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A Hot Topic: Farming Conference Focuses on Climate Change

One of the country’s leading experts on the agricultural effects of climate change will address next year’s ‘Farming Scotland Conference’.

The event, now its 16th year, will once again be held at Carnoustie Hotel, Angus on Thursday 14 February 2019 and is sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

Featuring an impressive line-up of speakers, the conference will address a range of issues from post-Brexit agriculture to family farming in Shetland.

Focusing on the crucial subject of climate change, Dr Mike Rivington from The James Hutton Institute will present his assessment of the effects of climatic change on Scottish agriculture.  An expert in land modelling, Dr Rivington will explain the medium and long-term impacts of changing growing seasons, cropping patterns and the environment.

Mike Rivington Pic 2018

Dr Rivington, who has been a scientist at the Institute for 19 years, said, “I will be delighted to speak at next year’s conference when I will focus on two projects I have been working on which show climate change trends dating back to 1960 and predictions for the decades ahead.  Together these two approaches paint an interesting and reasonably comprehensive picture of what conditions may be like in the future, what risks and opportunities may exist and how farmers may have to adapt”.

He will also take a brief global view to put Scotland’s future into perspective.

Dr Rivington will be joined by former Farming Scotland Conference speaker Jeremy Moody, Secretary and Advisor of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) and Advisor to the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters & Valuers Association (SAAVA). Mr Moody’s  knowledge of agri-policy issues will shape an interesting debate on the new political environment post-Brexit.

Meanwhile, BBC’s Countryfile 2018 Farming Heroes Kirsty and Aimee Budge have an amazing story to tell about the ups and downs of taking on their family farm in Shetland following the tragic death of their father.

The conference’s final speaker will be city financier turned ethical grocer Ben Pugh, founder and CEO of Farmdrop. Ben established Farmdrop in 2014 and aims to put power back in the hands of local producers by reinventing the supply chain and making local food more accessible to consumers.

Graeme Davidson, Partner at EQ Accountants and Chair of the Farming Scotland Conference added, “We are delighted with the range and quality of speakers that will ensure delegates to the conference are informed and inspired by people who we can all admire and learn from”.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Mary Campbell on telephone 01307 474274, email, or via


The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

What does Christmas mean to you?

Time spent with your family, time off work, giving and receiving presents, lovely food and perhaps even some snow?

If the current TV ads are anything to go by, Christmas is a truly wonderful time when we’re all laughing, smiling, enjoying each other’s company, eating beautifully cooked food, and opening piles and piles of amazing presents .. all, of course, as the snow falls.

Then there’s the reality.

Even with all the money in the world, surrounded by family and friends, the festive period can be the loneliest, most isolating time of year – a time when the pressure cooker that is our ‘mental health’ can blow.


Camilla Plekker

Camilla Plekker

We spoke to Camilla Plekker (29), Chair of Front Lounge, the organisation behind Foolish Optimism, about her own challenges and perspective on ‘the most wonderful time of the year’…

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Wrapping up for Charity!

Dundee nursery children and their families have been wrapping up for local charities, by donating everything from cosy coats to festive food.

Children from The Teddy Bear Club Nursery have been donating ‘gently worn’ coats, jumpers, hats, scarves and gloves for the Salvation Army who visited the nursery today to collect the much-needed clothing. The items will shortly be distributed to both children and adults locally. The children have also been bringing in donations to Dundee Foodbank, including selection boxes and other festive treats, which were also collected today.

Meanwhile, Cash for Kids’ Mission Christmas campaign will be boosted by toys chosen by the pre-schoolers with cash from nativity play ticket sales, and other toys bought and donated to the festive campaign. The toys will be collected in the days ahead.

Courage the Cat collecting the children's toy donations!

Courage the Cat collecting the children’s toy donations!


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From Aeronautical Engineering to Accounting

Each year, EQ Chartered Accountants recruits a new batch of trainees and is now accepting applications to commence CA training contracts in August 2019.

The majority of their 2018 intake of seven, who are spread across all of the firm’s offices in Dundee, Forfar, Glenrothes and Cupar, are accountancy / finance graduates.

However, when it comes to their ‘wishlist’, EQ is seeking more than financial prowess.

Indeed, as part of the firm’s commitment to identifying the right calibre of graduate regardless of their discipline, EQ has welcomed Aiden McIntyre (24), an Aeronautical Engineering graduate from the University of Glasgow.

Aiden McIntyre …. Credit Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.

Aiden McIntyre …. Credit Alan Richardson, Pix-AR.

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First Phase Released for Sale at New Perth Housing Development

The first phase of homes within Stephen’s new housing development in Perth are now available for reservation.

A variety of two bedroom apartments and two and three bedroom semi-detached villas are now under construction and available to reserve at the West Woodlands development, just a stone’s throw from Glasgow Road.

Reservation details relating to the two bedroom detached bungalows and four bedroom detached villas will be released in Spring 2019.

'Ivy' apartment

‘Ivy’ apartment

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