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John McClarey, Business Fives

Having launched in April 2016 Business Fives is now celebrating our second birthday in business. I’ve been involved in corporate events throughout my professional career and decided to set up my own company to marry my passion for business events with my love of sports.  We are considered a socially conscious business and supporting the work of charities in Scotland is a huge driver behind our business with 10% of all our revenue going to charity. 

As the Glasgow Chamber events team can vouch for, in the world of events no 2 days are the same and there is constant daily changes to overcome I’ve summed up a typical working week below for their blog. As we interact with a huge volume of businesses throughout Scotland we get to meet a lot of people and find out more about what’s is happening in a wide variety of companies. 

We joined the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce almost a year ago, the membership has proved hugely valuable to us as we expanded into Glasgow and we look forward to continuing our membership with the Chamber. 

Business Fives has a simple mission to “create a positive atmosphere where professionals can relax and have fun while meeting new connections through sport.  To make a positive impact on communities by supporting the work of charities and encouraging corporate social responsibility.”  Utilising Scotland’s national obsessions; football and golf - we actively encourage all levels of ability to participate, promoting health, fitness, wellbeing and community engagement; all whilst raising over £40,000 for a broad range of Scottish charities.

We have grown to become Scotland’s national business five-a-side tournament and national business golf tournament, with over 3,000 professionals involved in 5 seasons, summer and winter of Business Fives and Spring of Business Fours over the last 2 years. We have just moved into our second season of Business Fours which is my current focus.  Business Fives has captured the imagination of professionals across Scotland, to come together through the power of sport. 

Monday Kicking Off

Normally Mondays are spent clearing up any work from the previous week and creating a to do list for the week.  Whilst running my own business I’ve developed the ability to multi task on several projects at once as well as keeping up with the daily marketing, event planning and business development activities. 

I’ve recently read a book called Sacred 6 which encouraged me to be more efficient with my time and prioritise my to do list, the more specific I can be with tasks the better defined my time is.

I spend the day getting on top of emails and our social media campaigns.  I also had some planning for events to take care of which involved liaising with our golf venues and sporting ambassadors we work with.  

I had a football match in the evening for my amateur team, with a goal and an assist we looked to be cruising after racing into a 3 nil lead before losing two goals before half time, the momentum swung and it finished 4 all which felt more like a defeat. 

Tuesday On the Fairways

On Tuesday we are hosting the first qualifying event of the 2018 Business Fours season this is the part of the job I really love.  I leave from Edinburgh in the car at 6:30 in the morning and it's lashing with rain the whole way through to Mar Hall even when I'm unpacking the car to set up the rain is coming down hard.  Our clients start arriving at 9 o'clock and thankfully the rain clears before they get out on the course.  There is a real buzz in the room over breakfast and plenty of chat between the players and with a lot of returning clients they know what the days are all about, making new connections

I've never fancied myself as much of a public speaker but I find giving a welcome address at events and talking everybody through the format of the day sets up the event nicely, luckily I have some support from our ambassador Jim Melrose to help with the prize presentation at the end of the day. Clydesdale Bank won the event and will wear their new Royal & Awesome trousers at the finals day proudly as they bid to win our charity donation for their chosen cause, Hospice UK.  I produce the write up before heading back through to Edinburgh which you can find on the chamber website here.

Wednesday Off the Pitch

I try not to schedule any meetings the day after events to catch up on emails and make time to send out thank you messages to the attendees of the event.  I also have to prepare joining instructions for the two events we have coming up on Tuesday and Thursday the following week, with Business Fours qualifiers in Edinburgh for the Professional Services sector before going to the Borders for the construction housing and Property event. 

Wednesday evening we are out at an event with a friend of Business Fives, David Tanner, we were invited to an evening at Parkhead to find out more about the fantastic work of the Celtic Foundation from some of the participants of their various initiatives, a charity we supported over the summer alongside the Rangers Charity Foundation.  We even got the chance to meet a couple of other pretty famous faces.

Thursday On the Pitch

Our business development efforts are varied from content creation for trade press through partners like the Insider and the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, maintaining an active social media presence, keeping in touch with clients and prospective clients by email or phone, advertising and meeting people at events.

After starting the morning with some phone calls I jump on the train through to Glasgow, I find the train really useful so I can get my laptop out and do some work before an event with the Glasgow chamber of commerce, a speed networking lunch.  Making new connections is all part of the business development cycle and I find chamber events a really useful tool when it comes to marketing our business and meeting other likeminded professionals. 

The second meeting is with Glasgow Sport, Glasgow Life and Sir Robert McAlpine regarding a charity football day we are event managing for them which is coming up in June to raise funds for Maggies Cancer Charity.  The meeting was around the event planning aspects and running through the logistics of how the event will run on the day.  

I finished the day with a training session with my local club in what’s been the warmest day of the year, needless to say I got a fair sweat up.  

Friday Rounding Up

My Friday isn’t a typical Friday as we are looking at new office space ahead of our intake of new staff over the summer.  We really like the office space and looks like Business Fives will have a new HQ very soon. 

The morning is spent at my desk replying to emails and finishing off projects that I had prioritised for the week which included adding player profiles to the Business Fours website.  I also had a meeting with one of our new starts who will be a great addition to the Business Fives team. 

The day finished by picking up some items for our events next week, one is the prestigious Scottish Open trophy, Robert Gordon, the Commercial Director at the PGA European Tour has been hugely supportive of Business Fours and kindly donated some brilliant prizes for our charity raffles including a fourball at Gullane the day after the Scottish Open, grandstands and Sunday pin positions still intact. The second is picking up some marketing material including shiny new fancy pens for our goody bags and prizes from our sponsors, Kinetic Demolition.

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