Project Description

Effective Enterprise Management

Enterprise and local development demand the same attention to targets and deliverability that we expect from successful multi-nationals. After all if we don’t set targets we can hardly expect to achieve them.In the UK, as Head of Economic Development in a large local authority I developed and managed annual economic plans for the District and through these I introduced district goals and management targets for the first time into the authority. In my final full year there in 1996 we attracted 1,000 new jobs to the District, a record achievement for such an area. Much of this was achieved by close collaboration between central and local government and local private and voluntary sectors.

As a Business Adviser previous to that in both Derbyshire and Birmingham I was privileged to work with a portfolio of around sixty different small and medium sized enterprises, help them with starting and expansion, secure investment and build marketing strategies. I think that in many cases success didn’t come from clever advice but more from listening and getting into tune with what would really spark success for each unique entrepreneur that came to me for support.

Flexible support for entrepreneurs

Many people in the nineties of the famous advert for a Credit Card by Barclays Bank where it described their card as “your flexible friend”. The phrase entered comedic lore when Mr. Bean refers to it in one of his sketches. Ian fox was a young man who came to me for advice. He was an acrobat and contortionist. He became one of the first people to perform the “flexible friend” advert using his body. He went on to make a living from dance performance.

“Since being appointed Chief Executive, Scollan has made an enormous contribution to Western Development, bringing it to the very forefront of the political agenda”
Chairman during my time as CEO, WDC
“I wish to record my appreciation for the work you have done and the leadership and inspiration given to many of us in regard to developing the West”
Frank Dawson, Director of Community and Enterprise
Liam, you have done Trojan work for the airport and the region over the years and I hope you are rightly proud of your achievements.
CEO, Allergan Pharmaceuticals
I can honestly say that Knock has grown significantly during your time in office…. when many other regional airport have closed, it is good to see Knock going from strength to strength
Eamon O Cuiv, TD
“The results achieved by the airport in terms of passenger numbers and connections to the West have been phenomenal. You can be proud of all that you have achieved”
Leo Varadkar , TD - Former Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport
Knock Airport grew rapidly in the years after Liam Scollan’s appointment and the entire facility was utterly transformed. At times the pace of change seemed mesmerising and there seemed to be barely a week when the airport was not making some positive announcement.
James Laffey, Editor Western People
“You can look back on the last ten years with considerable pride in a remarkable achievement of overcoming all the odds in maintaining the viability of a provincial airport in rural Ireland.”
Michael Cawley, Former Deputy Chief Executive, Ryanair
“I must thank you for your contribution towards bringing the organic sector to a larger audience. The Commission must indeed be congratulated on having the vision to allow a Blueprint document on the organic sector to be written. Your commitment to the organic sector no doubt contributed.”
Noreen Gibney, Former Operations/Certification Manager Irish Organic Farmers and Growers Association
“Scollan in re-energised in his commitment to the West.” Read “Digging furrows for future” The Mayo News
The Mayo News
Liam provided strategic guidance and management advice to Western Forestry Co-op. His professional integrity and diligent work ethic were to be admired. In particular I admire his dedication to sustainable development and rural issues, working with a co-operative organisation was second nature to him. He is an asset to any organisation and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to work with him.”
Marina Conway, Chief Executive, Western Forestry Co-op
I hired Liam Scollan to plan the development of a World Centre for Yeats in in 2014/15. His vision for this major arts and tourism project was outstanding. He was excellent in enabling many different interests from business to arts and public sector to work together. I found him easy to work with and recommend him highly to any group who have ambition to get a major project off the ground.
Tom Daly, Businessman
Liam Scollan has served on the Board of the Mayo Rape Crisis Centre since 2014 in a voluntary capacity.
In that time Liam’s integrity and presence to the organisation has been exceptional. His sensitivity, support and commitment to the very difficult work of the organisation has made him invaluable as a board member. His willingness to be educated about the issues which a Rape Crisis Centre deals with on a daily basis is to be commended. Liam brought a wealth of experience and insight from other roles he has had in community which has been very beneficial for our organisation.
Having Liam as a Board member has strengthened the voice and credibility of Mayo Rape Crisis Centre. On a very personal level, Liam has also been a fantastic support and resource for me in my role as Director of Services.
Loretta Brosnan McDonagh, Director of Services, Mayo Rape Crisis Centre

 Leader of a Successful Enterprise Agency

When I first emigrated to the UK in 1985 I went to work for a business development agency in Birmingham called Just for Starters.  Writing 12 years later in 1997 its Company Secretary Charles Hodder had these kind words to say about my time there: “During the time he has been Business Development Officer for Just for Starters Ltd. he has  taken it from very ordinary status to an officially acknowledged leading status of Birmingham business Development Agencies. Liam himself was acknowledged as the busiest and most successful Business Development Officer of their team.” Charles Hodder, April 1997
The success of Just for Starters in developing businesses in the inner city was also acknowledged by bodies outside the enterprise field such as in this article by the Policy Studies Institute. Read Here

Enterprise Zone

We development 100 hectares of enterprise zone land onto which we were able to attract a brewery, car parts manufacturing plant and scores of other businesses that led to us attracting 1,000 jobs in one year.

International Example

The area I worked had been devastated by the closure of the coal industry. It became a matter of pride for local people that other parts of the world that suffered similar devastation came to look at how we achieved success in the UK. The image shown is from a Nottinghamshire paper describing a group from Siberia that came to visit our area in October 1996.