The Events

New GDPR Laws: Damned if we do, Damned if we don’t?

New Year…New Breakfast… New Data Protection Laws!…

…But don’t panic help and advice is on hand. At the first Breakfast of 2018 in February we welcome David Reilly Director of Create Ts and Cs to the floor. David will look into his GDPR crystal ball to help guide us through the use of data and to discuss what the new laws could mean for business and individuals.

We are on our winter break – back in February…

WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY BOOKINGS JUST NOW for February. We would like to wish everyone a very warm winter and we’ll be back in touch soon with details of the next Breakfast taking place in February 2018.

The Law of Social Media

Social media has provided companies with the opportunity to engage directly with their customers and clients and has helped them communicate their brand message in an undiluted manner. However the use of social media also creates the possibility for negative messages to be sent directly to a company’s followers and therefore creates the opportunity for a carefully constructed brand to be badly damaged.

BLOG: Changing Face of Media in the Digital Age

The UK media scene is changing at an exponential rate. Due to advancements in digital technology, outdoor, radio, TV and online advertising is offering brands an even richer creative landscape to market within.

BLOG: Glasgow’s vision; what it means for business

At the September breakfast we welcomed back Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce who shared his perspective on where Glasgow is heading and what this may mean for our business community.

BLOG: Fake News; The Real Story

Fake news has rarely been out the real news since the election of Donald Trump, and our speaker, Charles McGhee, former editor of The Herald and Evening Times in Glasgow, opened his presentation with the headline “Trump – any news he doesn’t like he dismisses as fake news”

Intellectual Property; Look but don’t touch

Are you aware our intellectual property is a transboundary resource and for SMEs it is being increasingly undermined…and do you have a strategy in place to keep up with its dramatic change in recent years?

BLOG: Brand Communities and Consumer Tribes

“Customer emotion is more effective than customer satisfaction” – the opening statement to June’s breakfast from one of Scotland’s top marketing professionals, Claire Dunning.

BLOG: Back to the Present – technology in 2035 and Now!

At our May breakfast we look forward to welcoming Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, an innovation centre helping organisations leverage the value of data for economic and social benefit.

Walking the talk – meaningful storytelling

Thanks to Marjorie Calder (Director of OceanBlue Consulting), born to be in PR, for her engaging presentation. From a background in psychology and investment, she turned feral and was a Daily Record feature writer and agony aunt for 7 years before becoming a Director of The BIG Partnership for the next 12, managing creative teams and resources while working with brands large and small.

How to be a rainmaker

Rather than doing a ‘rain dance’ we invited back Co-Founder and Chief Executive of ‘Kissing with Confidence’ Russell Wardrop to the March Communications Breakfast at it’s new home in Gusto, and a top venue it turned out to be.

BLOG: The changing face of news

At our first breakfast of 2017 we welcomed BBC Scotland to present for the first time.

The Comms Events are on their Winter Break

We would like to wish everyone a very warm winter and we’ll be back in touch in the new year.

BLOG: Kissing Frogs – Open Innovation and a Revolution in Project Management

At our last breakfast of 2016 we welcomed back Comms Crooner and all round innovator Paul Fletcher.

As usual Paul dived in with a quick dig at host Julian (that’s me!)…in response to the intro I gave him. Jokes aside Paul, who heads up ‘Enabling Innovation’, set the scene talking about innovation coming from successful ‘internal communications’. “It’s about providing staff with the opportunity to contribute their ideas to a business”. We heard how companies like 3M give their staff 15% paid free time a week, just to think…

BLOG – Training’s not Plain Sailing… Don’t make your Training and Development Journey a chore

Is your training and development an investment or a cost; an enjoyable, worthwhile experience or a chore; valuable use of time or an interruption to productivity? At the October Breakfast we welcome Liz Muir of Muir Slicer who will help us understand how to choose the right training and development and how to measure its usefulness for you.

Blog – Finding the Secret Triggers to Creating Shareable Content

Fact – Social media has revolutionised the way we communicate and how we consume information. For businesses, this has changed advertising from broadcast communications designed to interrupt, to immersive, two-way experiences where the audience co-creates value and messages. Once again we welcome back the top Dr of Social Media Jillian Ney who will be revealing the Secret Triggers to Creating Sharable Content.

BLOG: Glasgow Airport – the cornerstones of values based leadership

In the year when Glasgow Airport celebrates 50 years we were delighted to welcome Airport MD Amanda McMillan OBE to the breakfast.

Amanda and her team at the airport have recently been voted Europe’s Best Airport following the enhancement of its facilities, improving the passenger experience and securing a host of new routes and services.

Beyond the logo: Building Competitive Brand Strategies

Can you say, hand on heart that your brand is in line with who you are and what you do?

In a crowded market place we have to stay ahead of the game to remain competitive and this includes our services as well as our brand.

BLOG – “Please, NO more social media blunders!”

At our June breakfast we delved into what quickly unfolded as a complex world of staff use of social media and the impact this has on a brand.

Katy Wedderburn, Partner with MacRoberts and specialist in Employment Law discussed protecting the brand, be it dealing with defamation, misconduct and cyber bullying and striking a balance between legitimate business interests and invasion of privacy.

BLOG – Cyber Security Buzzword Bingo… Have I bored you already?

How about a jargon free journey to making your business more secure

Fed up hearing about security breaches on businesses similar to yours? Is there any escape; TalkTalk, Target and Ashley Madison have all fallen foul – where next? Are the Chinese government about to hack your ice-cream van, or worse??

BLOG – “From genomes to smartphones: all about the tablets?”

BLOG – Nations all over the world are facing the same inexorable challenges – affordable quality of life for growing numbers of older citizens, who must cope with a rising incidence of chronic disease(s). Individuals (both as consumers and taxpayers) and Governments are worrying about the projected cost of necessary health and care services.

Womenomics: The theory that women play a primary role in economic growth

We were delighted our March guest Professor Lesley Sawers was able to take time out of a busy schedule to share with us the findings of a report she undertook for the UK Government Scotland Office – ‘The Sawers Review 2015’. The report set out a clear action plan and set of recommendations to help achieve goals in relation to women’s contribution to the economy. Including identifying specific areas linked to measurement, mentoring and mainstreaming. Many of the reports recommendations have already been implemented by the UK and Scottish Governments.

Glasgow; A City of Culture, Art & Design and now Science

Glasgow is a city of transformation. From the Glasgow born scientists and engineers that kick-started the industrial revolution to its cultural reinvention in the 1990s and now a city at the forefront of the new revolutions in science and technology; Glasgow has never stood still.

The Comms Events are on their Winter Break

WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY BOOKINGS JUST NOW for February. We would like to wish everyone a very warm winter and we’ll be back in touch soon with details of the next Breakfast taking place in February 2018.

Experiments in Innovation

“Can innovative experiments, failing and reshaping along the way, help us to drive our businesses forward?”

Are our markets static or are we, as businesses, evolving in any way? If so, can we use innovation to provide increased awareness of this evolution and also arm us with a variety of adaptations which could work to differentiate us from the herd?

Working the Crowd

The benefits of crowd economy for your business

The crowd economy is creating waves, making the headlines and disrupting every sector. At the same time it is opening up new opportunities to create value and change the way we work.

Fancy a Square go?

We don’t do City Squares. Scotland needs a proper “square go”!

“These unique spaces, where other populations meet in times of national celebration, contemplation or crisis just don’t perform that function here at home.” Say’s SCDI’s Chief Executive Ross Martin. Come to the September Breakfast and hear what Ross has to say about our city squares or lack of them.

New Venue, New Brand; Development process of launching a new venue

At our August Breakfast we continued our summer of celebration to coincide with the Year of Food and Drink Scotland. Not only was it our 50th breakfast event it’s also 5 Years since the Corinthian Club re-launch and the up and coming launch of the new Cotton Club Casino.

Scottish Terroir: Taste, Trends and Tourism

Introducing a new food landscape – terroir beyond wine. How we can harness for food & drink hospitality, design, technology and creative experiences.

2015 is another inspirational year and celebrates ‘Year of Food & Drink Scotland’, ‘International Year of Light’ and ‘International Year of Soils’ and after the successes of last year, hospitality in Scotland has an air of confidence, however our guest presenter Ewan Henderson founder of Scotch Broth Events asks “what next?”

Tomorrow’s World – Future Media

At our June Breakfast we were delighted to hear from STV Director of Channels Bobby Hain.

We are in the midst of a media revolution – with new devices and services. The smartphone in your pocket is already a gateway to a myriad of news, information and programming.

Election Day Special – Social Intelligence in Politics

This month we were interested to find out how social intelligence affects politics especially with the pending election, that’s why we invited along Chief Intelligence Officer at Disruptive Insight, Jillian Ney, the UK’s first doctor of social media to tell us all about it.

Touchdown! – Linking Sport and Business (It’s a game of two halves)

Many of us make the jump between private and public sector organisations during our career but few jump between sport and business.

As we know sport is primarily a business, but what do we really know about success in sport? There is much to be learnt and we had just the man to educate us at our April Breakfast.

Events; how do the numbers stack up?

“Well the numbers certainly stacked up this Month! – a superb turnout”

At our March Breakfast our resident host Julian Westaby took centre stage.

It’s been four years since the Communications Breakfast took over our lives and what better way to celebrate than with an insight into the Comms Breakfast and what goes on behind the scenes in bringing an event such as this together.

Network for Success

Do you have the creativity and innovation to compliment your services and products? Is leadership and culture the asset it could be in your business? – How are you planning to take advantage of opportunities in 2015?

The Comms Events are on their Winter Break

We would like to wish everyone a very warm winter and we’ll be back in touch in the new year.

The Walking Dead – Why innovation can defeat the zombie invasion

The title had people talking ahead of the breakfast – “what exactly does Paul have in mind for today’s talk?”

Paul Fletcher, senior business consultant at Enabling Innovation returned to entertain the Comms audience for a third time in as many years highlighting to us the zombie invasion that is attempting to suck the blood from the heart of our wonderful businesses and organisations.

What Next for Glasgow?

At our October breakfast guest speaker Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce asked the question what should the leadership of the city and its business community be doing next to exploit what Glasgow achieved during the Games?

Tackling Scottish Issues Through Leadership

What do you do when faced by a wicked, complex problem like Violence? Traditional criminal justice solutions have often been short term, expensive and do little to prevent violence occurring. Can you approach this problem in an innovative way, and encourage those who think it not their problem, to take an active involvement?

The Value of Brand Culture

“Ever increasing ‘blurred lines’ between Brand and Culture” was how Julian introduced his presentation on ‘The Value of Brand Culture’ at the August Communications Breakfast.

There’s an app for that: apps that deliver for business

This months breakfast saw a great crowd turn out despite it being the first week of the school holidays – obviously the topic of ‘Apps’ is high up on the priority list of things to learn about, and we weren’t disappointed.
At our July breakfast we will be exploring what apps really are and how they can benefit our businesses. Our guest speaker is Dr Scott Sherwood, a technical fanatic who loves great design.

Social Media Intelligence: Understanding Consumer Voice

Despite a very wet morning we were blessed with a bumper turn-out at the June Communications Breakfast. The 100 strong networkers gathered to hear from our special guest presenter Dr Jillian Ney, CEO of Disruptive Insight who ‘transform digital noise into valuable insight for business’.

Make social videos that engage your audience and drive sales!

Video is an essential part of the communication mix with the power to provide tangible results, not only as marketing support but also as an integral sales tool. As a medium it can provide deeper insight than just views and likes. Targeted video is a critical factor in connecting with your audience, so how do you create social videos that engage your market and drive sales?

Humans and Computers

At the recent April Communications Breakfast, which marked the event’s 3rd Birthday we were joined by guest speaker Douglas McGarrie of IBM.

People Make Glasgow

The March breakfast was a real ‘roll up your sleeves’ and let’s get stuck into the NEW Glasgow Brand affair. There was plenty to learn from Glasgow City Marketing Bureau’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Tom Rice.

We heard the story of how the brand evolved from both the perspective of a citizen of Glasgow and a business standpoint.

Humanise your brand

We all have a deep basic need for recognition and attention, and people like knowing that they are understood and recognised as unique individuals. Creating an emotional connection is a powerful way to link the heart of your target market with the soul of your brand.

Happy Christmas and New Year

Thanks for all your support during 2013 and to all our guest presenters who have contributed to the breakfasts. Plus a big thank you to the Corinthian Club, 29 Studios and Great Scot Photography for all their help.

We’ll be back in February and have a cracking line up for 2014 so we look forward to seeing you all then. Further details and bookings will be made available towards the end of the year.

The team at Dunning would like to wish everyone a very happy festive season.

Future trends of technology

November’s very special guest was Caroline Thomson, head of Business Development in Scotland for Virgin Media. Caroline was tasked with the topic ‘Future Trends of Technology’ and what business should do to prepare for the next generation. Caroline has worked in the ICT and Telecoms industry for 25 years both in the UK and USA […]

Business in a Changing World

The day began very wet and very dark – quite a challenge to get up early to attend the October Communications Breakfast but it was more than worth it to hear from our guest speaker Dr David Fraser, from ‘Change for Leaders’.

Creating customer loyalty

At our September Comms Breakfast we had a huge audience all keen to know how they should be looking after their customers. That’s why we asked Alan Meldrum – the expert in customer loyalty to join us as our guest speaker.

Intelligent Video – The Blog

Our August guest speaker is Gillian O’Neil, founder of Scotland’s pioneering video agency who provide intelligent video solutions to the business world. Gillian will share with us the power of intelligent video for your business. She is a visionary entrepreneur in the video and technology space and has international experience in the video arena, presenting at the Google I/O in 2012 in San Francisco.

Thank you to Stewart at Great Scot Photography for photographing the events, and to for providing video equipment.