A major Scottish business conference is set to sparkle with the appearance of two entrepreneurs with experience in the ultra-competitive luxury goods market.
Entrepreneurial Scotland’s annual gathering at Gleneagles Hotel on April 21 will see delegates hear from a host of high achievers.
Among those due to share their experiences is Brian Duffy, the Scots-born chief executive of Aurum Holdings, the largest prestige and luxury jewellers group in the UK.
Mr Duffy was appointed as chief executive of Aurum which owns Goldsmiths, Mappin & Webb, WatchShop, The Watch Hut and Watches of Switzerland in 2014, having previously been group president of Polo Ralph Lauren EMEA for nine years.
During his tenure at the luxury clothing retailer, Mr Duffy tripled revenues to more than $1.2 billion and expanded the group into new geographic territories.
In 2009 Mr Duffy fulfilled a lifelong ambition when he became a non-executive director of Celtic Football Club, in his hometown of Glasgow.
Also due to take the stage at the conference, for which The Courier is the official media partner, is Karen Marshall, managing director with the globally renowned Bridge of Weir Leather Company.
Ms Marshall joined the firm in 1991.
She took up the top job in 2012.
The leather wholesaler is a Scottish manufacturing icon through its work with the automotive industry.
The firm’s leather upholstery features in the McLaren F1 supercar, the Aston Martin V8 and the DeLorean seen in Back to the Future, among many others.