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Anita Mercury, Director at Data Science Analytics

Scottish Business Network welcome Data Science and Analytics

We first heard about the Scottish Business Network on a cold Glasgow December morning. You know how it feels when you are hanging about chatting and getting orientated whilst you are waiting for a meeting to start? Well, David W Sime (Oncor Video) brought that sometimes awkward and impatient time alive as he waxed lyrically about what a great idea Scottish Business Network was following his visit to London the previous week. We listened, entertained by his detailed narrative of the event and were transported with the much-needed warm glow that emanated from his words.

Having listened to lots of advice from much more seasoned entrepreneurs along the lines of ‘don’t bother joining any groups you need to pay for’, we were initially somewhat skeptical of the value to our business, so decided to file it under possible and went away and think about it. 

Thought processes duly processed and after a reminder when bumping into Russell Dalgleish at a local event, we decided to find out more. We made contact with Christine Esson who invited us along to see what it was all about. We were welcomed warmly into the group and got a great opportunity just to mingle with like-minded, driven thinkers (which is energizing in it’s own right)! After a good chat with David Robinson from Red Evolution at the event we decided there was probably a number of initiatives we should pull together to deliver, and that collaboration is now ongoing. With all the buzz and excitement, the event went too quickly – but we saw from this taster that the network would be right for us. 

Christine then booked us in to speak, a great opportunity to share what we do and ask for help from the broader Scottish Diaspora as well as other emerging and growing local businesses. She was there to help advise and support in the preparation run-up, giving us lessons learned from previous speakers and general helpful tips. The usual nerves were there on the night but the warmth and friendliness of the crowd soon dissipated those. It was a pleasure to open up and really share what we are about, a chance to be human in an increasingly scripted world. One of the best things about the network is there’s real opportunity not just to get help for your own business but also to help others, this two-way support can only lead to stronger business relationships which we know will become invaluable. 

A week later and we are now busy following up on the 6 invitations we’ve had to go in and help businesses with their data (as per our ask). So a big thank you to all the organisers, hosts and off course the great crowd, we look forward to working with you all in the future.

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