Published on 6 May 2019
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.
Published on 2 May 2019
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.
Published on 2 May 2019
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.
Published on 1 May 2019
The Managing Director of a Dundee sound company has launched an annual prize aimed at supporting music at his former school.
Paul Smith of Apex Acoustics Sound Services ventured into business ownership as a one-man band at the age of 22, just five years after leaving Monifieth High School.
Keen to support music talent locally and having worked with the school on countless shows, sports days and prizegiving events over the years, Paul is now sponsoring a brand new, annual prize at the school.
Published on 30 April 2019
A pioneering network of various ‘assisted needs’ groups is shaping the future of Dundee Science Centre, as plans for a £2.1M revamp gather speed.
The panel of charities contributing to the design of the redevelopment represents people with learning, physical, complex, profound and multiple disabilities, autism, hearing and visual impairments, mental health and sensory challenges.
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