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Highlands Development Wins National Housebuilding Award

Perth housebuilders Stephen have won a national housebuilding award for their new development in the Highlands of Scotland.

The family firm was presented with the ‘Private Development of the Year’ (medium) award at the Homes for Scotland Awards 2019 for its development at Tornagrain, half way between Nairn and Inverness.

The joint award, shared with housebuilders ZeroC, was presented at the HFS Annual Lunch in Edinburgh on Friday 17 May 2019.

L-R: Jo Caulfield;
Andy Lawson, Zero C;
John Stephen, Stephen;
Andy Mitchell, Chair of Judging Panel, Homes for Scotland.
Pic – Chris Watt
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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

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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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