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New Year Appeal to Would-Be Female Entrepreneurs

Women contemplating starting their own business this year are being invited to a free information evening to help their dream become a reality.

The Coca-Cola 5by20 Information Evening will be held at Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, Unit 37, City Quay, Camperdown Street, Dundee, DD1 3JA from 6-8pm on Tuesday 22 January 2019.


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Dundee Accountant Praises Colleagues for Boosting Cancer Charity’s Funds

A Dundee accountant, who received a life-changing cancer diagnosis while pregnant with her son, has thanked her ‘incredibly generous’ colleagues for their year-long fundraising campaign.

Paula McAllister, Senior Manager with EQ Chartered Accountants in Dundee and mum to one-year-old Rhys, was diagnosed with bowel cancer in August 2017, when she was seven and a half months pregnant. Since then, Paula has endured 16 rounds of chemotherapy and a major operation and is now on a break from treatment with regular monitoring, while also working part-time.

Paula and Rhys McAllister gathered with colleagues from EQ Chartered Accountants, Victoria Bongiorno from Maggie's (front) and Nick Barclay, Maggie's Board member and Partner, Thorntons Law LLP (back). Credit - Alan Richardson, Dundee.

Paula and Rhys McAllister gathered with colleagues from EQ Chartered Accountants, Victoria Bongiorno from Maggie’s (front) and Nick Barclay, Maggie’s Board member and Partner, Thorntons Law LLP (back).
Credit – Alan Richardson, Dundee.


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£16M Tax Savings Secured for EQ Clients

Leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP have claimed over £16M of Research and Development tax credits for clients, ranging from a soft fruit grower and dental implants company to a manufacturer of bespoke automation systems tailored to a wide range of industries.

The firm, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, has recently secured its 300th claim for R&D Tax credits which can potentially apply to any companies developing or creating new products, innovations or processes.

L-R – Lee Nixon and Roy Henderson (Directors, SP Technology), David Morrison and Sandi Drummond (EQ).   Credit - Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.

L-R – Lee Nixon and Roy Henderson (Directors, SP Technology), David Morrison and Sandi Drummond (EQ).
Credit – Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.


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A Hot Topic: Farming Conference Focuses on Climate Change

One of the country’s leading experts on the agricultural effects of climate change will address next year’s ‘Farming Scotland Conference’.

The event, now its 16th year, will once again be held at Carnoustie Hotel, Angus on Thursday 14 February 2019 and is sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

Featuring an impressive line-up of speakers, the conference will address a range of issues from post-Brexit agriculture to family farming in Shetland.

Focusing on the crucial subject of climate change, Dr Mike Rivington from The James Hutton Institute will present his assessment of the effects of climatic change on Scottish agriculture.  An expert in land modelling, Dr Rivington will explain the medium and long-term impacts of changing growing seasons, cropping patterns and the environment.

Mike Rivington Pic 2018

Dr Rivington, who has been a scientist at the Institute for 19 years, said, “I will be delighted to speak at next year’s conference when I will focus on two projects I have been working on which show climate change trends dating back to 1960 and predictions for the decades ahead.  Together these two approaches paint an interesting and reasonably comprehensive picture of what conditions may be like in the future, what risks and opportunities may exist and how farmers may have to adapt”.

He will also take a brief global view to put Scotland’s future into perspective.

Dr Rivington will be joined by former Farming Scotland Conference speaker Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Advisor of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and Advisor to the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association (SAAVA). Mr Moody’s  knowledge of agri-policy issues will shape an interesting debate on the new political environment post-Brexit.

Meanwhile, BBC’s Countryfile 2018 Farming Heroes Kirsty and Aimee Budge have an amazing story to tell about the ups and downs of taking on their family farm in Shetland following the tragic death of their father.

The conference’s final speaker will be city financier turned ethical grocer Ben Pugh, founder and CEO of Farmdrop. Ben established Farmdrop in 2014 and aims to put power back in the hands of local producers by reinventing the supply chain and making local food more accessible to consumers.

Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants and Chair of the Farming Scotland Conference added, “We are delighted with the range and quality of speakers that will ensure delegates to the conference are informed and inspired by people who we can all admire and learn from”.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Campbell on telephone 01307 474274, email, or via


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

What does Christmas mean to you?

Time spent with your family, time off work, giving and receiving presents, lovely food and perhaps even some snow?

If the current TV ads are anything to go by, Christmas is a truly wonderful time when we’re all laughing, smiling, enjoying each other’s company, eating beautifully cooked food, and opening piles and piles of amazing presents .. all, of course, as the snow falls.

Then there’s the reality.

Even with all the money in the world, surrounded by family and friends, the festive period can be the loneliest, most isolating time of year – a time when the pressure cooker that is our ‘mental health’ can blow.


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Camilla Plekker

We spoke to Camilla Plekker (29), Chair of Front Lounge, the organisation behind Foolish Optimism, about her own challenges and perspective on ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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