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Dundee Business Turns up the Heat on Wood-Burning Stoves

A Dundee family business is on a mission to promote the benefits of wood-burning stoves, which they claim suffer from ‘an image problem’.

Fire Surround Centres, owned by brothers Gary and Graeme Turnbull, has joined the Stove Industry Alliance. Formed in 2008, the UK body promotes the benefits of wood-burning stoves and biomass appliances and is the industry voice to Government.

By joining the SIA, Fire Surround Centres hope to combat widespread misconceptions about wood-burning stoves, with many people and businesses claiming they are to be banned and are dangerous to both the environment and consumers.

The brothers are also taking to Dundee city centre this weekend (Friday 24 to Sunday 26 January 2020), demonstrating the stoves and their benefits outside Overgate shopping centre, by the Steeple Church, from 9am until 5pm.

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


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£10K Grant to Empower Dundee’s Most Vulnerable Women

Some of Dundee’s most vulnerable women are to benefit from a £10,000 grant awarded to a new social enterprise.

Women’s Business Station, which launched in November 2019, has been awarded funding by the Government’s Tampon Tax Community Fund for a project aimed at empowering women supported by four Dundee charities. The team hope to provide a free service to charities supporting women affected by mental health, alcohol /substance abuse and crime, building the women’s confidence, self-belief and skills, ultimately supporting their pathways into volunteering, education or employment/work experience.

Women’s Business Station builds on the legacy of the highly successful and award-winning Coca-Cola 5by20 Dundee programme which offered courses and support for local women wishing to set up their own business. This brand new arm of WBS will see a group of mentor volunteers within the business and local community work with 60 women in year one, rising to 80 by year three, divided equally between each charity.

Angie De Vos, CEO, Women’s Business Station


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From Trainees to Partners

Leading Scottish tax and business advisory specialists, EQ Accountants LLP has announced three Partner promotions.

EQ, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, has promoted Rachel Bell, Scott Greig and Robert Young from Principal Managers to Partners, effective from 1 April 2020.

Rachel, Robert and Scott – credit Alan Richardson,


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Accountant Features in Top ’35 Under 35′ Listing

An accountant at EQ Chartered Accountants LLP has been named in a prestigious poll of young professionals.

Robert Young, Principal Manager in EQ’s Forfar office, has been named in the Accountancy Age ’35 Under 35 2019′ list.

Robert’s hard work has been recognised within the prestigious rankings that showcase the industry’s rising talent, and features professionals from across the UK who have made significant contributions to the field and their individual firms.

The news follows EQ’s double celebration in July where another two Principal Managers, Rachel Bell and Scott Greig were named in the 2019’s ICAS Top 100 Young CAs list.

Robert Young – credit Alan Richardson Dundee,


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Cultivating Communcation at the Farming Scotland Conference

The farming sector needs to improve its ability to communicate with the general public, according to an agricultural business consultant addressing a major farming conference early next year.

Simon Haley, agricultural business consultant and social media pioneer, is one of the speakers at the Farming Scotland Conference, taking place in Carnoustie on Thursday 13 February 2020.

The event will be sponsored by EQ Chartered Accountants, Bell Ingram, Royal Bank of Scotland and Thorntons Solicitors.

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