prison!
    I want to live in a country that invests in the education of its young and gives them the tools and opportunity to create a future I can’t imagine.

  3. Iain Rodger says:

    Ian – great to see you’re a Yes supporter – us too! Saw you recently online speaking at the Yes Dumbarton meeting – very impressive!

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