Rapidly-expanding North Berwick firm adds Chamber of Commerce accolade to its growing list of credentials
Lothians-based AM Bid Services has been crowned ‘Best Employer for Student & Graduate Recruitment’ at the 2016 Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce Awards.
The bid specialist was honoured last night (Wednesday, 26 October) at an awards ceremony held at Brunton Hall in Musselburgh where more than 300 members of the Lothians business community turned out to hear from keynote speakers Chris Stark, director of energy & climate change at the Scottish Government, and Midlothian and East Lothian Chamber of Commerce’s president Keith Barbour and chief executive George Archibald.
The ‘Best Employer for Student & Graduate Recruitment’ Award was sponsored by Queen Margaret University, where AM Bid Services graduate employee Dane Thomson gained his 2:1 BA (Hons) PR & Marketing degree.
Andrew Morrison, managing director of AM Bid Services, which creates winning bids and proposals, said: “Winning the award is an important recognition of the journey that AM Bid Services and our graduates are on. I have been hugely encouraged by the passion and commitment Cameron Houston and Dane Thomson have shown in seizing the opportunity to begin their careers with AM Bid Services.
“Whilst considerable time, effort and money has gone into their development during their first year with us, this has been more than repaid commercially as they have played an important part in the company’s second year growth.
“The icing on the cake has been our business growth allowing us to recruit David Gray as our new bid development director. I originally recruited David at another organisation in 2005 following his graduation from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. We have a culture of positive mentoring and development opportunities for graduates.”
AM Bid Services began trading on October 1 2014. Since then, the company has grown at an exponential rate, with turnover for 2015/16 exceeding £¼ million. As a result of this growth, the business created roles for two bright graduates – Dane Thomson from Queen Margaret University and Cameron Houston from the University of Aberdeen.
Further support is provided to Lothian graduates through the AM Bid Services sponsorship of Edinburgh Napier University graduate, Josh Quigley. Quigley, The Tartan Explorer, is Cycling the World to raise awareness of mental health and suicide prevention.