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The HALO to secure construction partner

15 October 2018

The HALO Urban Regeneration Company, an imaginative, innovative and inspirational regeneration initiative, is looking to secure a construction partner for Phase One of the development in Kilmarnock.

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A football first for Marie Macklin

28 September 2018

Marie Macklin CBE has launched Partick Thistle FC’s first ever Business Club at the Energy Check Stadium at Firhill.

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Major appointment for the HALO

26 September

The HALO Urban Regeneration Company today announces a major appointment to its Board.

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Top 100 Cool List – The Herald on Sunday

24 September 2018

Marie Macklin CBE is Founder and Executive Chair of The HALO Urban Regeneration Company. Marie is a prominent figure in the Scottish business community and throughout the UK who pushes the boundaries in both the public and private sectors to achieve incredible results.In July, Marie accepted an Honorary Degree at Glasgow Caledonian University’s Graduation and Awards ceremony, making her a Doctor of Business Administration.

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Bubbles & Brunch with Marie Macklin CBE

14 September 2018

Marie Macklin CBE today gave an inspirational speech to some of the country’s top business leaders over Bubbles & Brunch at Hutcheson’s City Grill in Glasgow.

 

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HALO statement on SFA Hampden Park announcement

11 September 2018

Scottish FA agree to remain at Hampden Park

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The HALO Scotland announces partnership with CGI that’s out of this world

14 August 2018

CGI, a leading global IT services provider, and the HALO Scotland today (Tuesday 14 August, 2018) announces an innovative partnership that will create further employment opportunities at the Kilmarnock urban regeneration initiative.

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Marie Macklin visits Scottish Power

8 August 2018

Marie Macklin CBE today visited Scottish Power’s HQ in Glasgow to explore ways the HALO Scotland can support Scottish Power’s digital and cyber skills.

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Once in a lifetime opportunity for East Ayrshire students

18 July 2018

Marie Macklin CBE invited students from four East Ayrshire secondary schools to attend last night’s charity dinner featuring former First Lady Michelle Obama.

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GCU to bring world class education to the HALO

10 July 2018

The HALO Scotland has today announced a partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to work in collaboration with the HALO brand globally.

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A Dream Comes True for Dr Marie Macklin

4 July 2018

It was a special moment for Marie Macklin CBE today as she was presented with a prestigious honour by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) at this summer’s graduations.

 
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Marie Macklin honoured by Glasgow Caledonian University

29 June 2018

Marie Macklin C.B.E. is to receive an honorary degree from Glasgow Caledonian University next week.

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“Let The People Sing Again

15 June 2018

Ladies & Gentlemen. Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome.  To be standing here tonight in the historic Greyfriars Kirk for me is a dream come true.To think that in 1638 the National Covenant was signed in front of the pulpit here after many years of unrest, is both humbling and a great honour.

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HALO Scotland partners with Onecom to connect Kilmarnock development to the world

30 May 2018

The HALO Scotland Kilmarnock urban regeneration project has teamed up with Onecom, the UK’s leading independent provider of business-to-business telecommunications, in a partnership that will ensure the HALO development is among the most connected in the country when it opens its doors in 2020.

 

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A conversation on “Inclusive Entrepreneurship” at Diversity Conference

24 May 2018

Marie Macklin CBE enjoyed a conversation on “Inclusive Entrepreneurship” with Rachel McTavish at this week’s Diversity Conference held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

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Board Appointments at The HALO

23 May 2018

The HALO Group, the urban regeneration company behind the innovative, multipurpose development planned for the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant in Kilmarnock, has made two major appointments.

 

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And the HALO tartan winners are...

22 May 2018

Marie Macklin CBE has announced three winners of the HALO Scotland Kilmarnock’s Urban Tartan Design Brief in conjunction with Ayrshire College.

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Students receive business advice from Marie Macklin

15 May 2018

Marie Macklin CBE, an ex-Kilmarnock Academy pupil, was on hand to help students at her old school with their pitch for the Sir Tom Hunter Challenge.

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Marie Macklin talks HALO to Business Insider

10 May 2018

Marie Macklin CBE is on the front cover of this month's issue of Business Insider where she talks to Ken Symon about her dream of making the HALO a global success.

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Marie in London to discuss Belfast

9 May 2018

Marie Macklin CBE was in London this week to meet the Right Honourable Nigel Dodds MP, Deputy Leader of the Democratic Unionist Party and Member of Parliament for North Belfast.

 

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ScottishPower and The HALO Scotland Partner to Light up Groundbreaking Urban Regeneration Project

19 April 2018

ScottishPower and The HALO Scotland today announced a groundbreaking partnership that will see the energy giant established as the headline partner of the Kilmarnock urban regeneration initiative.

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Marie Macklin Welcomes Diageo Announcement

16 April 2018

Diageo has announced a £150 million investment over three years to transform its Scotch whisky visitor experience. Marie Macklin CBE has welcomed its proposals for a scholarship and mentoring programme in Kilmarnock.

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Marie Macklin Features On Panel At Barclays ‘Live Growth’ Event

13 April 2018

Marie Macklin CBE, Founder and Director of the HALO Scotland, the Kilmarnock urban regeneration project, joined a panel of business leaders at Barclays’ first Live Growth event of the year to discuss competition in business.

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Scottish Leaders Unite to Create Powerful Women Mentoring Scheme

23 March 2018

ScottishPower’s CEO Keith Anderson, Marie Macklin, Founder and Director of the HALO Kilmarnock, and CBI Scotland will work with some of Scotland’s most senior business leaders to deliver a new mentoring programme, which aims to help increase the number of women in senior executive roles.

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Marie Macklin Talks Halo Kilmarnock At CIPFA Conference

22 March 2018

At this year’s Chartered Institute for Public Finance and Accounting (CIPFA) Scotland Conference in Glasgow, Marie Macklin CBE told delegates how the private and public sector can work together to create projects like The HALO Kilmarnock.

 

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Practical Learning Experience for the Workforce of the Future

19 March 2018

Students from Ayrshire College have been given an insight into the role of The HALO Kilmarnock in helping to develop a skilled workforce for the digital age.

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Institute of Directors Women's Conference 2018

09 March 2018

Every week seems to get busier and busier for the HALO team.

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Marie Macklin to Share Her Experience in Northern Powerhouse

08 March 2018

Marie Macklin CBE has been appointed to the Commercial Advisory Group of the Sunderland-based Northern Housing Consortium (NHC).

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Support for Kilmarnock-based cancer charity

05 March 2018
 
Marie Macklin took time out recently to get behind Ayrshire Cancer Support's Spring campaign
 
 
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HALO Belfast visit January 2018

02 February 2018

Yet another exciting week for the HALO team! Marie and the HALO Belfast team met with business leaders and politicians to discuss opportunities, the economy, jobs and innovation.

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The HALO Kilmarnock Receives Planning Permission in Principle

26 Jan 2018

The HALO, Kilmarnock’s £65 million urban regeneration on the site of the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, reached a significant milestone today (26th January, 2018) when it received the green light from East Ayrshire Council.

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Marie Macklin winner of GCUs Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

05 Jan 2018

Marie Macklin winner of GCU's Alumni Lifetime Achievement Award

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UK Government Minister for Scotland Visits The HALO Kilmarnock

04 Dec 2017

Lord Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Scotland Office, visited the site of The HALO Kilmarnock today (Monday, 4th December) to witness work getting under way on the £65 million urban regeneration project.

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Ayrshire College partners with neighbouring HALO

02 Nov 2017

The HALO, Kilmarnock, and its neighbour, Ayrshire College, are partnering to encourage leading-edge, practical learning in enterprise and innovation, cyber resilience and digital security to support the creation of a future workforce of digitally skilled young people from Ayrshire.

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Marie Macklin recognised as Business Woman of The Year

27 October 2017

Marie Macklin C.B.E., owner and Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, has been announced as the Business Women Scotland (BWS) and Women’s Enterprise Scotland’s (WES) Business Woman of the Year. 

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Marie returns to Belfast

20th September

After a successful visit last month, Marie Macklin CBE was excited to return to Belfast for an extended stay to progress discussions with education, community leaders, politicians, business people and investors about bringing the HALO urban regeneration concept to Belfast city.

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£5.3 million for Ayrshire

30 August 2017

The Scottish Government is to invest £5.3 million to turn a former Kilmarnock bottling plant into a low carbon development, which will include hundreds of affordable homes.

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Taking HALO to Belfast

11 August 2017

This week Marie Macklin CBE visited Belfast to meet political, education and community leaders, business people and investors with the aim of taking the HALO urban regeneration concept into the heart of the city.

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Response to UK Government backing for The HALO

09 Aug 2017

Marie Macklin C.B.E who leads The HALO initiative said:

“The financial backing of the UK Government is wonderful news for Ayrshire, and for Kilmarnock in particular. The people of Kilmarnock deserve this. We already have the backing and tremendous encouragement of East Ayrshire Council and Diageo PLC. This major funding from the UK Government is a significant step in enabling us to deliver this development for the town.

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UK Government invests £3.5M in Ayrshire

8th August 2017

The UK Government is to invest £3.5 million in an ambitious regeneration programme in Kilmarnock, Scottish Secretary David Mundell announced today [Tuesday 8 August]. The HALO project in the former Diageo  bottling plant will strengthen Ayrshire’s economic prospects, create nearly a thousand new jobs and benefit local businesses and residents.

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The HALO Kilmarnock to have key role in creating unique area of digital skills

20th June 2017

The HALO, Kilmarnock, is to take an ambitious front line role in creating a future workforce of digitally skilled young people ready to support the impressive regeneration of the town.

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The HALO signs MoU with UWS for Enterprise & Innovation Hub

05 May 2017

The HALO Kilmarnock Limited (The HALO), and The University of the West of Scotland (UWS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at creating a ground breaking Enterprise and Innovation Hub as part of the regeneration of the former Diageo bottling plant site in Kilmarnock.

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The HALO Kilmarnock Reaches Major Milestone

12 April 2017

A Planning Application Notice, now lodged with East Ayrshire Council, is an important step in preparing a masterplan for the £65 million development HALO development on the site of the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock.

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Marie Macklin named IoD Scotland’s Non-Executive Director of the Year

24 March 2017

Marie Macklin named IoD Scotland’s Non-Executive Director of the Year for her work with Edinburgh-based online scheduling software developer, Appointedd. 

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Marie Macklin announced as IoD finalist

20 February 2017

Marie Macklin C.B.E has today been announced as a finalist in the category for Non-Executive Director of the Year at the Institute of Directors Scotland Awards 2016. 

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Marie Macklin C.B.E joins Strathblair Associates as Strategic Advisor

16 February 2017

Marie Macklin C.B.E. has announced that she is to act as Strategic Advisor to Strathblair Associates, which offers specialist boardroom-level expertise to business owners, helping them to define then realise their personal and business ambitions.

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Glasgow City Region (GCR) City Deal Launch

14th February 2017

This week Marie Macklin C.B.E. attended the meeting of the Glasgow Economic Leadership Board (ELB) chaired by leading entrepreneur, Lord Willie Haughey OBE, to provide independent leadership and direction for economic development activity in Glasgow.

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Ayrshire Business Showcase at Westminster

8th February 2017

Marie Macklin C.B.E who is leading an innovative initiative to regenerate the former Diageo bottling plant in Kilmarnock, is actively promoting and seeking support from  the UK Government for  the £340 Million Ayrshire Growth Deal.

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Launch of Invest In East Ayrshire

30th November 2016

Yesterday, Marie Macklin C.B.E., Chair of Klin Group, attended the launch of Invest in East Ayrshire. The launch was a great success and was attended by local businessmen and women who are driving Ayrshire's & Scotland's economy.

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The Big Interview: Female Business Leader of the Year Marie Macklin features in SoS

27th November 2016

Following her success at the Scottish Business Awards and being awarded Female Business Leader of the Year, Chair, Marie Macklin CBE was interviewed by Kristy Dorsey for the Big Interview in Scotland on Sunday.

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Marie Macklin named as Female Business Leader of the Year

18th November, 2016

Business and social entrepreneur, Marie Macklin C.B.E., has been named as BQ Female Business Leader of the Year for 2016 in the Scottish Business Awards.

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A Very Special Visit to the Scottish Parliament

31st October 2016

Earlier this week, Marie Macklin, Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, was the guest of Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, at a very special reception at the Scottish Parliament.

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Enterprising Women Under the Spotlight

28th October 2016

Marie Macklin, was one of three judges for this year’s Business Women Scotland Awards which were presented on Thursday 27th October at a glittering ceremony at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow.

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A New Gold Dream - From Kilmarnock to Belfast (via Glasgow)

21st October 2016

Klin’s Chair, Marie Macklin, was recently the guest of Belfast International Homecoming Business and Investment Conference 2016 in Belfast. While in the city she met with the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Alderman Brian Kingston, and Northern Ireland’s Finance Minister, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, and presented the awards for Northern Ireland’s Top 50 companies.

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Growth Panel Commission Appointment

19th September 2016

Marie said, ‘I am looking forward to joining Growth Panel Commission and I reiterate the First Ministers statement.

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Howard Kennedy LLP - Investment, Infrastructure

6th September 2016

Marie was pleased to be a guest of Howard Kennedy LLP in London. The meeting arranged by Jason Lewis Head of Transaction Finance was attended by distinguished investors, developers and entrepreneurs.

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London Stock Exchange (LSE) – Scottish Chambers of Commerce

7th September 2016

London was calling when Marie joined a fantastic group of business people from Scotland and MP’s including Rt Hon Angus Roberson MP to attend the formal opening of LSE.

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HIT Scotland (Hospitality Industry Trust)

19th September 2016

Paris fashion was calling this weekend when Marie got her ultimate dream to put on ‘The Ears‘ and join the fantastic team at HIT Scotland for their annual charity fund raising European Challenge 2016 via Paris, Reims and Disney Land Paris.

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#TeamAppointedd welcomes Marie Macklin CBE on the Board

Originally posted on blog.appointedd.com; 27th June, 2016

Marie Macklin CBE, CEO of The Klin Group and Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, has joined Appointedd as a Non-Executive Director.

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News Appointedd Investment

12th May 2016

MEP are pleased to announce investment funding for Scottish online booking specialists ‘Appointedd’  for market leading software.

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Growth Deal can put Ayrshire at the forefront of the fourth Industrial Revolution

18th February 2016

The Klin Group Chair, Marie Macklin C.B.E. was guest business speaker at the Ayrshire Growth Deal at North Ayrshire Council HQ.

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Entrepreneurial Scotland - London meets Scotland

15th December 2015

Scotland can create the most Entreprenurial Society in the world was the message from London last night. The event attended by RT Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP First Minister of Scotland and organised by Entrepreneurial Scotland  brought together a collection of business leaders and future leaders from the Saltire Foundation.

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London Calling

14th December 2015

Marie was honoured to join RT Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP First Minister of Scotland who opened the London Stock Exchange today.

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Kilmarnock Academy Pupils Driving an Enterprising Economy

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Business Women Scotland Magazine

14th September 2015

Today Monday 14th September 2015 Marie judged in the inaugural ‘BWS Magazine Business Awards ’with fellow judge Professor Lesley Sawers.

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Businesswoman launches backing for Scottish entrepreneurs

8th September 2015

Scottish business and social entrepreneur, Marie Macklin CBE, has launched three investment funds to back aspiring businessmen and women.

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News Mallzee Investment

22nd July 2015

MEP pleased to announce 2nd round of investment funding for Mallzee Fashion App.

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Investiture At The Palace of Holyrood House

1st July 2015

Marie was honoured to receive on 1 st July 2015 from HRH Majesty The Queen 'The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire - To be Commander - CBE

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Dragon Take 3

15th June 2015

This week saw Marie take part as a judge for the 4th year at The Sir Tom Hunter Enterprise Challenge at East Ayrshire Schools.

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Back To School

15th June 2015

This week saw Marie head back to her former school Kilmarnock Academy where she met pupils, staff and Head Teacher Bryan Paterson.

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Dragon for a Day

28th May 2015

Marie was pleased to be asked to judge at the first Sir Tom Hunter Enterprise in Schools Challenge at South Ayrshire Council schools last week.

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Women Mean Business At Gusto Edinburgh

28th April 2015

Marie was honoured to be asked to be a panel member at Gusto Edinburgh first ‘Women Mean Business’ event. 

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Scotland’s Moonshot

Marie shoots for the moon at  Entrepreneurial Scotland’s Leaders’ Summit. 

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Woman of Inspiration Honours 2015

Marie is delighted to be recognized this week by The Association of Scottish Business Women for services to others in the business world in Scotland. 

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Macklin meets Trump

28th March 2015

Marie had the pleasure in meeting Mr Donald Trump of The Trump Organization, at the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry Annual Awards Dinner.

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Start Up Grind Scotland

18th March 2015

This week Marie meet some amazing Entrepreneurs during a visit to The Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University Glasgow Scotland.

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Ayrshire Association of Business Women Conference

17th March 2015

Marie attended the 1st Ayrshire Association of Business Women ‘Grow Your Business Conference’ at the Gailes Hotel Irvine North Ayrshire.

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Bauer Media Week

12th March 2015

This week Marie was pleased to be invited to present a Motivational speech to the staff of The Bauer Media Group at Radio Clyde HQ. 

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Marie Macklin Recognised By Association of Scottish Businesswomen

Marie Macklin said "It Is an absolute honour to be recognised by The Association of Scottish Businesswomen in their annual ‘Women of Inspiration Awards"

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East Ayrshire Council Enterprise Education Initiative

This week saw Marie judge some fantastic pitches, designs from 7 secondary schools in East Ayrshire. The brief was to design a for the NEW Ayrshire College a ‘curriculum resource area’ for the students, with a breakout /study area at the centre of the design.

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New Year Honour for Marie Macklin

30th December 2014

Marie Macklin, Chief Executive of The Klin Group has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List for her ‘Services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland’

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Mr Sunny Slays Dragons in Sir Tom’s Challenge

27th June 2014

This week, The Klin Group’s Marie Macklin was pleased to be called a ‘Dragon.’ This is the third year running Marie faced up to the ‘Dragon Slayers’ of East Ayrshire schools whilst judging at the Sir Tom Hunter 2014 Challenge. Marie Macklin said: “It was an absolute privilege to judge at Sir Tom Hunter’s annual event.

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Women's Business & Enterprise Conference 2014

20th April 2014

Marie Macklin was speaker at the fantastic event organised by Association of Scottish Business Women at The Royal Bank of Scotland HQ Edinburgh and chaired by TV & radio’s Kay Adam.

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Enterprising Women

14th February 2014

The Association of Ayrshire Business Women has provided sponsorship to eight new female entrepreneurs.

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Macklin Sponsors Women Entrepreneurs

14th January 2014

The Ayrshire Association of Business Women (AABW) today announces further extension of the ‘Women in Enterprise’ initiative, launched in August 2013, by providing sponsorship for eight new female entrepreneurs.

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