Your guide to who’s moving, hiring, investing, teaming up and winning awards this month
Senior consultants Victoria Cameron and Ross Gunn have been promoted to managing consultants at Change Recruitment Group, which has offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Cameron first joined Change Recruitment Group in 2012, and after a short spell working within a ‘Big 4’ client business, she returns to the organisation as Managing Consultant within the Public Practice team. She covers a vast range of recruitment opportunities for qualified individuals within accountancy practices in Scotland, including many of the top 10 firms, and internationally.
Gunn joined the firm in October 2013, and specialises in recruiting qualified accountants and finance professionals for a range of clients within commerce and industry.
Mark McFall, group managing director at Change Recruitment, said: “Both Victoria and Ross are leaders in their field, and deserve recognition for their successes at Change Recruitment Group. Both have a remit to grow their teams and specialist business divisions, so new challenges await them in an increasingly competitive environment.”
20/20 Productions has further expanded its Edinburgh team with the appointment of a new production assistant.
The creative communications agency has recruited Sheena MacLeod, a journalism graduate with a variety of work experience in marketing and communications, to the role.
MacLeod will help producers with events and video production, as well as working on-site at conferences, exhibitions and other events and providing marketing support.
She said: “I was looking for an exciting challenge in a production role that would allow me to grow and enhance my skills. I knew 20/20 Productions was the right fit for me because of its friendly atmosphere and positive attitude, as well as its excellent reputation in the industry, not only for its work, but for its commitment to employee development.
“20/20 Productions is an ideal starting point to begin my career in production and I look forward to sharing my skills and growing with the company.”
Managing director Alastair Scott said: “Sheena brings with her a wealth of experience and a real knack for marketing, PR and communications. With some impressive work under her belt, including at Glasgow 2014, she is a born project leader and already at home in the office.”
Fergus Ewing MSP, the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, has announced the appointment of Lord Thurso as the new chair of the Board of VisitScotland.
With significant industry experience, Thurso became Europe’s youngest 5-star hotel manager when appointed managing director of the Savoy Group’s Lancaster Hotel in Paris at 27.
Following five successful years in Paris, he then led a number of hospitality businesses to success including Blakeney Hotels of Cliveden, which became the UK’s highest rated hotel under his leadership, East Sussex National Golf Course and Fitness & Leisure Holdings.
Thursochas served as a non-executive on a number of public company boards including The Savoy PLC, Millenium and Copthorne PLC. He is also chairman of his family company in Caithness and for many years owned The Ulbster Arms in Halkirk.
He sat in the House of Lords between 1995 and 1999 and from 2001 to 2015 was MP for Caithness, Sutherland & Easter Ross. He was awarded a ‘Catey’ for services to Tourism 2003, was made an honorary DBA by Oxford Brookes in 2004, is a Master Innholder and a Fellow of The Institute of Hospitality and is President of the Tourism Society. In 2014 he was made a Privy Councillor by The Queen.
Thurso will take the reins from Mike Cantlay OBE, who has led VisitScotland through significant tourism milestones since his appointment in 2010 including the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, the Ryder Cup, a momentous partnership with Disney Pixar on the blockbuster animation Brave and six themed years including the second Homecoming Scotland in 2014.
Cantlay will step down as VisitScotland Chair on March 31, 2016, with Thurso appointed to the position for three years from April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019.
Edinburgh-based Apex Hotels is set to expand south of the border outwith London for the first time after securing a £29 million funding package from Bank of Scotland.
It’s set to expand its UK portfolio with the development of a hotel in Bath.
This will be Apex Hotels’ first venture in England outside of the capital with Apex City of Bath. The group has a turnover of £57.2 million and currently operates nine hotels in Scotland and London.
The business is building the new 177 bedroom Apex City of Bath Hotel on James Street West and will create more than 100 new jobs in the area. Once complete, the four-floor hotel will be the largest hotel in Bath.
Due to open in the summer of 2017, the £35million hotel will feature a swimming pool, gym, and conference and meeting facilities that have a capacity of more than 420 people to cater the city’s flourishing corporate district.
Once open, the hotel is set to create up to 120 full time positions including front of house, kitchen and housekeeping roles.
Ian Springford, chairman at Apex Hotels, said: “The new hotel in Bath is an exciting opportunity for the Group and we’re proud to have secured a great location in a booming city. With the new development, we’ll be able to offer a new contemporary hotel to the people of Bath, ideal for both tourists and professionals traveling to the city.
“Following a strong financial performance, our expansion marks the company’s 20th anniversary with a new venture that supports our long-term visions of growth.”
Alistair Macpherson, relationship director at Bank of Scotland, said: “Apex Hotels has delivered strong growth in recent years thanks to its expansion into new regions. The business has a reputation for high quality service and facilities and we’re pleased to have supported its first venture in the South West.
“We’re committed to supporting ambitious business like Apex Hotels as they expand into new markets, which will allow them to drive long-term growth.”
Office Moves & Expansions
The Wooden Floor Store
The Wooden Floor Store, which already has sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley, is set to open a new showroom and warehouse in Falkirk as part of its ongoing expansion.
It has made a significant investment in in fitting out the 5,000sq ft. site which is the group’s sixth across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The company, which supplies both the retail and trade markets, will also create new full-time roles in the warehouse and sales departments as part of the business’ ongoing expansion.
Co-founder and director Ross Nicholl said: “Opening another showroom in the central belt has been a key part of our growth plans.
“We have sites in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paisley, but we also wanted to be easily accessible for customers in Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannan and West Lothian.
“We’ve made a strong and encouraging start in Falkirk tapping into the trade, joinery, building and retail markets.
“Our premises are not the only part of the business to grow. We are looking to add new staff members to our 30-strong workforce. We have also brought in a number of new product lines to the Falkirk store to add to the 300 we already offer across the rest of Scotland and online.
“We source a lot of our raw material and finished products from sustainable suppliers in Europe and the United States. These are shipped into the UK through Grangemouth, so by minimising the distance from port to shop, we can offer our customers lower prices.
“The Falkirk site’s warehouse will also act as a holding point for imports moving on to our other Scottish sites as well as to England and Wales for online customers.
Nicholl’s business partner, fellow co-founder and director Richard Snape, said: “Since founding the business in 2000 we’ve enjoyed sustained growth and we’re looking to continue that trend.
“As well as investing further in the Scottish side of the company, we are looking to expand into England. We already service England through the online business, but we’re also in discussions about opening showrooms in London and the North West.”
The Wooden Floor Store supplied flooring for the set of James Bond film Spectre last year. Pinewood studios who produced the film approached the company with a £30,000 contract to supply flooring for a luxury Austrian hotel set.
Scott-Moncrieff and Ogilvie & Company
Scott-Moncrieff, has announced its intention to merge with Edinburgh-based Ogilvie & Company – therefore expanding the firm’s tax advice and trust management team.
It will accommodate Ogilvie & Company, which will move its team from Rutland Square to Scott-Moncrieff’s offices in the Edinburgh Exchange district, from 1 May when the merger will take effect. David Ogilvie and three of his team will make the move, continuing to work with existing clients under the Scott-Moncrieff banner.
Stewart MacDonald, managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff, said: “Our strategy for the firm is to grow income by 50% over the next five years, through a mix of strategic acquisition and improved efficiency – all of which needs to be client led. Bringing Ogilvie & Company, a skilled and well-respected firm, under the Scott-Moncrieff banner will enhance our advisory capacity and expertise, and add value to our client offering.”
Ogilvie & Company was established by David Ogilvie FCA in 2002, and its team of specialists deliver trust management, business and personal tax advice and general business guidance to a range of clients, with particularly strong representation in the landed estates and farming sectors across Scotland.
David Ogilvie said: “Joining Scott-Moncrieff is a significant opportunity for our team, and our clients. By giving our staff the chance to develop within the context of a larger firm with an international network, we are better placed to provide existing clients with an enriched service, while maintaining the high quality of personal service and client satisfaction in which we pride ourselves, and for which Scott-Moncrieff is renowned.”
Scott-Moncrieff – Audit Scotland
Edinburgh-based business adviser and accountancy firm Scott-Moncrieff has become the only firm to secure appointments in all four lots of the Audit Scotland tender.
Its public sector team secured a place on the framework alongside five other firms –winning the opportunity to undertake work in four different lots over the next five years.
It will work with bodies across Scotland within lots for Central Government, Local Government, Local Government, the NHS and Further Education, with specific workloads to be allocated by Audit Scotland over the next month.
Gary Devlin, partner and head of Public Sector at Scott-Moncrieff, said: “This win means that Scott-Moncrieff is now unquestionably the leading external auditor to Scotland’s public sector. This latest success is a significant coup for our public sector team which has a long history of public sector work, building up a first class audit offering for public sector bodies and achieving impressive levels of client satisfaction.”
The firm has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Inverness, all of which will provide services to the public sector under the Audit Scotland framework.
It provides audit, tax, business advisory and corporate consulting services to commercial, public sector, not-for-profit and private clients, with 19 partners, 15 directors and some 180 staff overall.
Lynda Hamilton Communications – Edgar Stewart
Edgar Stewart Selection (ESS) has appointed Lynda Hamilton Communications to manage PR and marketing activity across its three Edinburgh-based recruitment brands.
The professional services recruitment firm has awarded the five-figure contract to oversee external communications for Edgar Stewart and its two spin-out brands, Talented and Focus, to the Fife-based specialist after seeing operations grow by 35% and expanding its Edinburgh team.
Talented and Focus, which are dedicated recruitment services for Scotland’s vibrant high-growth start-up and SME community and burgeoning food and drink sector respectively, both launched in the last six months and are the first beneficiaries of ESS’s pledged £120k investment in niche recruitment start-ups.
They are both based at the company’s start-up hub and business incubator in Stockbridge, to which ESS relocated from its former city centre base in 2015 to embrace a more laid-back working culture and expand its space to house new ventures.
Lynda Hamilton Communications, which is headed up by experienced journalist and PR consultant Lynda Hamilton, has been brought in by founding director Bruce Hydes to work across all three brands and coordinate their PR and marketing activity.
Hamilton is a former national magazine journalist and also previously worked for The BIG Partnership, the largest communications consultancy in the UK outside of London, where she wrote and managed internal communications for BT Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service, Scottish Ambulance Service, and ExxonMobil.
She set up her consultancy after taking a year out as a freelancer and travel writer in 2011 and now works with PR clients throughout Scotland.
Hamilton is also the former managing editor of The Business Journal, an SME print title published by Romanes Media Group which stopped trading in June 2015 after being bought over by Newsquest.
She then set up online SME title, Scotland B2B (East Coast Edition), in August 2015.
Hydes, who is one of three directors at ESS, said: “We’re delighted to have Lynda on board and know she will make a big difference to our PR and marketing activity. In fact, she already has – having achieved coverage for us in the likes of the Daily Record, Scotsman, Recruiter Magazine and, of course, Scotland B2B.
“We have experienced 35% growth in the last year and have already expanded our Edinburgh team so this support is very timely. We look forward to working with Lynda as we continue our incline and can’t wait to find out what creative ideas she has in store.”
Hamilton, who has written for the likes of My Weekly and The Scots Magazine, added: “The ESS guys are real innovators in the world of recruitment so there’s no shortage of stories to tell. They have already achieved amazing things in the short time I have worked with them and I look forward to accompanying them on this exciting journey.”
Arrayjet – CapitalBio Technology
Edinburgh-based Arrayjet, a microarray instrumentation company, has secured an $500,000 / £350,000 microarray printer order from Beijing-based life sciences company CapitalBio Technology, which produces a range of biomedical and DNA diagnostic kits.
Arrayjet says its high throughput inkjet bio-printing instrument will make a telling contribution to enhance CapitalBio’s production capacity producing faster and more accurate clinical diagnosis kits to assist further research into a range of medical conditions such as chromosome abnormalities and the blood disorder, Thalassemia.
It says this is a groundbreaking contract as it continues its growing international reputation for its patented and proprietary inkjet bio-printing technology to further leading-edge life sciences research, diagnostics and an increasingly advanced health care system across the globe.
Detection kits designed for clinical diagnosis constitute an important part of CapitalBio Corporation’s products and services – the parent company operates four research institutes and five subsidiaries – and clinical diagnosis based on DNA detection is increasingly recognised and accepted by doctors and patients. As a result, the market for CapitalBio’s detection kits is expanding fast.
To meet this demand, CapitalBio chose the Arrayjet Ultra Marathon II Microarrayer to achieve this for its customer base involved in clinical diagnostics, scientific research, and bio-safety testing.
The Ultra Marathon II gives CapitalBio the capacity to manufacture microarrays, often likened to microchips for biological tests, in a high-throughput and highly automated manner using some of the most advanced motion controls and linear encoders to enable the printing of DNA materials at high-density onto glass substrates. As part of its clinical diagnosis kits, the microarrays can provide answers to complex human health including inherited syndromes, the pre-symptomatic detection of cancer, autoimmune disease, and other treatable conditions.
Iain McWilliam, CEO of Arrayjet, said: “CapitalBio is one of the most respected names in the global life sciences field and this contract is hugely significant for us, helping to further our aims in the Far East. Moreover, the past year has seen keen interest in our range of Arrayjet instrumentation products from North America, Australia and now China, so I am delighted that our international focus continues to attract high quality biomedical and life science service providers.
This is a significant coup for a growing Scottish life science instrumentation company which now has dynamic international reach.”
Dr. Junquan Xu, CEO of CapitalBio Technology said: “I am impressed by the advanced technology and the innovative design of the Arrayjet Ultra Marathon II Microarrayer. We are glad to be the first user of the Arrayjet Ultra Marathon II Microarray machine with the inline camera QC system. Arrayjet constantly develops its products. This makes us optimistic about the prospect of long-term partnership with them.”
Arrayjet has had strong financial support from Archangels, the prominent Scottish-based business angel syndicate.
Archangel director Mike Rutterford added: “This is yet another excellent contract achieved by Arrayjet and the ‘brand’ appears to becoming synonymous across the world with delivering instrumentation which has the precision and accuracy sought by many of the world’s top laboratories and science parks. Arrayjet is destined to be the partner of choice for so many of these research establishments.”
Jannettas Gelateria in St Andrews has scooped the Food and Drink Award in the Fife Business Awards, organised by Fife Chamber of Commerce.
The fourth generation family business, which makes its ice-cream on-site using traditional artisan machinery, was rewarded for its innovation – having developed a host of unusual flavours – and for tapping into local ingredients, such as gin and whisky from Kingsbarns and soft fruits from Cairnie Fruit and Blacketyside farms.
Jannettas beat off stiff competition from two other local businesses in the ‘Excellence in Food and Drink’ category, which was just one of 11 categories open to businesses in the Kingdom.
Co-owner Owen Hazel said: “As a business which has been firmly rooted in Fife for over 100 years, this particular award is of huge importance to us as both a business and a family. Fife is where it all began, and we owe a great deal to its communities and of course to Fife Chamber of Commerce whose support is very important to us.
“Little did our family know back in 1908 that Fife would go on to excel nationally in the food and drink industry and it makes us immensely proud to be playing a part in this, and to be part of Fife’s reputation for excellence and innovation when it comes to food and drink. We would also like to congratulate all other winners and finalists, all of whom are really flying the flag for Fife, and cementing its reputation as a place to excel in business.”
Dalgety Bay’s Ingenico, a global leader in seamless payments, won two awards at the Fife Business Awards 2016.
Ingenico picked up ‘Success through Innovation’ and the top award of ‘Outstanding Business Achievement’.
Ian Benn, Ingenico’s UK managing director, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised by the Fife Business Awards. The way we pay is changing whether in shops or online and Ingenico is at the very forefront of that change. Our strong performance stems in very large part from the talent, the positive attitude to customers and the deep innovation culture in Fife. We couldn’t be prouder.”
In being recognised in the ‘Success through Innovation’ category for continued focus on innovation, Ingenico won the award within a highly competitive and innovative sector through its success in staying ahead of the fast changing payments market and growing market share to 59% in the UK; a share that continues to grow against strong competition from the Far East and North America.
Recent payment innovations include the development of a new state-of-the-art encryption centre in Dalgety Bay, and the development of cutting-edge payment security, based on a secure Point-to-Point Encryption solution named – OnGuard.
Ingenico also picked up the final and most coveted award of the evening for ‘Outstanding Business Achievement’ in recognition of its commitment and dedication to Fife as well as its continued significant impact on the local economy. Judges were impressed with Ingenico’s positive work environment for employees and strong growth in employment numbers, as well as its focus on innovation and positive revenue trends.
Fife Council’s depute leader and executive spokesperson for Economy and Planning Councillor Lesley Laird, said: “After considering a number of very strong candidates, this year’s winner Ingenico Northern Europe based in Dalgety Bay was selected by the judging panel as a worthy winner of this special award.
“The company has been in Fife for 35 years and will be a familiar name to most of us as the leading supplier of point of sale terminals we all see when we use our credit and debit cards to pay for goods and services.
“Employing over 400 people in Fife, Ingenico has seen its annual turnover increase to over £100m – building profitability, increasing its market share and continually investing in innovation in new products and services. Fife Economy Partnership and Fife Council are delighted to recognise Ingenico Northern Europe’s outstanding contribution to the Fife economy with this award.”
Law firm Gilson Gray has seen an endorsement of its strategy to revolutionise Scotland’s legal sector by winning the title of Best New Scottish Company.
It picked up the accolade at the 2016 Scottish Variety Awards – the leading event to recognise Scotland’s up and coming talent.
The award – which saw the firm rub shoulders with the likes of actors David Hayman and Sanjeev Kholi as well as new names in Scottish showbiz – also helped to underpin Gilson Gray’s philosophy to create a forward-thinking law firm that challenges traditional thinking on how legal firms operate.
Glen Gilson, managing partner at Gilson Gray, said: “This is a fantastic honour for the Firm, especially given the quality of the other shortlisted businesses.
“In advance of our launch, we designed our product with reference to what our clients said they wanted; a ‘large law firm’ capability at a more competitive cost point, that was more commercial and approachable than the current market offering.
“We built our firm upon these principles and are delighted and humbled to be recognised with such a prestigious award. We cannot thank enough our clients, and indeed the wider Scottish business community, for their continued support.”
The Scottish Variety Awards, hosted by River City’s Leah MacRae and STV presenter David Farrell, honoured Scottish band Prides with Breakthrough Artist of the Year and presented singer Barbara Dickson with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
At its launch in May 2014, Gilson Gray – which operates from bases in both Edinburgh and Glasgow – became the biggest full-service legal firm to open in Scotland in more than 100 years, having secured some of the sharpest legal personnel from across the country.
The Scottish Variety Award follows other honours for Gilson Gray, including ‘Best Corporate Law Firm – Scotland’ at the prestigious Acquisitions International M and A awards 2015, and Law Firm of the Year and Client Service Law Firm of The Year in the Scottish ACQ Law Awards 2014/15. In addition, Glen Gilson was named Managing Partner of the Year and Steven Jansch ‘Scottish Insolvency Lawyer of the Year’ category in the Scottish ACQ Law Awards.
The firm has recently tripled the size of its Glasgow office in response to substantial recent expansion and further growth ambitions.
It has expanded onto the entire second floor at its 160 West George Street office, while retaining the ground floor – increasing total office space across both offices to over 10000 square feet.
Recent high profile acquisitions, which include the recruitment of an experienced Litigation team from Morisons Solicitors, along with a Residential Conveyancing team from Warners Solicitors, have contributed to the headcount to the growing headcount.