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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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EQ Supports Fife Engineering Firm Move to Employee Ownership

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.

Back row L-R: Alistair Gibb – Ownership Associates, Dougie Rae – EQ, Neil McWilliam – Thorntons, Chris Byrne – Thorntons
Front row L-R: Des Brown, Mike Brown


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Sound Company M.D Returns to Classroom to Support Music at Former School

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.

Paul Smith, Stuart Brand and Adam Elder


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