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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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Angus School Pupils Live Life on ‘The Cutting Edge’

Angus school pupils took part in a fascinating workshop on The Cutting Edge today.

The primary seven class from Wardykes Primary School in Arbroath enjoyed workshops run by Dundee Science Centre and Dundee and Angus College. Through a number of hands-on activities and experiments, pupils learned about dissection, surgery and biology.


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Robots, Gadgets and Gizmos!

A variety of robots, gadgets and gizmos are joining local school children on their mid-term holiday.

Dundee Science Centre is holding a number of drop-in activities between 13 and 18 February, with the chance to fly a drone, play with robots and get creative with 3d pens!

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Temperatures Rise over Wood-Burning Stoves

Article for The Courier Beautiful Homes supplement

As winter continues to bite, increasing numbers of us are investing in wood-burning stoves to heat our homes, and add a real ‘wow’ factor in the process.

However, with the environment very much at the top of the agenda, are they safe?

Brothers Gary and Graeme Turnbull own Fire Surround Centres in Dundee, new members of the Stove Industry Alliance.

Below, Gary answers some of the most common queries about this ‘must-have’ home appliance.

Gary and Graeme Turnbull, Fire Surround Centres – credit Ronnie Cathro.


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