Caithness business in sparkling form

The Urfreetime team

When Sandra Campbell, from Halkirk in Caithness, was looking for a business she could run from home, she spotted a gap in the market for a cleaning service so she launched Urfreetime  –  a domestic and business cleaning service. The company, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this month and created five local jobs, initially cleaned... Read Full Story

Rod Buchan appointed executive chairman at IMES Group

Rod Buchan (IMES)

Experienced industry figure Rod Buchan has been appointed executive chairman at IMES Group. Rod has more than 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, including five years as managing director of Aker Offshore Partner in Aberdeen. In 2013, he established his own management company to advise oil and gas clients on their growth... Read Full Story

Information the key to efficiency

Akrugo - Nichola & Jane

Challenging times are often the catalyst for innovation and advances in digital technologies offer an alternative approach to traditional operational methods. Oil production is a cyclical industry – there are good times and tough times. Be it due to an unstable oil price, travel disruptions, or even civil unrest, modern businesses require easily accessible information... Read Full Story

Caithness business in sparkling form

The Urfreetime team

When Sandra Campbell, from Halkirk in Caithness, was looking for a business she could run from home, she spotted a gap in the market for a cleaning service so she launched Urfreetime – a domestic and business cleaning service. The company, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in April this year and created five local jobs,... Read Full Story

Industry view: Taking a byte out of workplace wearable tech

Erika Campbell

Help may be at hand for employers who want to offer flexibility on when employees work or their benefits and, at the same time, exceed business objectives. Last weekend, as early adopters surged to pre-order their Apple watch, it got me thinking: could the fast-moving world of wearable technology help businesses improve on areas such... Read Full Story

Get to know warden Walter

City Warden Walter Elmslie

When Walter Elmslie started working at 15 as a salesman in a clothes store, little did he realise his career would end up walking on the streets he formerly worked in. His training on the shop floor and then onto a career mainly in sales was invaluable when he started working as a city warden... Read Full Story

Menopause – the last taboo at work

Menopause - Dr Marilyn Glenville

In today’s modern world where employers recognise key stages in life, it seems there is one remaining natural life event that is being ignored  –  the menopause. A new government report written by Dr Ros Altmann calls for greater support for workers going through the menopause. Dr Altmann, who is the Business Champion for Older... Read Full Story

From oil and gas to Interstellar

Well Bay image (inside a Pemex asset, offshore Mexico)

At Aberdeen’s SeaEnergy PLC, creativity is an essential part of delivering original solutions to emerging energy problems. Personnel spend Monday to Friday working on asset management tools and communication solutions, but come the evening and weekends, creativity finds a variety of other outlets – including film-making, experimental music and fashion photography. There’s nothing particularly unusual... Read Full Story

Day in the life: Project advisor

Day in the Life - Carlene Smith

Carlene Smith, project advisor for behavioural change consultancy, Optimus Seventh Generation talks combining work with study My morning I arrive in the office about 8.30am and, while eating breakfast, I work my way through the e-mails that have come in overnight. I normally spend the morning catching up with my projects and discuss with the... Read Full Story

Overcoming addictions

Gordon Cruden

Helping others find freedom inspires Gordon Cruden in his daily work and charitable adventures The chaos caused by addiction is a subject that Gordon Cruden knows more about than most. On a Monday morning back in 1987, he entered rehab as a messed up 21-year-old alcoholic, after a weekend locked up in a Fraserburgh police... Read Full Story

Getting your foot in the door

Intern - Laura Bell Williams

An internship provides a route into the workplace for university graduates to gain valuable work experience and recent data from think-tank The Sutton Trust estimates that there are at least 21,000 interns working in the UK at any one time. Aberdeenshire Council has offered an internship within its communications team to 24-year-old MA English graduate... Read Full Story

How I got where I am today: Alf Leadbitter

Alf Leadbitter

Alf Leadbitter, 66, diver training authority at The Underwater Centre explains that he owes his career – and love of the sea – to his father What are the main career stepping stones you have taken? I served an apprenticeship as a mechanical engineer at the National Coal Board’s Dawdon Colliery. I then went to... Read Full Story

The grapes of wealth

JC Wealth & 7IM teams with Justin Urquhart Stewart (centre)

Distinguished financial expert Justin Urquhart Stewart spoke at a “wealth & wine” event in the north-east recently. Guests enjoyed the finest wines from around the world while hearing a global economic round-up from Justin at the Aberdeen office of Johnston Carmichael Wealth, who organised the event. Head of corporate development at Seven Investment Management, Justin... Read Full Story

How and when to ask for a pay rise

Pay rise

More than half of Scottish workers are unhappy with their salary, yet less than a quarter asked for a pay rise in the last year, according to new research* from recruiting experts, Hays. Despite increasing salaries in the past year, many employees are dissatisfied with their pay but only 22% asked for a pay rise... Read Full Story

Start-ups move on up with leading-edge technology

Gary McEwan (centre), chief executive of Elevator, with Stuart Winterburn (left), managing director of Dynamic Edge and Rob Hamilton (right), chief executive of Dynamic  Edge

One of Scotland’s leading business development organisations, Elevator, has teamed up with technology provider Dynamic Edge to boost support for growing companies. Dynamic Edge will provide a wide range of managed IT services to staff and entrepreneurs visiting Elevator business centres across the north-east and Tayside. Elevator, formerly Enterprise North East Trust, recently opened a... Read Full Story