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Dinner Dance 2018

Pipe Major Iain Grant piping out after addressing the haggis.

44th Annual SPRA Dinner Dance



The 44th Annual Scottish Plastics & Rubber Association was well attended on Friday evening, 9th March 2018.  A huge thank you to everyone who attended and to the dance organisers for a fantastic night of entertainment, networking and socialising.


Pipe Major Iain Grant once again welcomed both SPRA corporate members and their guests to the Argyll Suite of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, beside Glasgow’s River Clyde.  SPRA President, Kevin Ross, gave a short introduction speech to kick off the night.


The first course was served, Cream of Asparagus & Leek Soup, followed by Pipe Major Grant addressing the haggis.  His delivery of the traditional recital was sure to hold your attention before the ever so anticipated Money Purse of Haggis Neep’s an Tatties course.


The main course of Slow cooked Fore Rib of Beef, Butter Mash, Vegetables and Red Wine Jus was enjoyed by the dinner guests before a White Chocolate & Whisky Torte was indulged.  


Once the after dinner refreshments were served.  The President spoke about the size of the plastic industry in Scotland as it  employs 170,000 people across the UK with nearly 9000 of these jobs based in Scotland.  Most of the people in the room represent the great and the good of the Scottish plastic industry which has some 255 companies and has a turnover of £1.5 Billion  and the trial by media that it is currently undergoing.  It’s important to us all, whether we are consumers, producers or manufacturers, that plastic is not demonised – it is used because often it is the best material for the job.  It’s clear to everybody that the plastic industry needs to change and address the concerns of the consumer and the media because if we don’t, all we can expect is growing legislation. Everybody in this room is actually part of the solution.  He offered the support of the SPRA and the BPF to support the industry.



The prizes were then presented by the President and as a total surprise to three passionate students - the SPRA Scholarship 2018 Prize was awarded to Leonardo Binetti, MSc Advanced Materials Engineering and the Highly Recommended Prize was awarded to both Polly Wong, MSc Advanced Materials Engineering and Craig Bean, BEng Tons Polymer Engineering.  Sheena Geddes presented the Charlie Geddes Medal 2018 to Ron Hamilton, Daysoft Limited.



SPRA President Kevin Ross got a little flustered while introducing the guest after dinner speaker, mixing up MBEs with MBAs.  Willie Allan MBE, was soon to correct the SPRA President, which in turn had the room roaring with laughter.  



To conclude the formal part of the evening, President Kevin Ross, thanked his top table guests:  John McNally and his wife Thelma, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers UK; Martin Cox, IOM3 President; Kevin’s wife Elaine; and speaker Willie Allan.  John McNally was born in the UK but educated in the USA, graduating from Harvard University in 1987 with a PhD in Chemistry.   In the past three years he has overseen over £500m of investment in the Grangemouth petrochemicals complex, ensuring long term profitability for the site and job security for its one thousand employees. Although based in London at the NEOS UK Headquarters, but splits his time between the London and Grangemouth. Martin Cox, an engineer, started his career with the National Coal Board he turned to going offshore with the oil industry and has worked in the UK, Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia, and the Netherlands.  He is now Midlands based, with an Aberdeen based consultancy that focuses on the management of expertise, capabilities and technology to oil & gas wells.  Member of Society of Petroleum Engineers, Fellow Institute of Energy, Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers.  SPRA President then proceeded to give bouquets of flowers to his wife Elaine, Thelma  McNally and Sheena Geddes bringing a close to the dinner.



It was then over to the band Life & Soul for the remainder of the evening, providing music for the not so shy guests amongst us, who gave it all they had on the dance floor.  All while other guests took the opportunity to catch up with friends and mingle at the bar.



Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle, (was every raffle ticket bought?).  I believe many were jealous of whoever won the large soft toy penguin, it seemed to be a highly sought after prize.  An even bigger thank you to Les Rose, SPRA Membership Secretary, for making the whole night happen.

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