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When Italian-born Laura Raimondi and her husband-to-be Steven were finalising their wedding preparations almost four years ago, there was one component which didn’t quite hit the spot – the all-important wine list!

Sicilian-born Laura was not entirely satisfied with the wines on offer, so her brother’s wedding gift of half a pallet of all-organic fine Sicilian wines made the perfect gift!

With many of the guests later inquiring where they could source the same wines in Scotland or even the UK, which at that point was impossible, the seeds of a new business idea were sown.

Laura and Steven in their recently opened bistro in Scone, by Perth


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Highlands Development Vying for National Housebuilding Award

Perth housebuilders Stephen have been shortlisted in national housebuilding awards.

The family firm is a finalist in the ‘Private Development of the Year’ (medium) category of the Homes for Scotland Awards 2019 for its development at Tornagrain, half way between Nairn and Inverness.

All shortlisted developments will be visited by judges in early April, with the winners announced at the HFS Annual Lunch in Edinburgh on Friday 17 May 2019.

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Launch of Free Bereavement Counselling Service for Fife Families

Families in Fife, who are struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, are to be offered free bereavement support as part of a new scheme by funeral directors and qualified counsellors.

The service is being made available to adult clients of Crosbie Matthew Funeral Directors Ltd, as part of a caring partnership between leading trade association, the National Society of Allied and Independent Funeral Directors (SAIF) and bereavement support specialist Professional Help Ltd.

As one of Fife’s longest established family firms, dating back to 1939, Crosbie Matthew Funeral Directors have been supporting families for 80 years, with funeral homes in Kirkcaldy, Glenrothes and Dalgety Bay (Dunfermline).

Sheila Matthew

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Significant Growth Reported by Scottish Accountancy Firm

Leading Scottish taxation and accountancy practice, EQ Accountants LLP is celebrating significant growth, almost 95% in just five years.

The firm, which has offices in Dundee, Forfar, Cupar and Glenrothes, is reporting an increase in turnover to £7.5M, compared to £3.8M in 2014.

During the same five year period, staff numbers have grown from 70 to 130.

David Morrison, Head of EQ Taxation.
Pic – Alan Richardson Dundee,


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Perth Firm Voted ‘Five Star’ Builder

The first Scottish-only builder to receive a five star rating in an annual customer satisfaction survey has been announced.

Perth-based A & J Stephen joins the ranks of other UK ‘five star’ companies following extension of the initiative north of the border in November last year.

John Stephen receiving the ‘5 Star’ award from Nicola Barclay of Homes for Scotland


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