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RAF Cadets Unveil Quartet of Aircraft Commemorating Brothers Lost in WWII Action

Four young RAF cadets have today unveiled a quartet of aircraft commemorating one of the most poignant tales of wartime Britain.

The Aquila aircraft, carrying the names of three brothers who died in flying action, two during the Second World War, were unveiled at Tayside Aviation in Dundee which has held the exclusive contract for RAF Flying Scholarships for over 20 years. This MoD contract provides training to around 200 cadets each year, with cadets coming from all over the UK and Channel Islands.

All four aircraft will be used to teach RAF cadets to fly, many of whom will go on to become pilots or Officers in the RAF or Royal Navy.

James Watt, MD, Tayside Aviation and Air Vice-Marshal Ross Paterson

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Flying the Flag for Female Pilots

Two Dundee-based pilots are flying the flag for females in aviation, after successfully completing their flight training.

As they celebrated the key milestone, Rachel Foyle and Kerrin Dutton were congratulated by Tayside Aviation Managing Director James Watt.

Rachel and Kerrin

 

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Guiding Farming Businesses Through Diversification

Blog – EQ Chartered Accountants

The agriculture sector can be one of the most lucrative industries but also one of the most unpredictable and one which requires huge financial investments.

For that reason, farming, especially family businesses, benefit from tailored business support, particularly when looking at diversifying into other projects to compliment traditional farming practices.

A prime example is Melrose Farms, near Banff, Aberdeenshire, run by Dougie Allan and sons David (42) and Stuart (37). In the 1960s, the late Reggie Allan bought Mains of Melrose and built it up with his two sons Dougie and Gordon into a farm growing arable crops, potatoes and livestock. In 2007, Gordon retired with Dougie, David and Stuart taking over the reins.

The Allan family with Mark Smeaton of EQ Chartered Accountants.
Pic: Alan Richardson Pix-AR.co.uk

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Shaping a Better Life for Generations

Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee Case Study

When a Dundee mental health nurse was working with a dementia patient who was frustrated at his inability to get out and exercise, the seeds of what would become an award-winning business were sown.

Mother-of-four Lynn Warren, founder of Better:Gen, has worked in healthcare for 25 years, latterly as a mental health nurse specialising in dementia, heading up a former day hospital and working in communities.

However, it was when she met her youngest patient at that time, aged just 43 years old, that she saw a gap in the market.

Lynn and one of her clients

 

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EQ Supports Fife Engineering Firm Move to Employee Ownership

A Fife engineering firm has safeguarded its future by moving into employee ownership.

EQ Chartered Accountants LLP has supported Ladybank-based G S Brown Limited into an Employee Ownership Trust structure.

In a move that secures the business in its Fife location, owners Des and Mike Brown transferred the majority of the company’s shareholding to the Trust for the benefit of the company’s 27 employees.

Back row L-R: Alistair Gibb – Ownership Associates, Dougie Rae – EQ, Neil McWilliam – Thorntons, Chris Byrne – Thorntons
Front row L-R: Des Brown, Mike Brown

 

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