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‘Transformational’ Child’s Play in Dundee Primary School

School children with a range of learning and support needs are to benefit from bespoke play sessions thanks to a disabled children’s charity.

As part of its drive to work with pupils across Dundee, Perth and Kinross and Angus, staff from The Yard are currently spending an hour per week with a group of 10 primary one and two pupils from Dundee’s Rosebank Primary School.

Supported by the school’s Learning Care Assistant, the sessions provide the children with a range of interactive play experiences within a non-judgemental play setting, improving their motor skills, confidence and communication skills.

Miss McInally from Rosebank Primary School and Gill Thomson from The Yard Dundee with one of the pupils from Rosebank Primary. All photos courtesy of Alan Richardson,

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Conference Explores Barriers to Innovation

What prevents us from being innovative in the workplace, and how can we demolish the barriers?

One of America’s top innovation experts, inventor, researcher and educator Doug Hall has conducted a survey of businesspeople in the UK and USA to investigate the barriers to innovation and creative thinking in organisations, exploring the top 10 problems perceived by employees.

The research was conducted by the Innovation Engineering Institute of Cincinnati Ohio in partnership with Potter Innovation of Perth, Scotland in advance of ‘The Enterprise Conversation’, a conference hosted by Women’s Business Station in Dundee today (Monday 9 March 2020). A statistical sample of 200 in the USA and 200 in the UK was taken on 5 and 6 March 2020.

Angie de Vos, Doug Hall and Helen Potter

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Dundee Nursery Addresses Gender Imbalance

As Scotland celebrates Apprenticeship Week, a Dundee nursery is calling for more to be done to attract men into the childcare sector.

Pamela Gall and Kim Lee, who own Balgillo Nurseries, employ two male colleagues, representing 10% of the nursery’s workforce.

Today, the duo met with Shona Robison, SNP MSP for Dundee City East as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week (2-6 March 2020). This year’s campaign theme is ‘Talent Without Limits’, aiming to challenge outdated and limiting views of apprenticeships and who they are for.

The Courier 7 March 2020

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Safeguarding Future of Family Businesses

Blog for EQ Chartered Accountants

Family businesses are the backbone of the Scottish economy, with their success attributed to strong governance, innovative family ownership and a focus on the long term.

One local family business which has certainly stood the test of time is Patersons Skip Hire in Dundee.

Founded by Director Kerr Paterson’s Grandfather in 1948, the company provides skip hire for domestic, commercial and industrial customers and employs a team of 16 staff.


Kerr Paterson and Scott Greig – credit Alan Richardson,

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Social Enterprise Rings up Thousands of Savings for Scots Charities

Scotland’s first dedicated mobile communication social enterprise has ploughed tens of thousands of pounds back into the third sector in just six months by helping charities drive down their mobile phone bills.

Dundee-based GoodCall aims to provide the lowest cost mobile communications solutions to charities and social enterprises in the form of better handsets, lower line rental contracts and expert, trusted advice.

The analysis service is 100% free, driven by a desire to protect charities from rising costs and red tape which are reducing the amount they could be donating to their beneficiaries.

L-R – Colin Loveday, Sally Melville, Caroline McKenna and Elaine Gray, GoodCall.


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