It’s time for change at 1700 business club

James Gibbons (second right) is welcomed aboard as chairman by retiring chairman Malcolm Southern, as secretary Paul Begley (left) and treasurer Sam Clark look on.
James Gibbons (second right) is welcomed aboard as chairman by retiring chairman Malcolm Southern, as secretary Paul Begley (left) and treasurer Sam Clark look on.
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It’s all change at The 1700 Business Networking Club as the group appoint a new chairman ahead of the forthcoming session.

James Gibbons, of New Stevenston-based handyman business, Need-a-Hand, steps up from vice chairman to lead the group into the 2014-15 session.

He replaces Malcolm Southern of Motherwell-based Southern Financial Services.

Paul Begley, of Tyger Security in Motherwell, sets out on his first full term as secretary having stepped into the vacant post in January, while Sam Clark, who heads up Bellshill-based Electricaire Ltd, remains as treasurer.

Vice-chairman will be former chairman Kenny McDonach of McDonach Consultancy and Support Services, with Frank Ferguson of Coatbridge-based Dunedin Autos, and Scott Duguid of Whyte & Barrie, First Surveyors Scotland, confirmed as members of the management committee.

Club members hold meetings on alternate Tuesdays at 7am in the Bentley Hotel in Motherwell.

Mr Gibbons said: “I am delighted to take on the position of chairman. Having been a member of the club for over 13 years, I have seen its fantastic referral system at work and how successful it can be.

“We plan to take on new members this year to help increase the diversity of trades and professions represented.

“Interested business people are invited to get in touch via our website