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INcommerce THE PERTHSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS MAGAZINE

Taymouth Castle’s 5 Star Restoration The Big Interview: Snooker Superstar Stephen Hendry Perth Harbour Profile Perth College UHI – moving forward as Scotland’s newest university

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Contents President’s Welcome................ 3 Editor’s Introduction................. 4 Fair Play At Annual Chamber Golf Day...... 4 Perth And Kinross Travel Summit.......................... 4 Business Lectures..................... 7 Chamber Partners.................... 8 Chamber Members’ News................ 10-16 The Big Interview Stephen Hendry................ 18-19

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s we move into the Autumn of 2011 we do so with a spring in our step. Your Chamber is more active than ever and our members have an abundance of good news stories. Those with the best news stories are those who are creatively driving business development whilst providing excellent customer service and products and we have much to be proud of when it comes to energy and passion in Perthshire. Our Autumn edition of InCommerce is full of good news stories. Our feature on the recently achieved university status for Perth College UHI highlights the benefits to everyone in Perthshire. Another feature highlights the huge investment that has gone into regenerating Taymouth Castle creating a welcome addition to Perthshire’s 5* offering and creating many jobs. Another economic boost would be a successful outcome for Perth and Kinross Council’s bid for City Status which the Chamber fully supports. A key focus of the Chamber, however, is the poor availability and quality of telecommunications. A satisfactory service is required for us all to compete in the international market place that is required of us these days. To that end, your Chamber is leading a campaign for high speed internet in all areas - including rural Perthshire, Follow us on:

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reliable quality mobile phone signal and 3/4 G technologies. Our campaign has received overwhelming support from many local businesses and our MPs, MSPs, MEPs and Perth and Kinross Council and we will use this to influence those at BT and Virgin Media in the next stage of our campaign. We continue to represent you with regular meetings with MPs, MSPs, MEPs and the leaders of Perth and Kinross Council. We take issues to national level and linking to our strong Chamber network headed up by Scottish Chambers and British Chambers who in turn represent us. We are there to raise the issues that we know are affecting our members so please do make use of us and let us know what could help you in your business. Other good news is the fact that your Chamber will soon be providing a comprehensive new range of business services, as part of membership, offering further support to businesses – particularly SMEs. Everything the Chamber does is to support the local economy and ensure that Perthshire remains such a fantastic place to live and work. Our Annual Dinner and Star Awards which takes place on Friday 25th November is an ideal opportunity to showcase all that is excellent about Perthshire businesses and is the highlight of the area’s business calendar. Please join us to congratulate and award our winners with around 300 other business people at this glittering event. Stephen Leckie Chamber President

Property................................. 20 Star Awards............................ 21 Legal......................................23 Industry Focus Perth College Uhi ............ 26-27 Taymouth Castle Historic Gem To Gleam Again................ 30-32 New Member Profiles........ 36-38 Member To Member Discounts............................... 40 Food & Drink..................... 42-43 Area Focus Perth Harbour................... 46-47 Lifestyle - On Your Bike.......... 48 Membership Benefits.............. 49 Events.................................... 50 Front cover photograph by Graeme Hart, Perthshire Picture Agency – (from left) Meteor’s property development manager Martin Mortimer, project manager Jon Moore and architect Eric Strikland For advertising contact D-Tech on T: 01389 736000 E: sales@incommerce.biz For editorial enquiries contact the Editor, Vicki Unite on T: 01738 450401 E: info@perthshirechamber.co.uk Publisher: D-Tech Distribution: D-Tech Distribution InCommerce is published by D-Tech Graphic Design & Print Ltd. Unit 14, Birch Road, Broadmeadow Industrial Estate G82 2RE. Telephone 01389 736000. Fax 01389 736002. E-mail: info@dtechuk.com. Edited by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Road, Perth PH2 0NJ Tel: 01738 450401 Fax: 01738 450402 E-mail: info@perthshirechamber.co.uk. InCommerce is fully protected by copyright and nothing may be printed wholly or in part without the written permission of the publishers. The proprietors of this magazine are publishers and not agents, or sub-agents of those who advertise therein. They cannot be held liable for any loss suffered as a result of information gained from this publication. The views expressed by authors of articles published in this magazine are solely those of the author and are not necessarily the views of or shared by the editor, nor the publisher or the directors, shareholders and/or employees of InCommerce Ltd or D-Tech Graphic Design & Print Ltd.

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Editor’s Introduction

Fair Play at Annual Chamber Golf Day Lecture Series 4: It’s Mastermind Thursday 17 March 2011

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I am delighted that we are able to include so many members’ news in this issue – the level of activity and achievement within the business community of Perthshire really is amazing. Our own development continues to grow with our forthcoming affiliation to British Chambers of Commerce. This means that our members will soon be able to access and benefit from an excellent new package of business services as part of their membership. This includes Chamber Legal Expenses Insurance, Chamber HR, Chamber Fleet Assist, Chamber Roadside Assistance, Chamber Healthcare/Chamber Healthcare II plus much more.

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he winning team at this year’s Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Day was House Lecture Series 3: Fun at Work of Menzies. The winning Thursday 17 February 2011 combination was Mike “An inspiring and thought provoking insight into how the correct mindset can increase productivity in the workplace.” McDiarmid, Blair Girvan, Christine Woods of Tay Commercial Services Ltd Bruce Farquhar and Miller Matheson. Miller’s efforts saw Lecture Series 2: Investing for Growth him also take the individual Thursday 20 January 2011 Winning“Itteam of Menzies, pictured (L-R) are Blair Girvan, Miller wasfrom very House insightful with plenty of time beforehand for networking. ” winner’s trophy. Matheson and Mike McDiarmid, players from the House of Menzies team David Dwyer of Inspire IT Services Other winners on the day (not pictured Bruce Farquhar). Miller Matheson also took the individual winner’s trophy. included Symphony Hotels and Lecture Series GreenBiz’10 Leisure who collected the1:trophy for the Conference: Red Ball Competition, our Longest Drive winner Understanding Renewables was Steve Gardiner and our Nearest the Pin winners were James Andrew and Ross Moir. Thursday 18 November 201018 challenging holes on the stunning Pitlochry The sun shone on the golfers as they played “A very encouraging evening which has given me confidence to Golf Course. The with event supported by the go forward thewas work generously we have planned for our business. ” Chamber’s Platinum Partners and Guthrie, Newmill hole sponsors for theAlex day. Players tookFarm part in individual and team games to compete for prizes donated by local companies Alex Cairncross Silver Gifts, Steven Bonthrone Personal Trainer, Perthshire Online and Hettie’s Tearooms, Perth. Money raised on the day was donated to Perth charity PKAVS. “A great event which highlighted how networking can help build confidence and benefit local businesses.” Marianne Baptie of Home Farm Breaks, Scotland

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cottish & Southern Energy, supported by P&K Council and Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, is organising and hosting this important engagement event on the 27th October at Perth Racecourse. The event will have a focus on how large companies through to SMEs can reduce their carbon footprint by looking at alternative travel methods to work. SSE has adopted various initiatives across their UK sites to encourage staff to use alternative means of getting to work and is keen to share it’s experiences with other businesses.  Locally in Perth, SSE’s efforts have included the introduction of a car parking permit system; widening of cycle lanes in conjunction with the Council; and working in partnership with Aviva, Stagecoach Perth and the Council to enhance bus routes to encourage more staff to use the bus. The day will feature prominent speakers including SSE CEO Ian Marchant, Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Bernadette Malone, and Stagecoach, founder, Sir Brian Souter. To compliment this there will be workshops and a small selection of exhibitors. The workshops will be on a variety of areas and will include how to implement a cycle to work scheme; car share schemes, sustainable logistics and much more. The day will set the context of importance of travel to work / sustainable transport within the framework of carbon reduction, corporate social responsibility and the wider Scotland 2020 targets.  This would also demonstrate that all different areas of business could work together in partnership within the community to tackle real geographical challenges specific to the area in the interests of carbon emissions reductions.   Delegates can come along for engaging discussion and learn and share what other local businesses are doing that may save them money or make travelling easier for employees. We will shortly be contacting all businesses in Perth and Kinross with more details so keep an eye out!

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Callum Walker Interiors working with Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS) Callum Walker Interiors are honoured to be working with CHAS at their children’s hospice Rachel House in Kinross. We were approached by Alison Blair of CHAS and invited to visit Rachel House with the view to furnishing an arts and crafts area that they were relocating within the hospice. Our designer, John Watson, met with Alison on site and discussed the project at length, taking note of the specific requirements to form the new area in an existing room within the hospice. The main brief was to be simplistic and functional in design, the outcome was to ensure art and craft materials were accessible to all parties using them. This was achieved by designing a bespoke area to facilitate the storage of a wide variety of art and craft supplies. The choice of colours and materials were discussed and we came to a decision fairly early in the process opting to use our German manufacturer Burger as they gave us the wood finish and the complimentary colours we had discussed. A mixture of Burger horizontal grained pearwood cherry, burgundy red and mango doors and a light coloured Getacore work surface gives a bright cheery feel to the furniture run. Knowing the work CHAS carry out with the help of their supporters and fundraisers there was no doubt in our minds we wanted to support and provide this facility with our compliments. Also donating their services to the project are local tradesmen Craig Farquharson (electrician), David Laird (plumber), Derek Addison (painter and decorator) and flooring specialist Tom Laing to ensure the project is handled from beginning to end with the love and care Rachel House deserves.

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James McCann, Economic Adviser, Group Economics, RBS, will provide an overview of the global and UK economies with a particular emphasis on some of the economic challenges facing Scotland.

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erthshire Chamber of Commerce and Perth College UHI have teamed up to deliver a series of free lectures designed to inform and inspire local businesses. Held in the College’s Brahan lecture theatre which is sponsored by the Chamber Platinum Partners, the partnership has already held a number of successful lectures. September offers a unique opportunity for businesses to attend the lecture entitled “Prospects for the UK Economy”. James McCann, Economic Adviser, Group Economics, RBS, will provide an overview of the global and UK economies with a particular emphasis on some of the economic challenges facing Scotland.  RBS Group Economics provides guidance and analysis on a large range of economic issues and its team includes specialists in macroeconomic, business economics, emerging markets and research. The October lecture sees experts from Binnwaste Management outline the problems and solutions facing businesses today and in the future in terms of waste disposal. In a four-part presentation entitled “The Future is Zero Waste”, the area’s leading waste management company will detail how to combat increasing costs, comply with government targets as detailed in their Zero Waste Policy and reduce the financial and physical demands of waste disposal on your business. Members of the management team based at Binnwaste’s Glenfarg complex will talk businesses through issues such as recycling, new food disposal legislation, SDF (solid derivative fuel) and the creation of a futuristic Eco Park at Binn Farm. Every business creates waste, especially those handling food - from small boarding houses and cafes to major hotels and restaurants. Those businesses especially are encouraged to attend to learn how to throw away rubbish effectively to prevent throwing away money. These sessions provide an excellent opportunity to network with a diverse range of local business people as well as providing business advice that could be taken away and used – both very valuable outcomes from an interesting series of events.

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Lecture Series 3: Fun at Work Thursday 17 February 2011 “An inspiring and thought provoking insight into how the correct mindset can increase productivity in the workplace.” Christine Woods of Tay Commercial Services Ltd

Lecture Series 2: Investing for Growth Thursday 20 January 2011 “It was very insightful with plenty of time beforehand for networking.” David Dwyer of Inspire IT Services

Lecture Series 1: GreenBiz’10 Conference: Understanding Renewables Thursday 18 November 2010 “A very encouraging evening which has given me confidence to

For more information on the Business Lecture Series, see www.perthshirechamber.co.uk – Lecture Series. 7

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Chamber PLATINUM Partners

At Bank of Scotland, we put great emphasis on a long-term, relationshipled approach to banking and pride ourselves on our integration in the local business community. Our involvement with the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce ensures we maintain a regular dialogue with company directors, managers and entrepreneurs across the area. Working closely with the Chamber strengthens our knowledge of the issues affecting local firms and enables our teams to provide valuable guidance and insight to businesses in Perthshire.

Perth-based Symphony Hotels is one of Tayside’s leading three-star hotel groups, operating the Lovat Hotel and Best Western Queens Hotel in Perth and the world famous Craw’s Nest Hotel in Anstruther. The popular hotel trio offers every facility for today’s discerning leisure and business client – both long and short stay – with conference, tourism, wine and dine and special event markets catered for. Founder director Mike Sheffield believes in using local staff and suppliers to guarantee the best possible service to Symphony Hotel guests placing the emphasis firmly on providing “the perfect stay”. Choose the Lovat for your function, the Queens for your swimming pool/leisure club and the Craw’s Nest for your perfect East Neuk seaside experience.

The RBS Group is a large international banking and financial services company. Headquartered in Edinburgh, the Group operates in the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, the Americas and Asia, serving over 30 million customers.  The Group provides a wide range of products and services to personal, commercial and large corporate and institutional customers through its two principal subsidiaries, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, as well as through a number of other well-know brands including Citizens, Charter One, Ulster Bank, Coutts, Direct Line and Churchill. Vic Bicocchi, Local Director, say "RBS is very proud to be a Platinum Partner of the Perthshire Chamber.  Small and medium sized businesses are the driving force behind the Scottish economy, accounting for the vast majority of companies in Scotland and almost half of total employment and RBS is committed to continuing to support and reassure SME businesses and to work closely with its customers during these challenging times."

Clydesdale Bank aim to connect both local businesses and people thanks to specialist expertise delivered through our network of Financial Solutions Centres across the UK. We’re committed to helping businesses across the region become successful, providing a team of local experts who can make decisions and provide solutions fast. We are on target to deliver on our two year ‘Investing for growth’ pledge to advance £10 billion of new lending to business and mortgage customers by Oct 2011. Our doors have remained open for business throughout the economic downturn and, having listened to our customers, we feel the time is right to demonstrate our further support. Contact Russell Keiller, Partner - Business Development, Clydesdale Bank, Perth Financial Solutions Centre on 01738 410405

Formed in 1979, Highland Spring Group is the largest supplier of naturally sourced bottled water in the UK, offering the most comprehensive range of brands & products including still and sparkling flavoured and unflavoured water in glass and PET packaging. The company supplies five brands including the UK’s leading produced brand as well as numerous own label customer products. The Group owns five bottling plants across the UK with its headquarters in Blackford, Perthshire. Producing in excess of 350m litres of water per year the company has stated ambitions to become a 500m litre and £100m turnover business by 2013.

A & S Properties has grown from a one-property business in 1996 to become Perthshire’s leading independent letting agency and property management firm. Founded and run by local businessman Avey Mohammed, the company now handles a wide range of properties for hundreds of local and international private and commercial clients. Centred on its high-profile premises in County Place, A & S Properties has become a one-stop shop for those seeking to place a property into the hands of professional experts as well as those looking for a home either in the city or the rural environs.

Perth College UHI provides further and higher education through our main campus in Perth, a network of local Learning Centres and distance learning options which reach out across Scotland and the world. The College is part of University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Scotland’s newest university comprising Perth College UHI and twelve other partner colleges and research institutions. We offer a wide range of courses including NQs, HNCs, HNDs and degrees, as well as work-based learning and vocational training. We work to assist businesses by offering advice, seminars, workshops, bespoke training, events, consultancy and developing entrepreneurial activity within our student body and the wider community.

Ten years ago the MacGregor family stuck a toe into the waters of skip hire as a sideline to their farming enterprise. With one old lorry and 20 skips, Binn Skips was up and running. It became apparent that there was a gap in the market for a skip hire company in Tayside that provided a good level of customer service. Word spread and before too long a second lorry was on the road and they were in business. Since then the company has gone from strength to strength with 25 trucks on the road providing all types of waste collections and a waste recycling system at Binn Farm which is recycling over 85% of all waste handled. This figure is only set to increase as they work very hard towards zero waste to landfill targets.

Gold Partners

Squirrel Self Store is Perth’s premier self-storage facility with over 250 units on ground floor level – from less than 62p per day. The store is clean, dry and secure and you’re always assured of a warm welcome.  They’ve got free parking, customer toilets, refreshments and Sky TV to make your visit as enjoyable as possible, while the Squirrel Shop sells a variety of essential packing materials and boxes, tape and temporary wardrobes – and ice cream! Call for a quote on 01738 624325 or pop in for a free guided tour and a coffee – or check out the website at www.StoreMyNuts.com. Their man and a van are always available with prices from just £20.00.

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Silver Partners

We wish to acknowledge the ongoing and valuable support given by our local member Partners. If you are interested in Partnering with us please contact the Chamber office on 01738 450401 or email info@perthshirechamer.co.uk


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hroughout 2011, Perth Racecourse has consistently attracted high levels of attendance across all of its fixtures and its most recent fixture – namely The Charities Race Day – proved to be the most memorable fixture of all time, with record prize money on offer of £90,000 . Amongst the racegoers were Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Rothesay, who witnessed the charitable fixture successfully reach its aim of raising a six figure sum for The Princes Charities in Scotland. Over £200,000 was raised for the group of not-for-profit organisations, of which His Royal Highness is President. Visitors at The Charities Race Day enjoyed highly entertaining camel racing, first class horse racing, spectacular pipe band performances and an evening concert. Hot on the heels of this successful fixture, Perth Racecourse is now looking forward to The Glorious Finale, which takes place on Wednesday 21st and Thursday 22nd September.

Visit www.perth-races.co.uk for further information.

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Sales Flood In For Highland Spring Group’s New Hydr8 Brand

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lackford based Highland Spring Group has made a splash with its latest product launch, Hydr8. It is the first new brand from the UK’s largest producer of bottled water since it acquired the water business of Greencore Group Plc in March 2010. Unveiled earlier this year, Hyrd8 has been the fastest selling unflavoured water brand launched in the last six years and is already the 13th largest brand by volume, in the take-home channel. It was specially created for the cash and carry and food service sectors and is now an increasingly common sight in independent retailers, food and leisure outlets. The water market is continuing to enjoy steady growth, in particular the value category which caters for price conscious consumers and is growing at a rate of five times that of other waters according to industry authority Zenith International’s 2011 report. Richard Beeston, head of marketing for the Hydr8 brand said: “We’ve enjoyed fantastic success with sales of Hydr8 and this is a really exciting time for the company. This was our first foray into the

value water market and we’re delighted with the response to the brand. It is naturally sourced from one of our sustainable catchment areas, combining quality with an attractive price proposition for consumers. “The Hydr8 range is just one of a number of opportunities we are developing at the moment as Highland Spring Group continues to go from strength to strength.”

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he Best Western Queens Hotel in Perth is just one of hundreds of local businesses praying that this winter’s weather will be a little kinder than last.

Owners Symphony Hotels were one of many companies which suffered structural damage and internal flooding following one of the worst winters on record. But, as director Mike Sheffield pointed out, every misfortune presents opportunities – and a burst pipe and flooded conference room gave them the chance to carry out a refurbishment using local labour and suppliers. “The terrible winter weather was causing us problems as it was with cancelled events and bookings,” he explained, “and then things got even worse when an external waste pipe froze, burst and flooded through the ceiling into our Braemar Suite.

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“The Braemar is a small private conference/function/dining suite which is very popular and well used. The damage meant a complete refit from ceiling and walls to carpeting, lights and furnishings.” And the dirty deluge into the Braemar Suite meant contract work for local suppliers Pankhurst Decorators, DG Ritchie joiners and Glenearn Carpets. “It took around six weeks to get the room up and running again,” said Mike. “While it gave us an excuse to upgrade the facility, I don’t want to face those same problems again. Let’s hope the snow and ice keeps to a minimum this winter.”


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HADDEN CONSTRUCTION DELIVERS FIRST PERTH AND KINROSS COUNCIL HOMES IN 20 YEARS

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he first Perth and Kinross Council housing built in Perth and Kinross in more than 20 years has recently been completed, marking a key stage in plans to improve the availability of affordable homes in the area.

The keys for the six new high-quality houses in Duneaves Place, Letham were handed over by Hadden Construction to Housing and Health Convener, Councillor Peter Barrett and senior Council officials. The last Council housing prior to these was built in 1985. The new properties represent the first delivery of the PKC Housing Programme with Hadden Construction also building 20 new homes in Methven, construction of which is now nearly complete, and 10 properties in the Moncrieffe area of Perth.

Cllr Barrett said: " I am sure our new tenants will be looking forward to getting settled into their homes. A huge amount of work has gone into the construction process, thanks to Hadden, producing excellent quality housing. Moreover, I would also like to thank our site neighbours for their patience during the build phase." Scott Hadden, Chairman of Hadden, said: "Hadden consider it a privilege to work in association with the council and their dedicated team to deliver the first affordable housing in the area for more than twenty years. We are sure the design, technical innovation and high standard of workmanship all achieved by local craftsmen will leave a legacy of excellence and sustainability to which all associated with the project can be proud."

More than a Shed

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t the age of eighty-one, Grant's mum, Margaret GilliesBrown, began to feel that the East Inchmichael farmhouse she had lived in for over fifty years was too big for her. She asked her son, part owner of Gillies & Mackay, to fix her a timber cabin at the bottom of the garden. With permissions in place, work began on site this January. A true  team effort involved G&M on construction and Grant's brother Lindsay on project management. Lindsay arranged the kitchen installation and organised the Gillies family into decorating, furnishing and relocation teams. Margaret is delighted with her new home which she has named Rowan Lodge and last Friday saw Grant hand over the keys to his mum with lashings of cider and scrummy sponge cake to celebrate. These days we hear a lot about work-life balance. That and the current economic crisis are forcing many to be flexible in their approach to work and family. But if we choose to work from home how do we discipline ourselves? Having our office in the garden rather than in the house allows us to close the doors on domesticity and puts us in the right frame of mind for work. Job-hunting children returning from Uni and used to their independence place a different strain on family and often giving them their own space can be beneficial. But if simple outdoor living’s your thing, where better to spend your staycation than in your very own garden getaway?

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chamber Members’ News Beverley Callander, Professional Mortgage Advisors

Financial Times exposure shows value of name

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ime invested in choosing the optimum business name and web address has netted a local mortgage advisory company major results. Professional Mortgage Advisers Ltd, headed up by businesswoman Beverley Callander, is now a regular commentator for the Financial Times. The Scone-based company, established in 2004, was approached to provide specialist industry comment after an internet search brought them to the attention of a Financial Times journalist. Beverley explained: “When I set up the business I invested a great deal of time and effort in making sure the company name and web address, www.professionalmortgageadvisers. com, reflected accurately the nature of what we do. “This investment is certainly paying off. I’ve since commented on several articles on the FTAdviser.com website after they found me through a top-five rating on Google. This has helped build my company’s profile on a national platform.” FTAdviser.com is the Financial Times’ comprehensive website dedicated to the financial intermediary market, covering investments, mortgages, pensions, insurance and regulation. Beverley, an independent specialist regulated by the Financial Services Authority, has spent almost 20 years in the financial services industry. She provides direct access to the UK’s mortgage lenders and focuses on finding the best mortgage deals for residential, buy-to-let and business clients. A member of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce for seven years, she has most recently been quoted in articles about mortgage market trends, and alongside High Street building society directors and the editor of Which? Magazine. More information about Perthshire Mortgage Advisers Ltd is available from Beverley on 01738 552926.

Fisher’s Hotel

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he landmark Fisher’s Hotel in Pitlochry has been purchased by Mr Fionn MacCumhaill, Managing Director of The Atholl Palace and Mr Jim Staunton, a former Director of the Atholl Palace, who have embarked on restoring the hotel back to the traditional hospitality which has made Pitlochry a desirable destination for more than a century. It is expected that, over the coming years, a six figure sum will be spent. The duo has a wealth of experience in the hospitality industry over the last 25 years. The hotel, Pitlochry’s oldest,  was originally built in the 1830s as a coaching

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inn by the highly regarded Butter family, who did a lot for tourism in the early days. The hotel became known as "Fisher's” after the colourful character Mr Donald Fisher who ran the hotel in the 1850s. Mr. Fisher was  a charming personality who, in between farming shorthorn cattle and giving speeches, made the hotel famous and enticed the celebrities of Victorian Britain to visit. Mr Gladstone stayed in the Caledonian Suite during his visits in 1864 and 1887 and this is amongst the rooms now described as 'Superior Rooms'  which have already been refurbished and have ample space for their two double beds and bay windows looking out onto the centre of Pitlochry.   The new meeting rooms and bedrooms are already open to the public. The negotiation was conducted by Alistair Letham of Collier’s International. To keep in touch with the ongoing improvements visit the website www.fishershotelpitlochry.com

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Kerr Stirling Clinch Deal

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erthshire Chamber member Kerr Stirling has helped clinch a £49million deal for a Moray housebuilder which will project it into the upper echelons of Scotland’s property companies. The Stirling solicitors acted for Springfield Properties in its £49million acquisition recently of Redrow’s Scottish operations in a deal that is set to nearly triple the Elgin-based firm's turnover to £100m. The acquisition was led by Kerr Stirling managing partner Colin Mackenzie and senior corporate solicitor Caroline Litster, backed by a number of the Kerr Stirling property team. Mr Mackenzie said: “Springfield has recently been acquiring development sites in a strategic move into Central Scotland and had opened an office in Stirling. Following the acquisition of Redrow's Scottish business, Springfield are now a major player across the country and their reputation for excellent choice and customer care should see them grow further. We look forward to being one of Springfield's key advisers in that expansion process. “This is one of a number of high-profile deals that Kerr Stirling is currently involved with and reinforces our belief that we can and do compete on a levelplaying field with large conglomerate law firms in Edinburgh and Glasgow.” Springfield Managing Director Sandy Anderson, former chief executive of Bett in Scotland., said: "Kerr Stirling were able to draw on a wide range of specialist knowledge within their firm to complete the deal by the tight deadlines. They also displayed an impressive grasp of the commercial aspects of what was a complex transaction."


chamber Members’ News

in brief... New additions at Frames Gallery Having been managed by Andrew and Lindsey Goring for the last several years, Frames Gallery now has two new members of staff: Addy Gerrard and Caroline Earl. Addy has been working at Frames since March of this year and Caroline joined the team in April. For the last two years Caroline has run the Gallery at the House of Bruar and also runs weekend Textile Workshops in Perth. They are now organising their forthcoming exhibition: Solo Exhibitions for Andy Cross and Frances Crawford, which will run side by side from September 9th – October 8th.

Crieff Artist and publisher Peter Brock ('Pedro'), has just published a new booklet:  'Crieff - Games Day Memories', a forty eight page image packed booklet covering Crieff Highland Games from 1870 until today. Most images relate to locals, ies but this is a must or any Games enthusiast or mor e m ay es d m collector.  Publisher of the nostalgic 'Crieff and a g District Post'  and 'The Wee Scottish Post', the thought of losing Crieff's Market Park, prompted Pedro to produce his booklet.  By the time you read this there may only be a few copies remaining, so please contact Pedro if you wish to obtain a copy www.pedroart.co.uk or telephone 01764 652665, or e-mail. crieffpost@aol.com. £3

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Johnston Mailing would like to wish Elaine Carson the best of luck in her new role of Business Development Manager for Perthshire. Elaine has been with Johnston Mailing for two years now as their Sales Account Manager, bringing on new clients from all over Scotland. Her new role will allow her to focus on Perthshire and the East where she will be actively networking through the Chamber and getting to know businesses in the area better. Also, due to increased demand they have invested in a new Konica Minolta Colour Printer which prints high quality, full colour Postcards and flyers in-house. They also now have software available to print Direct Smile which allows customers to personalise postcards and flyers with the recipient’s name.

Danscot Ltd of Perth reached another landmark in nearly forty years of business with the retiral of Ms Linda Davidson. Linda joined Danscot as a sales executive nearly eighteen years ago. Since then she has seen many changes to the commercial infrastructure of Perth and has coped admirably with consequent personal and professional challenges. Linda has built up a tremendous rapport with clients and been an important member of the Danscot ‘family’ and an integral part of the continued success of the company. Russell Doig, a director of Danscot, said: “It was a pleasure to have Linda as a valued colleague. Her contribution to the sustained welfare of the company is appreciated. Although she is going, she will be missed. On behalf of the other directors and all of the staff, I wish her the very best in retirement.”

Colin Montgomerie opens newly refurbished Dormy Clubhouse

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he Dormy Clubhouse at Gleneagles has been officially re-opened by golfing legend Colin Montgomerie after a £3million refurbishment. The refurbishment is part of an ongoing development programme for Gleneagles – ensuring that the facilities remain at the forefront of the luxury hotel industry. It also represents the completion of the next stage in the five star resort’s preparation to host the Ryder Cup matches in 2014. The victorious 2010 Ryder Cup Captain who lives in Perthshire, said: ‘‘As a player and Chairman of the Johnnie Walker Championship, I am very familiar with Gleneagles and the ongoing plans to host the 2014 Ryder Cup matches. As a former Ryder Cup Captain I know exactly what facilities are required. This newly refurbished Dormy Clubhouse offers everything a player at any level could need, including magnificent views.’ The redesign includes the introduction of The Mitchell Room – named after Abe Mitchell, the first player-captain of the GB team in the International Match played at Gleneagles in 1921 - the forerunner Ryder Cup - and ‘the man on the Ryder Cup’. This room, which will be available for meeting hire, boasts unique views across the 18th green of both the King’s and Queen’s Courses. Other features include: • new steward-attended changing rooms which boast saunas and relaxation areas, as well as bag stores and a large, wellstocked golf-shop with eye-catching trophy cabinets • a relaxed lounge area with circular central fireplace • a distinctive horseshoe-shaped bar, with a comprehensive range of wines, spirits and beers • a restaurant which offers fine dining on two levels, including the option to sit up at another bar adjacent to the restaurant, where guests can dine and watch the chefs prepare delicious dishes in the tandoor ovens.

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Teaming Up To Target Trade

Iain Johnston, Maureen Young and Gilbert Speirs

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hree Perthshire professionals working within the media industry have joined forces to offer businesses a “must have” corporate video package. Iain Johnston of Johnston Media, Gilbert Speirs of Dayspring Studios and PR journalist/broadcaster Maureen Young have already produced several first class and enthusiastically received video packages for companies keen to promote their products and/or services through this modern medium. Calling on their individual skills, the experienced trio can produce everything from small films for the internet to full corporate video packages for multi-purpose promotional platforms. “Promoting your business through your website and social networking sites are two of the fastest growing areas in PR and marketing,” explained Iain. “It’s all about letting the world know about you. “I don’t think any company keen on promoting itself can afford to ignore this on-line phenomenon or the need to produce modern, professional profiles of itself for use in presentations and promotions. “Video is the ultimate tool to let people know what your company is all about,” he explained. “Maureen. Gilbert and I are all respected experienced professionals who have put our heads together to offer one of the best video packages in the business.” ‘We’ve turned the spotlight on corroboration in business instead of competition and everyone is delighted with the results so far. “Corporate video packages are fast becoming the promotional tool companies can’t afford NOT to have,” explained Iain. “It’s like deciding not to have a website or an email address. People are advertising free on social and business networking sites by using a video – it’s a great asset to have.” The fast and affordable service covers everything from scriptwriting, photography, filming, voice-overs, production and delivery. And videos can be updated at any stage. For further information contact Iain Johnston on 01764-655655.

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Provender Brown in Perth is top Scottish Deli Local delicatessen, Provender Brown of Perth has just heard that it has been judged as the top Scottish deli and one of the top 10 in the UK - and is now up for the title of Deli of the Year 2011. The Deli of the Year competition is an idea created and organised by Olives Et Al, an artisan food producer in Dorset, as a way of raising the awareness of delis everywhere and helping them get real feedback from their customers in a way that is both supportive and helpful to business owners. The judges, a panel of experts from the food industry including buyers, retailers and journalists, got very hot under the collar judging over 120 delis (from a total of over 400 nominations) and the regional finalists were finally announced after much debate and final voting. Now Provender Brown will go forward to the finals but not until an unannounced mystery shopper has visited and scored the deli for helpfulness, knowledge, quality of products stocked, customer service and above all ‘deli attitude’. “It’s hard to describe how excited we all were to hear the news – the team here just whooped for joy when they heard. Customer comments played a big part in the selection process and I can’t thank our customers enough for getting behind us. We know this is more than a shop to many of them and they will be as delighted as we are.” said owner, Diane Brown.


EXCHANGE COMMUNICATIONS ACQUIRES ABERDEEN TELECOMS FIRM Michael McMillan, Operations Director, Exchange Communications

Exchange Communications has moved to further strengthen its credentials as one of the UK’s leading independent telecommunications companies by securing a deal to acquire an Aberdeen telecoms firm. The Glasgow-based firm has acquired Emerge Communications which over the course of the past 11 years has established itself as a key player in the north of Scotland. Like Exchange, Emerge specialises in the installation of Avaya telecommunications systems and works with companies including Pihl UK, Senergy, Sigma Offshore and the Global Energy Group. The acquisition will enable Exchange Communications to enhance its presence in Aberdeen and beyond, and Ron McGregor, founder of Emerge, will join Exchange as regional manager. He will also be joined by Derek Keith, Emerge’s network engineer. Established in 1990 by managing director Tom Sime, Exchange Communications is now one of the most successful telecommunications companies in the UK. It currently works with multi-national organisations throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia and North Africa, including Monster, Experian, Invitrogen and Allied International Credit. Exchange is also one of only a small number of firms to have been awarded SME Expert and Service Expert accreditation status by Avaya. Tom Sime said: “Growth by acquisition has always been one of our goals and over the course of the past six months we have been working to identify the right company. “Emerge Communications was clearly the best fit, for a number of reasons. Ron McGregor has worked hard to build a successful company which is recognised as a key player in the Aberdeen market, and our plan is to build on this reputation by committing further investment and resources.”

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Johnston Carmichael Scottish Industry Winners Four Years in A Row

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cotland’s largest independent firm of Chartered Accountants, Johnston Carmichael, won the Best Medium Firm of the Year award for the fourth consecutive year at the 2011 Scottish Accountancy Awards. Euan McLeod, Managing Partner of the Perth office said: “To have achieved a hat trick last year in winning this prestigious award was a big thrill, but to retain the title for a fourth consecutive year is a great honour. Johnston Carmichael is celebrating its 75th anniversary in business this year so it is a special year in which to win the award.” One dedicated staff member in the Perth office has also been recognised for her significant contribution and hard work after achieving 20 years of service. Tax Assistant, Gemma Yeats, was among 15 employees across the firm who have been presented with long service awards in recognition of their 190 years of combined service.

Alison Henderson of My Pinkie Promise – finalist in ASB Young Business of the Year

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lison is proud to be a finalist in the national business awards run by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen (ASB). Each year, the ASB recognises women who are high achievers in the business world and those who contribute something back to society. The winners of the awards will be revealed in a glittering awards ceremony in Aviemore this September. “A pinkie promise is a binding arrangement between two parties,” explains Alison Henderson, discussing their commitment to clients in her marketing and event management consultancy, My Pinkie Promise. Alison is committed to supporting companies seeking to expand and impress. “We help small and medium businesses, including start-ups, anywhere in the UK to plan effectively to ensure their marketing, communications and PR work hard to achieve their business goals with minimum spend and maximum effect,” she says. Alison adds: “My Pinkie Promise offers expert guidance for planning an event of all sizes and types, making sure it runs on time, within budget and has the wow factor. We have developed a free venue finding service, we can arrange transport, accommodation, invitations, delegate handling, venue liaison and negotiate very favourable prices for our clients. “Although I run the company, oversee the events that we manage as a team, and offer the marketing consultancy service to our clients, I couldn’t do it without the support of the rest of the team, and I really appreciate all their hard work.”

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erth school pupils have taken on the role of property gurus in a pioneering class project. Primary 6/7 pupils at Goodlyburn Primary School were asked to adopt the position of estate agents, tasked to sell a huge building to a multi-millionaire seeking to house his family and art collection. Anne Begg, Manager of Perthshire Solicitors Property Centre provided guidance, teaching pupils how to gauge what the client requires, researching, drawing up schedules and presenting a sales pitch to the multi-millionaire. Anne also enjoyed a presentation from five groups of four pupils who required to persuade Anne, as the mock millionaire's representative, to buy their property in India. Gail McLaren, Class teacher said: “The project ties in nicely with the new Curriculum for Excellence which requires pupils to be taught skills for the workplace and a greater understanding of the opportunities available to them. This aims to raise the expectations of children from all backgrounds to strive for what they may not have thought possible or even been aware of before. From the pupils’ perspective, it’s also been a fun project to get stuck into, encouraging independent and team thinking, group discussions and having to adopt a real business brain!” Anne Begg said, “PSPC were delighted to be called upon to assist with this valuable class project and I, personally, have been thoroughly impressed by the pupils’ enthusiasm and commitment, along with that of their teacher. The project has hopefully even inspired some of them to embark on a career in property.”

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HEADER THE BIG INTERVIEW BAR - Stephen Hendry

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he youngest-ever snooker World Champion at the age of 21, World

Champion for a record seven times, the sport’s No. 1 player for eight consecutive years, leader of the field of snooker players with 760 competitive century breaks and twice named winner of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - Scottish snooker

superstar Stephen Hendry is a sporting legend. Journalist Maureen Young chats with him at his home in Auchterarder.

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When did you get your first taste of snooker? I was given a small 6ft snooker table at Christmas several weeks before my 13th birthday and something just gelled from the moment I hit my first ball. I fell in love with the game and wanted to play every possible moment I could. Snooker and I were a fit – after a couple of weeks I was making breaks of 50+ and beating everyone I played against. Could you foresee what lay ahead? I improved rapidly but had no idea of what lay ahead. I started playing on a full size table at a club in Dunfermline and soon began entering junior tournaments. I won my first junior title in Wales when I was 13 and snooker took over my life. I won the Scottish Amateur title aged 15 and became the youngest ever professional the following year. At the age of 21 I became the youngest ever World Snooker Champion and took that crown for a record seven times. Those were the real highlights of my career. Were there options other than snooker as a career? I started skiving school to play – I couldn’t get enough of the game. I sacrificed parties and playing football and hanging around with my mates just to spend time on the tables. I guess it was an addiction. Naturally school suffered – I sat four O-Levels, didn’t turn up for two and failed the other two. But I was earning and my parents were very supportive. I was paying my own way in life through snooker earnings from the age of 15. There was never anything else for me – nothing I would rather do.


What’s the appeal? It’s the buzz of potting those balls. The excitement of spotting and executing a shot. The thrill of winning a World Championship is the best feeling in the world. And the money? Yes, I’ve made a good living out of snooker but the cash rewards have not kept pace with other sports. When I turned pro at 16 in 1985 there was a pot worth about £5 million on the snooker tour – more than the European golf tour. That same snooker tour now yields £6 million while the European golf pot has swollen to £100 million. The withdrawal of tobacco sponsorship was one of the main financial setbacks to affect us. I still enjoy sponsorship from two major companies in China and retain an affiliation with Highland Spring. Did you spend any on fast cars? I did actually – but they spent more time in my garage than on the road after the kids arrived. I had a couple of Ferraris in my early 20s but now a Range Rover is much more practical – and essential given the last two winters in Auchterarder. Have you got another championship win in you? I’d like to think so. But I haven’t won a tournament for over five years and no one in the game has ever made that sort of comeback. What’s gone wrong? It’s all about confidence. When you’re winning you’re confident and when you’re confident you win. Break that cycle and it’s hard to get it back. Back in the 1990s when I dominated the game I was practising between seven and eight hours a day – I couldn’t physically do that now as I have family and other priorities. I’ll just have to try and get that confidence and winning feeling back and manufacture the focus that used to come naturally. I’m missing shots that I never used to and that comes from lack of confidence. Are you a bad loser? The worst. When I lived alone I used to sulk for several days and not speak to anyone. I once drove home from Sheffield to Scotland without speaking a word to the other guy in the car. Who was your snooker hero? Initially it was Jimmy White because he played all the flash shots and was a real character. Then it became Steve Davis more than anyone because he was the best player by far. I spent a lot of time around him and tried to copy him – how he played and how he conducted himself. He was a great role model. Scotland has produced its fair share of top snooker players. Absolutely, Scotland has pretty much dominated the game for the past 20 years. There are not many sports where we can claim that. Have you got a favourite shot to play? I don’t have a specific favourite shot – my main strength is break building. I’ve made over 760 century breaks – way ahead of anyone else. If my opponent misses I just love going on and making the big break. You shun the media spotlight – why? I’ve always been uncomfortable with the “celebrity” label. I’ve chosen to live a very private life away from the glare of publicity outwith the tournaments. When I started to make good in snooker people told me I would have to live in London among other “celebrities”. But I wanted to keep my feet on the ground and it’s great in Auchterarder where I’m just one of the neighbours and can count on one hand the number of people who have come asking for

an autograph. Hello magazine wanted to cover my wedding and I’ve been asked to do Strictly Come Dancing and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – but I’m just not interested. People have often called me shy – and I used to be painfully so as a very young man – but I’m more private than shy. You’ve recently taken on new management? Yes. Ian Doyle was my manager for the start of my career and we worked well together. I’ve just signed with “Chubby” Chandler who has had such phenomenal success with golfers such as Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy. This is his first year venturing into the world of snooker and I’m hoping some of his winning ways with golfers rubs off on me. You’ve just seen your own company go into liquidation. It was a Limited company which ran my affairs. Let’s just say mistakes were made. I’ve had people running the business and admin side of my life since I was 15 – all I had to do was play snooker. Perhaps I should have taken a closer interest in what goes on but I’m a sportsman not a businessman. I think all sportsmen are the same. When do you think you’ll be ready to retire? I’m 42 years old now and to be honest I can’t see myself playing professionally beyond 45/46. But I’ll always be involved in snooker in some form or another. It’s my ambition to open a snooker academy in China where they are crazy about the sport and have some outstanding talent. I also fancy doing some commentary work. And you’re a bit of a hot shot in the kitchen I’m told. I love to cook. I do virtually all the cooking at home as my wife Mandy hates it. I watch all the TV chef programmes – favourite being Rick Stein – and whenever I travel abroad to tournaments I enjoy trying the local cuisine. My favourite dish to cook is just a good simple steak cooked exactly as you like it. It really annoys me how many chefs can’t seem to cook a steak the way you ask for it. What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten? Duck tongue and curried stirfry swan. What’s your favourite colour? Black – and not because of the final ball. I just tend to wear a lot of black and like black in many other settings. It’s the colour I’m most comfortable with. Fancy writing a book? One was written about me when I was 21 – the same time I appeared on This Is Your Life. But I’d hardly started living then. I’m sure I will get involved with another book as I feel I now have a story to tell. How about the after-dinner speaking circuit? No way. I hate standing up to speak to a room full of people. I was best man for a friend once and I absolutely hated it. I hate to finish on a low note – but can you tell us your worst snooker moment? Losing 9-0 to fellow Scot Marcus Campbell in the first round of the UK Championship in 1999. It was a living nightmare – everything went wrong and then got worse. Nothing matches that.

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We are a small family run delicatessen and cafe, Daughter (Julie) and Mother (Lin). Been trading for four and a half years, serving home cooked food, including full breakfast, tasty soups and made to order sandwiches and panini. All baking is home made including scones, carrot cake and thick caramel slice. Deli and grocery products are mainly sourced from Scottish producers and suppliers, along with a selection of ingredients for around the world.

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erthshire’s business stars are set to shine at a glittering awards ceremony in November. The annual black tie Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards takes place at Crieff Hydro Hotel on Friday, November 25, with a record number of local businesses vying for the coveted category titles and overall Business of the Year accolade. A revamped awards format sees new categories up for grabs along with exclusive trophies handcrafted by Caithness Glass premier designer Sarah Peterson. Additional backing by Perth and Kinross Council and the Chamber’s loyal Partner Sponsors ensure a fabulous contest in the local business calendar’s premier event. Tickets are now on sale for the glittering awards celebration which this year adopts a “black and white” theme. Hosted by Radio Tay duo Maureen Young and Gary Robinson, the awards will feature a drinks reception, live musical entertainment, four course dinner with wine, awards presentations and dancing into the wee small hours. Both local children’s choir Jambouree and sensational big band Big Vern And The Shooters will perform on the night. And organisers are delighted that The Famous Grouse Experience is toasting the event by joining Radio Tay as entertainment sponsor. Tracy McCafferty, General Manager at The Famous Grouse Experience, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the Star Awards this year. They are a terrific recognition of local business best practice and we have been recognised for several awards ourselves in the past, so know how competitive the awards can be.” The Famous Grouse Experience will be also be offering a free tour of the distillery for all attendees at the awards dinner. Chamber Chief Executive Vicki Unite promises “a great night out”. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s event,” she said. “It’s a great night out for everyone and many businesses use it as a way to entertain clients or reward staff – or as an early Christmas night out. “We’ve increased the number of awards and revamped the categories and it seems to have proved really attractive to local businesses.” she added. “The standard of entry is extremely high and we’re guaranteed some very worthy winners stealing the limelight on November 25. “The tremendous additional sponsorship support from The Famous Grouse Experience, Perth and Kinross Council and Radio Tay will all help to make Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Awards 2011 a real night to remember.” Tickets – priced £65 + VAT – are available by contacting the Chamber office on 01738 450401 or by email events@ perthshirechamber.co.uk

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Growing Green Energy in Perth and Kinross At the heart of Scotland, Perth and Kinross has a mix of renewable energy resources, technologies and expertise which can be harnessed by businesses and communities alike to achieve sustainable economic growth. Developing our potential from green energy and environmental technologies brings challenges but also opportunities in the drive to develop a low carbon economy. Perth & Kinross Council is supporting communities and businesses to overcome the barriers they face to invest and grow in the renewable energy sector, particularly small scale renewable energy and self generation. A number of specific sectors important to the local economy can all exploit the opportunities presented by renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean technologies: • Tourism: hotels, self-catering or campsites could use solar energy or biomass to produce electricity or heat for heating or hot water • Food and drink: meat processors, dairies or soft fruit producers could use wind or solar energy to produce electricity • Land-based industries: forestry companies or farmers could produce wood for biomass or use biomass or wind to produce electricity • Construction: developers or communities could use renewable energies to build carbon neutral buildings, plumbing companies could install insulation, solar panels or heat pumps

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• Technical/advisory professional services: architects could design carbon neutral houses using renewable/energy efficient technologies or consultants could provide advice on project development • Transport: operators or communities could use green energy to power their vehicles. • Waste management: waste companies could use organic waste to produce electricity or heat There are multiple benefits for communities and businesses including: • Reduced and controlled energy bills • Generation of additional income • Financial incentives (Feed-in-Tarriff, Renewable Heat Incentive) By exploiting commercial opportunities now, Perth and Kinross businesses and communities can maximise competitive advantage as the global economy moves to a low carbon approach. As part of an ERDF funded project, Perth & Kinross Council is working in partnership with other local authorities within the East of Scotland to support communities and businesses in rural areas to meet and exchange ideas, promote and develop their products and services. Please contact us at greenenergy@pkc.gov.uk if you are interested in participating or would like to learn more.

More Information You can access more detailed information including sources of assistance and expertise at www.pkc.gov.uk/greenenergy You could also contact the Council’s Regeneration Team by email at greenenergy@pkc.gov.uk or on 01738 475000.


INDUSTRY FOCUS – Perth college UHI

Perth College UHI – moving forward as Scotland’s newest university

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t is now a matter of months since Perth College was awarded university title as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands. Perth College UHI is one of 13 academic and research partners who together make up the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and university title was conferred in February 2011. However, instead of resting on their laurels, it is in reality the start of a journey. Sara Wood, Director or Communication and Corporate Development at Perth College UHI tells us more. Our success in achieving university title means we are in a stronger position to support economic development and help sustain our rural areas, as the partnership lets us deliver a continuum of learning from vocational education to PhD, whilst remaining at the heart of the Perthshire community. Key aspects about University title are:

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UHI has the capacity to transform the social, economic and cultural prospects of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

UHI delivers lifelong learning from entry level to PhD through the partnership of colleges and research institutions.

UHI has already awarded more than 2000 undergraduate degrees since 1999.

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Attracting Students to Perth Perth College UHI is one of the largest partners in the partnership and provides lifelong skills development to all members of our community including those most in need of support. In addition, we support growing businesses and the economy through consultancy and skills development. Specialist education includes Aeronautical Engineering, Music and Sound Production and research in Mountain studies, Interpretation and Rural Childhood issues. This lets us attract students (and thus their year-long investment in the area) from outwith the local area for music, hospitality and aircraft engineering courses. This generates not only immediate local investment but a continuous and expanding overseas visitor market. More University-Level Education in Perth University title also means we can develop more degree course qualifications based here in Perth and throughout the partnership to which Perth-based students would have access. This will increase advanced, bite-sized CPD opportunities for employers and provide more qualified locally based graduates. BA Tourism and Hospitality Practice. This new course developed following research undertaken locally is designed to provide up-to-date and innovative education for those involved in the hospitality and tourism industries. It includes the opportunity to undertake placements at home and abroad, study a blend of practical and theoretical skills and develop employer links, learning through a range of methods including face-to-face, video conference and online.


More Research, Consultancy and Inward Investment Opportunities

Image: left to right: Fraser Doherty, creator of SuperJam, Sheena Howden, Centre for Enterprise Manager and Nick Oswald, Sport Legends Director, collect their Impact Award for Micro Business or Sole Traders at the Scotland’s Colleges Business to College Awards 2011.

There is an opportunity to create more research and postgraduate degree opportunities in Perth. We have three established specialist centres, Centre for Mountain Studies, Centre for Interpretation Studies and Centre for Rural Childhood and we are working on developing the Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship into other areas and creating a Centre for Sustainability. These centres provide research, knowledge transfer and consultancy services to national but importantly local businesses. They also generate visitor, spin off and inward investment opportunities. The specialist Centre for Interpretation Studies is working with the Scottish Underwater Archaeology Trust, The Scottish Crannog Centre and Edinburgh University to explore the potential to develop a unique underwater archaeology research centre and experimental archaeology visitor attraction on the shores of Loch Tay.

Focus on Employability Looking ahead, we are pledging to develop our further education and employability skills provision. We will continue to provide a wide range of further education qualifications with a strong emphasis on those that match the local employment opportunities. Our focus is to further develop these students’ core skills, their key employability skills and confidence to ensure that they are work aware and ready on completion of their studies. Recent research with Chamber of Commerce members showed us that this is what local businesses are demanding. With 100% of our further education students and 58% of our higher education students remaining in Perth and Kinross post study we recognise that it is our local businesses that matter most! What is truly beneficial for our students in developing their employability skills is to undertake projects, placements or internships with local businesses. This leads to a very positive outcome for both parties - the student is able to gain valuable work experience, while applying theoretical knowledge learned in class, and businesses get a helping hand with their business development and operational needs.

In many cases students use their ILA entitlement to improve their skills in this way. Our focus is to give greater access to a wider range of bite-sized learning opportunities for all. Centre for Enterprise We will also continue to help develop more local businesses by providing additional support for new start and growing businesses through the Centre for Enterprise, by means of conferences and workshop based skills development; networking opportunities; subsidised education and training; small grant allocation and acting as a conduit to other support agencies such as the Chamber of Commerce, Business Gateway and the PKC Business Development team.

Nick Oswald, Director, Sports Legends was sufficiently impressed with the Centre for Enterprise that he nominated them in the Scotland’s Colleges Business to College Awards 2011, for which we were Highly Commended, as a result of training he had received which has given him the skills and confidence to develop a sales strategy resulting in significant levels of new business.

For more information, please see www.perth.uhi.ac.uk

We are developing ways in which we can make it easier for businesses and students to propose a business need or offer of placement and to find the right match of needs and skills. Have a look at our website to find out more - www.perth.uhi.ac.uk

Work-based Education, Training and Apprenticeships A range of work-based education and training opportunities will continue to be offered to encourage students to gain vocational qualifications and short course training opportunities for those in employment. These will either be an integral part of the curriculum provision, part of our modern apprenticeship contract, subsidised by educational grants, or fully funded by the student or his/her employer. Our partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) led to the creation of ten new apprenticeship places this year. This positive news for job seekers was a result of a pilot scheme which successfully created six ‘power systems’ apprenticeships last year.

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Dewars This year the Grampian Hotel has a jam packed festive programme to suit everyone! From 4 to 1000 delegates, Dewars Centre in Perth, Scotland has meeting rooms, conference halls or exhibition space to suit your organisational needs. Our reputation for flexibility, service and attention to detail, coupled with the delicious food provided by our own in-house catering team, will ensure your event is memorable for all the right reasons! A comprehensive range of audio-visual and information technology, including WiFi, is available throughout the building. Dewars Centre in the city of Perth located in the heart of Scotland is the ideal choice to hold your:

Conferences • Receptions • Trade Fairs • Meetings Product Launches • Seminars • Exhibitions and Shows For further information and bookings contact: Paula (Reservations Manager) on 01738 624188 opt.2 or at paulaclark@dewarscentre.co.uk

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Christmas Party Nights from £19.00 Festive Lunches from £13.00 Festive High Teas from £11.95 Christmas Day Lunch £39.95 Hogmanay dinner and disco £27.50 2 night Christmas Break from £175 2 night Hogmanay break from £160

Visit www.grampianhotel.co.uk to download our festive brochure or call us on 01738 621057

fish, game, meats, cheeses and more, our restaurant’s Head Chef and his team delight in doing them all justice. Sporting The beautiful county of Perthshire in Scotland plays host to a wide range of activities throughout the year, many of which may interest the sporting enthusiast. From horse racing to shooting, fishing and agricultural fairs, every month holds an event worth noting. Weddings Ballathie House Hotel offers an intimate and

elegant choice for starting married life in style. Enjoy exclusive use of our country house hotel for a real family feel to the day. You can even hold your wedding ceremony in the hotel. From flowers to favours, music to marquees, we work with you to create a Wedding Day to remember. Meetings & Events When it comes to conferences, meetings, private dining and events, we meet you all the way. Our quiet location in central Scotland, with easy access to Perth and other key cities, makes us a popular meeting place.

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Historic Gem to Gleam Again Throughout its glorious history Taymouth

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Young meets the team behind this amazing regeneration project.

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uring her honeymoon stay in 1842, Queen Victoria described the 19th century neo-Gothic Taymouth Castle in her journal as “Princely and romantic”. And certainly it has taken a Princely sum and a romantic vision to haul one of the country’s most imposing castles back from the brink of ruin and restore it to its former glory. For the £75million restoration of A-Listed Taymouth Castle by new London-based owners Meteor Property Fund is not simply about converting the beautiful castle and 450-acre estate into a world class playground for the discerning tourist – it’s about putting the historic heart back into a truly stunning building and restoring the original features that so delighted Victoria and Albert 170 years ago. In a painstaking project that must delight the overseers from Historic Scotland, the team of experts pulled together by Meteor is involved in a true “labour of love” to respect every aspect of Taymouth Castle’s original lavish and ornate décor – no matter how faded or damaged. And the result is one of the most outstanding quality restoration successes of recent times. Walking through the massive structure with Meteor’s property development manager Martin Mortimer, project manager Jon Moore and Eric Strickland of Aberfeldy-based architects and lead consultants Mckenzie Strickland Associates, (pictured left to right on front cover) you can’t fail to be impressed by their passion and enthusiasm for the restoration.

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They’ve witnessed the ripping out of tons of dry and wet-rot infested timbers, the replacement of 365 windows, the painstaking dismantling, restoring and reinstalling of hundreds of gloriously artistic and ornate panels and plasterwork. They’ve worked to maximise the peculiarities of this grand old lady to create amazing bedroom suites, they’ve restored the finest public rooms to their original breathtaking beauty and they’ve hacked through the undergrowth throughout the estate to reveal yet more treasures ripe for restoration such as a curling pond and a clutch of follies. “It’s not a job – it’s a lifestyle choice. It’s almost as if we’re married to this building now,” they admit. “We live and dream Taymouth Castle – it’s totally absorbing.” “It’s wonderful to see her take shape and start to glow again with all the style and panache she displayed in her heyday,” said Jon. “It’s difficult to imagine the derelict state we first found her in after purchase in November last year. An inch of snow inside the top floors and the main 100ft soaring open staircase - one of the most impressive in Britain – in danger of collapse because of rotting timbers. The list of decay and deterioration goes on and on – it was a really depressing sight. “Another couple of winters would have spelled the death knell for Taymouth Castle,” he added. “We got to her just in time.” Despite the challenging economic climate, Meteor has managed to deliver a redevelopment plan which will bring much-needed boosts to both the local economy and the Scottish tourism industry. A commissioned economic study by Prof. John Lennon highlights the fact that the completed development could have a direct economic impact of over £13million per year while an additional £18.4 million would be created indirectly in the local and regional economy through increased tourism to the area. The report also states that, outwith the restoration phase, a minimum of 139 core fulltime jobs will be created at the estate with a further 167 fulltime jobs being generated in the wider community as a spin-off. Throughout the current restoration work, an average of between 60 and 85 workmen are employed on site each day – most working for local Perthshire contractors. And everybody – from project manager to painter and craftsman to cleaner – has been swept along in the tide of enthusiasm to save and restore the amazing castle. Thankfully, extensive weather damage caused to the upper two floors hadn’t reached the first floor which housed the castle’s breathtaking public rooms featuring carvings, plasterwork, murals, Medieval stained glass windows, Renaissance woodwork and lavish furnishings. An extensive workshop has been set up in the castle grounds where expert craftsmen replicate and repair pieces of missing or broken wood carvings or intricate plasterwork. Complying with Historic Scotland, original materials are used and dyes and colourants sourced to match like with like.

A heraldry expert from the Royal household has committed to writing the story told by the hundreds of coats of arms adorning ceilings, panels and columns throughout the castle, each playing a part in the history of the building. Valuable carved wood panels and figures – many worth a considerable sum – have been saved, along with priceless 13th Century stained glass – among some of the oldest in existence in Europe. And thousands of pounds worth of gold leaf has been lovingly lavished on intricate fluted columns and vibrant panels and ceiling fixtures throughout. “A company called Gainsborough has even made new silk hangings for the Chinese Drawing Room to the exact design they made the originals over a hundred years ago,” said Jon. “We’re trying to pay that sort of attention to detail in everything we’re doing.” Original fittings, fixtures and furniture which were sold off from the castle over the years are being sourced across the world and – where possible – bought back to place in their original setting. “We’re using old oil paintings and photographs to determine exactly where things were,” explained Jon. “It’s been fascinating learning about the castle and the grounds and trying to restore it to its original splendour. We’re remaking and replacing about 20 per cent of all features and restoring 80 per cent so the vast majority has been saved in time. “It won’t all happen overnight, however. Let’s just say the estate is a project in progress for the next three years.” Although Taymouth Castle was built in the 19th century, the neoGothic building stands on the site of a much older Balloch Castle which dates from 1550. The original structure was demolished by Sir John Campbell, 1st Marquis of Breadalbane, to make way for the much grander structure. Final additions and alterations, employing some of the finest craftsmen of the century, were completed for the Royal honeymoon couple in 1842.

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“Where we’ve not been able to display architectural and decorative features, we’ve preserved and covered them,” explained Eric. “But we want visitors to have the castle experience – not just the five-star boutique hotel experience,” he said. “The restored public rooms are just amazing and we are in the course of creating the bedroom suites which are all unique – playing on the configuration of the castle such as the turrets which make ideal bathrooms – leaving guests in no doubt they are staying in a castle. We’ve also restored all the open fireplaces to add that extra touch of Scottish warmth – many of them magnificent features in solid granite or marble.” Eric’s company is also responsible for the design of the 160 homes being constructed throughout the estate. “The idea is to make them blend perfectly with their surroundings and become part of the estate landscape – in harmony with it rather than in stark contrast – so the designs incorporate a lot of wood and glass and natural stone features.” The homes will range in price from around £600,000 to £1.2million with sizes ranging from 1700 sq ft to 3500 sq ft. And owners Meteor are confident that both the hotel and the homes will attract international attention with considerable interest already from overseas. “Taymouth Castle Estate represented a unique investment opportunity and we’re delighted that the approved plans mean we can deliver financially and ultimately present a very exciting product to the market,” said Martin. “Not only will there be the chance to stay in and enjoy the fabulous restored castle, but 160 owners will be able to secure a home within the managed estate with all its facilities. “Nowhere else in the country can offer the unique combination of residence, castle, hotel, highlands, river, loch, golf, fishing, watersports, equestrian, spa and so on – it’s everything a tourist or investor could ask for in their ideal Scottish retreat. “We were so aware of how many schemes had failed to work for the estate in the past. But the political will was there and everyone – including a very supportive team at Perth and Kinross Council – has worked hard to progress our plans to meet key marketing targets such as The Ryder Cup in 2014. “The history of Taymouth Castle is unique and, indeed, could be described as priceless,” said Martin. “What is being done now will preserve it for generations to come and that is extremely satisfying.”

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When completed, the Taymouth Castle Estate development will comprise: • An 81-key, 5-star hotel in the restored and extended A-Listed castle; • A luxury health and beauty spa in the East wing; • A family-friendly leisure/spa facility • Construction of a new North wing castle extension; • 160 new luxury residences FOR SALE including the conversion of several existing historic properties such as the sawmill, sawmill cottages, dairy and dairy byre; • A Scandinavian spa; • Construction of flood protection scheme and restoration of ornamental gardens; • A championship golf course and new clubhouse; • A new smokehouse restaurant at Newhall Kennels; • A state-of-the-art equestrian centre; • Extensive landscape management and an improved footpath network; • Renovation of the Chinese Bridge and various historic monuments within the estate; • Restored gatehouse at the East entrance to the estate grounds


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ACCURO OCCUAPTIONAL HEALTH Tayview Industrial Estate Friarton Road Perth PH2 8DG Tel:07515 006 682 Email: kate.barry@accuro-occhealth.co.uk Website: www.accuro-occhealth.co.uk Contact: Kate Barry

Occupational Health is a specialist branch of Medicine and Nursing.The role of the Occupational Health (OH) professional is very diverse. Dependent on the nature of your business, some health surveillance/screening is a legislative requirement. OH professionals carry out various activities designed to help you to protect and manage employee health within your organisation. Sickness absence costs the UK £30 billion per annum. Small to medium enterprise (SME)’s can be particularly affected by employee absence. Involving OH professionals in sickness absence management, at the earliest stages, has been proven to help reduce sickness absence. The Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) carried out an Absence Management survey in 2009 and reported that, “The involvement

of Occupational Health professionals is rated the most effective approach for managing long-term absence by all main employee sectors.” The following is a non-exhaustive list of our services:

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DRIVER HIRE & dh RECRUITMENT PERTH The Old Academy Building 7 Rose Tearrace, Perth PH1 5HA Tel: 08456 478 479 Email: rmclellan@dhdundee.co.uk Web: www.driverhire.co.uk Contact: Roy McLellan

Driver Hire & dh Recruitment is your local recruitment agency with over 25 years’ experience in offering effective solutions for all your staffing requirements. Whilst local, they also have the support of a national network at hand to help out when required. Whether you are looking for temporary, permanent, part or fulltime staff, they are here to help you decide which is best suited to your organisation’s needs. Temporary and Permanent staff • Available when you have Increased levels of business • Emergency cover for last minute staff shortages • Temp to Perm contracts can save you time and money

All driver candidates undergo a rigorous selection process • A face-to-face interview with references taken • H&S questionnaire and a 150-point skills assessment • Regular driving licence validation checks

They can supply a full range of driving & operational skills • Cat. C+E, Cat. C, 7.5 Ton, PSV, ADR, HIAB, Multi-drop, IPAF • Vans, Cars, Fork Lift, Skip, Tankers, Dumpers • Labourers, Removal Porters, Drivers Mates

dh Recruitment • Supply staff to support public sector and commercial organisations • Tailored care & review package Their consultants are contactable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year to ensure they provide a fast response service. In today’s fast moving environment, sometimes you need extra help and you need it quick. LET THEM SUPPORT YOU WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE FOR THE RIGHT JOB

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RAVING MAD ABOUT...IT 36 Carrington Terrace Crieff PH7 4DZ Tel: 01764 654975 Email: ravingmadabout@gmail.com Web: www.ravingmadabout-it.co.uk Contact: Mark Lynch

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Raving Mad About...IT, Software Development Consultancy helps businesses by providing consultancy and solutions around the Microsoft Product range and has the expertise to tailor systems that merge IT software with practical solutions bespoke to your needs. Their experienced staff have experience across a diverse range of professional disciplines. They will listen and respond to your individual needs.  Their 15 years of experience  in the provision of IT solutions for blue-chip companies and small to medium sized enterprises, has meant they have been able to assist their clients with their strategic growth. RMA values the on-going relationship  with their clients and their ability to deliver value and satisfaction, coupled with enhanced profitability and innovation ensures

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that they achieve their strategic goal of Customer retention. Their philosophy has meant they have built and retained an international client base including some fortune 100 companies. Specialising in: • Microsoft SharePoint – collaboration software that helps to simplify business intelligence, content management, search, and sharing for intranet and internet sites. • Microsoft Dynamics CRM – customer relationship management and CRM online solutions for sales, customer service, and marketing. • Microsoft BizTalk – connects systems inside and across organization, to exchange data and orchestrate processes requiring multiple systems.

RMA is a Registered Partner of Microsoft and they are very passionate about their clients. They pride themselves on encouraging open conversations and speaking in English – they are a no-techno garb service who listens to their clients, who gets to understand their needs and deliver robust solutions that easily grow as their business grows, while maximising their investments.


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mi perthshire

mi perthshire 73 Craigie Road Perth PH2 0BJ Tel: 07940 936 390 Email: miukcity@gmail.com Web: www.miperthshire.co.uk Contact: Colin Munro

mi perthshire introduce Perthshire's first Smartphone App. Smartphone applications and social media due to their immediacy and convenience are increasingly the channels that consumers use to find out what’s going on. mi perthshire provides easy to use, cost effective communication channels for Perthshire’s Eating, Leisure and Entertainment business allowing them to efficiently communicate with thousands of Perthshire consumers. They do this by taking your message and telling as many people as possible via: • The mi perthshire website www.miperthshire.co.uk • FREE Smartphone applications for i-Phone and Android • Social Media • Facebook - www.facebook.com/ miperthshire

• Twitter – www.twitter.com/ miperthshire These free consumer channels allow Perthshire residents (and visitors) to easily find out about any interesting offers and events in the area. As a business it’s really easy to use the mi Perthshire system. Just login to the custom built Content Management System and add your latest promotions and events: • Use mi perthshire to promote existing or exclusive special offers and events • Reach new customers and tell them what’s going on within your business • Use multiple channels - website, SmartPhone App, email, Facebook, Twitter • Talk to receptive prospects– mi perthshire customers want to hear from you

An annual fee of £150 (or just £100 for Perthshire Chamber members!) for unlimited use of the system for a year makes this proposition extremely cost effective in comparison with traditional forms of advertising. If your Eating, Leisure and Entertainment business isn't already using mi perthshire, please get in touch – Don't Miss Out!"

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thebestof Perth & Kinross 28 Tay Street Tayport, Fife DD6 9BG Tel: 07429 120 791 Email: zoe.tate@thebestof.co.uk Web: www.thebestof.co.uk/ perthandkinross Contact: Zoe Tate

thebestof has over 350 franchises across the UK which means they have the power of a national brand with a local focus. thebestof was originally a simply website directory but it has evolved into an award winning marketing company and here at thebestof Perth & Kinross they champion only the best local businesses by working in partnership with them to understand why they are the best. By listening to and understanding them they become Ambassadors for them. What does this mean? It means they harness the power of word of mouth, they have a suite of 17 marketing tools, both on and offline, to help business shout about how good they are - they help to bridge the gap between local people and local businesses, they care what people are saying and want to ensure the best businesses are showcased. They

have a cost effective and affordable way to fly the flag for their best local businesses. Not only do they shout about how good your business is but as a consumer they can save you money, register now and you can take advantage of their regular online deals – available through their website and free app “thebestof ”. Whilst your there check out their events section, Perth and Kinross is a fantastic area with so much to see and do, you may even want to add an event of your own. For thebestof it’s all about Buy Local, best local businesses for the best local people.

Blackcraig

BLACKCRAIG Forest House Balintium, Blairgowrie PH10 7PX Tel: 01250 886384/07724 458632 Email: cmurdoch@blackcraig.com Web: www.blackcraig.com Contact: Colin Murdoch

Committed to Helping You Sleep at Night If someone has an accident while at your place of business you could be personally liable for a £20,000 fine for each offence, you might even face going to jail. Similar penalties might be faced if as a food business you are responsible for producing unfit food or cause food poisoning. Fire safety has seen a shift in responsibility to business to ensure that all is done to mitigate the likelihood of fire, the damage it causes and the safety of those on site. Blackcraig is committed to protecting your business dealing with today’s complex regulatory challenges. Their expertise covers health and safety, food safety and fire safety. They are passionate about what they do and committed to help

protect your business against an ever increasing range of threats: • High insurance premiums • Civil claims • Bad publicity and brand damage • Enforcement action • Lost workdays due to accident or illness Their clients understand what is required of them and they supply all the support needed to achieve compliance. Poor standards and allegations can be devastating to your reputation. At Blackcraig they believe poor standards can be a thing of the past. They work closely with clients to produce a strategic overview of business needs and develop successful policies and procedures with a view to development of a quality system. If it all goes wrong they will be on site to walk you through the difficult times.

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Blue Thistle Weddings & Events

BLUE THISTLE WEDDINGS & EVENTS LTD 3 Wylie Court Murthly, Perth PH1 4EQ Tel: 01738 710360 Email: enquiries@bluethistleweddings.co.uk Web: www.bluethistleweddings.co.uk Contact: Janice Grimley-Evans

With over 20 years’ experience in the events industry, Janice Grimley-Evans, brings a state of calm to the organisation of your big day. Whether you are looking for a full wedding planning service or help with finding the perfect venue to create the right feel for your special day, Blue Thistle Weddings can offer a bespoke service. In today’s busy world it’s good to know where to go to get the best support, attention to every detail and to take some of the pressure off what is, after all a wonderful event. Janice Grimley-Evans is a professionally qualified international wedding planner, with an Award of Merit for Excellence and Creative Ability, with a vast knowledge of local suppliers and ideas to add those extra special touches and really make your day one to remember. Blue Thistle Wedding service can help plan everything beforehand and be there on the day so you can relax and enjoy each moment knowing your family and guests are well taken care of, and even help post honeymoon with red carpet arrival back home, a candlelit supper and a fully stocked fridge!

Blue Thistle Events can organise all your corporate activities as well, from team days, launches, celebrations and hospitality, the care and attention to detail is always there ensuring your event is pressure free and runs smoothly, so you can concentrate on what matters most to you and your company.

Gardens Galore

GARDENS GALORE LTD 27 Lynedoch Road Scone, Perth PH2 6RJ Tel:01738 553014 Email: info@gardensgalorescotland.co.uk Website: www.gardensgalorescotland.co.uk Contact: Mr Jim Byiers

Gardens Galore is a family business born from a simple love of gardens and everything in them. The family business was formed in 1997. In the beginning it was Jim Byiers and his Jamie. Later Scott and Jennie Byiers joined the company. Today Gardens Galore is 14 strong and growing and while not everyone bears the family name, everyone is very much part of the family. Many things affect the way we live our lives today and what we want from our garden. Today’s garden is very much an extension of our family living space, a place for relaxation, entertaining and enjoyment. Whether you choose to undertake a full garden project or re-design a part of your garden, the choices are endless. Whatever your choice, they can work with you to create the perfect garden for you to enjoy for many years to come. Gardens Galore cover Central Scotland, providing an extensive range of landscaping and gardening services to suit all needs, tastes and budgets. Why not visit their website to find out more about them and see some of our work www.gardensgalorescotland.co.uk

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Carbon Financial Partners

Carbon Financial Partners 3 Atholl Place Perth PH1 5ND Tel: 01738 443111 Email: enquiries@carbonfinancial.co.uk Web: www.carbonfinancial.co.uk Contact: Gordon Wilson

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A PERTHSHIRE businessman has led the launch of a new leading independent financial planning practice, after buying his previous business back from Britain’s fourth largest building society. Managing director Gordon Wilson, a father-of-three from Scone, and his five fellow directors have formed Carbon Financial Partners to buy back the business of Perth-based Thomson Shepherd, previously 75% owned by Skipton Building Society. Carbon has a 30-strong workforce, around half of whom are based at its office on Perth’s Atholl Place – ironically, next door to the premises from which Thomson Shepherd started trading in 1999. Carbon, which also has offices in Edinburgh and Aberdeen, has ambitious expansion plans and aims to double its workforce in the next five years. Mr Wilson said: “The management buy-out has allowed us to bring the company back to its roots of independent Scottish ownership. The business grew out of Perth, and the Fair City will play a crucial role in our future development plans. “Good people are at the heart of our company. We’ve developed a very strong, differentiated advice proposition, supported by a loyal client base.

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“Carbon is a truly modern financial planning practice and we will seek to continually improve our offering.” Carbon is among the 3% of 14,000 financial advisory practices in the UK to boast chartered status. Carbon’s six directors are Mr Wilson, fellow Perth man Mark Christie, Barry O’Neill, Hazel Brown, Lewis Wood and Shireen Fernie. Collectively, they have more than 160 years’ experience in the financial services sector.


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Member to Member Discounts Members of Perthshire Chamber support their fellow members in many ways. One of the way is to submit a Member to Member offer. Full details can be seen by going to our homepage: www.perthshirechamber.co.uk and clicking on Member Only Discounts from the left hand menu options. Please note that you will have to refer to our website for relevant codes and any terms and conditions. 1 Office Solutions LTD 20% discount on all products & services plus a free IT Print Audit. 

Express by Holiday Inn - Perth 3 nights for the price of 2 from £60 per room subject to availability.

Aberdein Considine AC & Co will provide a free employee benefits review.

The Famous Grouse Experience 2 tours for the price of 1 for Experience Tours.

Alexander Residence 10% off bookings.

Gillies & Mackay Ltd 5% discount on buildings (sheds, summerhouses, garden offices, playhouses etc) to Chamber members.

Algo Business Centre 10% off meeting rooms. ASI Outsourcing ½ price set up fee for Mystery Shopping packages + 10% disc + 1 hour free introductory meeting. Alex Cairncross Silver Gifts 10% discount to Chamber Members - Code PCC10. Steven Bonthrone, Personal Trainer Personal Coaching Session 1 x 60 mins £32 instead of £35 or 10% off block of 10. Inc. personalised fitness program, nutritional review and lifestyle guidance. Bannatyne’s Health Club Perthshire Chamber members will receive 75% off joining fee. Companies Direct 10% discount on all company formation & business support products & services (excl. basic incorporation package)

Hetties Tearooms Afternoon Tea in Hettie’s throughout September & October - receive an additional pot of your favourite Hettie’s Tea at no extra cost. Iain Burnett Highland Chocolatier Free Langue du Chat on visit (a milk, dark or white chocolate French style biscuit that is pure artisan gourmet chocolate!) Inveralmond Business Centre 30% off meeting rooms. Johnston Mailing Ltd 15% discount trial offer. Keepsafe Storage 30% discount on usual rate. 

Compass Business Services Ltd 10% off the labour cost of any IT work undertaken.

King James VI Business Centre 25% off Boardroom hire Monday to Friday.

Craigie Hill Golf Club Midweek Round: £15 (£7 discount). Weekend Round: £20 (also £7 discount).

Knock Castle Special Members’ rate of £149 DB&B. Sunday to Thursday per room per night - £50 discount.

Crerar Scotlands Hotel & Leisure Club £45 per person bed & breakfast & 15% Discount on all Spa Treatments taken within the period of the offer.

Macrae & Dick Car Sales – Free 1st service, mats & full tank of fuel on new/used vehicles. Service - £99 value service £129. Service & MOT & commercial servicing from £99. Rapid fit – Free puncture repair. Parts – up to 10% off accessories.  Special business rates available.

Crieff Hydro - Culcrieff Golf Club Offers on Golf Membership which includes further discounts inc: Stables, Hair & Beauty, Driving Range, Outdoor Activities, Shops & Restaurants.

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Marshall’s Garden Machinery 10% discount off RRP for all garden equipment sales.

Deans @ Lets Eat 10% discount on food bill.

McLeod the Glaziers 10% discount on all products & services.

DWK Office Solutions Free Champaign with every successful Print Audit.

MiPerthshire Discounted joining rate of £100 (normal price £150)

Exchange Communications 20% discount on product & service purchase plus free consultation to business wishing to learn of new technologies.

New County Hotel & Opus One Restaurant 10% discount anytime, on food, meeting room hire, & on accommodation when booked direct.

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Perth Racecourse Introductory offer for members for 1st time booking. 10% discount on advertised hospitality packages on website.   Perthshire P.A.T Services Introductory discount of 10% for portable appliance testing.    Professional Mortgage Advisers Ltd Fee of £250 to members (set fee is currently £295).  Renewable Energy Consultants Ltd Free initial consultation to identify the most lucrative routes for investment in Renewables. Salutation Hotel 10% discount on any function, conference or event. If event above 100 people complimentary B&B for organiser & their partner including full Scottish Breakfast. Scott Hotels 2 nights DB&B for the price of 1 - only £92.00 pp at any Scott hotel inc. Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie, Perthshire plus 25% discount all meeting room, delegate & half-day delegate rates at both the Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie. G Slater Properties 10% discount on stay at 5* Visit Scotl&, 2 bedroom flat at 25 Saxe Coburgh Place Edinburgh.  Something Special Flowers Free consultation with a Designer Florist at your place of business. Squirrel Self Store New customers’ 1st month storage for £1 plus 30% off subsequent monthly rates & everything in the Squirrel Shop. Strathearn Pest Control 20% discount. STV  Special rates on airtime & production costs & will happily offer any marketing or advertising advice as required. Symphony Hotels & Leisure Ltd 20% off annual Leisure Club membership & room hire for meetings at Best Western Queens Hotel, 10% off food at 1747 Restaurant at Lovat Hotel, £50.00 pppn DB&B special rate at the Craw’s Nest Hotel in Anstruther. TheBestof Perth & Kinross 40% discount off standard set up fee for joining, subject to membership approval.


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Food & Drink

A Rather Indulgent Treat by Nicola Martin of Hettie’s Tearooms

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fternoon Tea: the words conjure up images of a marvellously relaxed, indulgent and all round rather splendid way to spend an afternoon. Dainty finger sandwiches, mini sweet treats, high rising scones with homemade jam, fresh whipped cream and little savoury nibbles all washed down with pots and pots of piping hot tea.

In recent years Afternoon Tea has seen resurgence with some of Britain’s most prestigious venues and smaller outlets offering their own take on this very British favourite. Economics may dictate that belts should be tightened but every now and then we all deserve a treat and with prices starting normally from around £12 - £15 per head this step back in time to when simple pleasures were grand affairs becomes an affordable little luxury that we can all splurge on every now and then.

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Afternoon Tea dates back to the early nineteenth century when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford was said to have complained of “a sinking feeling” during the late afternoon. Now at this time, the aristocracy took breakfast in the morning and then dinner at 8 in the evening. With no lunch, Anna began to fill her slump by enjoying a pot of tea – clever lady – and a light snack in her boudoir at around 4pm. Her rooms at Woburn Abbey soon became the place for the social elite to be in the afternoon and the experience became so popular that on her return to London she continued the practice and invited friends to join her… this time with a respectable enough reputation to move things into the drawing room. Even then, the enjoyment was such that ladies all over London became accustomed to sitting down in the afternoon to pour tea and eat cake. Ladies of 18th century London, we salute you! Today, Afternoon Tea is served in many guises; from 5 star hotels such as Gleneagles and The Dorchester to chic cafes and quirky Tearooms. There has been a recent trend in taking it with champagne or in Hettie’s case, their own Iced Tea Cocktails! “We wanted to do something traditional and elegant. Something that would feel like a real decadent and indulgent treat without blowing the budget!” explained Nicola Martin of Hettie’s Tearooms. “Both Clare and I come from homes where mother’s baked and treats were plates of homemade scones and slabs of fruit loaf. When we were researching Tearooms and Teas we realised people had begun to look back to times when simple, quality experiences were more enjoyable and important that big showy luxuries. Tea, Cake and Sandwiches! It’s a little slice of afternoon heaven!” The return of this most British of past-times isn’t just an opportunity for us to enjoy our scones from the best china and our tea loose instead of bagged, but it’s also a wonderful way to show tourists and visitors just how Tea and Cake can make your day! Nicola has given us some of her favourite High Tea Recipes – including the rather indulgent Iced Tea Cocktail!


Food & Drink

Hettie’s Cold Tea Loaf This is my Mum’s recipe – she got it from Nana Munro – and its been adapted to use our Heather Tea which is my Dad’s favourite! Ingredients: 12oz dried mixed fruit 10oz self-raising flour 4oz brown sugar 1 egg 1 large cup of Hettie’s In The Heather Tea, cold. (you can use straight forward black tea for this) Preparation: Steep fruit in the tea in overnight. Pre-heat oven to 180C Mix all ingredients in a bowl and stir well Transfer to a loaf tin and cook for around one hour – one hour fifteen minutes. Tip – pop a skewer into the loaf and when the it comes out clean – you’re ready! Cool on a wire rack and serve with butter.

Iced Tea Cocktails

Scones A bit like soup in so much as everyone thinks their mum’s are the best. They’re wrong. My mum’s are the best! Ingredients: 225g self raising flour 55g cold butter 1 level tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 150 ml milk 1 egg beaten with a little milk Preparation: Heat the oven to 220C / Gas 7 Grease and flour a baking sheet. Sieve the flour into a baking bowl then add the butter, baking powder and salt. Quickly rub the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and in enough milk to make a soft, pliable dough. Turn the mixture on to a floured board and knead / turn very lightly until just smooth then lightly roll out to 2cm / 3/4” thick. Cut rounds with a 7.5cm/3” cutter or cut into triangles with a sharp knife. Place on the baking tray and brush with the beaten egg and milk mixture. Bake near the top of the hot oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and well risen. Cool on a wire rack before eating.

Anna certainly didn’t serve these in her halls but you can add them to your Afternoon Tea for a special little treat! Ingredients: 1 pot of fruity tea such as Hettie’s Berrytastic Baby 75ml Vodka A dash of a quality old fashioned lemonade such as fentimans Ice to Serve Preparation: Cool down the Berrytastic Baby Tea and add the ice, lemonade and vodka. Serve in china cups with Afternoon Tea and lots of friends!

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Area focus - Perth Harbour

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erth Harbour has played an important role in the economic development of the region for the past 900 years and continues to form an integral part of the local economy today. InCommerce takes a closer look at the changing tides affecting this important asset to the local economy. People who live outside Perth may have no idea that the Fair City has its own thriving harbour. However, Perth has had a port since medieval times and the city has been an important centre for shipbuilding and trade since then. The ideal situation of the modern Perth Harbour - on the River Tay just 30 miles from the North Sea – makes it a bustling and popular destination for cargo ships from around Europe. Linked to an excellent network of motorways, dual carriageways and the national rail network, Perth is ideal for fast and easy transportation of goods to all areas of Scotland and Northern England. Perth also benefits from easy access to air services with Dundee Airport (22 miles), Edinburgh Airport (39 miles) and Glasgow Airport (69 miles) all within easy reach. This proximity to transport links ensures that transporting goods through Perth Harbour is very cost-effective, as haulage miles are minimised by bringing goods closer to their final destination and providing a lower cost alternative to the larger coastal ports. Coastal and dry bulk ships up to 90 metres in length can be accepted into Perth Harbour, day or night, carrying up to 2,500 tonnes from Europe, the Baltic or Scandinavia. Larger vessels can be accepted at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master. Vessels can be received on one high tide and depart on the next, ensuring maximum efficiency.

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Cranes with safe working loads of up to 40 tonnes are available together with mobile handling equipment suitable for all types of cargoes. In addition to fresh water at all berths, floodlights can be provided for night work and stores and fuel can be arranged by agents. Cargoes that pass through Perth Harbour now range from the traditional agricultural related cargoes such as animal feedstuffs and liquid fertilisers to timber, chemicals and wheat. The Port is owned and operated by Perth & Kinross Council which is also the navigation authority for the River Tay between the Harbour and Balmerino. The harbour benefits from being within a major industrial and commercial centre with around 1300 people employed by 140 companies based there.


Area focus - Perth Harbour The port is exceptionally well run and provides excellent service to its customers. Some of the key strengths of the harbour are: • Flexibility – ship movements can be arranged at short notice • The harbour operates flexible working hours

Harbour Facilities Accommodation The area of the Tidal Basin is 1.2ha, with 418 metres of quayage. Depths at the quays at low water vary according to the height of the river. Vessels lie aground at low water and the harbour bottom is mud. Depth in the Harbour at HWST is 4.6 metres.

• Fast turnaround – within one tidal cycle • Competitive pricing on cargoes • Keenness of companies who want to see Perth Harbour survive & prosper • Regular crew & vessels • Ideal for small tonnage

Cranage Ample mobile cranes available for cargo handling with S.W.L. from 5 to 40 tonnes. Bulk grain elevators, forklifts and modern handling machinery are also available. Handling Restrictions As an inland port, Perth Harbour is ideally suited to the handling of ‘Rhine barge’ type vessels, up to 90 metres in length. Normal Safe Fresh Water transit draft in the upper river is set at 0.2 metres less than the height of tide on the day of transit. The maximum fresh water draft permitted is 4.2 metres all the foregoing at the sole discretion of the Harbour Master. Pilotage The Perth Harbour Master will arrange for the services of local qualified Pilots to assist vessels in making passage between Dundee and Perth. The contract for the services of a Pilot is between the Pilot and the vessel’s owner and the account will be rendered direct from the Pilot to the Shipping Agent. Masters are strongly advised to make use of this facility although it is not compulsory and is not provided under the terms of the Pilotage Act 1987. Radio Communication Perth Harbour Radio Channel 9 Ship Repairs Small ship repairs can be undertaken locally.

Navigation to the Harbour and its quayside facilities has been improved, and a marketing campaign has raised its profile to potential customers. A review of the Harbour is intended to establish what further improvements can be made in future. Councillor John Kellas, Convenor of the Council’s Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee, said: “There is a long established culture at Perth Harbour where agents and operators work enthusiastically with existing and new customers to provide the best possible level of service at an attractive cost. The main shipping agents, operators and Harbourmaster have an excellent working relationship providing a better service for customers. The level of service that they provide individually and jointly is unlikely to be found at other ports and makes Perth Harbour a great place to do business. We will continue to look at ways to improve its use and operation.” Visit Perth Harbour’s website www.perthharbour.co.uk for further information or contact Harbour Master Nick Horner on 01738 624056.

Tidal Reference HSWT is 4.6 metres. Depth at low water varies according to the height of the water in the river, but the harbour never dries out. The harbour has a NAABSA classification (Not Always Afloat but Safe Aground). Heights of Spring and Neap tides can vary with barometric pressure, and with the direction of the winds. After periods of heavy rains, or melting snow, a spate is experienced which can considerably increase the height of the river and the strength of current. Under normal conditions the tidal current rate at half flood is typically: Spring 3 knots, Neap 1.5 knots, and at half ebb: Spring 4 to 5 knots, Neap 3 knots. Weighbridge 2 x 50 tonnes (privately owned).

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Membership benefits The Chamber is an independent, voluntary, non-profit making, nonpolitical business organisation dedicated to the furtherance of members’ interests. It is the largest private sector business support organisation in Britain. rship Membe s Benefit

The Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is managed by a Board of business people elected from among the membership. Day-to-day operations are managed by the Chief Executive, Vicki Unite, and Office Support & Events Co-ordinator Karen Wright, based at the Chamber’s office at the Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Road, Perth, PH2 0NJ.

The Chamber can be contacted by telephone on 01738 450401 or by email: info@perthshirechamber.co.uk. We are delighted that soon we will be able to offer a new package of business services through our affiliation with British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The new services are listed below and provide even more added value to being a member of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce. We will be in touch with members in due course to activate the package.

Chamber Services

Chamber Events

New Business Service Package

Events include:

Membership of Perthshire Chamber starts at £136 + vat for businesses with 1 to 5 employees. (Full details available from our website). Offset that against the following added value benefits from the BCC alone: Chamber Legal Expenses & Legal Help Line

Worth a minimum of £125.00 for the smallest business member.

Chamber HR

Worth a minimum of £350.00 for the smallest business member.

Chamber H&S

Worth a minimum of £350.00 for the smallest business member.

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Up to 58% savings on like-for-like services from the AA.

Chamber Primary Health Plan Cash Plan

Available from as little as £1.10 per week. Up to 30% savings on various healthcare packages.

Chamber Business Choice Healthcare Plan PMI

50% discount on Chamber fees for three years or 20% cash back in the first year!

Chamber Merchant Services

Waived joining fee for Chamber members (worth £150.00). 24% savings on terminal hire. Discounted transaction charges with more competitive rates than the FSB

Chamber Connect Card

Discounted access to Executive UK Airport Lounges and International Lounges. Discounted access to Corporate Hospitality facilities across the UK. Access to discounted local hotels, restaurants and other services at participating Chambers. Now add your Perthshire Chamber benefits… listed on the right.

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Lunches Early Evening Events Breakfast Events Annual Golf Day Annual Dinner & Business Star Awards

Annual Dinner & Business Star Awards – Friday 25th November 2011, Crieff Hydro Hotel

This glittering evening celebrates Perthshire's award winning businesses and takes place in November each year. Around 300 guests attend this blacktie event where the winners are announced and awards collected. Applications are available for any business registered in Perth & Kinross and this offers and excellent opportunity to promote and publicise your business and a fabulous evening to enjoy with like-minded business people. Look on our website for current winners and how to enter the next awards!

Chamber Voice Local & National Representation

Chamber Business Support Business Mentoring Chamber Information Hotline Preferrential Rates for an Exclusive Training Programme Member to Member Discounts Chamber Telecom Chamber Communication

Chamber Communication: InCommerce Magazine Chamber Website Chamber Diary and Directory Scottish Chambers Directory Scottish Chamber Website Contact the Chamber office for further details on any of the above or refer to the website www.perthshirechamber.co.uk

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HEADER2011 EVENTS BAR September Thursday 15th

Perth

5.30pm

7.30pm

Perth

7.30am

8.45am

Wednesday 21st

Chamber Business Lecture Series Perth College UHI 6: RBS Tri-chamber Networking McDiarmid Park Breakfast with Fife and Dundee and Angus Chambers Training Programme @ Fairways Fairways

Perth

5.30pm

7.30pm

Monday 26th

Board Meeting

Perthshire Caravans

Errol

5.30pm

7.00pm

Tuesday 4th

Networking Breakfast

McEwans of Perth

Perth

7.30am

8.45am

Wednesday 5th

Training Programme @ Fairways

Fairways

Perth

5.30pm

7.30pm

Thursday 6th

Pitlochry Evening Visit with David Littlejohn, Head of Planning & Regeneration, Perth & Kinross Council Business Mentoring Session

Pitlochry Golf Club

Pitlochry

5.30pm

7.30pm

Algo Business Centre

Tuesday 20th

OCTOBER

Wednesday 12th

Perth

5.30pm for 6.00pm

7.00pm

Perth

5.30pm

7.30pm

Crieff

5.30pm

7.30pm

Wednesday 26th

Chamber Business Lecture Series Perth College UHI 7: Binn Waste Management Crieff Evening Visit with David Crieff Hydro Hotel Littlejohn, Head of Planning & Regeneration, Perth & Kinross Council Training Programme @ Fairways Fairways

Perth

5.30pm

7.30pm

Monday 31st

Board Meeting

Stagecoach

Perth

5.30pm

7.00pm

Tuesday 1st

Chamber Networking Breakfast

The Green Hotel

Kinross

7.30am

8.45am

Thursday 3rd

Aberfeldy Evening Visit with David Littlejohn, Head of Planning & Regeneration, Perth & Kinross Council Business Mentoring Session

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Aberfeldy

5.30pm

7.30pm

Algo Business Centre

Perth

5.30pm for 6.00pm

7.00pm

Annual Dinner & Business Star Awards Board Meeting

Crieff Hydro Hotel

Crieff

7pm

12 midnight

Loch Leven's Larder

Perth

5.30pm

7.00pm

Thursday 13th Thursday 20th

NOVEMBER

Wednesday 9th Fri 25th Monday 28th

Autumn Training Workshops Perthshire Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with Chamber member Fairways to offer the following training packages. Prices Chamber Members £40 + VAT; Non Perthshire Chamber Members £50 + VAT (payable in advance). Venue Fairways, Leonard Street, Perth Time 5.30 - 7.30pm

Employment Law - Wednesday, 21st September 2011

In a working world of ever changing legislation, do you know if your organisation is fully compliant? This is the ideal opportunity to bring you up to date on the latest developments in UK employment law, including practical advice and guidance on recent legislation and case law and the implications for employers.

Social Media - Wednesday, 5th October 2011

Most people think ‘social media’ is about reckless employees fumbling around on Facebook and Twitter. In many cases this wouldn’t be too far from reality if we were examining a group of employees without any leadership or an organisation without policies and procedures. A good social media policy also involves educating and motivating your teams to find the best possible uses for new tools and avoid potential pitfalls in this very complex area.

Absence Management & Wellbeing - Wed, 26th October 2011

Are your employees in good shape? Find out how to enable them to be innovative and productive and the role you should be playing in helping employees to feel energised and fully fit for work.

Discipline & Grievance - Wednesday, 9th November 2011

Every organisation will have disciplinary or grievance issues to deal with from time to time. Knowing how to apply the law on grievance, discipline and dismissals is essential for effective management. Find out how to handle difficult situations and conduct disciplinary hearings with our practical guidance.

Booking for all events and further information at: www.perthshirechamber.co.uk or by calling: 01738 450401 or by emailing: events@perthshirechamber.co.uk

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