Tech firms to go head to head in Business Fours charity qualifier

New business golf tournament tees off in East Lothian 

The first event in a newly-launched business golf tournament teed off last month at Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian to raise cash for Scottish charities.
Founded by John McLarey, an event management professional, Business Fours is a new, national competition which has the last of four industry sector qualifiers coming up on April 26, in conjunction with ScotlandIS, to further boost the coffers of charity partners The Yard in Edinburgh and Beatson Cancer Charity in Glasgow.
From left, Joyce Arbuckle, Beatson Cancer Charity, John McClarey, Business Fours and Dawn Ferguson, Corporate Partnership Manager, Beatson Cancer Charity
Its Technology & IT qualifier is set take place at Craigielaw Golf Club where companies including Craneware, Pulsant, Brodies, HGF, and CityFibre will go head to head to win their place at the national final in St Andrews in May.
Business Fours follows the success of national five-a-side tournament ‘Business Fives’, which is also supported by ScotlandIS and has raised more than £5.5k for charity.
The tournament is designed to bring companies in Scotland closer together via its unique networking formula, as well as raise money for good causes by donating 10% of the profits.
Chief Executive of The Yard Celine Sinclair said: “We are delighted to have the support of Business Fours and would encourage local businesses to get involved with this fantastic tournament. The Yard will greatly benefit from your generosity, which will enable us to support more disabled children, young people and their families through our adventure play services in Edinburgh, Dundee and Fife.”
Founder McLarey has already forged links with industry partners such as the Scottish Property Federation, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and, of course, ScotlandIS.
Karen Meechan, Head of Operations at ScotlandIS, said: “ScotlandIS is delighted to partner with Business Fours for its first national business golf tournament.  This tournament offers the tech sector the chance to shut their laptops and stretch their legs on the fairways of Craigielaw, while supporting two excellent causes.”
Dawn Ferguson, Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser at Beatson Cancer Charity, said: “Beatson Cancer Charity is delighted to be chosen as a charity partner of Business Fours. This is a fantastic partnership and I’d like to send my sincere thanks to everyone involved for their commitment to Beatson Cancer Charity.
“The generosity of the golfers will have a direct impact on thousands of cancer patients and their families, both now and in the future, through the dedicated work of the charity.”
The Technology & IT heat is the last of four industry qualifiers taking place across Scotland’s east and west coasts, enabling firms to meet other like-minded professionals.
While the east coast heats take place in East Lothian, the west coast qualifiers are being held at this year’s Scottish Open venue, Dundonald Links, ahead of the national final at the Fairmont St Andrews on May 24.