The Herald Scottish Family Business Breakfast in association with Business Gateway took place on Wednesday, August 30.

The event was held at The Herald & Times Head Office in Glasgow.

The business breakfast provided delegates with the opportunity to network, learn, question and hear from leaders in family businesses within Scotland. Keynote speaker Andrew Malcolm MBE shared his experience in leading the centennial business, The Malcolm Group, whilst our panel gave their expertise, knowledge and insight to their own business challenges and successes, followed by an audience Q & A.

This event was open exclusively to family businesses across Scotland, the definition of this is found in our FAQs. By maintaining the exclusivity of an event tailored for family businesses we offer a unique platform for networking and knowledge-sharing among like-minded peers to give invaluable insights into navigating the intricate dynamics of family-owned enterprises. By focusing on the distinct challenges and opportunities that family businesses encounter, attendees could gain targeted strategies and best practices that fit their own situation and needs in a welcoming space.

Ticket sales have now closed. Tickets included a place to attend the event, official event programme, a copy of The Herald and tea, coffee and refreshments upon arrival.

9.30am – Arrival and Registration, Networking and Breakfast
10.00am – Welcome, The Herald & Event Host
10.10am – Keynote Address
10.30am – Panel Discussion, Q&A. Scottish Family Business Representatives discussing themes on succession and next generation
11.15am – Coffee and Networking
12.00pm – Finish
Wednesday, August 30 2023
Herald & Times Group (CoVault), 194 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 4HG

Brian Taylor

Herald Columnist and Political Commentator


Brian Taylor is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer, event chair, raconteur and after-dinner speaker.

He is a columnist for the Herald and has also presented a Podcast for them. In addition, he is a regular broadcaster, mainly on politics and current affairs.

Brian’s contributions frequently blend wit with wisdom.  He has appeared on comedy programmes including Scot Squad and Breaking the News.

He presented the weekly Big Debate on Radio Scotland, together with live television coverage from Holyrood.  In addition, he presented Good Morning Scotland. He remains a frequent contributor to broadcast outlets.

Born in 1955 in Dundee, he is a former pupil of Dundee High School and graduated MA (Honours) in English from the University of St Andrews in 1977.

Brian has been an honorary Professor in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh.  He is currently an Honorary Professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Keynote Speaker

Andrew B Malcolm MBE
CEO, The Malcolm Group

Age 61, Andrew’s experience has covered every practical and managerial aspect of the Group. He started from school in the repair workshops and progressed to driving general haulage vehicles; he became Road Foreman and then Depot Manager. In 1989 he took over the running of the Logistics Services Division and was the driving force behind its transformation into a major, nationwide player in the logistics sector. In 1994 he became Chief Executive of both the Logistics and Construction divisions, joining the Grampian Holdings plc Board in 1997.  In 2005, he successfully led the deal to take the plc Company back into private family ownership. In 2022 the Group celebrated their milestone centenary year.  2023 Andrew was awarded an MBE in the Kings Birthday Honours List for services to the transport industry


Julie Dunn
Director of Operations, Dunns Food & Drinks

Julie Dunn is operations director at Dunns Food and Drinks – which is behind famous brands including Currie’s Red Kola.

Julie is a respected figure in the food and drinks industry and communities. In 2017, Julie was appointed as the first-ever female president of the Scottish Wholesale Association. In recent years, she has also presided as Chairperson for Community Links, South Lanarkshire.

Julie carries on the family name in Dunns Food and Drinks in the footsteps of her father, Christopher Dunn, her grandfather, William, and great-grandfather/company founder, Joseph Dunn.

James Taylor
Managing Director, Taylor’s Snacks Ltd

James is the Managing Director of Taylors Snacks Ltd (formerly Mackie’s at Taypack Ltd) which is a Perthshire based snacks business founded in 2009. James graduated from Loughborough University in 2011 and joined Marks and Spencer’s as a graduate commercial manager before taking on various commercial roles at Unilever and Vita Coco soft drinks where he gained experience working with the major retailers. James returned to Scotland in 2016 to join Taylors as Commercial Director before taking over from his father George as MD in 2020. James has overseen the continued expansion of the business with investments in healthier snacking technologies and the acquisition of a popcorn business in Sheffield in September 2022 which now sees Taylors employ 100 people across both sites. Over the last 18 months James has led the development of the newly formed Taylors snacks brand having made the transition away from Mackie’s of Scotland in April of this year.


Councillor Gail MacGregor
Family Business Owner

Gail and her husband Andrew run an 800 acre beef and sheep farm in the South of Scotland and have been operating in partnership since 1995. The farm is primarily commercial livestock with 1200 ewes and 125 suckler cows and supports the Macgregor family and their sole employee, the Shepherd and his family. She is no stranger to the challenges of operating a family business and the experiences of BSE and Foot and Mouth crises have created a resilience to manage the difficult times, whilst optimistically adapting for the future. In an ever changing landscape with much emphasis on climate impact and the need to embrace digital technology, the farm was one of the first in Scotland to undertake a Carbon Audit and is continually seeking greater productivity whilst putting welfare at the heart of operations.

Alongside the family business, Gail has been a Councillor since 2007, is Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, a region where 98.8% of businesses are SMEs and mainly family run, as such she is able to take her personal experience into the political sphere to assist local business and develop policy which ensures economic growth. Gail holds the national role of Environment and Economy Spokesperson for the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and is Chair of Business Gateway, Co-Chair of Town Centre Action Plan Group & High Level Planning Group. In addition she was appointed in 2022 by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions as Spokesperson – United Nations Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Paul Smith
Owner & Executive Chef, The Inn at Kippen & The Fintry Inn


“We both really enjoyed it, a great panel and interactions in a wonderful venue.

These kind of events are so important for family business members to learn, share and network together.”

Neill Hunter, Managing Director, Scotcrest


Who can Register for the event?

This event is exclusive to family businesses across Scotland.

A family business is a business governed and/or managed by members of the same family (or a small number of families) with the intention of shaping and pursuing the vision of the business in a manner that is potentially sustainable across generations of the family (or families)

Is there a deadline to register for the event?

Registration to the event can be made up until the day prior however we would encourage you to register ahead of the event to keep up to date with all event updates.

Where will The Herald Scottish Family Business Breakfast in Association with Business Gateway event take place?

194 Bath Street, Glasgow, Scotland, GB, G2 4HU

What is the cost to attend?

Tickets are priced at £5 +VAT+fees per ticket

Where can I see the running order?

You can view the event running order on the online event section of this website above.

Where can I find updates on the event?

You can find updates on the event via this dedicated event website, via heraldscotland.com and by following @NewsquestEvents.

What do I do if I have more questions?

We are happy to answer any additional questions you may have regarding the online event or registration. Please contact Events Manager, Sharon Franchetti by emailing sharon.franchetti@newsquest.co.uk with all enquires.

Please feel free to use #HSFamBiz to notify that you will be attending this event.