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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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Dundee Science Centre’s Mission to CONNECT Communities

A pioneering network of various ‘assisted needs’ groups is shaping the future of Dundee Science Centre, as plans for a £2.1M revamp gather speed.

The panel of charities contributing to the design of the redevelopment represents people with learning, physical, complex, profound and multiple disabilities, autism, hearing and visual impairments, mental health and sensory challenges.

L-R: Carina Mitchell, Ashley Wallace and Ali Davidson – together with Mairi Collins and Rebecca Duncan from Dundee Science Centre.


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Selling Homes … And a Lifestyle!

For Stephen Sales Advisor Karen McDonald, selling homes is not just a job, but a passion.

However, having worked on a number of sites throughout Perthshire, Angus and Fife during her near-20 year career with the Perth company, her current role at Chapelton, near Aberdeen, adds a new dimension.

Here, just a short commute from Scotland’s oil capital, Stephen are delighted to be involved in creating Scotland’s largest new town. For Karen, this means not only selling homes, but selling a lifestyle.

Karen McDonald

Karen McDonald

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Vivomotion: Where Art Meets Science

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Art and science – two distinct worlds, but disciplines which are increasingly overlapping.

From engaging installations and photography to musical compositions, scientific discoveries are increasingly making their way into the art world, with the boundaries less rigid than ever before. Indeed, many argue that art IS a science, as both are human attempts to understand and describe the world around us.

At Vivomotion, we firmly believe that it’s our expertise in both worlds which sets us apart, and helps our clients achieve their communication goals.

First of all, let’s take you back in time to how it all began, and why the back-story matters.

Let’s start with the ‘science bit’ which, rather aptly, soon merges into the ‘art bit’.

Armed with a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Dundee, our Founder and Director Dr Mhairi Towler then carried out postdoctoral work, both in San Francisco and Dundee, in varying fields such as cell biology and human physiology. During that time, Mhairi also completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and, while studying for this, recognised the importance of the visual as a cognitive tool.

Dr Mhairi Towler


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