Recognising years of loyal service

Bob Taylor, (upholsterer – Property Services) – Prof Charles Skene , Sandra Munro (breakfast supervisor)  and Brian Reid (plumber – Property Services department)

Skene HotelSuites recently recognised the commitment shown by three key members of staff as they retired from the company. Bob Taylor who joined as an upholsterer 10 years ago, Sandra Munro, originally from Lewis who joined 20 years ago and retires from her post as breakfast supervisor at Holburn and Brian Reid who retires after... Read Full Story

Day in the Life: Housing services manager

Matthew Busher

Matthew Busher, 37, housing services manager at Grampian Housing Association offers a window on his busy day My morning: I usually tend to get to work around 8.30am and start off with a quick check of my emails and diary for the day ahead. I generally tend to have meetings booked in most mornings. We... Read Full Story

How I got where I am today: Craig Keyworth

Craig Keyworth

Craig Keyworth, 37, engineering director/founder of Flextech talks about a career built on honesty and loyalty What did you want to be when you were young? Naturally I still consider myself young… As a schoolboy however I wanted to be a professional cyclist and adventure sportsman who raced cars on a weekend, flying my own... Read Full Story

Top tips for managing your money

David Gow

Your finances and what you want from them can be dramatically altered by a change of circumstances, whether good or bad. From unemployment to parenthood, life events can pose new challenges when it comes to managing your money. David Gow, a director at Acumen Financial Planning, gives some advice on ten financial life events. 1.... Read Full Story

CalMac takes 10 trainees on board

The CalMac trainees at the Marine Safety Training Centre, South Shields

Ten young people are finding their sea legs on board their first ships as part of Caledonian MacBrayne’s trainee programme. Beating nationwide competition for their coveted places, the group, ranging in age from 17 to 25, is the second intake to take part in the company’s Merchant Navy Training Board ratings training scheme. The three-year... Read Full Story

Gillian joins the board

Gillian Berkeley

Inverness College UHI has bolstered its senior management team with the appointment of Gillian Berkeley as head of curriculum. Gillian, 52, who is originally from Dundee, has joined the team from Moray College UHI where she was assistant director of curriculum and quality. Originally a secondary school science teacher, Gillian’s career in education spans over... Read Full Story

Industry view: Breaking the glass ceiling

Carolyn Clarke PwC

Over the last few months there has been a lot of noise about gender diversity and the impact this has on both personal and career ambitions, business growth, and even the economy. We’ve seen actress, Emma Watson, speak eloquently at the launch of the United Nations’ HeShe campaign about the impact of equality as she... Read Full Story

Bryant Group identified as company to inspire Britain

Brenda Bryant

Bryant Group (Scotland) Ltd has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. The report is a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium sized businesses. The Aberdeen-based organisation, which celebrates its 35th year in business, was recognised in the second edition of London Stock Exchange’s... Read Full Story

Fit to work

Working out after work

Companies should help their desk-based staff with discounted gym memberships and cycling schemes to keep them fit. That’s the opinion of both health professionals and some company managers who see their staff sitting at their desks for up to nine hours every day, moving only for tea and toilet breaks. The health risks to desk-bound... Read Full Story

How I got where I am today: Jan Stander

Jan Stander

Jan Stander, 33, sales and marketing manager at First Integrated Solutions talks about swapping cricket for a career in sales and marketing What did you want to be when you were young? I was brought up around our family business and always had in my mind that was where I would end up working one... Read Full Story

New chair of ICoTA European Chapter appointed

Scott Mitchell (ICoTA)

Scott Mitchell, global business development manager at Omega Completion Technology, has been appointed the new chair of The Intervention & Coiled Tubing Association’s European Chapter (ICoTA). Scott, who takes up his appointment this month, has served on the organisation’s committee for two years. Elliot Kinch, business development manager for Interwell UK, has been appointed co-chair... Read Full Story

Day in the Life: Apprentice fabricator

Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell, 21, apprentice fabricator/welder at Fabritech UK shares what a busy day in his life looks like My morning: My shifts at Fabritech vary, but if I am starting at 8am, I like to get up at about 7am to ensure I am ready on time. I live in Huntly, so I have to... Read Full Story

Paradigm Drilling Services launches Mexico operation

Fraser Innes, Paradigm

A north-east drilling technology business has announced an initial $5m investment in Mexico as the country’s President visited Aberdeen to establish greater links between the two oil-producing regions. President Enrique Peña Nieto’s arrival in Aberdeen earlier this month, as part of an official state visit to the UK, has stimulated interest from the oil and... Read Full Story

Planning to prosper

William Lippe - Lesley Tierney

North-east architectural practice, William Lippe Architects, announced the appointment of Lesley Tierney as its planning consultant. Lesley has 17 years experience in planning both north and south of the border in local authority planning and private practice. She was the lead officer for the Trump International Golf Links development at Menie Estate. She has also... Read Full Story

Former ITCA learner beats path to glory

ITCA - (l-r) Colin Sherriffs and Richard Forman

As youngsters near the end of their time at secondary school they have to make some serious decisions about their future. While some make the choice to continue their studies at college or university, others go straight into the world of work. For former ITCA Training learner, Richard Forman, the decision to become an apprentice... Read Full Story