Chance to take next career step

Trade entrepreneurs urged to apply for ‘once in a lifetime’ fellowship

• Diageo GB’s Mark Baird (centre) with judges (from left) Gillian McKenzie, Sandy Kennedy and Paul Waterson; and Paul Reynolds.

AMBITIOUS entrepreneurs from across Scotland’s licensed trade are being urged to take advantage of a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to secure a place on a prestigious international fellowship programme.
Launching today in SLTN, the Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship with Entrepreneurial Scotland will see one ambitious individual from the Scottish trade awarded a fully-funded place on the six-month intensive leadership development programme, worth more than £30,000.

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The Saltire Fellowship, which was established in 2010 and is led by Entrepreneurial Scotland in partnership with Babson College in Boston and the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, has so far been completed by more than 100 people from a wide range of sectors, including operator Paul Reynolds, who owns three Gin71 bars in Glasgow and Edinburgh.
The Diageo Learning for Life fellowship will include eight weeks at Babson College; hands-on experience through US company visits; time in Silicon Valley to learn more about its entrepreneurs and investors; two weeks at the University of Strathclyde’s Business School; and managerial and leadership experience. The successful Diageo Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship candidate will join a group of around 20 other individuals from a range of sectors deemed important to Scotland’s economy.

To apply, interested candidates should email their CV to; the closing date for applications is March 5, 2017. Shortlisted candidates will then present to a panel of judges in April; the panel comprises Mark Baird, head of alcohol in society at Diageo GB; Sandy Kennedy, chief executive of Entrepreneurial Scotland; former Gleneagles boss Peter Lederer CBE; SLTN editor Gillian McKenzie; and Paul Waterson, chief executive of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association.

Diageo’s Mark Baird urged people from across the Scottish trade to apply for the Learning for Life Saltire Fellowship, which he said is “ideally-suited for someone who is ready to take the next step in their career and to transform the business they work in”.

“This is a time of unprecedented change for the drinks industry so it has never been more important for the leaders in our sector to learn from the best and be equipped to grow their businesses,” said Baird.
“Entrepreneurial Scotland, through the Saltire Fellowship, offers candidates a truly world class experience to become more entrepreneurial and to build a highly prized international network of connections and support that will last a lifetime.
“I urge everyone who is passionate about working in the licensed trade in Scotland to explore this amazing, once in a lifetime opportunity to take your career and your business to a new level.”