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Look before you Leap!

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 by Sandy Finlayson  |

I was honoured to be a guest at the John Logie Baird Awards Dinner on Friday evening, held in the prestigious surroundings of the recently refurbished Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. The entrants all had an inspiring story to tell and they were all winners, whether or not they received an award. Ian Logie Baird, the grandson of the inventor of television, delivered a fascinating presentation about his grandfather’s game changing invention. He included some original footage of the first long distance television broadcast which was made from London to a bedroom in the Central Hotel in Glasgow in January 1926.

It is extraordinary to think how far broadcast television has come in only eighty five years and the enormous impact which it has had on mankind. While images of conflict around the globe continue to shock viewers it is hard to imagine that the horrors of the Somme or the events of the Second World War would ever have come to pass if television reporters had been broadcasting from the front line and beaming their images into our livingrooms. Foreign correspondents have one of the riskiest professions on earth but they have done a great deal to make the world a safer place.

The other guest speaker was Sharon Wright, the inventor of magmamole who delivered one of the best ever pitches on Dragon’s Den. Unfortunately she appears to have entered into an agreement with her chosen Dragon believing that he would look after her interests but without taking any advice about the legal agreements. She has recounted her experience in motherofinventionbook which must serve as a warning for other potential entrepreneurs. The moral of the story must be “look before you leap”, take advice and understand what you are getting into before you sign on the dotted line. With the benefit of a very difficult experience behind her, she finishes her book with some excellent common sense tips which are “gold dust” for would be entrepreneurs.

Sandy Finlayson

Senior Partner

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