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EQ Celebrates £50M+ Corporate Finance Deals in Six Months

Leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP are celebrating £54M of Corporate Finance deals in just six months.

Despite uncertainty surrounding the UK economy due to the Brexit debate, which has undoubtedly influenced business confidence, EQ’s Corporate Finance (CF) team continue to support a growing number of clients in relation to all aspects of CF work.

The firm, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, has recently dealt with a variety of business purchases, sales, reconstructions, refinancing and grant funding projects.

L-R EQ Partners Mark Gibson, Mark Smeaton,
David Morrison, Steven Todd, Louise Grant, Ross Oliphant.
Pic Alan Richardson Dundee,


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Scotland’s Female Entrepreneurs Get on Track as ‘Women’s Business Station’ Launched

An ambitious, national programme aimed at supporting thousands of women on their business journey was launched in Dundee today (Friday 29 November 2019).

Women’s Business Station continues the legacy of the highly successful and award-winning Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee programme which, since 2017, has supported over 170 women, over 90 of whom have launched their own business and over 40 of whom continue to grow their business.

The new social enterprise has an ambitious, 10 year plan to be positioned in five towns or cities across Scotland. Learning from Coca-Coca, Women’s Business Station has set its own target, ‘10by30’, with hopes to enhance the socio-economic empowerment of 10,000 women in Scotland by 2030.

As well as formally launching the organisation on the first day of its three-day festive market and business start-up exhibition within Wellgate Shopping Centre, Angie De Vos (Foreman), CEO unveiled the organisation’s vision going forwards.

Women’s Business Station is in discussions with Dundee City Council and the landlords of Wellgate Shopping Centre to transform a former, 8,000sq ft retail unit into a Business Start-up and Growth Station for aspiring women entrepreneurs. Designed with input from women who took part in the Coca-Cola programme, in conjunction with Dundee architect Alastair Fitchet of AJFitchet Architect, the unit would house 10 co-working pods, community area, meeting spaces and retail spaces where women can test the market. It is hoped that works could commence by Summer 2020.

Credit: Alastair Fitchet, AJFitchet Architect, Dundee


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Free ‘Funbox’ Treat Lined up for Dundee’s Hogmanay Celebrations

Well-known kids’ entertainment troupe Funbox are to entertain families free of charge as part of Dundee’s Hogmanay celebrations.

Funbox – Anya, Kevin and Gary (formerly of The Singing Kettle) will bring fun and singalongs to audiences at Dundee’s City Square at 10am, as part of a full day of free, family entertainment prior to the evening’s concert.

Visitors can also enjoy free face-painting, a live broadcast from Tay FM and local bands Echo Machine, Billy Mitchell, Janine Allisa Wollman. To sign up for the daytime entertainments, please visit

Later that evening, an outdoor concert will take place, featuring Eddi Reader, headliner Kyle Falconer, rock pipe band Gleadhraich and Sinderins.

The Courier – 23 November 2019


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Dundee Retailers Rally Round for City’s Largest Festive Market

Wellgate retailers are rallying round to transform someone’s Christmas!

Later this month, the largest festive market and business start-up exhibition will take place in Dundee. Hosted by Women’s Business Station in association with Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee, the ambitious event will take place in Wellgate Shopping Centre from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December 2019.

The event, which is free to attend, will showcase the talent of around 100 local businesses, with everything from wine, gin and sweet treats, to toys, jewellery, furniture, fashion and complementary therapies on sale, as well as gift vouchers for sports massages, beauty treatments, business services and more.

With Women’s Business Station keen to give back to the community, a charity raffle will also be held, with the chance to win a festive hamper jam-packed with a range of goodies worth a staggering £1,000.  Shops donating to the hamper include T J Hughes and The Entertainer, as well as Poundland, Superdrug, Home Bargains, Savers, Virgin Media and Funky Little Monkeys.

L-R – Kerry Sands (T J Hughes), Lisa Mitchell (The Entertainer) and Angie De Vos, CEO, Women’s Business Station – credit D C Thomson (Kris Miller)

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Dundee Gears up for a Hogmanay to Remember

The organisers of Dundee’s New Year city centre celebrations are to focus on Hogmanay only.

It was hoped that “It’s Happening!” Dundee Hogmanay 2019, a not-for-profit event, would be a two-night event, with Squeeze due to perform on Monday 30 December.  However, due to disappointing ticket sales for Monday 30 December, the organisers have decided to switch focus to Tuesday 31 December only.

As planned, a full, family-focused day of free entertainment and music will take place in City Square on Tuesday 31 December, followed by an outdoor concert featuring Eddi Reader, headliner Kyle Falconer, rock pipe band Gleadhraich and Sinderins.Continue Reading

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