Find out who’s moving, hiring, investing and teaming up this month…
Alan Mitchell – Fife Chamber of Commerce
Former Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce and CBI Scotland representative Alan Mitchell has been appointed by Fife Chamber as its new membership executive.
Mitchell said: “I’m thrilled to be joining the team in Fife during an exciting period of growth, and I’m looking forward to engaging with such a diverse landscape of businesses and industries.
“The role of Membership Executive is vital in helping identify existing and potential members’ requirements and the expectations they have of the Chamber. My immediate priority is to get out and about around Fife, meeting as many current members as possible.
“I want to really get to know their businesses, to learn more about how Chamber services work for our members and where members may have suggestions for improvements or new services.
“With a current membership of over 300 businesses, I’m looking to get stuck in right away.”
Although officially taking up his full-time post in the first week of May, Mitchell has already begun working with the Fife Chamber team on a part-time basis.
Fife Chamber chief executive Eric Byiers said: “Alan is a fantastic addition to the Fife Chamber team – he brings with him a wealth of knowledge, experience and a real drive to promote Chamber membership benefits to existing and prospective members.
“As part of our commitment to strengthening our service and support offering to members, Alan will be instrumental in working with the Chamber and its members to make sure we continue to grow and meet our members’ evolving needs.
“Alan’s previous work at Dundee & Angus Chamber is highly advantageous for us and I am sure Alan will prove to be a great asset as part of Fife Chamber.”
Craig Galloway, Duncan Clark & Danielle Scott – Change Recruitment Group
Change Recruitment Group in Edinburgh has expanded its specialist team, forming two new divisions in Procurement & Supply Chain and Engineering & Operations, in a bid to adapt its market offering and respond to ever evolving market demands.
Craig Galloway has joined as senior consultant, Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations
Galloway returns to Change after leaving the business three years ago to join Eden Scott. He brings five years’ technical recruitment experience building niche desks in the oil and gas sector with drilling as his specialism. Galloway joins Change to focus on the Scottish Engineering sector with a key focus on manufacturing.
Duncan Clark has joined as senior consultant, Engineering & Operations
Clark joins Change after nearly nine years with Scottish engineering recruiter Escape where he has built a considerable client base across the Scottish engineering sector, specialising in recruiting design engineering staff and project professionals at all levels. He has established a terrific reputation in the Scottish manufacturing industry and will be a significant part in the development of Change’s growth into this sector.
Danielle Scott has joined as senior consultant, Procurement, Supply Chain and Operations
Scott is a highly experienced manufacturing and technology recruitment consultant and also joins Change from Escape where she spent the last ten years working in the Scottish manufacturing sector with a strong bias towards Procurement and Supply Chain roles. At Change, she will play a significant lead in the growth and development of this sector.
Steven Frost, associate director of Supply Chain, Procurement & Operations at Change Recruitment Group, said: “Adding three such talented consultants to our senior team is a tremendously positive development for our business. Together we will focus on the Scottish manufacturing industries across markets such as Food and Drink, Automotive, Energy, Defence, Aerospace and Life Sciences, complementing the business’ already strong relationships in the financial services sector as we continue to gain traction in the procurement and supplier relationship space with our key clients.
“Ultimately myself and Danielle will be driving the Procurement and Supply Chain markets and Duncan and Craig the Engineering & Operations markets.”
David Lancaster & Matt Corker – The R&A
The R&A has appointed two new starters for The Open: David Lancaster and Matt Corker, who will announce the players on the first tee at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon.
Lancaster will become The Open’s official starter, announcing the world’s best players as they begin their rounds on the historic Ayrshire links.
Corker will provide support during the several hours that Lancaster sends players off on each of the Championship days.
They will replace Ivor Robson, who retired at The 144TH Open last year at St Andrews after serving as official starter for more than 40 years.
Lancaster said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to become the official starter. The Open is one of the most prestigious events in world sport and I have long been inspired by its heritage and the tremendous performances of the golfing greats over the years. Matt and I are very much looking forward to playing a part in history by introducing the players on the first tee.”
Born in 1957 in Lancashire, Lancaster served in the Royal Navy, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He left in 1989 to establish his own company, which specialises in coaching individuals and corporations in the art of giving high impact presentations. A golfer for more than 30 years, Lancaster is a member at Cumberwell Park Golf Club near Bath.
Corker was born in 1953 in Hampshire. In 1974 he was selected to join the Royal Hong Kong police and went on to become Superintendent during a 22-year career. Returning to the UK in 1997, Matt joined Lancaster’s company as an associate.
Johnnie Cole-Hamilton, executive director – Championships at The R&A, said, “David and Matt have a wealth of experience in presenting to audiences of all sizes and we are delighted that they will be announcing the players on the first tee, beginning this year at Royal Troon.
“We were looking for starters who would be comfortable performing in front of both the thousands of spectators on site and the millions around the world watching at home. David and Matt were recommended to us for their expertise in this field and when we met it became clear that they would be an excellent fit for this role.”
The Open returns to Royal Troon for the ninth time this summer from 10-17 July. Zach Johnson will look to defend the title he won in a play-off over Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman at St Andrews in 2015 and become the seventh American in succession to lift the Claret Jug at Royal Troon.
Office moves & expansions
Edinburgh-based Arrayjet, a microarray instrumentation firm, has moved into the consultancy services market with the launch of an outsourced microarray service for the life sciences industry.
The company says it has launched a pioneering in-house consultancy service designed to meet the needs of research laboratories across the globe requiring an outsourced fully time-scaled microarray printing facility.
Dubbed ‘Arrayjet Advance’, the initiative has been developed to offer life science companies and research labs a dedicated microarray analytical results service by providing access to Arrayjet’s in-house scientific team and fully automated laboratory complex.
Arrayjet says the service will produce fast, reproducible and precision-accurate microarray analytics through its novel inkjet technology and instrumentation processes for a broad spectrum of diagnostic applications.
Dr Iain McWilliam, chief executive officer, Arrayjet’s said: ”We understand that the life sciences and healthcare industries need high-end, high quality, fast paced research and that microarrays are one of the key tools used to get accurate results.
“We believe by developing our strategy to become a complete solutions provider through the creation of Arrayjet Advance, we are better placed to help our customers achieve good quality data on which to make decisions, by either providing an instrument, printed slides or a full microarray service with data analysis.
“We are seeing an increasing number of research laboratories looking to adopt microarray technology and as Arrayjet has accumulated considerable experience in helping purchasers of our instrumentation technology to prepare microarrays, this trend provided us with an opportunity to start an unrivalled outsourced contract service for printing microarrays to customer specifications. I believe this to be a great value-add service for the broader life sciences industry.”
Arrayjet’s microarray technology prints high-density arrays of microscopic spots of biological solutions on to solid substrates that can be used as diagnostic devices for healthcare and high-throughput screening tools for the life sciences diagnostics market, where it supports a variety of genomic, proteomic and glycomic applications.
Web Foundry, an Edinburgh-based digital agency, has opened a new technology development hub in Warsaw, to provide in-house and outsourced technology consultancy services for its own client base and support for other agencies.
The company, which offers a range of services including app development, digital marketing, web design and hosting, claims Warsaw is the ideal location for its pioneering Tech Hub, thanks to the city’s vibrant business culture, flourishing hi-tech sector and an acclaimed manufacturing base.
Managing director Phil Holt said: “Moving our technical support and development expertise to the Polish capital makes clear sense, given the political stability, excellent broadband and communications infrastructure and a strong, highly engaged English-speaking talent pool emerging from the country’s schools, colleges and universities which readily understands the changing trends and future challenges across the digi-tech spectrum.”
The Web Foundry says the decision to move its technology hub to Warsaw was borne from a Technology Conference in Prague where Holt witnessed how Eastern Europe had warmly embraced a digital entrepreneurial culture and was adaptable in keeping up with new trends across an industry sector that continuously evolves.
Holt added: “We have so much to learn from other countries and it got me thinking that we could seamlessly integrate our services to be part of the dynamic Eastern Europe creative services ‘marketing mix’.
“Whilst there is nothing new in outsourcing tech services ‘offshore’, we are a young Edinburgh company taking our business into a country when so many Polish businesses are creating opportunities here in the Scottish Capital. In some ways, we are bucking a trend. However, this is also about how we deliver our years of experience from one country to another. Everyone in the team needs to feel connected and engaged.”
The new Tech Hub provides ample scope for Web Foundry’s ‘white label’ services where it can build custom teams for other agencies and clients with three levels of service offering from simple recruitment/screening and hand over, to full technical management.
The Web Foundry technology hub in Warsaw has already put in place its Technical Director, Przemek Sargeant (who previously worked in the company’s Edinburgh office), and three experienced PHP developers. Over the course of the coming months, the company will continue to advertise and recruit the best front and back end developers.
National Site Awards – Robertson Group
Infrastructure specialist Robertson Group has won a hat-trick of awards at a leading industry ceremony.
Three projects were honoured in Edinburgh this week at the National Site Awards, which are operated by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
The first was the £120 million development of a new distillery and visitor experience in Moray for The Macallan. The landmark project – which received a Silver award – is being led by Robertson Construction’s Special Projects division.
The other two projects were in the education sector, with Robertson Central winning Silver for its work on North Uist Primary School and Robertson North East winning Bronze for Harelaw Primary School.
Derek Shewan, chief operating officer, Robertson Group, said: “We are firmly committed to the Considerate Constructors Scheme and to win awards for three distinct projects is a real honour.”
In 2015, Robertson received Associate Membership status with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Recognised across the industry as a beacon of best-practice, the Considerate Constructors Scheme was established by the construction industry to improve its image.
Registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme requires members to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements.
The scheme focuses on any area of construction activity that may have a direct or indirect impact on the image of the industry as a whole.
Associate members must register all of their sites with the scheme; agree to work to the highest standards of consideration to the general public, the workforce and the environment; and promote the scheme and its aims.
Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation – Procure Wizard
Edinburgh technology firm Procure Wizard has won a coveted Queen’s Award for the sixth year running.
The firm, which claims to have made procurement more efficient for leading names in the UK’s £84 billion hospitality sector, has lifted its sixth accolade in the annual roll of honour – this time with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category.
It was honoured for its commercial innovation, having reportedly revolutionised a number of leading hotel chains and high street restaurants by providing a dynamic online purchasing portal which has also helped to modernise the procurement cycle, deliver improved efficiency and reduced costs.
The company, which was founded in 2009 by William Gorol, an award-winning
hotelier with over 20 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, now employs
25 people at offices in Loanhead, Edinburgh and Liverpool with ambitious plans
to double in size over the next two years.
Gorol said: “Traditional telephone ordering and paper invoicing are still the norm in the
hospitality industry. This makes controlling live costs both challenging and time-consuming; to put it simply, keeping tabs on what has been ordered and spent should be straightforward. When we started up, it was clear that technology could add much needed profit improvement whilst simultaneously relieving labour intensive and manual processes. Just 0.05% of the 1.5 million hospitality businesses in the UK used online technology in 2009, so we knew the potential for Procure Wizard was huge.”
Since starting, the company has attracted an impressive, high profile client
list including hotel groups such as Macdonald Hotels, QHotels, Village Hotels,
Principal Hayley and Gleneagles; restaurant chains such as Patisserie Valerie,
Muffin Break, Social Bite and Philpotts; and other groups such as Caesars
Casinos, the RAC Clubs and Chester Race Course make up almost 10,000 active
users who between them send over £12 million a week in purchase orders and
invoices via the portal.
Gorol added: “The Queen’s Award is really exciting for a young business like us and a real recognition for our biggest asset – our employees who are the drivers of the
Since launching in 2010, the company has developed a suite of complementary
modules including menu engineering, cellar management, laundry control and time
Gorol concluded: “It has always been our strategy to recruit young innovative developers and support staff who have independence of mind and an ability to adapt and change in short time frames. Our developers are led by our clients and follow their strategic direction, which has resulted in game changing functionality that has pushed the boundaries of our industries technology. The fact that the core team who developed the initial system in 2010 are all still with us shows we are getting lots of things right and this is a reward for all of their hard work.”