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asn’t it been just about the worst possible year’s ending and beginning for businesses? Some say – probably quoting from records – that it’s been around 100 years since it was so bad. We can’t ignore that the early winter snow simply ravaged trade throughout December 2010, wrecking sales turnover for on-line and High Street retailing and service providers in our towns. And it left in it’s wake too many now needing help with extreme cash flow situations. Perthshire’s road network has also further deteriorated since last year causing problems for local drivers as well as visitors to the area. Further fatalities during these last few months have added to the already urgent calls for the very necessary duelling of the A9. Against this backdrop, this welcome to the first edition of InCommerce 2011 is my final one as President. It comes midway through an economic quarter that, should it end in another decline in growth, will see us back in recession realising the fears of living with a fragile recovery. We certainly do not have our challenges to seek. With the impact of the Public Sector delivering through reduced budgets still to be felt in full, we continue to see further rises in costs which seem to have been the staple diet for businesses throughout the last decade – more particularly since 2007. Is there any sight of things improving or of a hint of prosperity coming from anywhere soon? I suspect we will have to create that locally for ourselves. I believe that the Chamber members have many roles to be involved in. Their input - along with that of others - could make things happen. Through various partnership efforts, helped further by having the support of the bankers, politicians and a positive media, things could only change for the better. Perthshire’s cost of elected members now exceeds £1 million annually before housing them in buildings, providing them with support and paying running costs. This delivers just what by way of a return on this investment?

Editor’s Introduction................. 4 Board News..............................5 Election Hustings..................... 6 Business Lectures..................... 7 Chamber President Paul Shields

Compare that against what is expected from three other significant individuals who have been attracted to the area to fill key roles in the last year. Tayside Chief Constable Justine Curran, Principal and Chief Executive of Perth College UHI Thomas Moore and David Littlejohn who now heads up Planning and Economic Development in his new role as Head of Planning & Regeneration. Their delivery in each of their roles will be crucial to all our futures yet they have to achieve it with less. Let me interpret quotes from the Chief Constable (simply because I believe she is right in what she has been saying on a few occasions now): “Frontline delivery service stems from having effective management structures and systems, created and driven by strong leadership. Everyone involved in a structure such as this needs to recognise and understand their communities, our customers and their needs. Everyone must always remember that you must always pay as much attention to detail as you possibly can and that you have to give the public the best possible service”. Businesses and the communities of Perthshire could deliver plenty to a positive recovery and help create a brighter future with opportunities if it adapted to action more of this. In doing so all would contribute to keep Perthshire being “a Great Place to be in Scotland”. Signing off from my watch, I am appreciative, thankful and privileged to have served the business community of Perthshire in a small way through having been custodian of the Chamber Presidency these last few years. I have enjoyed it immensely. My best wishes go to all connected with the Chamber moving forward with Stephen Leckie as your President in post from April 2011. President Paul

Chamber Partners.................... 8 Members’ News..................9-13 The Big Interview..............14-15 Business Support...............17-19 Fair Maid Facelift.............. 20-21 Perth Retail Hub Revamp Planned.................... 23 Motor Trade Drives Forward..................24-25 Employment Matters.............. 26 Smart Exporter.......................28 New Member Profiles........30-32 Credit Union..........................33 Member to Member Discounts..........................34-35 City Status..............................37 Food & Drink.....................38-39 Lifestyle.................................42 Membership Benefits.............. 45 Events....................................46 Front Cover Photo: The Medieval Blackfriars Monastery wall now forms a major feature in the new look Fair Maid’s House complex. (Photo by Graeme Hart, Perthshire Picture Agency) For advertising contact D-Tech on T: 01389 736000 E: For editorial enquiries contact the Editor, Vicki Unite on T: 01738 450401 E: Publisher: InCommerce Ltd Distribution: D-Tech Distribution InCommerce is published by InCommerce Ltd. Unit 14, Birch Road, Broadmeadow Industrial Estate G82 2RE. Telephone 01389 736000. Fax 01389 736002. E-mail: Edited by Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, Algo Business Centre, Glenearn Road, Perth PH2 0NJ Tel: 01738 450401 Fax: 01738 450402 E-mail: 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.


Editor’s Introduction

Karen Wright

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can hardly believe the speed at which the time to put my quarterly introduction together for our latest InCommerce comes round.

I am also amazed at how fast two years goes past as we will see Paul Shield move into the role of Past President and welcome Stephen Leckie to the helm as President in April. Stephen will be the fourth President I have been lucky enough to work with and I would like to thank them all (Alastair Dorward, Mike Beale and Paul Shields) for their support and mentoring during their terms. I am really looking forward to working with Stephen and all our Directors over the coming years. Strategically, we are now well placed to serve all our members and potential members throughout Perthshire and are working to identify new opportunities for working together to pull us out of this recession. We see that forging working partnership will put us in a strong position to identify potential growth for our area. I am always astounded by the immense passion and knowledge I see in those living and working in Perthshire and am sure that if there is a way of harnessing that the benefits for the area would be immense. I thank our members and supporters for enabling our success during challenging times and our priorities will be, as Stephen Leckie mentions in his column, continuing to serve our members, growing that membership – and with that the strength of our voice – and utilising the Scottish Chamber network to access essential business support, including Smart Exporter and Mentoring to benefit all our members.


ith spring fast approaching our thoughts here have turned to getting out and enjoying Perthshire in all its springtime glory. We have several rural events planned: a networking evening in Grandtully, an evening of music, fun and networking in Kinross and a networking meeting in Blairgowrie are amongst events coming up soon. For our city centre members it’s wonderful to have the opportunity to expand into the whole of Perthshire in the search for valuable new contacts and clients. ‘Meet the Board’ events are planned in several of our Perthshire towns – if you are a business based near Auchterarder, Crieff, Kinross, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy or Blairgowrie and can offer your business as a host venue let us know! Back in Perth in the Brahan Lecture Theatre, sponsored by the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and Platinum Partners, at Perth College UHI our Business lectures continue into the spring and summer. A wonderful resource for members and non-members alike (and therefore a valuable networking opportunity to boot), these lectures continue to be diverse, educational and inspiring. We are also continuing with our members-only procurement events – we can now confirm further dates with both NHS and Perth and Kinross Council due to overwhelming demand and these dates are be listed in our events diary. These events tend to fill up quickly so be the first to call or email us when you receive your invitation. Have you any ideas or feedback regarding our events? Could you host us or suggest an event or occasion you think your fellow members would enjoy? Contact us now and give us your ideas!

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CHAMBER board news NEWS

New Chamber President Stephen Leckie


orn and brought up in Crieff, I have a great affection for Perthshire and a strong desire to be involved in its commercial expansion.

I have keenly followed the Chamber’s activities for many years and strongly identify with its ethos. My experience within tourism and other industries, together with my local affinity dovetails perfectly with the organisations represented within the Chamber and with the aspirations of the members.

I know my fellow Directors bring similar sentiments from their own particular sectors and geographical areas creating a strong and relevant Chamber Board. As we are all aware, networking is a key factor in business growth and I consider the events organised by the Chamber to be extremely worthwhile, with promotion and word of mouth being the key. In short I am confident these will result in increased Chamber membership and area forums for the contribution of all members.

Tourism of all sorts and at all levels is a key growth opportunity for Perthshire. My parallel Chairmanship of two national bodies (the Government’s Tourism Leadership Group and the Scottish Tourism Forum) gives me the opportunity to understand and make a significant contribution locally in this sector.

I feel honoured and privileged to have been appointed President of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce from April 2011. I will do my utmost to carry on the outstanding work of my predecessors, grow the membership and build on our excellent reputation. Stephen Leckie

Annual Dinner & Business Star Awards


erthshire Chamber Board of Directors and CE hosted their glittering Annual Dinner and Business Star Awards 2010 at the Crieff Hydro Hotel. The event was such a success we urge you to “Save the Date” of Friday 25th November 2011 for this year’s awards which will also be held at the Hydro.

From left to right: Directors: Jim Barclay, Steven Stewart, Keith Scobbie, Russell Keiller, Maureen Young, President Paul Shields, James Stewart, Cathy Joss, CE Vicki Unite, Mike McDiarmid, John Stephen and Vice President Stephen Leckie. Not pictured: Anne Smith, Mike Beale, Alastair Byres, Scott Edwards, Robin Niven and John Picken.



Election CHAMBER hustings NEWS


Chamber of Commerce and The Courier Scottish Parliament Elections Hustings Perthshire Chamber of Commerce and The Courier are teaming up again to stage a hustings in the run up to the Scottish Parliament elections in May. The outcome of the elections will play a vital part in setting the conditions for business and commerce for the next four years. A hustings is an opportunity for candidates of all the parties standing to be questioned by an audience so this is your chance to give the potential politicians a grilling on issues you feel are important. Last yearn at the Chamber’s Conference, the Chamber and The Courier staged a hustings prior to the General Election which proved to be a firey and illuminating event. This exposed key policy issues which were then examined and debated. This year we are teaming up again to stage a similar event in Perth for Chamber members and members of the public so take this opportunity to have your say and hear what each candidate can do for you. The Holyrood hustings, chaired by Steve Bargeton, Political Editor with The Courier, will be held on Tuesday 26th April at the AK Bell Library, Perth at 6pm. Steve Bargeton

Invites will be emailed to Chamber members but nonmembers are also welcome. Bookings through the Chamber office by email: or by calling: 01738 450401.



Miller Hendry has recently promoted Kate Wyatt and Paul Keith to the position of Associate. Paul is based in Crieff and advises on property matters specialising in residential property. Kate works in the Commercial department in Perth and Dundee and specialises solely in employment law. In light of the heavy snowfall this winter, Kate has produced advice on dealing with employee attendance issues caused by adverse weather, addressing frequently asked questions, such as ‘do we have to pay employees who do not attend work because of bad weather?’ or ‘what can I do about employees who don’t even try to get in?’. The guidance can be found on Miller Hendry’s website (www. Employee-AbsenceBad-Weather-Policy). For further advice or for assistance in planning and amending contracts of employment to deal with attendance issues in the event of severe weather, please contact Kate Wyatt or Alan Matthew on 01738 637 311.

New Operations Manager for Perth Recruitment Agency Andrea Thompson has joined Ptarmigan Staffing Solutions as Operations Manager. Andrea joins Ptarmigan from another major staffing agency Operations Manager in charge of a number of high profile industrial, rail and parking clients. “I’m looking forward to a busy and challenging role with Ptarmigan,  enabling me to understand local businesses’ resourcing needs and to offer quick and effective solutions through supplying the best people in the industry.” comments Andrea. Following a spell as the manager of a luxury photography studio, Andrea moved into the recruitment sector and has always been heavily involved in business development. “We’re delighted to welcome Andrea to the team,” said Ptarmigan’s Managing Director, Stuart Newing-Davis.  “With her experience in managing clients and her people management skills, we believe Andrea will drive our growth in the local area, ensuring our staff are in high demand by our clients.”

CHAMBER Business PARTNERS Lectures

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Forthcoming Business Lectures Chamber Business Lecture Series 5 Date: Thursday 19 May 2011 Venue: Perth College UHI Time: 5.30-7.30pm Perthshire Tourism Partnership: Lecture Series 6 Date: Wednesday 22 June 2011 Venue: Perth College UHI Time: 1-4.30pm Chamber Business Lecture Series 7 Date: Thursday 15 September 2011 Venue: Perth College UHI Time: 5.30-7.30pm Chamber Business Lecture Series 8 Date: Thursday 13 October 2011 Venue: Perth College UHI Time: 5.30-7.30pm

Past Business Lectures 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 go forward with the work we have planned for our business.� Alex Guthrie, Newmill Farm

The Business Lecture Series presented by the Chamber Platinum Partners

Successful Free Business Lecture Partnership Continues To Deliver


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. The next lecture on the list involves some St. Patrick’s Day fun on 17th March with A&S Properties and Symphony Hotels & Leisure Ltd who are running a Mastermind with a difference. Several local business groups (including the Perthshire Chamber) will answer questions on their own organisations from the famous black leather chair within the allotted time. I’ve started, so I’ll finish‌come along and see who provides the benefits that suit your business best! Following that will be the Highland Spring’s “Improving Performance through our People and Processesâ€? event on 19th May. Highland Spring has been committed to developing and implementing an in-house continuous improvement strategy over the past three years. The lecture will outline the range of tools and techniques used and share evidence of outstanding results. An insight not to be missed! The Business Lecture Series kicked off with Perth College UHI’s Centre for Enterprise conference ‘Greenbiz ‘10 Understanding Renewables’. This was followed by Clydesdale Bank’s “Investing for Growthâ€? event where attendees heard from Alex McDougal, Senior Partner who talked briefly on the company’s business support facilities and the benefits of working in partnerships for success. Alex was followed by guest speaker David Sands, winner of our coveted Business of the Year Star Award 2010 who provided a very interesting and informative background to his company, investment in staff and the communities in which they operate as well as his plans for the future. Eilidh Smith from Morton of Pitmilly, winner of Best Tourism Business 2010 at the Fife Business Awards talked about their particular company ethos and unique selling points in another very competitive market. The Chamber Business Lecture saw Gavin Oattes of Tree of Knowledge educate, involve and entertain guests as he took them through the importance of having “Fun at Workâ€?. Contrary to being something saved for outside the workplace, Gavin shared his knowledge that by having fun in the workplace, doing your work, much more can be achieved by both employees and employers. The session was highly enjoyable and the celebratory cake baked by Perth College UHI’s catering students went down a treat! All three of these highly enjoyable evenings provided an 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 range of events. For more information on








Chamber Partners

In response to the change in the economic climate the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce launched this range of sponsorship opportunities. We took the initiative to introduce three levels of partnership offering a raft of benefits at an affordable rate.


e are now into the second successful year of our Partnership Packages and we wish to once again thank and acknowledge those Partners we currently have onboard

Platinum A&S Properties Bank of Scotland Binn Skips Clydesdale Bank Highland Spring Perth College UHI Royal Bank of Scotland Squirrel Self Store Symphony Hotels & Leisure Ltd Gold Crieff Hydro Hotel Ltd Algo

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Benefits for Silver, Gold or Platinum Partners include membership fees and the cost of attendance events. Perks that cannot be bought include the chance to address delegates at events and promotion of their companies through Chamber communications. In addition, Platinum Partners have one of our prestigious Business Star Awards named after them and are involved in the judging and the presenting of the awards at the glittering Annual Dinner which takes place this year at Crieff Hydro Hotel on Friday 25th November 2011. Also, along with our Gold Partners, they receive exposure on the Chamber Golf Day which is at Pitlochry Golf Course on the afternoon of Friday 29th July 2011. These exclusive packages are limited and we are delighted to have the support of our partner businesses and enjoy working closely with them. If you are interested in finding out more about these packages which offer excellent value for money please contact the Chamber office on 01738 450401 or email

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members’ news

Marshall’s Garden Machinery Recognition

The Angus Hotel Completes Major Bar and Restaurant Refurbishment


he Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie has recently completed an extensive redesign and refurbishment of its ground floor public areas with the reception, lobby, bar, restaurant and meeting rooms all being dramatically reconfigured and beautifully restyled. The restaurant and bar area, which has been re-branded as ‘The Bay Tree’, has been specifically designed to give a contemporary yet comfortable feel and offers an exciting new Scottish themed menu and interesting and varied wine list. “Following the addition of eight new bedrooms in 2008 we felt it was important to rethink our public areas in order to maintain and enhance our customers’ experience”, said Murray Scott, Hotel Director. “Our overall aim was to improve both the general ambience and the food offering in our restaurant and I am really delighted by the results we have managed to achieve. We now also have two new meeting rooms to use which offer us greater flexibility in terms of accommodating a range of meetings and events in conjunction with our main function room. I would like to encourage Chamber members to visit us and I’m sure that the new ‘Bay Tree Restaurant & Bar’ will come as a pleasant surprise to those who may have not been to the Angus for a while.” The Angus Hotel & The Bay Tree Restaurant is hosting a Perthshire Chamber Networking event on 23rd March between 5.30 & 7.00pm. Bookings as usual through the Chamber office.

Pre production Viking ride on mower in the factory grounds, Austria Just announced for the UK market.


arshall’s Garden Machinery has been appointed by Hayter as their main retail outlet in Perthshire for all their domestic products following the manufacturer’s decision to stop using distributors. James Marshall was one of 20 Stihl/Viking dealers from the UK to be invited to visit their Factory in Kufstein, Austria, recently to see their production facilities and use new and pre production machines. “There are many innovations including a new range of battery powered lawnmowers, trimmers, hedge cutters, and chain saws,” said James.”Stihl’s new battery technology is most impressive with one size of battery fitting all machines. The Viking factory is in the countryside with a large area of land around it so plenty of grass to cut and land to cultivate. I can now claim to have cut grass in England, USA, Austria, and Australia.” Research and development plays a very big part of the Stihl philosophy especially with all the new regulations for noise, emissions and vibration levels. There are now chainsaws that can be used in forestry work for over 7 hours of constant use. The new FS460 clearing saw has the new M-Tronic System, a fully electronic engine management system which adjusts ignition, timing and fuel management. All this is powered by new 2-mix engine which can give up to 28% savings over conventional 2 stroke engines. “To keep our mechanics up to date with all these changes our policy is to send them on manufacturers courses at least once a year,” said James.



members’ news

Two Award Finalists for Opus One T

wo chefs within an award-winning Perth restaurant are vying for prestigious national culinary awards. Romuald Denesle (33), Head Chef at Opus One, fine dining restaurant within the city’s New County Hotel, reached the final of the Scot Hot Chef of the Year. Romi will hear shortly whether he has secured the winning title. Now in their 28th year, the awards are deemed ‘the most prestigious competition’ taking place within the Scottish Culinary Championships. Meanwhile, Rory Lovie (21), one of Romi’s Chefs de Partie, reached the semi-finals of another competition which is geared towards younger chefs (aged 20-26), the Academy of Culinary Arts’ Annual Awards of Excellence.

Pitlochry Golf Course is celebrating another accolade


Golf World, the country’s leading golf magazine, has named the Highland Perthshire course on its list of “Hidden Gems” in the UK and Ireland. Every year the magazine compiles its list of top 100 and top 200 courses on these shores. This time, it has also pin-pointed 66 of their favourite courses which, for varying reasons, don’t quite enjoy the profile they deserve. Their “Hidden Gems” inclued 15 from Scotland with Pitlochry, Perthshire’s only representative on the list, being described as a well-established course with stunning views that allow golfers to “drink in the views of the Tummel Valley while playing in the shadow of Ben Brackie.” And participants in this year’s Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Golf Day can do just that and raise money for local charity PKAVS on the afternoon of Friday 29th July. For place/team bookings and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Chamber office on 01738 450401 or


Historic day for Perth College UHI as University of the Highlands and Islands becomes Scotland’s newest University


ednesday 2 February was a historic day for Perth College UHI as UHI Millennium Institute became the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). Perth College UHI is one of the largest partners in the network. Principal and Chief Executive, Dr Thomas Moore, said of the achievement: “This announcement of title for the University of the Highlands and Islands is the realisation of a long-time ambition for the region. This momentous achievement is due to the hard work of our staff and students amongst others, without whom all of this would not have been possible. “Our success in achieving university title will support economic development and help sustain our rural areas, as the partnership will deliver a continuum of learning from vocational education to PhD. “We will remain at the heart of the Perthshire community working closely with our local schools and community to provide vocational education and training.” Penny Brodie, Chair of the Board of Management added: “We have been waiting a long time for this and yet it has come sooner than expected. This is a very exciting and momentous occasion. As part of UHI, we have created a new and innovative model of education for teaching and research.” The Provost of Perth and Kinross, Dr John Hulbert commented: “I would like to congratulate all those who have worked hard for this success which is great news for Perth. It comes at just the right time and is an important achievement to support our application for City status at the end of May.”

members’ news Sidey awarded BSI Kitemark for Energy Efficient Windows


idey are pleased to announce that they have been awarded the Window Energy Rating Kitemark for their full range of Solartherm Windows. The Kitemark scheme for Window Energy Ratings (WER) is based on the approved document L1B of the Building Regulations which came into force on 1st October 2010. This stipulates that all replacement windows must have a WER of at least band C or a declared U-value of 1.6W/ m2k. Sidey can manufacture windows to a U-value of 0.7. According to BSI, only businesses that can demonstrate a commitment to delivering professional standards are awarded the Kitemark License. It communicates a message of quality to both existing and potential customers. Michael Dobson, Sidey’s Chairman commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded the BSI Kitemark for Energy Efficient Windows for our Solartherm range. It demonstrates our commitment to providing quality, energy efficient products that can assist our customers in achieving these new standards. It also provides reassurance to customers that our manufacturing processes are of the highest quality. “We have been developing our range of energy efficient products for sometime and we are pleased to say that we can now offer customers a U-value of 0.7 from our SolarthermPlus range.”

Perthshire housebuilders now on-call


Perth house-building company, founded by two bricklayers 75 years ago, is breaking new ground with the launch of a pioneering smartphone application, thought to be unique within the industry. A&J Stephen Ltd is embracing technology aimed at the next generation of house-hunters by unveiling a state-ofthe-art smartphone web app, designed to give mobile phone users instant access to the core information and functionality available on the main A&J Stephen site. The free download, which is easy to install and navigate, details available house types, together with prices, floor plans and detailed specification information.  Users can also pinpoint the location of the company’s various developments and determine travel distances/times from their mobile phone location via Google maps. Tom Buchanan, Marketing Manager said: “We’re excited to be launching what is a ground-breaking development within the house-building industry. Searching for the ideal home can be a challenging process but, by making our website fully accessible regardless of where the user is, we hope to make life that little bit easier for those on the move. It also enables the mobile site to be accessed by the widest possible audience and is therefore a very welcome addition to our growing marketing portfolio.”

Major Milestones for Williamson Design Florist


aving recently celebrated 75 years in business, Williamson Design Florist is enjoying its 76th year with a fourth generation of the family at the helm. Managing directors, brother and sister team Jim and Carol Williamson, have successfully expanded the business to 11 branches covering the central belt of Scotland, the Lothians, Fife, Perthshire and Dundee and Angus. In the last 20 years especially, the business has grown with the expansion into the Perthshire area by Carol Williamson, and the opening of four branches, Pitlochry in 1992, Perth in 1997, Kinross in 1998 and finally Dundee and Broughty Ferry in 2003. Meanwhile Jim Williamson, from the original base in West Lothian and the Corstorphine branch, continued the expansion to include Bathgate, Linlithgow, Dunfermline and Edinburgh city centre, as well as developing the garden centre complex with the opening of Williamsons coffee shop. This was then followed by the two family businesses merging in 2003 to make Williamson Design Florist the largest independent florists in the country. Since 2003 they have worked hard to consolidate the two businesses streamlining operations to offer customers outstanding service locally, nationally and internationally. The most recent expansion of the business has been their online shop via the web site which continues to evolve and develop allowing customers to shop 24hours a day in the secure knowledge that they are a long established and local company with a well known face on the high street. Proud to be an integral part of the Perthshire Business Community, Williamson Design Florist is also a long standing member of the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce, exhibiting at the annual Perthshire Business Fair and sponsoring the Chamber at many events through-out the years including the annual Star Awards.



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Balhousie Accepted by National Standards Group


erth-based double glazing company Balhousie Windows, Doors and Conservatories is celebrating its acceptance into membership of the prestigious Network VEKA trade body. Network VEKA is a unique organisation which brings together some of the most respected PVC-U home improvement companies in Britain and Ireland. All are committed to upholding a series of strict standards governing areas such as quality control, training and customer satisfaction. In addition they all provide a 10 year insurance backed guarantee on every Network VEKA installation. Launched in 1996 the aim of Network VEKA is to ensure that honest traders are able to put their message across to the public in an industry where integrity and honesty cannot always be taken for granted, as Malcolm Sweeney, Co-director of Balhousie Glazing explains:

“We have all heard of double glazing companies that have ceased trading, leaving a trail of devastation and worthless guarantees behind them, which tarnishes us all with the same name. “We have been vetted for financial stability before we were allowed to become members. In addition, each Network VEKA member company must be trained and tested to its exacting standards and are subjected to regular auditing to ensure those standards are upheld. This all ensures that homeowners can be sure of peace of mind when they see the Network VEKA logo.” Steve Davis OBE, six times World Snooker Champion, has agreed to endorse the Network Veka brand and associated companies. Co-director Drew Hay added: “We are delighted to have been accepted as members of Network VEKA and look forward to working closely with the organisation in the future.”

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rieff Hydro has recently announced a major development in the plans to upgrade their existing Riding School facilities. The leading resort has been granted planning permission for 10 additional stables adjacent to their indoor riding arena. Work will commence this spring and be completed by the summer. However, it will be business as usual for the bustling Riding School throughout the project. The additional stables will add to the already extensive range of indoor and outdoor facilities at Crieff Hydro which is open to guests, visitors, local schools, liveries and Riding for the Disabled.  As well as helping with the expansion and development of the current yard, the stables will allow easy and safe access for riders and horses to the indoor arena and scenic hacks around the estate. The Riding School team is very excited about the prospect of a new stable block and the benefits that it will bring. In recent years the hotel has invested over £40 million in its accommodation and facilities to ensure that visitors gain the most from their time at Crieff Hydro and wish to return in future. Managing Director Stephen Leckie feels that this new development will greatly enhance the service currently on offer:. “The project will enable us to satisfy the rising demand we have for indoor and outdoor horse riding and also allow us to offer evening lessons throughout the year.” he said.


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ince Liz Jackson acquired Fairways as managing director back in June 2010 she has steadily re-branded and introduced enhanced services for clients. Fairways is the only independent HR Business Support and Recruitment Specialist provider across Tayside, Perth and Kinross, operating from their slick new offices in Royal British House, St Leonard’s Street in Perth – right across the road from the train and bus station. Liz was exacting in her ideas for the decoration and refurbishment of her offices requiring them to be professional and high-tech whilst remaining relaxing and comfortable. Liz has also created an Executive Board Room and Training Room which can take up to 14 people and a breakout/ meeting room which takes six people with ease. These fulfil the company’s own needs, but also act as an extra revenue stream for rental space for events such as training or seminars by third parties. Liz commented: “I have worked extremely hard over the past few months to create strong brand awareness and although we do have major clients in Perthshire we’re looking to grow significantly and raise our profile locally and beyond. We offer a great option for businesses, particularly during the current financial climate, with our recruitment services, performance management, health and safety,training packages and workshops as well supporting businesses with their day to day HR and employment issues .”

listair James Duffy and his company AJD Financial Services came out on top following a recent survey conducted through a mystery shopper by The Financial Times Adviser Weekly newspaper. The mystery shopper contacted several Financial Advisory firms in the Perth area including AJD and posed various questions to  test the adviser’s knowledge on the subject of investments and structured products.  AJD Financial Services came out top with a total of 31 out of 35 marks, which included categories such as knowledge,

telephone manner, guidance given and professional qualifications. When asked about the survey, Alistair said that he was delighted with the results and comments of the survey and was extremely pleased that his company - which he only formed in January 2010 - had come out on top. He also said that he would be working towards ensuring that he would get the extra four marks if they ever called again! The survey can be viewed at:  http://  and searching under Perth mystery shopper.





rom polishing glasses and waiting tables at Perth’s Station Hotel to becoming Scotland’s top chef and owning the country’s premier restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel, two-Michelin Star Chef Andrew Fairlie (47) is the very essence of “local boy done good”.

His well-documented career path has seen him chef at leading venues both at home and abroad including the esteemed Michel Guerard’s restaurant in France, aboard the Royal Scotsman, EuroDisney, the Ritz Casino in London, Australia, Tanzania and his first platform for Michelin Star recognition – 1 Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow. Five years ago he underwent surgery for a brain tumour and is currently fighting its re-emergence through draining chemotherapy. Despite this, he recently climbed to the 5,895 metre summit of Kilimanjaro to raise funds for charity and cook a Burns Supper. Journalist Maureen Young caught up with him when he descended to his home in Auchterarder. Pic credit - Alan Donaldson

What was the charity? It’s the Hospitality Industry Trust (Hit) Scotland, which provides scholarship funds for young people within the service and hospitality industry. I’ve been involved with it for a long time because my life was turned around by a Roux Scholarship many years ago and I want other young Scots to get a similar chance.

Why climb a mountain – and why do it during your cancer treatment?

I had agreed to take part in the climb before I was told the tumour was growing again. I decided nothing was going to stop me and I got the doctors’ agreement that I could stall my chemo for a while. I can’t say it wasn’t tough and the headaches and altitude sickness did have me worried – but we all suffered from them so I ploughed on. When I worked in Tanzania I wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and now I had the chance. I was going to do it no matter what. It’s a different world up there? I really enjoyed the isolation and the loneliness – knowing the only one who will get you to the top is yourself. I had to show real strength of character, keep thinking positively and picturing myself at the summit. It was very hard at times and I was unbelievably exhausted by the time we camped each night. But it was a personal challenge as well as a fundraiser and I feel great to have succeeded.



Was the top of Kilimanjaro the most bizarre place you’ve ever cooked? Nothing else comes close although I reckon I’ve cooked in many strange places. I don’t know where would top it – except perhaps the space shuttle! You’ve served in many kitchens across the world – is there really a Hell’s Kitchen? I’m afraid so. Some kitchen regimes are really brutal. I’ve had stuff poured over my head, utensils hurled at me and a few bruisings during my 30 years. After a while you had to be like that to survive amid the pressure but I didn’t like myself and I vowed I would never run my kitchen that way. Is being a chef still a good career choice for youngsters? Absolutely. There are more benefits to working in the hospitality trade than ever before. And they don’t need to do what I do. It’s a passport to the world. As long as they understand it’s hard, hard work – but the rewards can be fantastic.

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What qualities do you need to succeed as a chef? An incredible work ethic, stamina, self discipline, a genuine interest in cooking and food and stubborn single-mindedness. They also need to accept there are no shortcuts – you have to go through it all to learn and understand your craft. Have we got talented chefs in Scotland? I said when I opened my restaurant in 2001 that the culinary scene in Scotland was “dire”. I still stand by that statement because it was. But the standard of Scottish chef has changed beyond all recognition in the past 10 years. It always annoys me that the public fall into the trap of thinking it has to be Michelin to be any good. That’s just nonsense. There are a lot of chefs across Scotland creating great food and they deserve recognition. And it will keep on improving – the next 10 years will be very exciting. You shun TV exposure. Why? I call it tabloid TV. People switch on to be entertained as much as to see cooking and that sort of trashy show just doesn’t interest me. Masterchef is the real thing. It shows the industry – warts and all – as people go through hell and that is just what it’s like. If a genuine food programme opportunity came along and I felt comfortable with it I would do TV. If you could open a restaurant anywhere in the world – where would it be? New York. I just love the energy and the authenticity of the place. I have had better Italian meals there than in Italy. American food used to be a bit of a joke but New York now has some of the best restaurants in the world. To open there and make a mark you would have to be brilliant. But it’s just a dream – if I was going to do it I would have done it 10 years ago. Would you like a second restaurant? No. I want to concentrate on the one I have. I believe we can still take it further. Who would be your four ideal dinner party guests? William Wallace, Marilyn Monroe, Ghandi and JFK. I’ve always loved history but I believe it can get a little mangled over the years. I would love to sit and chat over a meal with these folk and find out the truth. And Marilyn is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen as well as having a great story to tell. Could Scotland be self-sufficient with food? Yes, definitely. A country that can feed itself is a very rich country indeed. If there was a will or a need to do it then we could certainly manage. We can grow or breed everything we need to survive – and enough of it.

Up until the last couple of years I always went to south east Asia, Cambodia, Thailand, etc. I love that part of the world. I usually take 10 days travelling and 10 days relaxing on the beach. More recently I rented a farmhouse in France for two weeks. I also make a point of taking trips abroad to keep in touch with what is happening in the world of cuisine. Our industry moves so quickly that you have to stay abreast of trends – even if it’s just to dismiss them. Do you ever open a tin at home? Only tinned tomatoes – never anything else. Tins just don’t feature in my kitchen. What’s the best cookery book you’ve ever bought? An old cook book by Paula Woolfort called “Cooking In The South West Of France”. I always refer to that and anything written by Joel Robuchon. His recipes are so detailed and precise that if you follow them you will get a result. When will we see an Andrew Fairlie book? I’m working on it. I would like it to be a one-stop cook’s reference book that draws on hints and tips amassed over 30 years. But it’s a huge amount of work. It’s working title is “My Sister’s Book” because, although she is a good cook, she’s always phoning me up for advice and tips to help her out. What about a cookery school? That’s also on the cards this year. I want to run one in association with the restaurant and Gleneagles Hotel is really keen that I get things moving. I absolutely love teaching others kitchen and cooking skills so I’m really enthusiastic about that. What do you do on a day off? I religiously have two days off each week. One is to do all my administration and banking and such like. The other is like anybody else’s Sunday. I spend it with the family, go hillwalking, work out in the fresh air and cook. I love cooking and I love to cook at home. It’s not a chore – I find it very therapeutic. What do you cook at home? Everything from simple pasta and roast chicken to Thai food. I love going down to the Chinese supermarkets in Glasgow and getting Thai ingredients. In saying that, however, I’m doing braised beef and carrots for tonight’s supper. A chef ’s life is hard and often takes it’s toll on personal relationships. Yes, it’s difficult to keep work and family together as a chef. I have had personal experience of broken relationships and learned the hard way – along with many others in the industry. Partners have to accept it’s a lifestyle and not just a job. It’s often easier if the partner is in the trade as well and appreciates the long hours, hard work, dedication and sacrifices required.




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When considering the purchase or sale of a business you will be faced with a powerful piece of employment law known as TUPE. In any sale or purchase all employees pass to the buyer on their same terms and conditions. There is very little scope to avoid TUPE and employees’ rights are viciously enforced. TUPE can turn a good deal into a financial nightmare. Here are some TIPS to help you cope.

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25 Years for VWS This is the 25th year of trading for VWS Limited. Since 1986, when plain old Alex Ferguson became the manager of Manchester United and the average house price in Scotland was under £70,000, we have been providing security systems to business and domestic customers all over Scotland.

The technology we provide has come a long way since then. Every year another innovation in CCTV is revealed and its development in quality and reliability is staggering. Like most other electronic products though the relative cost involved has decreased. In 1986 you would have paid as much if not more for a CCTV system as you would now but with all the advancements of the last 25 years thrown in. Pity we can’t say the same about houses. Digital technology has allowed us to record CCTV footage without needing to change a tape, to see movement in areas of complete darkness and be notified of an incident by text, e-mail, video message as soon as it happens. You can have eyes in the back of your head!


Few businesses could afford a 24 hour, 365 day a year guard but with our state of the art alarm systems you get just that. As in CCTV the improvements in reliability mean your alarm is always on guard whenever you want. You can also receive alerts from your system by text, e-mail or via our partner monitoring station. We are NACOSS Gold accredited which will also fulfil any stipulations by your insurance provider. Many businesses are now seeing the benefit of securing their premises when they are there. An entry system allows you to control who comes and goes from your premises. This can be a simple audio link between you and an entry point. If you have high value stock and equipment you may want to consider a system that uses electronic keys issued to staff and visitors so you can control what areas they access. An enhancement we can offer to your security entry system is automated doors and gates. In buildings with public access it is expected that you comply with DDA regulations. Providing an automated entrance goes a long way to achieving compliance. In a retail environment it makes your premises more appealing to all customers. The doors, gates and barriers are available in many shapes and sizes. We can provide the one to suit your needs. All of the systems we offer are in their own right good security solutions. However our experience allows us to integrate each of these to provide an all round, peace of mind security for your staff, family and property VWS – 25 years of getting it right first time!


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ife Skills Centre, Tayside (Life Skills Central Ltd) and Perth & Kinross Council are committed to developing, supporting and promoting Perth and Kinross as a thriving and inclusive economy community where individuals would like to live, work and visit. In order to help individuals meet their full employment potential, Perth & Kinross Council has made available funding for industry specific training which will address their individual skills needs. The Enhancing Opportunities Grant has been devised to offer the wider community in Perth & Kinross funding for vocational training which is unobtainable by any other means.

The grant has been split into 3 themes: • Training support for individuals who are unemployed (Up to 100% of the training costs. A maximum grant of £3,500) • Training support for those in employment / self employment (If the annual working income of the household is £22,000 pro rata or less, then up to 100% of training costs may be met, up to a maximum grant of £2,000) • Discretionary fund (Consideration will be given to release funds for the purchase of essential tools, equipment or support services, up to a maximum grant of £1,000) To discuss eligibility and the application process contact: Sheila Thomson Business Manager Life Skills Centre, Tayside Drummond House 6 Scott Street Perth PH1 5EJ Tel: 01738 449894 Email:



Artist’s impression of future exhibition and interpretation space.

The rear of the ancient building links into new light modern space.

FAIR MAID FACELIFT In moving their national headquarters to Perth, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society has safeguarded one of the city’s most important historic treasures. Journalist Maureen Young finds out more.

Photographs courtesy of Graeme Hart, Perthshire Picture Agency


or centuries the unimposing stone-built building in the centre of Perth has played an important role in both fact and fiction. Immortalised by novelist Sir Walter Scott, historic home of the Glovers Incorporation, cabinet maker’s workshop and tourist attraction, the iconic 15th century Fair Maid’s House in Curfew Row has witnessed many changes. Each century has added a new dimension to its layers of fascinating history. And the 21st century is set to create another persona for Perth’s oldest secular building – preserving its character and safeguarding its future. The Royal Scottish Geographical Society (RSGS) has combined establishing its national headquarters in the historic Lord John Murray House with the restoration and extension of the next door Fair Maid’s House – together forming an ambitious £1million-plus project to bring history and geography alive in the heart of Perth. Due to open this summer, the marriage of old and new build will house the RSGS’s collections and host a number of displays on geographical issues, the history of the Society and the history and geography of Perth and the famous building itself.



RSGS chief executive Mike Robinson is excited at the prospect. “We’re bringing the RSGS back into the limelight,” he explained. “The society is one of the best kept secrets in Scotland, hidden away from view as we were at Strathclyde University for 15 years. “It’s time to shake off the dust and start polishing ourselves up and where better to do this than in Perth, the heart of Scotland, and – more importantly – in such an iconic and historical setting as the Fair Maid’s House.” Renovation work started in summer last year has seen an old red brick building linking Lord John Murray with the Fair Maid’s and much of the overgrown rear garden replaced by a state of the art glass and steel structure wrapping round the ancient house. With the frontage of the old link building preserved, visitors will be astonished to step from one century into another as they wander from wood-panelled rooms into airy open atrium and back through ancient stone walls into 21st century reception areas.

The conserved upstairs in Fair Maid’s House complete with granite prayer niche.

“It’s a marriage of significant history and necessary modernity,” explained Mike. “The three-part, two-storey building will give us the opportunity to bring all strands of the Society together for the first time in a very long while. “In addition to our administrative and meeting accommodation in the Lord John Murray section, we will have exhibition, interpretation, education and study space in the new link building and the Fair Maid’s House. “We will be able to allow public access to our amazing collection of maps, books and artefacts as well as bringing alive the history and geography of both Perth and this historic building,” he added. “It will be great for Perth and for the Society to see this beautiful building given a new lease of life and reopened to the public.” The Society plans to make use of the latest technology to showcase the importance of geography today and its key role in helping solve the social and environmental problems the world faces. The history, function and purpose of the Society will be spotlighted as well as the delights of the restored building – including the uncovered 12th century Blackfriars Monastery wall believed to be the highest Medieval wall in Scotland. The Society has over 300,000 maps dating back to the 16th century, around 50,000 books, journals, logs and diaries, and a vast collection of artefacts and signed memorabilia from some of the world’s most famous scientists, explorers and adventurers both living and dead. “It’s important that the public can share in these wonders,” said Mike. “The Society wants to excite the senses and inspire people to want to know more about the world around them. We want people to use the new centre as a place to start exploring

RSGS Chief Executive Mike Robinson.

– whether that be a walk round the historic landmarks of Perth, delving into the many wonders of the wider world or shadowing the footsteps of the greats as they read their firsthand accounts of global exploration and discovery.” The Society’s first visitor book dates back to the first year it was formed in 1884 when none other than Henry Morton Stanley came a-calling. From then on the book reads like a veritable Who’s Who of all the greatest and best known names of the day ranging from Ernest Shackleton and Thor Hyerdahl to David Attenburgh and Neil Armstrong. “I’ve started a new visitors book since we moved to Perth,” said Mike, “and I want people to read it in 100 years time with the same awe and wonder at the famous names as we are doing with the original.” The RSGS, now a registered charity with Her Majesty The Queen as Royal Patron, was formed after businessmen played their part in joining the voice of scientists and explorers who called for a Scottish body to recognise and enhance the importance of geography in all aspects of the world and its people. “Many of the major businesses of the day felt that people needed a more worldly awareness to maximise trade opportunities and the creation of the Society was driven largely by them,” explained Mike. “The Society went on to establish chairs of geography at both Edinburgh and Glasgow Universities and helped establish it as a subject in our schools.” And Mike hopes businesses in Perth will embrace their new neighbour and help support the work being done there. “It’s a big responsibility taking on the Fair Maid’s House,” he said. “I’m managing a part of the heart and soul of Perth. “it’s important that a building with such a rich and important history as this should be open to the public and it’s also important that the RSGS should have a more public profile. By combining the two we hope to protect and preserve them both for the future in a way that pays due reverence to their historic importance.” Not a cash rich organisation, the RSGS was able to buy Lord John Murray’s house and secure an 80-year lease on the Fair Maid’s House through grant donations from various bodies and input from the Town Centre Regeneration Fund. Fees from around 2,500 members and income from their renowned series of 100 annual public talks by revered guests across Scotland help boost the coffers. Mike is now hopeful that their enhanced profile and high visibility in Perth will help attract new members. And he wants Perth to benefit from becoming the home of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. One of the projects currently under discussion is to create a large ceramic world map, set in a prominent paved public space in Perth, mirroring what has become a major tourist attraction in Lisbon. Different shaded tiles would depict land and sea with Scotland – and by extension Perth – picked out in another colour. “In Lisbon the map has become a great attraction with people ‘walking’ the world and crossing seas and generally interacting with it playfully,” said Mike. A similar project could see Perth Academy chosen as one of the pilot schools in Scotland to secure a vast ground world map for their playground – an artistic outdoor educational resource which could be used in the teaching of virtually any subject. “I believe it is vitally important that the Society retains its national identity and its role as a Scottish voice and organisation,” explained Mike, “but it is equally important that we are a part of Perth.”



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INDUSTRY FOCUS Perthshire’s motor trade plays a vital role in the local economy so how is it standing up to the effects of recession. Journalist Maureen Young finds out.


hen Scotland’s recession hit hardest no business sector in Perthshire escaped unscathed – including the motor trade.

In August 2008 the impact saw dealerships and traders across the county struggle to reduce their overheads and encourage new business as sales slumped and forecourt gems gathered dust. But a slow and steady recovery has seen the motor trade remain positive about the future. And, despite fears of a “double dip” recession, rising interest rates, reduced public spending and increased VAT, motor traders remain hopeful that the worst is over. David Anderson, managing director of the Perth-based Cameron Group, has many years experience in the trade. He’s weathered recessions before but accepts the recent crisis was the worst he can recall. “There were so many factors hitting us all at once that it was impossible for the motor trade to avoid taking a hit in 2008,” he explained. “By spring 2009, however, things started to pick up again and vehicle sales began to improve and in fact 2009/10 was our best year ever. “Now we’re told there is the chance of a double dip recession. If that happens we will undoubtedly feel the impact along with every other business but we can’t predict that and the motor trade has to remain positive and do all it can to protect its margins and make sure our customers are looked after in the best possible way.”



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Vehicle sales for this year are expected to be 1.93 million across the UK – of which 165,000 are predicted in Scotland. That compares to 2.03 million (175,383) in 2010 and 1.99 million (182,630) in 2009.

“Expectations are lower but hopes are higher,” said David, “and here in Perth we have tended to fare much better than other parts of Scotland.” The pull of Perth’s well-known and widely publicised Motor Mile has been one of the driving factors in keeping the area ahead of the game. “There are 13 franchises on the Motor Mile which means people looking for a car can come to Perth and find everything within a small area,” said David. “Other dealerships are also within a short drive so they don’t face the hassle of crossing back and forth through a big city like Glasgow or Edinburgh to find out what’s on offer across the board.” To highlight this, David spotlights sales figures across Camerons’ three dealerships which show that more than 50 per cent of their vehicles sell to buyers outwith the postcode area.

“Other traders will report the same. People want to come to Perth to look at cars,” he said, “and we have to remain confident that our local motor trade can capture a high percentage of the country’s sales in whatever economic climate we find ourselves in this year.” A car is the second largest purchase most people will make – after a house – and while many buyers see it as an essential item, their ambitions may be trimmed slightly.

“We are expected to reach quarterly and annual sales targets together with rigorous dealership facility standards covering everything from showroom to servicing,” said David. “The pressures on the motor trade have never been greater but we have to stay optimistic and upbeat.” David is confident that the fleet vehicle trade will also pick up this year.

“There are so many financial pressures on people, the disgraceful cost of fuel - coupled with increased VAT, rising interest rates and government cutbacks - could see buyers reassessing their needs,” agreed David. “Sales across the trade tend to be split fairly evenly between new and used vehicles,” he added. “Used vehicles are a vital part of the trade and I think we will see secondhand car values hold up well this year.” The 2008 hit saw traders work to shift their static supply of reduced value used vehicles through auction, price slashing etc. This led to a shortage of used vehicles when demand picked up again six months later. The government scrappage scheme also kept things moving but was pitched to help the industry as well as the retailers. Total scrappage sales in the UK were 383,134 of which 28,206 were in Scotland. “We’re still experiencing difficulty in meeting demand for new vehicles because of the reduced numbers being made,” said David. “Three to four months is the average waiting time for some new models because of the cutbacks in production.” Many believe that the monetary exchange rate also saw manufacturers preferring to supply their home markets or other European outlets rather than the UK. Vehicles franchises also face demands from manufacturers to achieve a minimum of 40 percent of all vehicles sold to be financed.

“Perth is an important area for fleet sales,” he explained, “and many businesses who have held off buying vehicles in the past year or so are now looking to purchase.” While the horrendous winter weather caused distress for many businesses, the motor trade enjoyed a surprise boost. “We couldn’t keep up with demand for new and used 4 x 4 vehicles,” said David, “and snow tyres were disappearing as fast as we could source them. It was unbelievable.” Around 1000 people are employed in the motor trade in the Perth area. And the spin-off to the economy comes in several ways as well as employment. Visitors looking at vehicles will spend time in Perth shopping. The same applies when people drop off a vehicle for servicing and spend the day in the city. “We can’t accurately estimate the economic value of the motor trade to the area,” said David, “but it has to be significant. We are undoubtedly a major employer and a vital contributor to the local economy so let’s hope for a good year ahead.”




Additional bank holiday: 29 April 2011

Are your employees entitled to paid time off to celebrate the Royal Wedding? This is dependent upon the wording of their employment contracts. Under the Working Time Regulations, full-time employees are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks’ (28 days’) paid holiday per year, inclusive of bank holidays. An extra bank holiday does not automatically increase holiday entitlement under the Regulations. If an employee’s contract states entitlement is ‘28 days a year,’ then there is no contractual entitlement to an additional day. However, if a contract states an entitlement of ‘20 days plus bank holidays,’ then an employee will be entitled to paid time off on 29 April 2011.

Other employment legislation which will affect your business in 2011:

Default Retirement Age (DRA):

to be phased out from 6 April 2011. From 1 October 2011 no employee reaching the age of 65 can be compulsorily retired unless the retirement can be objectively justified.

Right to Request Flexible Working:

from 6 April 2011 this will be extended to parents of all children under 18 (currently under 17, unless disabled).

Additional Paternity Leave

(applies to those with child due on or after 3 April 2011). The father, or mother’s partner, will have the right to take up to 26 weeks of the mother’s maternity leave to allow the mother to return to work. Provided by Moira Laws, Chartered FCIPD and Independent Consultant, Future Focus Scotland Ltd. Email: Tel: (01738) 827797 Web:

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Trading Internationally with Smart Exporter Is it the right time to move into or expand international trade business? At a time when UK markets are emerging from recession and entering what appears to be only a sluggish recovery, the opportunities offered by export trade has assumed an even greater importance. That importance was underlined by figures for the second quarter of 2010, which showed that Scottish manufactured export sales increased by 0.6%. Not all sectors did well, but among those offering cause for optimism were textiles and leather, up 22.8 per cent; metals and metal products, up 15.1 per cent; and wood, paper, publishing and printing, up by 6.9%. How do you tackle the challenges of international trade? Many companies wishing to take advantage of the opportunities find themselves daunted by the many challenges. Supply chains, logistics, language barriers, currency exchange rates can all loom large as problems when trading abroad. This is where Smart Exporter comes into the equation. Available to all businesses in Scotland, it’s a programme designed to help companies navigate the challenges of exporting. Smart Exporter offers a wide range of support, including road shows, workshops and specialist support. Support available through Smart Exporter There is a whole host of support for businesses of whatever size and whatever stage of trading internationally you are at - to find out more visit Or come along to the Perth Smart Exporter road show to find out more about Smart Exporter and how it can benefit your business. 5th May, Lovat Hotel, Perth 5.30pm – 8pm Book your place 0844 344 0000

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Farleywest Agencies 26 Main Street, Aberuthven Perthshire PH3 1HE Tel: 01764 663355 Email: Contact Mark Garland

“Foreign Exchange costs you less with Farleywest.” Farleywest Agencies improves the profitability of FX clients through a managed or tailored foreign exchange strategy combining competitive rate with exceptional “high end” market expertise. Q. Ask yourself – “Have I achieved the best possible value on last year’s foreign exchange transactions or have I paid too much for my foreign exchange?” A. Farleywest Agencies WILL SAVE YOU MONEY! Following our free audit on one customer’s 2010 trades we demonstrated a saving in excess of £200,000. Q. How do you know you’re getting the best rate, with no hidden charges? A. If you purchase your foreign exchange through your Company Bankers you are most probably not getting the best deal. Banks have been known to charge up to and in excess of 5%. FwA will provide you with a professional and

personal service where we introduce you to the best possible exchange rates, with instant trades, and no hidden costs. Q. Do you know how simple and easy it is to switch and trade through Farleywest Agencies? A. We are currently recommending Xenfin FX, as our trading platform in London, a trading account can be set up online within 10 minutes. Xenfin FX are fully compliant, FSA regulated and use AAA rated services, client funds are held in segregated accounts. Scottish businesses are facing challenging financial constraints and savings MUST be made wherever possible – FARLEYWEST AGENCIES AIMS TO SHAKE UP FX TRADING, by referring new customers to our experienced foreign exchange traders who offer a free, no obligation audit of previous foreign exchange transactions.

My Pinkie Promise

My Pinkie Promise Ltd 30 Charlotte Close, Dundee, DD3 8TJ Tel: 07552 167801 (Alison) Tel: 07952 733427 (Sharon) Email: Web: Contact: Alison Henderson

With over 20 years direct experience in marketing planning, event management & hospitality, we bring creativity, control, attention to detail and value to our clients’ projects. Our Foundations of Marketing service helps businesses; • create a marketing and communications plan that targets the right customers • create a social media strategy and engage your customers • ensure your brand is right for you and promotes your business • set up simple processes to allow you to measure and amend your communications • improve through stimulating and challenging your business planning Working with clients to help write marketing plans, we are happy to hand over delivery of the marketing activities to that business, or be on hand a few hours/days a month to manage delivery of your marketing.

Our Event services offer: • free venue finding (anywhere in the UK) to pull together the right venue, AV and catering for our clients’ events • invitations and delegate packs • delegate registration & management on the day • event marketing • corporate hospitality & team building What’s in a Pinkie Promise? A pinkie promise is a binding arrangement between two parties. It’s usually signified by intertwining your pinkie finger with the person you are making the promise to.  To us it signifies how serious we are about making a binding promise to our clients that we bring determination, focus and  commitment to our relationships with them. It’s a promise that seals the deal!  Your marketing and events will be Planned to Perfection, with a Pinkie Promise!

Strathearn Pest Control

Strathearn Pest Control Cramond, Rectory Close, Crieff PH7 3EA Tel: 01764 653958 Email: Website: Contact: Robert Wilkie


Strathearn Pest Control was established in 1979 by Robert Wilkie Senior and is now one of Central Scotland’s leading independent pest control companies. After working with a multi-national pest control company for over ten years, Mr Wilkie noticed that there was a gap in the market for a more personal service where client satisfaction came before profits. So he decided to start Strathearn Pest Control. The business is now run by his son Robert Jnr. who, after leaving school, started learning the trade with his father. Over the years in this fast moving industry there have been many changes and Robert likes to be able to offer his clients the best products and services available. He provides pest prevention services to a wide range of customers large and small throughout Scotland. They have professional technicians based around Central Scotland which allows them to respond to any call outs quickly and effectively. They aim to do this within 24 hours or less. They


offer their services on a job basis or through a pre-planned service plan with the emphasis on prevention of pest problems. So if you have a pest problem or want their help to prevent any pest problems arising, give them a call today for a free survey and quotation. Quote (chamber of commerce) to receive a 20% discount.

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Bannatyne’s Health Club

Bannatyne’s Health Club St. Catherine’s Retail Park Perth PH1 5RG Tel: 01738 448011 Email: Contact: Mark Murray

With state of the art equipment from Technogym® and Powerplate®, Bannatyne’s Health Club and Spa is Perth’s Premier Health Club. All members receive a complimentary Lifestyle evaluation, including blood pressure and body mass index. A personalised fitness programme is then created for you, designed to ensure you meet whatever goals you may have. This will be reviewed on an 8 weekly basis allowing you the opportunity to see how your health has improved both inside and out. With 80 group exercise classes per week from relaxing holistic classes Yoga and Tai Chi to the more energetic such as Spinning, Kickboxercise and Zumba®, there’s something for everyone. If this all sounds far too much like hard work members can simply relax in our sauna, steam rooms and spa baths or swim a few lengths in our spacious 20m pool. Memberships start from as little as £1 per day and include all of the above with no additional charges.

For those in need of a little pampering, both members and non members can visit The Bannatyne Spa and Hair Salon. Be it an indulgent spa day or individual treatment, choose from an extensive range from esteemed product houses Elemis, Bare Essential, Leyton Denny and Wella. And for that holiday look everyday the Bannatyne’s Spray Tan offers excellent results at an affordable price. Call us now to arrange your free no obligation tour or drop in to visit the spa: Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Members will receive 75% off the joining fee.

Alex Butter Landscaping Ltd

Alex Butter Landscaping Ltd West Countlich Farm Kindallachan, Ballinluig, Perthshire PH9 0NW Tel: 01796 482614 Fax: 01796 482615 Email: Contact: Alex Butter

“Quality contractors where customers come first.” Alex Butter Landscaping Ltd is a family business which was established in 1981. They employ 24 members of staff from the local area. They are based in Highland Perthshire and operate throughout the whole of Scotland. Since the company’s establishment they have carried out a wide variety of work in the public and private sectors to a very high standard. They carryout the following works :• Design and build new gardens for private clients • Build new gardens for commercial clients • Carryout various environmental works • Landscape new housing developments • Supply of locally grown plants and trees from their nursery • Tree and shrub planting • Construct play parks, skate parks, sports fields and new lawns • Chalet builds and development

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Build dry stone walls Restore walled gardens Fencing Timber decking Site clearance and house foundations Scrub cutting Timber decking Various surfacing works – path, tarmacadam, slabs, monoblocks and granite setts • Scotland’s only approved contractor for SureSet UK, supplying and laying resin bonded gravel • Tree cutting and pruning • Hanging baskets and planters • Ground and garden maintenance • Woodland garden maintenance • Drainage • Garden machinery repairs and servicing • Registered haulers of waste For a free estimate please call or email to make appointment.

White Knight

White Knight (Cen Scot) Limited 2 Marshall Place Perth PH2 8AH Tel: 01738 636000 Fax: 01738 441777 Email: Contact: Scott Sturrock

VAT is up to 20% and your quarterly payments will increase. Are you paying more than you need to? At White Knight, they are specialists in calculating VAT Returns for Retailers. That is to say, people who do not issue invoices for every sale and calculate their VAT Returns using VAT Retail Schemes. Particular savings can be made by Newsagents, Grocers and Convenience Stores but any retailer can benefit from their service. The main points of their service are:- they come to you, collect your records, process them in their office, and return the filed paperwork to you. You will receive a quarterly report about your business and all of your paperwork will be bound, filed and cross referenced. They will even attend a VAT Control visit on your behalf.

If you wish they will even re-process your last VAT Return, with no obligation, to show you their service at work and demonstrate the benefits that would be available to you. All this is included in their very affordable fee which they agree in advance and guarantee for at least a year. You can look forward to having more time to yourself, losing the stress of calculating your own VAT Return, and possibly saving some money. Just give them a call and they hope you will join the list of their satisfied customers from all over Scotland.



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NHS Tayside Healthy Working Lives Team

NHS Tayside, Directorate of Public Health, Kings Cross, Clepington Road, Dundee, DD3 8EA Tel: 01382 424093 Email: Website: Contact: Pat Davidson

Ad type: Display Client: Kerr Stirling

The Healthy Working Lives Programme provides free services that will assist you in providing a healthy working life for your employees. Evidence shows that healthier staff are more productive, calmer under pressure and less likely to be absent from work. They can assist you in the development of health promoting policies and practices and provide workshops/ training sessions allowing your staff to sustain and improve their health and wellbeing. For further information contact Pat Davidson tel: 01382 424093 email They also provide an Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Service that is available for small/medium sized workplaces (employing less than 250 staff ). Services available include an advice line, website (www.healthyworkinglives. com) and needs assessment where you can access advice and support with regard to health and safety systems/occupational health programmes. Advice Line: 0800 019 2211 or contact Jane Duffy email

Working Health Services offers assistance with common workplace health problems such as back pain, skin conditions and mental health problems. This service is provided free to small/ medium sized businesses (employing less than 250 people). The service provides advice, support and treatment best suited to the needs of the individual enabling people to stay in work or return to work. Contact Working Health Services 01382 825100 All services are provided free of charge. Visit their website for further information or visit their information stand at the “Healthy Workforce – Healthy Business” open day Thurs 31st March, 11.00am until 3.00pm King James VI Centre Perth

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Kerr Stirling Llp 10 Albert Place, Stirling, FK8 2QL Tel: 01786 463414 in the heart Scotland Fax: of 01786 451395 NGs&+1,s4EL Email: Required for commerical Website:practice. Would suit newly qualified to 2 years PQE. Contact: Colin Mackenzie

Litigation Solicitor contact: Rory Cowan Kerr Stirling LLP 10 Albert Place Stirling FK8 2QL tel: 01786 463414 or

In these uncertain economic times, even operating a well established business can be challenging. For the developing business, the challenge is often greater. Kerr Stirling are an expanding firm of commercial, property, employment and litigation solicitors who are making an increasing impact in the Perthshire business scene. They understand that their clients not only expect them to deliver a first rate legal service but for the advice to be tailored to that client’s particular commercial and budgetary requirements. Acting for businesses in a variety of sectors, from manufacturing to retail and from healthcare to renewables and more, their team will find the best way to meet your requirements and achieve your objectives often within tight timeframes. They can assist with a wide variety of corporate, commercial and property issues including:• Employment contracts, handbooks and disputes • Acquisitions and disposals

• Joint venture and shareholder issues • Debt recovery • Shareholder issues • Directors’ duties • Company formations • Mergers and investments agreements • Partnership and LLP agreements • Property sales, purchases and refinance Contact any one of their dedicated team and see if their vision of how they can work with you strikes a chord with you. Commerical Property Colin Mackenzie Corporate Caroline Litster Employment Alison Forsyth Litigation Rory Cowan They look forward to hearing from you.

Johnston Mailing Johnston Mailing is one of the largest mailing houses in Scotland with the fastest and most advanced polywrapping and enclosing facilities whilst offering clients a seamless and professional mailing fulfilment service. Being members of the Direct Marketing Association with both BS 14001 Environmental Management and BS 9001 Quality Management they ensure that clients are enjoying growth and success in their businesses by getting in touch with more customers, more often and with more direct and imaginative responses to their needs than ever before – on budget (or below!). Johnston Mailing Ltd The team pride itself on being customer 44 Watt Road, Hillington, Glasgow youhave haveany anyqueries queriesabout aboutthis thisproof proofplease pleasecontact contactElliot ClareWhitehead. Stebbing. IfIfyou focussed and ensure cost effective, time efficient G52 4RY 0024solutions for any mailing requirements within the tel: 0131 561 0021 Tel: 0845 838 4433 UK and internationally through Royal Mail and Email: the various downstream access postal suppliers. Web: The secure mailing house handles millions of Contact: Scott Johnston mailshots every year such as invoices, statements, postcards, brochures etc. quickly, efficiently and inexpensively and have wide experience of almost every type of direct mail fulfilment. They are



always happy to advise on the most cost-effective way of getting your message onto the doorstep. Businesses outsourcing their mailings free up valuable time and resources by taking advantage of the advanced production and buying capabilities – such as print procurement & postage. Many clients in Perthshire are enjoying significant postal discounts in a time when every penny counts without the stress of dealing with multiple providers – Johnston mailing truly are the single source for mail. Perthshire Chamber of Commerce offer 25% off the insertion costs* of your first mailing when booked before 31/3/11.

credit union

Perth and Kinross Credit Union Project Perth and Kinross Credit Union Project is a local initiative managed by Perth Citizens Advice Bureau. It aims to create a financial co-operative, offering accessible, quality financial services for all who live or work in the region, in order to reduce exclusion and boost the local economy.

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Perth and Kinross Credit Union will offer: access to a secure and flexible saving service affordable and responsible lending financial education and budgeting support Credit unions have 184,000,000 members worldwide. Throughout Scotland, over 130 credit unions provide quality, accessible financial services to people of all incomes. By using pooled savings to lend and managing the service using trained members who volunteer their time, credit unions offer a cost effective and service led operation which can meet its members needs effectively. Renowned as a lifeline for those in financial difficulty, credit unions have also become a popular ethical alternative to mainstream financial services. Most people in Perth and Kinross cannot join a credit union, so creating a local service is a priority. The project has gained strong local support, with community organisations keen to promote the service, and approaching 500 non-binding indications of interest in membership received to date. To ensure that interest is sufficient to maintain financially viability, 700 pledges are required before proceeding. Anyone who lives or works in Perth and Kinross can pledge online at, or by contacting Credit Union Development Worker, Mairi MacGregor on 01738 450599 or

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Member to Member Discounts In addition to the many benefits of being a member of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is the introduction of our Member to Member discounts. These exclusive offers are offered by members to their fellow members and we’re delighted at the number of offers already on show on the Member Only Discounts page of our website. If you are a member and wish to extend a discount to the rest of the membership please contact the Chamber office on 01738 450401 or email events@

Crerar Fishers Hotel, Pitlochry Members’ rate of £35 per person per night dinner, bed and breakfast, subject to availability. Valid until the end of November 2010.

Those taking part in this initiative are shown below and their full details can be found on our website on the “Member Only Discounts” menu option on the left hand side.

Members are also welcome to bring guests along to enjoy the course at a supplement of £5.00 per day - an excellent venue for entertaining clients!

1 Office Solutions LTD 20% discount on all products and services plus a free IT Audit & Print Audit.  Alex Cairncross Silver Gifts 10% discount to Chamber Members - Code PCC10. Steven Bonthrone, Personal Trainer Personal Training session: £35 for one hour instead of £40. The session will include free nutritional advice and lifestyle guidance.  Bannatynes Health Club Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Members will receive 75% off the joining fee. Budget Car and Van Rental Special business rates available for Chamber members.  Companies Direct Pleased to offer members a 10 % discount on all company formation and business support products and services*. *except basic incorporation package Compass Business Services Ltd 10% off the labour cost of any IT work undertaken. Craigie Hill Golf Club Midweek Round: £15 (£7 discount) Weekend Round: £20 (also £7 discount). 



Crerar Scotlands Hotel & Leisure Club 15% Discount on all Spa Treatments and also 15% on any Leisure memberships taken with in the period of the offer. Crieff Hydro - Culcrieff Golf Club Special Annual Corporate Golf Membership rate of £200 for Chamber Members. Includes unlimited use of our challenging 18 hole golf course, 8 bay Driving Range and Par 3 course to sharpen your short game as well as our putting facilities. 

In addition the annual membership includes a number of benefits, including the following: 25% Off lessons with our Resident Golf Professional, 20% Off Stables, 10% Off Hair & Beauty Treatments, 40% Off Driving Range, 30% Off Buggy Hire, 30% Off Outdoor Activity Centre, 25% Off Tennis Club Membership, 30% Off Squash Membership, 15% Off Boutique, 10% Off food in Clubhouse & Hotel Restaurants. Deans @ Lets Eat 10% discount off of food bill. DWK Office Solutions Print Audit DWK will assess your current costs and look to make savings. Free Champagne with every successful print audit.  Express by Holiday Inn - Perth 3 nights for the price of 2 from £60 per room subject to availability The Famous Grouse Experience Free upgrade from an Experience Tour to a Malt Tasting tour when members book in advance and quotes ‘Perthshire Chamber of Commerce ‘.  Gillies & Mackay Ltd Would like to offer a 5% discount on buildings (sheds, summerhouses, garden offices, playhouses etc) to Chamber members Grainger Public Relations Free introductory meeting. 20% off a day’s rate for first PR project undertaken.  

Member to MemberHEADER Discounts BAR Johnston Mailing Ltd 25% off the insertion costs of your first mailing when booked before 31/3/11 (for Perthshire Chamber members only). Keepsafe Storage 30% discount on usual rate. m3 Networks Ltd Free IT Audit together with 1 month free IT Support (subject to a minimum 6 month contract) Macrae and Dick Car Sales – Free 1st service, mats and full tank of fuel on new/used vehicles. Service - £99 value service £129 Service and MOT and commercial servicing from £99. Rapid fit – Free puncture repair. Parts – up to 10% off accessories.   Special business rates available for Perthshire Chamber members.

Salutation Hotel 10% discount to chamber members off any function, Conference or Eventat the Hotel. If the event is for more than 100 people accommodation for the organiser and their partner including full Scottish Breakfast is free of charge on the night of the event G Slater Properties 10% discount on stay at 5* Visit Scotland, 2 bedroom flat at 25 Saxe Coburgh Place Edinburgh Subject to date availability.  Something Special Flowers Free consultation with a Designer Florist at your place of business.           Squirrel Self Store 10% discount to all chamber members on storage, manwith-a-van and shop supplies (boxes, tape, packaging, etc).

Magnum Heating Discount 1 20% off all Magnum Electric Underfloor Heating products when purchased from Magnum Heating Ltd

Strathearn Pest Control Quote “Chamber of Commerce” to receive a 20% discount.

Discount 2 10% off all giftware in the Enerfoil Magnum Showroom @ Aberfeldy Magnum Heating Ltd

STV Delighted to be able to offer fellow Chamber members further special rates on production costs etc  Spring Offer Airtime package 30 second commercial campaign: 21 Daytime adverts (0940 – 1729) 11 Peak adverts (1730-2259) 4 Latenight adverts (2300 – 2359) Total: 36 spots STV Ratecard Cost: £4542 New Deal Cost: £1800 Total Saving: £2742 Commercial Production: Graphic 30 second advert and 20 second cut down version: £1200 Total Cost: £3000 (+ vat)

Marshall’s Garden Machinery 10% discount off RRP for all garden equipment sales. McLeod the Glaziers 10% discount on all products and services.  New County Hotel & Opus One Restaurant 10% discount anytime on food, meeting room hire, and on accommodation when booked direct. Park Plumbing & Heating Visit the brand new Bathroom & Tile Showroom and receive a 10% discount on the supply of Showroom Products.  Bring your business card to obtain discount. Perth Racecourse 10% off Private Corporate Hospitality.   Perthshire P.A.T Services Would like to offer an introductory discount of 10% to all Chamber members who use Perthshire PAT Services for their portable appliance testing.    Professional Mortgage Advisers Ltd Fee of £250 to members (set fee is currently £295). 



GS Insurance rises above competition with unique client-focused service

George Stubbs, Managing Director.

At GS Insurance we pride ourselves on going the extra mile for our clients by delivering a unique service that goes far beyond what most other independent brokers offer.

In addition to providing comprehensive insurance solutions at the keenest price, we are the only independent broker in Scotland to employ an in-house Risk Manager and Loss Adjuster to give our clients the highest standard of professional support every step of the way. Founded in 1991, GS Insurance is now one of Scotland’s leading brokers, with offices in Perth, Glasgow and Dalgety Bay in Fife. Thanks to our growing network of branches we are able to offer a local, unbiased, personal service across Central Scotland and beyond. GS Insurance’s success has allowed us to invest in delivering an exceptional service that is 100% focused on our clients’ needs. As part of this commitment, we provide a comprehensive ‘one stop shop’ in-house offering to give our clients the ultimate peace of mind, incorporating loss adjustment, risk management and health and safety services. In the current economic climate, insurance companies are often focused on limiting their exposure following a claim. Our Loss Adjuster is on hand to help our clients prepare the

strongest possible claim and, if necessary, fight their corner to make sure they get the full settlement to which they are entitled. Since joining us our Loss Adjuster has negotiated a number of settlements that have achieved complete client satisfaction.

Delivering results...

We also understand that it can be confusing and time-consuming for businesses to ensure compliance with the latest health and safety legislation. That’s why we employ a full-time Risk Manager who can act as a Competent Person to assist our clients in putting a health and safety policy in place and monitoring its implementation. Our Risk Manager also helps them guard against the impact of unforeseen events and hidden risks, ranging from natural disasters to fraud and the possibility of litigation.

“I was hugely impressed by the service I received from GS Insurance in handling a complex claim. When the insurer raised issues over the interpretation of cover, GS Insurance’s in-house Loss Adjuster successfully intervened on my behalf and, thanks to his expertise, ensured that I received the full settlement.”

GS Insurance is committed to providing a bespoke service to ensure we always meet, if not exceed, our client’s specific insurance requirements. We are one of a limited number of members of the Willis Commercial Network, the world’s third-largest broker with a combined network buying power of £400m a year. This allows us to negotiate the best deals and select customised policies from a range of exclusive products to meet the precise needs of our commercial and private clients.

“Appointing GS Insurance’s Risk Manager as our Competent Person to fulfil the requirements of health and safety legislation proved a wise decision when one of our employees was injured at work. By having him with us when we met the local authority we were able to demonstrate that we had made a prior commitment to having a safe workplace. The Risk Manager’s highly professional advice also meant that the investigation ran smoothly because he knew what paperwork was required and could discuss matters with the investigator in his own terms.”

For further information about our unique service and how we can provide the tailormade insurance package that gives you the greatest peace of mind, visit our website at or call us on 01738 441 555.

Paul Hunter AM Securities Ltd

Stewart Miller Stewart Building Services Ltd


Restoring City Status to Perth

For many years, Perth has been known as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Fair Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Itsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; history has put it at the heart of Scotlandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development as a nation, and the economic, cultural, sporting, educational and artistic elements of Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s society have flowered making it a thriving and dynamic place to live and work. However, Perth has never had formal recognition of city status, and since 1975 â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Fair Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as a title has seemed a little hollow. Now, to celebrate Her Majesty the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee in 2012, a special competition has been launched, giving councils throughout the UK the chance to bid for the conferral of city status. One location only will be granted this civic honour, and Perth is expected to be the only place in Scotland to submit a bid. The campaign to restore city status has already gained support from businesses, politicians, the local media, residents and celebrities. Now Perth & Kinross Council is stepping things up a gear in the run up to the closing date for submitting bids, 27th May 2011. The Council recognises that formal city status will bring indirect financial benefits, and it would help to develop the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourist marketing. Importantly, they also believe that Perth deserves the dignity and prestige of formal city status, and is ready to resume its rightful place alongside the six existing â&#x20AC;&#x153;officialâ&#x20AC;? cities, in shaping the destiny of modern Scotland. Look out for information on how companies can register their support, get involved in promoting city status and download branding to use in support of their bid. For further details, visit

Electrical Contractors Domestic / Commercial / Industrial

D.M. Cameron & Co Ltd is a family run business established in 1982 and is currently the largest building contractor in North Perthshire employing over 30 people.

All types of Electrical Works Undertaken

t Lighting t Power t Heating t Smoke Detectors t Fire Alarms t Security Alarms

t CCTV t Inspection and Testing t Portable Appliance Testing t Landlord Certificates t Call-out Service

Available for Sub-contract works

Additional Services include t TV Aerial and Satellite Engineers t Fibre Optic / Voice / Structured Cabling Engineers t Solar Photovoltaic Installers t Satellite Broadband Installers

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Food & Drink

The King of Fish

It’s the King of Fish. And for centuries the salmon has reigned supreme in the River Tay providing sport and fascination for the angler as well as incomparable tasty fare for the table, writes journalist Maureen Young.


nd while the taste of a freshly caught Tay salmon may be a rarity few can enjoy these days, the sport that has bewitched generations of anglers still has enthusiasts firmly hooked. As the largest salmon river in Scotland, the Tay enjoys a historic and flamboyant ceremony each January to mark the start of the fishing season – the first of the big rivers in the country to let loose the lines. And hopes are high that salmon numbers on the Tay will continue to improve this year after decades of decline. David Summers, fisheries director with Tay District Salmon Fisheries Board, is upbeat about the prospects after promising signs last autumn and in the first few weeks following this season’s grand opening. “Salmon numbers on the Tay haven’t been great for some time,” he explained. “Since about 1990 we have seen them drop considerably but now we seem to have stabilised at this lower level.” Last year 11,500 salmon were caught on the Tay which included the best autumn catch since 1996. “That would suggest a good spring run this year and so far things have been OK with one of the better Januarys of the past decade,” said David. “With plenty of running fish we would hope for a good autumn as well but it’s very much in the lap of the Gods. What happens out at sea is a bit of a lottery.” In an attempt to safeguard the stock on the river, anglers have been encouraged to “catch and release” in recent years. The practice has been embraced by the angling community and this year will be no different.



“We’re recommending that no fish should be killed before the end of May,” said David. “Thereafter we would ask that all female fish are released and only males under 10lb in weight are taken – and only one per day.” Anglers have – in the main – observed this new code of conduct in order to safeguard stocks. Recommendations such as this have seen numbers stabilise but out at sea the reduced marine survival in the North Atlantic due to climate change is just one of the hazards interfering with the salmon’s natural instinct to return to its spawning ground on the Tay. Man has been taking salmon from the Tay for thousands of years but the emergence of angling as a sport really began in the 19th century. “Fishing on the River Tay as a country sport was boosted by the arrival of the railway,” explained David. “By the end of the 19th century it was a popular pastime with the Victorians and the ongoing enjoyment of the Royal family in the sport continued to enhance its popularity. “There’s a complete change in the way we fish today,” he added. “Years ago there were big net fisheries on the Tay and rod anglers were taking thousands of fish from the river each year. No one would have dreamt of putting a salmon back but now that is pretty much the norm. Some beats released all caught salmon last year with others letting up to 90 per cent go. “Salmon used to be big business for those fishing and netting the Tay but now it’s more recreation than business.” David explained that while the fish may live to fight another day now, anglers still enjoy the thrill of the catch before releasing their prize. “It’s still an extremely popular pastime with Scots as well as British and overseas visitors and still provides a vital income stream to the Perthshire economy,” he said. “And those who enjoy a freshly caught Tay salmon this year will tell you there’s nothing tastier.” The River Tay has around 50 beats of varying quality with enthusiasts paying several hundred pound per rod for a day’s fishing on the prime spots. More affordable days fishing can be viewed and booked online at

Two Perthshire chefs enjoying the glories of a Tay riverside setting for their restaurants were happy to share some of their favourite recipes featuring the King of Fish. Hilton Dunkeld Pan seared fillet of Salmon on sautéed potatoes and a cherry tomato and Pernod compote with roasted young fennel By Sous Chef, Kenny Black

Ingredients: 1 x fillet of salmon 10 x cherry tomatoes 1 x shallot 1 x measure Pernod 75g butter 1 x young fennel 1 x large potato Salt Pepper White sugar Method Trim the fat of the salmon fillet season and set aside. Half the cherry tomatoes peel the shallot and finely dice. Melt a large knob of butter in a pan and gently fry the shallot until soft but not coloured. Add the cherry tomatoes and the Pernod. Season. Cook until the tomatoes are just starting to burst. Correct the seasoning with the sugar and check the consistency. (Should be almost sauce like) Wash, peel and rewash the potato. Slice into 1/2cm slices. In a pan melt some butter till frothy. And add the potatoes and colour on both sides taking care not to burn the butter finish in the oven till cooked through. Trim the young fennel top and bottom and slice lengthways. Place in a tray and drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 3-4 minutes till soft. Heat a pan and add a little butter and oil, place the salmon skin side down in fry for 2-3 minutes till the skin is crisp, turn over and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Plate and serve.

Ballathie House Hotel Seared fillet of Organic Salmon with avruga caviar, paysanne potatoes, cauliflower puree and crispy shallot rings By Head Chef, Andrew Wilkie

Ingredients 180g salmon fillet, skin on 2 maris piper potatoes 1 head cauliflower 1 banana shallot 100g baby spinach 200mls chicken stock 1 tspn avruga caviar Large sprig of chervil, finely chopped Large sprig of dill, finely shopped 50g butter Milk/double cream Salt/pepper Panko breadcrumbs Method First, trim any stocks from the cauliflower, then cut into florets, place in a pan and cover with equal quantities of milk and cream, season with salt and pepper. Bring this to the boil and simmer until tender, leave to cool. Place florets into a food processor and blitz with a little of the cooking liquid until smooth. Top and tail the potatoes and cut out with a round metal cutter about 3 cm wide, then slice potatoes about 1cm thick, you will need 5 for the dish. Place in a small saucepan and cover with chicken stock and a little butter, along with the chopped herbs. Place in the oven at 180°c for 10-15 minutes, the potatoes should still have a little bite to them. Reserve the stock. Peel the banana shallot, then slice into rings and separate. Place the panko breadcrumbs in a food processor and blitz until a very fine powder. Dust the shallot rings with plain flour, then dip in a little egg wash and finally coat with the fine breadcrumbs. Season the salmon fillet and place in a hot pan skin side down with cooking oil. Leave on a medium heat until the skin is crispy. Turn over and place butter in the pan, and baste the salmon with butter, continue to baste until salmon is cooked. Meanwhile, reduce the stock the potatoes were cooked in until coating consistency. Place some butter in a pan and melt, then cook spinach until wilted, season and drain. Deep fry the shallot rings until crispy. Drain the potatoes from the stock and place evenly around the plate, place 5 dots of cauliflower puree between each potato, do the same with the shallot rings. Place the spinach in the middle of the plate. Next, spoon some of the reduced stock over the potatoes and around the plate. Place the salmon on top of the spinach. Finish with one more dot of puree on top of the salmon, then rest the caviar on this.




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The East of Scotland Investment Fund (ESIF) is a consortium of nine Local Authorities working together to provide loan finance to new and growing businesses within the east of Scotland.

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Our main aim is to encourage and support the creation, development and growth of small and growing businesses within the east of Scotland so that they will in turn be able to contribute to and strengthen the local economy in terms of jobs, growth and wealth.

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Businesses with commercially viable proposals but who may experience difficulty in raising all of the required funding from the usual commercial sources. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a funding gap as we will not be the sole funder of projects. Traditionally we have targeted manufacturing and service to manufacturing. However, more recently our list of eligible sectors continues to grow and now includes tourism, farm diversification and other service based sectors. Every attempt is made to accommodate priorities at the local level and we would welcome all enquiries. We welcome applications from all types of business including sole trader, partnership, limited company and limited liability partnership. However, certain restrictions apply so please contact your local authority to confirm eligibility.

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Loans can be used for the purchase of plant and equipment (new or used), for the provision of working capital, for the purchase or refurbishment or expansion of commercial property and for the purchase of a business. Loans cannot be used for speculative property development for sale or lease or to finance private cars.

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Loans of up to £50,000 are available to all businesses. The East of Scotland Investment Fund (ESIF) will reserve the right to seek any form of security where it is deemed appropriate. The East of Scotland Investment Fund will normally operate in conjunction with other commercial lending agencies and applicants must demonstrate that at least 50% of the total funding package is being provided by the private sector. Interest rates are fixed, currently at 6%, for the duration of the loan with the maximum repayment period being 5 years. Consideration will be given for ‘capital repayment’ holidays on a case by case basis.

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If you would like to speak to someone to discuss a possible application, please contact your Local Authority Officer or the Loan Fund Officer by telephone or email. Every attempt has been made to keep the whole application process as streamlined and as user-friendly as possible. Application Forms may be downloaded from the website at Completed applications forms should be accompanied by a business plan, supported by audited accounts, unaudited accounts or financial statements (where appropriate) and at least two years detailed financial projections. Forward your application et al to your local contact named below.

How long does the application process take? Usually a decision can be made about your application within six weeks, depending on when it is received.

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With interest in Antiques and Auctions remaining firm in the minds of the media we have seen record breaking prices at Auction making the headlines. Notably the Chinese porcelain vase that sold for £43 million pounds in November last year, having resided on the top of a wardrobe in a suburban bungalow on the outskirts of London. What is interesting is that no two auctions are the same and this makes the thought of an auction all the more appealing to potential buyers. To some, there is nothing better than having a browse around the saleroom, you may find the much sought after item that you have been looking out for or end up seeing something completely different that catches your eye. Increasingly in a society where sustainability is at the forefront of our thoughts we are seeing antiques and chattels as the greener option. They can provide an alternative, sometimes more affordable, way of furnishing a home and give it that certain uniqueness at the same time. At a recent valuation day Lindsay Burns & Company discovered a Fine Anglo-Indian ebony and ivory inlaid box dating from 1800. The box was finely worked and in untouched original condition making it a much desired object. Valued for sale at £1,500-2,000 the box finally sold after internet bidders and telephone bidders contested the lot to £7,400. Provided by Nick Burns, Auctioneer and Valuer, Lindsay Burns & Company, Perth. Email: Tel: 01738 633 888 Web:

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When is it? Wednesday 27th April 2011 12 noon for registration & lunch

Whether you are a fan of racing or not, this a great day out for making new business leads. There is also an opportunity to sponsor a race, at the discounted price of £2,000+vat. Have the race named after your company, a full page advert in the race programme, a banner onsite for the whole of the Perth Festival, an advert on our race screens around the course, a link on www.perth-races. to your company and you’ll also be able to present the winners prizes, in front of the festival crowds.

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Membership benefits The Chamber is an independent, voluntary, non-profit making, non-political business organisation dedicated to the furtherance of members’ interests. It is the largest private sector business support organisation in Britain. The Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is managed by a Board of fifteen 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:

Chamber Services Chamber Events We run a wide range of events to appeal to all our members. Events include monthly networking breakfasts, regular lunches and evening visits which are held in Perth and also the surrounding area of Perthshire and Kinross. Business support is provided via free mentoring seminars and a bespoke training programme. Monthly Lunch/High Tea Programme Series of events enabling networking alongside the sharing of business expertise and knowledge, sometimes featuring a speaker. Monthly Networking Breakfasts Very successful programme of breakfasts to facilitate effective, structured networking without impacting on your working day. An early start but you’re networking while your competitors are sleeping! Free Business Lecture Series Perthshire 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 Perthshire Chamber and the Chamber’s Platinum Partners, each Platinum Partner will take a turn to put up a speaker and bring together those in business and education. Up to date information on the website.

Chamber Magazine This quarterly Chamber Magazine – InCommerce - contains members’ news and items of interest to all Perthshire businesses. 2500 of these are distributed around the whole of the Perthshire area – to members and non-members so is a great way to raise the profile of your business. The magazine also offers cost-effective advertising opportunities and prices include the design and makeup of your advert. This is your magazine, so please do contact us if you have anything you wish to be considered for inclusion – usually at no cost. Chamber Information Hotline Through its contacts and networks, the Chamber can help members find answers to immediate business problems. Chamber Year Book and Appointments Diary This helps other Chamber members contact your business easily and quickly. It includes company name, type of business, address, telephone, fax, email and principal contact. Members are included in it free of charge and it is issued free annually to members. Scottish Chambers of Commerce Directory This is a classified listing of all members of all Scottish Chambers. Again, Perthshire Chamber members are included free of charge and receive a copy annually. This is also available in an electronic version on the Scottish Chamber’s website.

Annual events include:

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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 black-tie 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!

Local Representation The Chamber membership is represented on a variety of organisations and committees. It has regular meetings with Perth & Kinross Council, local MPs, MSPs and MEPs and with Scottish Enterprise Tayside at which it promotes members’ views. The Chamber is in a stronger negotiating position than individual members can be and uses its bargaining power for the benefit of members. Please do contact the Chamber office if you wish to enquire about any issues being raised on your behalf.

Chamber Golf Day – Friday 29th July 2011, Pitlochry Gold Club What better was to do business than over an enjoyable game of golf while taking in the gorgeous scenery of Pitlochry? A great networking event and sponsorship opportunities available so contact the Chamber office for promotional opportunities. This year we will be raising money for PKAVS so come along for a great day out and the chance to help a worthy cause.

Chamber Business Support Business Mentoring Business Mentoring is a free service for Chamber members to link those looking for a mentor with those wishing to support new, local businesses and use their extensive business experience by mentoring another. Free series of evening events where experts offer advice on “How to…” deal with various areas in your business from a “been there, done that” approach. Chamber Training Courses Chamber members can take advantage of great rates through the Chamber’s exclusive training programme which has been created to enhance what is currently available to local businesses through organisations such as Business Gateway, Perth College UHI and other Chamber members. This programme has been specially created to reflect our members’ needs and requests.

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National Representation The Perthshire Chamber of Commerce is affiliated to Scottish Chambers of Commerce and through the latter’s Council ensures that Perth & Kinross issues get heard at national level. Scottish Chambers of Commerce is based in Glasgow and keeps especially close to the Scottish Parliament and its ministers. Chamber Telecom Chamber Telecom offers substantial reductions on member companies’ telephone bills. Chamber Telecom groups the best product offerings from leading telecom suppliers on to one bill, to provide members with an improved service at a reduced rate. This service is consistent with one of our key aims at the Chamber, to help our member companies cut costs and be more productive. This particular scheme delivers a high quality service, which ranges from data transfer to Internet connectivity, with minimum hassle and maximum saving. Chamber Health Care The Westfield Health Scheme - Foresight Healthcare Plan provides a cost effective solution to many of the challenges you and your organisation face today. The plan can help you reduce absenteeism; recruit and retain your staff; improve productivity and workplace efficiency; improve staff morale, motivation and lessen grievances; ensure that employees cope with work related and personal problems; fulfil your health and safety obligations; provide early intervention with diagnostic benefits and position the organisation as a caring employer. It is easy to introduce and administer; a low cost alternative to private medical insurance (or can be used in combination); a valuable tool in wage negotiations; cost can be offset against corporation tax. Contact the Chamber office for further details on any of the above or refer to the website



EVENTS 2011 March Thur 17th

Chamber Business Lecture Series 4: A&S Properties & Symphony Hotels & Leisure Ltd.

Perth College UHI, Perth

5.30pm - 7.30pm

Mon 21st

Board Meeting

Parklands Hotel, Perth

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Wed 23rd

Networking and Local Issue Focus Event – for members and non-members

The Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie

5.30pm – 7.00pm

Tue 5th

Chamber Networking Breakfast

Hetties Tearoom, Pitlochry

7.30am - 8.45am

Thur 7th

Procurement Event - NHS Tayside

Algo Business Centre, Perth

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Tue 12th

Evening Event

Legends of Grantully, nr Aberfeldy

6.00pm - 8.00pm

Tue 10th

Chamber Networking Breakfast

The Maltings, Perth

7.30am - 8.45am

Thur 12th

Procurement Event - Perth & Kinross Council

Algo Business Centre, Perth

1.00pm - 4.00pm

Tue 17th

Chamber Speaker Lunch - David Littlejohn, Head of Planning & Regeneration, PKC

Royal George Hotel

12 noon - 2.00pm

Thur 19th

Chamber Business Lecture Series 5: Highland Spring

Perth College UHI, Perth

5.30pm - 7.30pm

Mon 23rd

Board Meeting

Creiff Hydro Hotel, Creiff

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Thur 2nd

Chamber Networking Breakfast

Venue tbc

7.30am - 8.45am

Wed 22nd

Perthshire Tourism Partnership 1/2 day Conference

Perth College UHI

12 noon - 5.00pm

Mon 27th

Board Meeting

Algo Business Centre

5.30pm - 7.00pm

Chamber Golf Day

Pitlochry Golf Club, Pitlochry

Annual Dinner & Business Star Awards

Crieff Hydro Hotel, Crieff




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November Fri 25th

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Political parley Perthshire business leaders met with local politicians to discuss issues of concern in industry, commerce and community throughout the district. Perthshire Chamber of Commerce hosted MSPs John Swinney, Roseanna Cunningham, Liz Smith and Murdo Fraser at a working lunch in the King James business centre where topics ranging from rural town centre regeneration to fuel costs were on the agenda. Among other issues discussed were the urgent need for high speed broadband throughout the region, the increasing call for dualling of the A9, Perth’s rail links and the new Forth river crossing, City status for Perth and the opportunities and challenges for businesses presented by the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. Chamber vice president Stephen Leckie chaired the meeting and said it was a “lively and informative debate”. “The Chamber holds regular meetings with politicians of all levels throughout the year and they provide a vital link between Perthshire businesses and the local, Scottish and British governments,” he said.


“They are an extremely useful way to exchange information, concerns and opinions on all matters affecting businesses within Perthshire and Kinross and we – as a Chamber of Commerce – greatly appreciate the regular interaction with our politicians.” The next meeting between business heads and politicians will take place following the Holyrood elections.

Caption: Stephen Leckie (seated centre), vice president of Perthshire Chamber of Commerce with MSPs (seated from left) Murdo Fraser, Roseanna Cunningham, Liz Smith and John Swinney. Standing (left to right) are Chamber directors Mike Beale, Maureen Young, Scott Edwards, Alistair Byers, Russell Keiller, Robin Niven and James Stewart. Photograph courtesy of

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