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Band Aid pioneer is key speaker

Midge to take stage at Ayrshire conference

Midge UreIn the age of stadium rock he has played at some of the biggest venues in the world. Now Scottish rock musician Midge Ure, who helped inspire Band Aid, will be talking about his experiences as guest speaker at an Ayrshire business conference.

The former vocalist for Ultravox, now Midge Ure OBE, is expected to speak about his rise from Cambuslang to world-renowned status as a leader in the charitable and musical world.

The Grammy award winner will be joined on the platform at the Growing Your Business event by broadcaster and communications skills trainer Bill McFarlan of Pink Elephant Communications, one the UK’s most established confidence-building organisations.

Martin Stepek, CEO of the Scottish Family Business Association, will also be speaking, and a panel session with leading Ayrshire entrepreneurs will include Colin Blair of Buzzworks Holdings, Craig Stevenson of Braehead Foodsand Jill Woodburn of Woodys Ice Cream.

Dundonald-based midwife Cass McNamara, who is now developing and marketing an innovative new product worldwide, will also be speaking, as will Caryn Inglis of AD Rattray. Theresa Talbot of BBC Radio Scotland will be MC.

Taking place in Irvine’s Gailes Hotel on 17 March, the event is organised by the Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) with sponsors including Media Scotland, Sarah’s Creative Occasions, Prancing Jack Productions and South Ayrshire Council.

AABW President Liz Cooper commented: “Over the past twelve months, AABW has experienced exceptional growth with record membership and sell-out events, and as the Association commences its 21st year, we are marking this achievement with a one day business conference focussing on growth, inspiration and celebrating success.

“We have secured an outstanding line-up of speakers and contributors for a day which will include networking, workshops and presentations, and I am particularly looking forward to hearing from Midge Ure, a truly inspirational figure whose success and achievements straddle the music industry and the world of charity, both of which have evolved tremendously over recent decades.

“This conference is for everyone interested in business, be they from Ayrshire or further afield and we are grateful to the support of our sponsors and our members in making it possible.”

Midge Ure’s career spans five decades, enjoying success with bands Slik (Forever and Ever) and Ultravox (Dancing with Tears in My Eyes, Loves Great Adventure, Vienna) and as a solo artist (If I Was), as well as penning hits for others.  Perhaps best known for the phenomenon that is Band Aid and Live Aid (co-writing Do They Know it’s Christmas), Midge has also received honorary doctorates from both Edinburgh and Dundee Universities, and continues to record and perform.

Bill McFarlan is Managing Director of Pink Elephant Communications Ltd. A former broadcaster with BBC, Scottish Television, Sky and Setanta, Bill has delivered media training for senior politicians, executives and sports people. Martin Stepek was co-owner and director of the Scotland Top 500 business J. Stepek, is the founder of the Scottish Family Business Association and serves as a director of the Centre for Confidence & Wellbeing, Scottish Fair Trade Forum, Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum and Polish Connections Scotland.

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