Former dairy boss provides food for thought at Business Week

Kenny Ramsay, Robert Wiseman and Simon Kerr
Kenny Ramsay, Robert Wiseman and Simon Kerr

More than 100 Lanarkshire business figures had the opportunity to hear from one of Scotland’s most famous milkmen as part of Clydesdale Bank’s Business Week.

The session featuring Robert Wiseman, former executive chairman of Robert Wiseman Dairies – now known as Muller Wiseman Dairies and part of the Muller UK and Ireland group - was held at the Busby Hotel in Clarkston.

During the Clydesdale Bank event Robert discussed how the family grew a business, founded by his father on their East Kilbride farm in 1947, into a household brand. The company agreed to a takeover by the German dairy brand Muller in 2012.

Following his talk, guests had the opportunity to question Robert before being invited to network over a buffet.

Clydesdale Bank is a strong supporter of Scotland’s food and drink sector, with the Bank this year renewing its strategic partnership with industry organisation Scotland Food & Drink. It also enjoys a similar partnership with Scottish Bakers.

Simon Kerr, head of Clydesdale Bank’s Lanarkshire Business and Private Banking Centre, said: “Welcoming Robert has been an honour and a pleasure. It was an inspiration to hear from him and learn from his experience of creating a household brand.

“I also wish to thank everyone who attended the event. Business Week offers customers an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas and experiences. Sometimes hearing about the challenges and successes of another business owner can be just the catalyst you need for new ideas.

“Food and drink is a key sector for Clydesdale Bank, and we’re committed to supporting the industry and the professionals who service it.”

Over 200 events have taken place across the UK as part of Business Week, from breakfast meetings to flagship events, with an impressive line-up of innovative speakers including Jo Fairley, co-founder of Green & Blacks, and Will Whitehorn, former president of Virgin Galactic.