Scottish Borders Manufacturers' Corporation
The Deaconess’ Cocktail Party, Friday 15th May 2009
I was delighted to start the year’s Corporation events with the Deaconess’ Cocktail party, kindly hosted at the home of Lochcarron’s Alistair and Eileen Buchan in Gattonside. The turn out was very impressive considering the flooding that ensued as a sunny week dissolved into a very wet Friday.
Plans for the Nenthorn String Quartet to play on the terrace so that we could enjoy Eileen’s beautiful garden were abandoned, but the musicians played on inside the house.
It was good to see so many business people of all ages coming together to network in the Corporation's characteristically informal way. The Corporation's principle aim is to foster and promote the ideals and benefits of trade and commerce and in today’s climate we have to work that bit harder.
A seeming microcosm of the current Borders economy, the Scottish Borders Manufacturers’ Corporation has evolved to reflect the changing landscape of business across the region. There is still a strong membership from within the textile industry, but it has a growing number of members from technology companies, and service industries. These businesses can clearly identify with the Corporation’s heritage and traditions which is now supporting a new and diverse range of organisations.
Businesses interested in membership of the Corporation should contact Boxmaster, Paula Ogilvie, via the website.
Sarah Mathieson, Deacon, 2009