Your guide to who’s moving, hiring, investing and teaming up this month.
Robbie Fluid Engineering
West Lothian-based Robbie Fluid Engineering has moved premises in a bid to target further growth.
The family-run firm, which specialises in precision manufacturing and component maintenance, has moved from its previous headquarters in Livingston to a new, purpose-built facility in Bathgate with the help of a £60,000 overdraft from Clydesdale Bank.
The new facility at Inchwood Park was designed specifically to allow space for the business to grow in size and diversify its offering. The interior includes a manufacturing floor with a mezzanine steel work-space, offices and showroom.
The company says it’s hoping to increase its number of full-time staff from nine to 15 over the next two years.
Edinburgh solicitor Boyd Legal, which is now in its 11th year of business, has relocated its headquarters to 21/22 Queensferry Street in the heart of the capital.
Managing director Peter Boyd says the move will provide a fresh perspective for the company, which has plans for rapid expansion.
He said: “We are thrilled to unveil the new location of our HQ and believe the office will help to play a key role in our plans for expansion. The former Clydesdale Bank branch closure and sale was perfect timing for our acquisition.
“Based in the heart of the capital, we are now more accessible than ever before and feel our relocation makes a strong statement regarding our commitment for growth.
“We have many things in store for the development of Boyd’s over the coming months and years, and we are firmly set on providing a forward-thinking and innovative service to all of our customers.
“Challenging all the stereotypes of solicitors our new HQ as an open plan hub which has been specifically designed by us to provide a welcoming, community-feel for all those who come to visit.
“We wanted to provide a space which is comfortable and contemporary and for visitors and customers, and we’ve definitely achieved that.”
Textile Care Supplies
After months of planning and preparation, Glenrothes-based Textile Care Supplies has moved from its former premises at Whitehill Industrial Estate into a new, larger warehouse facility at Southfield.
Managing director Dennis Jack says the new 13,000sq ft unit will accommodate the last 12 years’ growth and help facilitate further expansion for the firm, which is a leading supplier of chemicals and consumables to the laundry and dry cleaning sectors.
Midlothian-based PM Solutions, which specialises in direct and transactional mailing, has invested £1.2 million in new, purpose-built premises at Bilston Glen Industrial Estate thanks, in part, to funding from Clydesdale Bank.
The new 15,000sq ft premises are five times larger than the company’s former site and includes new mail-sorting machinery to allow 30,000 pieces of mail per hour to be sorted by post code.
Managing director Ron Davidson said: “Our new top of the range facility is not only ideal for our day-to-day business activities, but it also provides scope to achieve further growth.
“The printing and mailing industry has to constantly adapt to new technology and trends, so having a flexible working environment is important. The new site at Loanhead is ideal for our ever-changing needs.
“Throughout the construction of, and transition to the new building, Clydesdale Bank have been trusted advisers and fully supportive of our growth ambitions.”
Trescal, a specialist provider of global calibration solutions, has announced that its UKAS-accredited calibration facility at Donibristle Industrial Estate in Dalgety Bay is now fully operational.
The facility, which is the largest calibration site in Scotland (28,000 sq ft) and employs 47 people, including four apprentices, has received investment to consolidate and bring the previous Trescal Glenrothes facility and the Trescal acquired ‘Aeroflex Test Equipment Services’ laboratory.
Trescal is in fact the first UKAS-accredited facility in Scotland to offer temperature calibration, other capabilities include: high voltage, radiation hazard, torque, volume, dimensional, electrical, pressure, and repair.
Ken Baxter, general manager for Donibristle at Trescal UK, said: “The Donibristle Trescal facility is a one-stop-shop for all UKAS-accredited calibration services and needs which, thanks to the investment to consolidate all of our expertise and knowledge, is now under one roof. “We have listened to our customers and as part of the investment have focussed on bolstering the services Donibristle can offer, in addition to investing in new equipment to service an even wider variety of markets.”
Edinburgh Molecular Imaging Ltd
The Board of Edinburgh Molecular Imaging has appointed John Jeans CBE CEng as non-executive chairman as of August 31.
In an industrial career spanning 35 years, Jean held senior international leadership positions at various global companies, including Smith & Nephew, Bristol Myers Squibb, Johnson & Johnson, and Amersham plc (now GE Healthcare).
Jeans’ expertise ranges from medical devices and pharmaceuticals to in-vivo and in-vitro diagnostics, as well as research, product development and manufacturing and commercialisation.
He was appointed as the UK Government’s Life Science Champion for Medical Technology by the prime minister in 2014.
Edinburgh-based Acumen will undergo a change in leadership when industry stalwart Alistair McLean, one of the founding directors, retires at the end of September.
Co-founding director Kevin Dorrian will now head up the consultancy, which has an impressive track record of working with organisations in the emerging technologies and innovation, bioscience, professional services, academia, and oil and gas sectors, single-handedly.
British Safety Council
Mike Robinson has taken up the role of chief executive at the British Safety Council as of September 1.
He was appointed by Lynda Armstrong OBE, chair of trustees, who said: “The trustees congratulate Mike on his appointment and look forward to working with him and his colleagues to help the British Safety Council deliver sustained business success and help achieve our vision that no one should be injured or made ill at work.
“We believe Mike’s leadership style and experience will be of great value to the British Safety Council at this stage of its change journey and will be a real asset in leading the organisation through a comprehensive programme of business improvement. Mike has a real interest in occupational health and safety and is keen to make a difference in helping to keep people safe at work.
“In a previous role Mike was Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, during which time he grew the business substantially, increasing profits and positioning the organisation to respond to increasing competition.”
Planning consultancy Turley has strengthened its Scottish planning team with the appointment of Blair Melville.
Melville joined Turley in Scotland on August 17 from Homes for Scotland and will be based in the firm’s Edinburgh office.
Colin Smith, Scotland office director at Turley said: “We are delighted with Blair’s decision to join the team at Turley. He has played a key role in shaping and influencing planning policy thinking in the house building sector in Scotland for over a decade and has a terrific reputation. The skills, insights and contributions he will bring to the firm will be of enormous benefit and value to our clients.”
Turley in Scotland is involved in a range of high-profile projects, including several within the West Edinburgh Strategic Development Area, Pollok Town Centre in Glasgow, India Buildings in Edinburgh and Blindwells New Settlement in East Lothian.
Contract Wins & Collaborations
Team Challenge Company and Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa
Corporate team building specialist Team Challenge Company, which has offices in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester and London, has announced a new strategic partnership with Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle.
The hotel will now offer bespoke leadership development programmes, conference break-out sessions and high-end evening entertainment, such as Corporate Gameshows, Fun Casino Nights and Murder Mystery Dinners.
LEWIS and the Scottish Sentencing Council
Edinburgh-based digital and design agency LEWIS has won the bid to create the new Scottish Sentencing Council website.
It will work with the new body, which is set to launch in October (2015), to develop a website which will feature the Council’s official sentencing guidelines and act as a reference point for judges, practitioners and the public on all aspects of sentencing.
Managing director David Lewis, said: “This project was an interesting one for us because not only were we launching a new website, we were part of launching a brand new concept that aims to assist with sentencing issues across our court system.
“For us, it is a top priority to ensure that we create a fully functional multiple device friendly site that is easy to use and that captures the essence of what the Scottish Sentencing Council is designed to achieve.
“Following the recent launch of phase one, for the recruitment and set up period, we are now concentrating on phase two, which means getting the site ready so that content, including information on Council meetings as well as plans for guidelines, consultations and publications, can be added from the Council’s creation in October.”
Ondine Tennant, secretary to the Council, said: “The Scottish Sentencing Council’s website will act as a hub for all Council activity. As such, it will be important that it provides an effective and user friendly way of accessing information about the Council and the range of work it will carry out.
“The Council Secretariat has been working with the LEWIS team to develop the new Council’s website since May, when they were awarded the contract following a competitive procurement exercise. The first phase of the project was successfully delivered to time, allowing us to publicise our recruitment exercise online and the plans for bringing the Council into being later this year. We look forward to the next stage of the site’s development, which will coincide with the Council’s establishment in October.”
Barrhead Travel and Amadeus
Scottish online travel agent Barrhead Travel will become the first customer to pilot new technology mooted to help travel agents and tour operators unlock efficiency savings after striking a partnership deal with global travel industry technology specialist Amadeus.
Barrhead Travel will roll out the Amadeus Automation Suite, which offers a bundle of touchless solutions to help reduce the time spent on manual ticketing, scheduling and administrative tasks, across its UK outlets in a bid to boost productivity.
Developed specifically for the UK & Ireland, the technology is said to deliver key business benefits, such as reducing operational costs, and improving quality of work by allowing more efficient use of time and resources.
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