• 2018 Dinner

    Our 2018 Business Beats Cancer Dinner was held on Thursday 22nd February 2018 in the Grand Ballroom, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow.

    This prestigious Black-tie event was sold out

    Guests met at 6.30pm for a drinks reception followed by a welcome at 7pm from the Chair of the Business Beats Cancer Board, Joanne Casey, Director Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, followed by a 3 course dinner at 7.30pm.

    Our business speaker this year was Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, appointed Chair of UK SPORT in April 17.

    With Olympic silver at Rio 2016, gold at London 2012 to add to her silver medals from Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, and Beijing in 2008, as well as six world championships titles in her collection, Katherine is Britain’s most decorated female Olympic athlete and the first British woman to win medals at five successive games.

    During her nearly two decades of international rowing, Grainger demonstrated her adaptability by racing in a range of boats. This included the quadruple sculls, the pair, the double and also the single sculls.

    Rowing’s most prestigious award, the Thomas Keller Medal for an Outstanding Career in Rowing was awarded to Katherine Grainger in July 17.

    Afterwards, Katherine was joined by Andy Nicol for a fast, funny Q&A session.

    Andy enjoyed a  successful rugby career as a member of the Scotland squad for 10 years. Earning 23 International caps, seven as captain, Andy led Scotland on three overseas tours and was inducted into the Scottish Rugby Hall of Fame in 2003.

    His greatest moment in a Scotland jersey came in 2000, when he captained Scotland to victory in the Calcutta Cup; the first time Scotland had won it in 10 years. Andy is a double British & Irish Lion having toured New Zealand in 1993 and Australia in 2001 and is currently a member of BBC TV Sport’s rugby commentary team as well as CEO of www.abstractuk.co.uk

    Our MC for the Dinner was Alex Fleming, Alex is an after-dinner speaker, charity auctioneer, master of ceremonies, compere and event host and was our auctioneer on the night.

    Following the Auction, Des Clarke took over for some post Dinner entertainment. Des is one of the UK’s most exciting performers, making a name for himself as both a highly successful comedian and one of television and radio’s star presenters.

    Des is a much loved voice on the airwaves and can be heard waking up central Scotland every morning as host of the Capital Breakfast Show. He also fronts hit comedy series Breaking The News on BBC Radio Scotland.

    Carriages were at 12am, but the bar remained open for networking until 1am.

    If you would like to register your interest for 2019 event, please contact Rowan Main on rowan.main@cancer.org.uk

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  • Dinner 2017

    The 2017 Business Beats Cancer Dinner was in February 2017 in the Grand Ballroom, Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow and was a sell-out with 300 guests.

    Guests met at 6.30 for a drinks reception followed by a short performance by the RSNO Junior Chorus. Then the Chair of the Business Beats Cancer Board, Joanne Casey, Director Mactaggart & Mickel Homes welcomed all the guests, followed by dinner at 7.30.

    We were delighted to welcome Dr Kirsteen Campbell as our science speaker for Cancer Research UK. Kirsteen spoke about her research into breast cancer at the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute for Cancer Research in Bearsden Glasgow.

    We also welcomed The Rt. Hon. Ruth Davidson MSP, Leader of the Scottish Tory Party who spoke about the issues facing Scottish businesses now and about the challenges that beset Scotland in terms of health and specifically cancer.

    Our thanks to Campbell Armour who kindly donated his services as charity auctioneer and to Alex Fleming as MC, followed by Des Clarke as after dinner speaker.

    The event raised an amazing £75,000 thanks to substantial sponsors, prize donors and supporters who donated so generously to raffles and auction on the night.

    For any other information, please contact Rowan Main on rowan.main@cancer.org.uk 

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