As founder of the largest property preservation company of its type in Scotland – and the most profitable in the UK – Les takes a business perspective on independence – he views it as an MBO (management buyout) from the UK.
But Les also sees the need for a strong strategic partnership with our neighbours.
His business experience – first as a quantity surveyor then preservation surveyor before setting up Wise Property Care at the age of 43 – also means he understands the importance of Scotland as a “brand” and having the resources and revenues essential for a successful Scotland.
Les, who is a director of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and Chairman of the Property Care Association, as well as a Director of Business for Scotland says: “I see it as an MBO from parent UK and that, while wishing to go our own way, it would make sense to retain a strategic relationship with our neighbours for the benefit of both. Life is a compromise and so I am sure, when the independence negotiations begin, both sides will look to do a deal for mutual benefit.
“We just have to ensure as best we can that we get the best deals where and when we can for our future generations.”
“Business for Scotland is, I believe, a great vehicle to succinctly and honestly provide clarity and focus to the debate.”
Les also mentors small businesses and secondary school pupils on entrepreneurship and how to succeed in business.
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