Edinburgh Airport staff and Entrepreneurial Scotland outside the airport

First business member joins ES

Dylan Macdonaldblog

Edinburgh Airport Soars to New Heights with Entrepreneurial Scotland

Edinburgh Airport has today become the first Business Member of Entrepreneurial Scotland (ES), the country’s leading organisation for entrepreneurial leaders. The Business Members package enables leaders of organisations to extend the benefits of ES membership across their teams.

John Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at Edinburgh Airport, is a long standing member of Entrepreneurial Scotland and recognises the value of encouraging and nurturing an entrepreneurial mindset and having a peer network of support. Other businesses to sign up include Grant Property and Vets Now.

John Watson, Chief Commercial Officer at Edinburgh Airport, said:

Edinburgh Airport has entrepreneurship at the centre of its business. In 2016 we were Scotland’s busiest airport, handling 12.4 million passengers, an increase of 11% compared with 2015.

“My experience of being part of Entrepreneurial Scotland has been invaluable in my own development, exploring unexpected opportunities and meeting the right people at the right time to get the right advice. I am thrilled that we will now be able to share this opportunity with 10 members of our team and I look forward to seeing how this contributes to the success of Edinburgh Airport.”

Edinburgh Airport is also a host company for the Saltire Scholar programme and has welcomed 32 Saltire Scholars in recent years including 8 Scholars who started their summer internships just last week. They have also employed Saltire alumni and members of Entrepreneurial Scotland in full time roles.

Entrepreneurial Scotland has created a range of packages that will enable business leaders to extend benefits of ES membership to their rising stars and senior leadership team. Benefits of membership will be available across all three tiers; Emerging, Growing and Leading. The Emerging tier is for aspiring business leaders at the start of their career. The Growing tier is for those that are growing and scaling the organisations they belong to. The Leading tier is a unique peer network for founders, owners, MDs and CEOs.

ES membership provides an environment for continuous learning through access to inspirational leaders, peer-to-peer networking, mentoring and on-line tools and resources designed to retain key talent and help individuals to develop and grow.

Sandy Kennedy, Chief Executive at Entrepreneurial Scotland, said:

At Entrepreneurial Scotland we believe that Scotland can become the most entrepreneurial society in the world. The team at Edinburgh Airport will be joining our network of individuals who share this ambition and ultimately will be contributing to Scotland’s success.

“Our new Business Membership packages are tailored to each business’ needs and this will help entrepreneurial leaders address the challenges of developing high-performing teams.”

Entrepreneurial Scotland’s networks include more than 1,000 of Scotland’s current and future entrepreneurial leaders, who collectively employ more than 150,000 people and generate revenues of around £17 billion a year.

To find out more about a tailored Business Membership package today, visit: www.entrepreneurialscotland.com