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Taylor departs Glasgow City Marketing Bureau

CEO says he is looking for a 'fresh challenge'

Scott Taylor

Scott Taylor, the energetic CEO of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) and the man widely credited with revitalising the city’s meetings and events industry, is stepping down after ten years in charge.

Taylor, who began his career in Manchester’s hotel trade, helped Glasgow win a series of major events, including the Uefa Cup Final, the MTV Europe Music Awards and the Commonwealth Games.

He helped to position Glasgow as one of Europe’s leading destinations for international association meetings - particularly in the life sciences and medical sectors - through tireless advocacy work.

Taylor also pioneered the much-lauded Glasgow Model – a joint initiative with the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre, which sought to share some of the financial risk with the organisers of large scale association conferences as a fillip for staging their events in Glasgow.

But now the 53-year-old, who calculates he has overseen 3,500 conferences during his tenure as CEO, is looking for a fresh challenge and has given the bureau 12 weeks’ notice of his resignation.

He said he had no set plans for the future. “I am taking a couple of weeks out before I look for a new challenge in the industry. It’s time for change, and a fresh opportunity,” he said.

GCMB is now seeking a replacement for Taylor.

Established as a limited company for Glasgow City Council in 2005, GCMB employs 65 people engaged in strategic destination marketing, city wide branding, bidding and fulfilment of major events and conventions.

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