Tiso Group chief to give speech at the Family Business Awards

CHRIS Tiso has been confirmed as the keynote speaker at The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards.

The retailer will share his insights into running the Tiso Group family business he has headed for more than 20 years.

In 2013, he and his fellow shareholders decided to sell a majority stake in the company to stock market listed JD Sports Fashion as they believed it was the right thing to move the business, which also includes Alpine Bikes, Blues the Ski Shop and George Fisher, forward.

However Mr Tiso remains in charge of operations at the firm his parents founded in the 1960s and the new majority shareholder has been a supportive partner so far. Mr Tiso is also a keen mountaineer, skier and sailor and is involved in a number of charitable ventures relating to the outdoors.

Around 300 guests will hear from Mr Tiso at the event, held in association with Business Gateway, on December 3 which sees dozens of companies from across Scotland shortlisted.

Hugh Lightbody, of the Business Gateway national unit, said: “The excitement is really building as it is all about celebrating a very impressive group of Scottish companies.

“No doubt all the finalists will be ticking the days off their calendars as the big day approaches.”

Grant Stevenson, Partner, Burness Paull said “After reading through the award entries and meeting a number of the deserving finalists at their certificate presentations, I am looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic celebration of the unique family business sector which Scotland boasts. As the excitement for the awards builds I think we can be sure of one thing – all those nominated across the various categories demonstrate inspirational vision and drive, and I hope they all enjoy this opportunity to showcase their successes.”

Fraser Campbell, Partner, Campbell Dallas LLP said “The firm is delighted to be sponsoring the Business Innovation award at the Scottish Family Business Awards 2014. This year the calibre of entries was extremely high, which is only testament to the success of family businesses in Scotland. I look forward to seeing all the entrants on the night and wish everyone good luck.”

Bernard Dunn, Client Director, TL Dallas, said, having met a number of the finalists at their drinks reception, you can feel that sense of anticipation of a special night at next week’s Awards Dinner.   It is fascinating to see the range of companies from so many business sectors, in the finals, all with great characteristics of their own. That’s what will make the awards dinner so exciting, our guests are also really looking forward to the big night, to celebrate family business.

To attend the awards at the Glasgow Grand Central Hotel visit herald-events.com/familybusiness or contact Lyndsay Wilson on 0141 302 7407.