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Scottish Engineering dinner and awards in Glasgow

Bryan Buchan annual dinner largeScottish Engineering, the trade body for the industry, held its annual dinner and awards on Thursday night with guests including Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie.

Privately, there was some disappointment among the organisers that Mr Rennie (below) was the only one of the party leaders who accepted an invitation to attend the event which took place at the Marriott Hotel in Glasgow.

Chief executive Bryan Buchan (above) opened the evening with a tongue-in-cheek criticism of the various roadworks instigated by Transport Scotland road works and by expressing “some trepidation” about the outcome of the European Union referendum.

He also noted the added costs to business from the living wage and business rates. “The large business rates levy puts Scottish business at a disadvantage,” he said.

Guest speaker, Vice Admiral Simon Lister, commended the engineering industry for its contribution to the Royal Navy and the wider defence sector which employs 12,000 people and contributes £1.8 billion to the economy.

“Scottish engineering should be immensely proud of what is being done in Rosyth,” he said. “We rely on Scottish engineering.”

Willie Rennie Eng

Photo: by Terry Murden

 



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