East Lothian accountancy firm agrees merger

Haddington based chartered accountants, N C Campbell & Co, have merged with Berwick company Greaves West & Ayre.

As of 1st October, the combined firm consists of 11 partners and 104 staff and will operate from fully staffed and managed offices in 8 St Ann’s Place, Sidegate, Haddington and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

The expanded firm is called Greaves West & Ayre (incorporating N C Campbell & Co) and, with no changes to personnel, the usual contacts for both firms remain the same.
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Greaves West & Ayre Partners
(Ewan Millar – on the left- shaking hands with Alan Patterson)

N C Campbell & Co partner Ewan Millar comments:

In Greaves West & Ayre we have found a like-minded organisation that shares the same traditional values of quality client care to businesses of all sizes across all sectors. We can more effectively safeguard the future of our employees in Haddington and the relationships with our clients in the long term. Being part of a larger organisation, we will have increased capacity to help our clients with any issues they may have. Greaves West & Ayre has long-established additional services which our clients will be able to access including Specialist Tax and VAT advice, Pensions & Investment advice, Computer and IT services including Cloud Accounting.”

The partners look forward to offering continued Quality Advice and Quality Service from the enlarged firm and invite anyone wishing to find out about the services on offer to get in touch for a free initial meeting.

East Lothian Based Bidding Specialists Get Year 3 off to a Winning Start!

East Lothian Based Bid Specialists, AM Bid Services are pleased to announce the appointment of David Gray to the newly created role of Bid Development Director.

David joins the business on 3rd October 2016, at the start of Year 3 for AM Bid Services. The first 2 years have seen the company grow at an exponential rate, with turnover for 2015/16 exceeding £¼ million.

This will be the second time David has worked with Andrew Morrison, the company’s Managing Director. Andrew originally recruited David to his first career role in 2005 with Orchard & Shipman plc in Edinburgh. Andrew and David worked together for 5 years achieving considerable bidding success. During the intervening 6 years, David has held bidding and business development roles with EDF Energy and Hanover Scotland.

Speaking about joining AM Bid Services, David said: “I am delighted to be joining such a dynamic, expanding company. What AM Bid Services has achieved in its first 2 years is truly remarkable and I am hugely excited about my new role. I am looking forward to working with our current clients and to building relationships with new organisations, helping businesses of all sizes to achieve their growth potential, through successful bidding and winning of new contracts. Andrew has kept me updated on the progress of the business during its first 2 years, so I will be able to hit the ground running.”

Sharing David’s excitement and enthusiasm for the new role, Andrew Morrison said: “The speed of AM Bid Services growth necessitates a senior level appointment to service our clients’ bidding needs. David joining our business from a flourishing career with a multi-national organisation is a huge vote of confidence in our direction of travel. More and more opportunities in the public, private and third sectors are being procured using tender processes – businesses of all sizes are realising that bringing in AM Bid Services can give them the winning edge.”

In joining the company, David’s focus will be on business growth by working in partnership with existing and new clients to develop their bidding success strategies.

Further information about AM Bid Services can be found at: www.ambidservices.co.uk

East Lothian PR and Marketing Firm Shortlisted for two UK Business Awards

Specialist rural PR and Marketing agency Scene & Herd Ltd, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Rural Business Awards 2016 which give recognition to businesses operating across the rural sector.

The Awards acknowledge the breadth and depth of opportunity presented by the Great British countryside, as well as celebrating the achievements of rural businesses.

Longniddry based Scene & Herd Ltd, which was set up in 2009 by former NFU Scotland Communications Manager Anna Davies, and which now operates with two Directors and six specialist consultants, has been shortlisted in the categories ‘Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business’ and ‘Best Rural Professional Services Business’.
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Director Anna Davies commented:

“We are thrilled to be shortlisted in two categories within these prestigious awards and are very much looking forward to finding out the results in October.  It is always rewarding to have your passion and hard work recognised, especially as these particular awards are organised and judged by people who truly understand the rural sector across the UK.”

Fellow Director, Ross Montague, who farms in the Scottish Borders, added:

“We work with some fantastic clients, building their reputation and helping them grow. We are the only Scottish organisation in the ‘Best Rural Professional Services Business’ category, and, we believe, one of only two Scotland based businesses shortlisted across all categories of these prestigious awards! We are exceedingly proud to be finalists alongside some very highly regarded organisations from across Britain.”

“Over the last 12 months, our turnover has more than doubled as we aim to grow our impact in the sector, as well as the benefits we can deliver to clients, and so we are delighted to have had our efforts rewarded.”

The winners of the Rural Business Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 13th October at The Belfry Resort & Spa, Warwickshire.

Viridor plant to benefit from tech boost

Valmet has signed an agreement with Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S to supply automation technology for the new Dunbar energy recovery facility (EFR). Advanced automation solutions will make it possible to efficiently control the renewable energy recovery process and to manage plant operations.

Once in operation in late 2017, the Dunbar ERF will have a capacity to treat approximately 300,000 tons of waste per year. It will generate 30 megawatts (MW) of base-load renewable energy directly to the grid, enough to continuously power 39,000 homes. Additionally, the plant will offer up to 10 MW of heat for local use.

The plant investment is in line with the Scottish Government’s ambition to deliver zero waste, encourage waste reduction, boost recycling and recover vital renewable energy.

Babcock & Wilcox Vølund provides the technology for the Dunbar EFR and is responsible for its engineering, procurement and construction. The plant will be operated and maintained by Viridor, one of Europe’s major waste management companies.