The newsletter from Martin Aitken & Co                                                                           Issue 12 Summer 2009

 Audit Senior Iain Higgins and his football-mad
 colleagues have come up with an innovative idea to
 raise money for Yorkhill Hospital...
 ...auction off the “personal services” of MACO’s 5-a-side football team!

 The mind boggles! But Iain explained: “We wanted to enter the annual Yorkhill 5-a-side
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 challenge next month and you have to pledge a minimum of £700 to enter the competition.”
 So for a recent staff night, the guys drew up a list of the things they would do in return                           IN led 2 hs -
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 for charity cash including grass cutting, car washing, making lunch, tea & coffee and football
 coaching for youngsters!
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 As a result of the guys’ inventiveness and the generosity of MACO staff, the team not only
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 raised the £700 they needed but they raised a further £925, giving a grand total of £1,625.                             m d       n    e
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Pictured left to right; Barry Edwards, David Lowe, Andy Hay, Kevin Duddy, Iain Stirling, Iain Higgins, Damien Brolly
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                                                                                                                                                                      Catherine’s New
                                                                                                                                                                      Fruit Drink Is Magic
                                                                                                                                                                      TWO years ago, Catherine Walker, a nutritional therapist
                                                                                                                                                                      from Glasgow, became so frustrated at the lack of additive-

Simon’s Saddled                                                                                                                                                       free children’s fruit drinks...she decided to make her own!
                                                                                                                                                                      The result is her company Little Bird Brands and her          The concept behind Magic Fruit Potions is to look

with Success!
                                                                                                                                                                      popular fruit juice Magic Fruit Potions.                      and taste even better to kids than the additive-packed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    drinks they have previously craved, whilst being healthy
                                                                                                                                                                      They are entirely free of artificial sweeteners, artificial   and nutritious – therefore helping parents manage their
                                                                                                                                                                      colours and preservatives. Instead, they contain natural      child’s dietary intake.
                                                                                                                                                                      plant extracts, fruit juice and Vitamin C together with
YOU want sales and marketing campaigns put in motion and                                                                                                              harmless, natural plant colours.                              Catherine attributes the rise in sales for Magic Fruit
you want them noticed. So why saddle yourself with the same                                                                                                                                                                         Potions to the taste and the fact that, despite financial
                                                                                                                                                                      Kids think they’re cool and mums think they’re perfect        constraints, parents are simply not prepared to risk the
old ways when your message can reach your market in a                                                                                                                 for lunchboxes.                                               health of their children with cheaper, additive-packed
dynamic, different way - on a Chain Gang bike.                                                                                                                                                                                      soft drinks.
                                                                                                                                                                      Priced at £1.85 for a pack of four, they’re now flying off
That’s the simple but innovative proposition at                                                                                                                       the shelves in Ikea Edinburgh, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons      “Many of the current health problems we are
the heart of Chain Gang which was founded                                                   rd                                                                        across Scotland and next month they’ll be in Tesco.           experiencing, with childhood obesity heading the list,
                                                                                     Cliffo                                                        quick
two years ago by Simon Messer, whose father
                                                                           er Jayne antelle                                                n  was      he
                                                                                                                                                                      Today, Catherine is selling 60,000 cartons a month and        have arisen since we began using artificial additives and
is a MACO client, so it was only natural for the                     Partn       e Ch        e’s                                     “Ewe erstand t een               is planning to extend her core range of four flavours.        moved away from naturally-prepared foods,” she said.
                                                               ACO r colleagu on and h                                                      d           b
                                                                                                                                     to un . He has l and
firm to become Chain Gang’s accountants.                     M      e           im           e.                                                                       Her venture has been a great success.
                                                              and h advise S the servic
                                                                                                                                          e ss        lpfu                                                                          At present the company is Catherine plus three part-
Simon (20), from Netherlee in Glasgow,
                                                                   on           h
                                                              Nels hted wit onable a help
                                                                                                                                    busin onally he avily.            Catherine explained: “Eight years ago, my son Ryan was        time workers. She was introduced to MACO’s Ewen
                                                                 delig y ’re pers they ’ll                                               pti          he
got his inspiration from seeing a large                                             d
                                                                  “The hable, an thing!”                                            exce y on him been                born prematurely. He was frail and needed a healthy           Dyer by her sister and they hit it off immediately.
advertising vehicle but he thought that they                          oa c         any                                                 I rel elp has                  diet to build up his strength. I was on a mission to get      Said Catherine: “Ewen was quick to understand the
                                                                 appr ou with                                                             His h aluable.”             Ryan well and was horrified at how bad the drinks on          business. He has been exceptionally helpful and I rely
were cumbersome, so his idea was to devise                             y
advertising trikes.                                                                                                                            inv                    offer were for children. So I decided to create my own        on him heavily. His help has been invaluable.”
                                                                                                                                                                      range of healthy fruit drinks.”
With a loan of £5,000 from Prince’s Scottish                                                             Catherine Walker                                                                                                           To find out more, visit www.magicfruitpotions.co.uk
                                                      “Chain Gang riders are chosen for their
Youth Business Trust, he was in business.
                                                      patience, good humour, knowledge of local
                                                      roads and willingness to go the extra mile. We
We caught up with Simon and his freewheeling
chums on Arran, where he was doing a
                                                      are also smartly kitted-out in official Chain
                                                      Gang apparel to add to the corporate effect.”
                                                                                                                                             BUDGET 2009 UPDATE – TAX ON CARS…..AGAIN!
campaign for the Scottish Executive’s Safer
Scotland Promotion.
                                                      Satisfied clients include S1 Jobs, Citizens                                            The Chancellor confirmed a major change to capital allowances on business cars which he
                                                      Theatre, Scottish Hydro Electric, Glasgow
“In this environmentally-aware, energy-saving,
                                                      Council and Xscape.
                                                                                                                                             originally proposed in November’s Pre-Budget Report. Currently businesses claim writing down
get-healthy age, there’s something very right
about the bicycle,” he said.
                                                                                                                                             allowances (WDA) of 20% on cars, subject to a maximum WDA of £3,000 per car per annum.
                                                      Simon added: “Chain Gang also offers 48-sheet
                                                      inflatable billboards, BlueTooth Flyer systems,                                        Our new “green” Chancellor now plans to link the WDAs to the              been simplified to become a flat rate disallowance of 15% of the
“Our big eye-catching poster boards can go
                                                      Clean and Chalk graffiti and also our new                                              effect of cars on the environment. The new rules apply to cars            leasing costs.
virtually anywhere – islands, city centres, sports
                                                      video wall on Byres Road in the West End.”                                             costing over £12,000 purchased by businesses after 6 April 2009
grounds, concert venues, pedestrian precincts,
golf tournaments. We’re here, there and                                                                                                      (after 1 April for limited companies). If the CO2 emissions exceed        The old existing rules for both WDAs and allowable lease costs will
                                                      MACO Partner Jayne Clifford and her                                                    160g/km, cars will be added to a new special rate pool with a             continue to apply (in parallel to the new rules) for cars purchased
everywhere that our lithe, muscular legs can
                                                      colleague Chantelle Nelson advise Simon                                                reduced WDA of 10%. Only cars with lower CO2 emissions will               or leased before 6 April (or 1 April).
carry us. Perfect for Arran’s hilly roads.”
                                                      and he’s delighted with the service. “They’re                                          qualify for 20% WDAs.
                                                      personable and approachable, and they’ll help                                                                                                                    Most of MACO’s business clients will find that this reduces the
He has eight friends he can call on depending
                                                      you with anything!”                                                                    For leased and hire cars valued at more than £12,000, there was           WDAs that can be claimed on cars purchased in the future. If you
on the nature of the campaign. Each bike
carries two six-sheet posters (180cm x                                                                                                       a complicated formula for calculating the allowable element of            wish more information on these changes or on the interaction of
                                                      To contact Chain Gang, call 07800 734 413                                              the lease costs. For new leases, the limit will now be based on           these allowances with the Annual Investment Allowance, please
120cm) with lighting available for extra impact
                                                      or email info@chaingangscotland.com                                                    emissions of 160g/km rather than the list price and the formula has       speak to your usual contact in our Tax department.
at night.
                                                                                                        Richard Green - Associate
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                                                                                                                                                    Auld Valves manufactures reducing, control      parts runs, supplying additional products and    competitors.

                         Glasgow Valve
                                                                                                                                                    and safety valves which it sells worldwide      holding stock.
                                                                                                                                                    from its plant at Cowlairs Industrial Estate.                                                    “We are engineers who talk to engineers
                                                                                                                                                    Long-standing customers include market          “In a recession, fewer competitors means         and we offer numerous advantages to

                     Manufacturer Bucks
                                                                                                                                                    leaders such as Shell, Exxon, BNFL, Diageo      that a niche manufacturer such as Auld           customers who appreciate that bigger is
                                                                                                                                                    and the Ministry of Defence.                    Valves can, unlike most mass producers,          not always better. Most of our standard
                                                                                                                                                                                                    supply safety and reducing valves on short       products are available with a maximum
                                                                                                                                                    Since the start of the year, its order book     lead times and to exact specifications.”         lead time of four to six weeks but many are

                       Economic Trend                                                                                                               has been boosted with contracts from as far
                                                                                                                                                    afield as China, Croatia, Russia and Serbia.

                                                                                                                                                    Director Alan Pearson is upbeat about
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mr Pearson said that exports are thriving.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    “Sectors which are buoyant just now include
                                                                                                                                                                                                    food, pharmaceuticals, oil, gas, water and,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     carried in stock, allowing us to offer same or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     next day despatch.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     MACO has advised Auld Valves for many
                                                                                                                                                    his company’s prospects. “All is not doom       surprisingly, shipbuilding.                      years. “Auld Valves are a textbook case of
   WHILE many sectors of the Scottish                                                                                                               and gloom. Having survived the downturn                                                          finding a niche market and dominating it
     economy are mired in gloom, one                                                                                                                of the 1980s and 1990s, when Scottish           “Recent orders have been from a Croatian         through focusing on a single value discipline,”
                                                                                                                                                    manufacturing was decimated while most          shipyard, a petrochemical company in Serbia,     said partner Adrienne Airlie.
  Glasgow manufacturer whom MACO                                                                                                                    of the service sector thrived, it’s our turn    an oil company in Russia, the Portuguese
     advises is bucking the recessionary                                                                                                            to survive this downturn with increased         Navy, Chinese power stations and Eskom           “In their case, as engineers, they chose
        trend and is reporting increased                                                                                                            production and turnover.                        power plants in South Africa.”                   to provide the best total solution to their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     customers and have built their organisation
       production, turnover and export                                                                                                              “This has been achieved by including            He explained that his company’s philosophy       around that offering. This strategy has
                                business.                                                                                                           additional services, subcontracting longer      is to be faster and smarter than its             worked brilliantly for them.”

MARGARET’S LIGHTING COMPANY SHINING BRIGHTLY                                                                                                                                      Employment Law Myth Busters
Timeless, classic and contemporary...but enough of Martin Aitken and Co!
                                                                                    “Elaine has been a terrific help to me. She’s a fantastic                                                                             Myth: The increased Annual Leave entitlement does not include public
These adjectives actually apply to an interesting
                                                                                    listener and is very objective. I always feel very positive
                                                                       een a
MACO client, Margaret Boyd Interiors, which is                                                                                                                                                                            holidays.
based in Glasgow and Tarbet on Loch Lomond.                    e has b e. She’s     after our meetings,” said Margaret.
                                                       “Elain lp to m nd is                                                                                                                                               As of 1 April 2009, statutory annual holiday entitlement increased
                                                            c he        er a
Margaret has an interior design company which        terrifi stic listen always     And if you’re thinking of changing your lighting, Margaret                                                                            to 5.6 weeks per annum i.e. 28 days. This amount does include
                                                            ta           I
specialised in her own range of furniture but         a fan bjective. e after       has some new styles you should have a look at. “This                                                                                  Public Holidays so if, for example, you give your staff 8 public
                                                              o            v
now, in a change of direction, she’s offering           very ry positi .”           summer we’ll have some beautiful short square and coolie                                                                              holidays and 20 days leave per year, you meet the criteria. The
                                                               ve            s
tasteful, high-quality lighting and is developing        feel r meeting             shades in linens and some new bases.”                                                                                                 BERR website will give you great examples of how to apply this to
links with retailers throughout the UK.                        o u                  If you’d like find out more, call 01301 702 777 or visit                                                                              part time/shift/seasonal work. BUSTED
There are three in the company – Margaret plus a sales                                                                                                                                                                    Myth: Employees with children have the right to work flexible hours.
person and a painter.
                                                                                   CHARITY UPDATE
                                                                        A HUGE thanks go to the following for kindly donating prizes for our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As of 6 April 2009, employees with children under 17 years of
She explained: “I’ve done interior design for years working                                                                                                                                                               age have a right to make a request for flexible working (after 6
                                                                       fundraising raffle and auction which raised £1,625 for Yorkhill Children’s                                                                         months service) but businesses do have a right to refuse requests
on big projects, development work, showflats and advising
                                                                                                      Foundation                                                                                                          on business grounds. You must follow a set procedure and if
professional people. Today, however, the bulk of the business is
interior lighting. There’s a big demand for it.”                                                                                                                                                                          you refuse the request you must ensure that the refusal can be
                                                                                            Beardmore Hotel, Clydebank                                                                                                    objectively justified. BUSTED
                                                                                             Metropolitan, Merchant City
Margaret says she works closely with individual customers and
                                                                                              Malmaison Hotel, Glasgow                                                                                                    Myth: The new ACAS Disciplinary and Grievance Code means that
retailers, encouraging them to select different colours and
                                                                                                 India Quay, Glasgow                                                                                                      employers have ‘carte blanche’ to deal with these matters.
shades, so it really is a bespoke, personalised service.
                                                                                            Odeon at the Quay, Glasgow
                                                                                         AMF Bowling at the Quay, Glasgow                                                                                                 Yes, it is true that the statutory ‘3 step’ dispute resolution
                                       The relationship with                                                                                                Pauline Mefford - HR Manager
                                                                                           Urban Men’s Room, Byres Road                                                                                                   procedures have been removed and there will be no statutory
                                       MACO started two
                                                                                            The Shave Meisters, Glasgow                                                                                                   requirement to have a grievance procedure in place. Nonetheless,
                                       years ago with Sandra
                                                                                       Ellen Conlin Hair and Beauty, Glasgow                        Myth: The easiest people to make redundant are casual workers         employers must still have regard for the new ACAS code and
                                       McCafferty who at
                                                                                                La Vita, George Square                              without a contract or on temporary/fixed term contracts.              best practice advice such as dealing with matters promptly and
                                       that time worked for
                                                                                                 Aveda, Merchant City                                                                                                     consistently still remains. A tribunal will take account of the
                                       another CA firm. Sandra
                                                                                   Glasgow Rangers Football Charity Foundation                      This is a dangerous and potentially very costly assumption to make.   new ACAS code in deciding issues and will look for evidence of
                                       then joined MACO and
                                                                        Celtic Football tickets donated by Stephen Murdie & Graham Tough            Redundancy is still a form of dismissal and depending on the nature   reasonableness from an employer. A full explanation of the changes
                                       Margaret followed with
                                                                                                Asda, Newton Mearns                                 of a job and the length of service, an employee in these categories   can be found on the ACAS website. BUSTED
                                       her. Partner Elaine Dyer
                                       now looks after her.                                                                                         may well be considered to have the same rights as those on
                                                                                This takes our running total raised so far to £4,105.               permanent contracts. The correct procedures can be found at the       Our HR Manager Pauline Mefford will be pleased to assist with
                                                                          You can help us to help Yorkhill Children’s Foundation by visiting        ACAS website. BUSTED                                                  further enquiries in this area.
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                  IT Update - Disaster Recovery                                                                     And The One Word That Sums Up Brown Brothers Is...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 AND INTRODUCING
   Iain Anderson from the IT department explains the importance of having a Disaster Recovery plan.
Am I geared up for a disaster?
What would happen in the event of any unplanned
                                                          for this by using webmail which is accessible from
                                                          any computer with an internet connection and a                                                                                                                         OUR NEXT CLIENT!
downtime of your business? It is estimated that           mobile phone as a backup to a landline.
unplanned disruption such as fire, theft, weather,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Watch out for the name Gillian Kyle and
power outages or hardware failure will affect 20%         If you have paper files, you should consider having                                                                                                                    her new company…Gillian Kyle!
of all companies at some point. With this startling       them scanned which will not only give you a digital                                                                                                                    Gillian (31) is a
fact it’s even more alarming that less than 50% of        backup which you can copy and store offsite, but                                                                                                                       sole trader who’s
companies have a Disaster Recovery plan in place,         can also provide a solution to the storage problems                                                                                                                    about to become
of which a staggering 43% do not test it annually         created with paper files.                                                                                                                                              a Martin Aitken &
and 40% do not have a set team to carry out the                                                                                                                                                                                  Co client.
plan should it be required.                               This is by no means a complete guide and is only a
                                                          simple illustration to push the importance of having                                                                                                                   Originally from
I’m too small to need a Disaster Recovery Plan!           a plan in place. Every disaster recovery solution will                                                                                                                 Kilbarchan but
You’d be wrong to think this. Even a sole trader          be different and it is important to tailor it to your                                                                                                                  now living in
working from a spare room in his home should              individual company’s needs.                                                                                                                                            Glasgow’s south
make contingencies. What would happen if you had                                                                                                                                                                                 side, Gillian only
a house fire and all the contents were destroyed          Recognising the importance of Disaster Recovery,                                                                                                                       started her
including your computer holding all information           MACO have introduced a scanning service for                                                                                                                            company in the
about your business such as invoices, emails and          clients. As part of this service we can collect your                                                                                                                   New Year but
contacts?                                                 files and scan inhouse to CD. Thereafter your files                                                                                                                    already sales are
                                                          can be securely destroyed or returned to you.                                                                                                                          going really well.
What should I do?                                         One client who has recently used the MACO                                                                                                                     ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 t, He
The first step is to identify all crucial parts of your   scanning service said; “The quality of the scanning                                                                                             rillian ce any
                                                                                                                                                                                                    n’s b          i             Gillian is a printed
operation, then prioritise this list into what you        was excellent, even for the A3 maps that we had.                                                                                    “Ewe le for adv e end              textile designer,
                                                                                                                                                                                                   ab              th
need most starting with the most crucial at the top.      This has allowed us to get rid of a sizeable cupboard,                                                                              avail lways at ’s been             so how would
                                                                                                                                                                                                      a              e
In other words, whatever the business will be able        freeing up floor space in the office, as well as making                                                                              time, phone. H pany.”             she describe her
                                                                                                                                                                                                     e                m
to function without for longest should be rectified       the data available to us in an easier form to access.”                                                                               of th for the co                  fledgling venture?
last.                                                                                                                                                                                            gre at
                                                          For further enquiries on Scanning please contact                                                                                                                       “I offer quirky screen-printed giftware and fashion items with a
For most organisations the most crucial                   either Graeme Frew or Iain Anderson from our IT                                                                                                                        humorous edge and a large dash of nostalgia thrown in - printed bags,
requirement is communications, be it telephone or         Support Department.                                                                                                                                                    teatowels, aprons, T shirts, that kind of thing. It’s innovative, design-led
email. A small business can easily have a backup plan                                                               Not the first word that you’d         work but we’ve won lots more      and professionalism,” insists
                                                                                                                    use to describe a printer. But        as a result.”                     Douglas. “We hold the client’s       giftware that celebrates some icons of Scottish life.”
                                                                                                                    that’s the very word you hear                                           hand every step of the way, we
                                Zoë Gets Diamond Service                                                            these days when Irvine-based
                                                                                                                    Brown Brothers are mentioned.
                                                                                                                                                          Douglas’s father bought the
                                                                                                                                                          business thirty years ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                            remove all the stress and hassle
                                                                                                                                                                                            and we provide wonderful
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Gillian explained that her current designs have a Scottish theme and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 play on ideas of national pride and nostalgia with images of plain loaves,

                                From MACO                                                                           Why?                                  Douglas now runs it with fellow   print every time. We also have       Irn Bru, Tunnocks Teacakes…and even Highland Coos!
                                                                                                                                                          director David McColm and         total control because we both
                                 BROADCASTER and voice artist Zoë Diamond is a Martin Aitken                        Director Douglas Boyle                they have thirteen staff.         design and print.”                   “My products are all manufactured in the UK, some in Glasgow, and
                                 & Co client currently reporting and reading the                                    explains. “We decided to                                                                                     they’re on sale at markets, websites such as www.folksy.com and www.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 notonthehighstreet.com plus a number of shops including Nancy Smillie
                                 news on the BBC World Service.                                                     bid for work for the London           “We are the best. We call         The relationship with MACO is
                                                                                                     r                                                                                                                           and Boovake in Perth.”
                                                                                               bette                Olympics. It was a long shot but      ourselves the “ink on paper       a long one. Thirty years ago, Bill
                             at 21, undertaking a      Service, BBC Radio 1,
                                                                                      ug ht I’d p on
                                                                               “I tho lp to kee rk is
                             postgraduate degree in    British Forces Radio,                                        we thought, let’s go for it. If you   experts” and we print anything    Lockhart advised the company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Before starting the business, Gillian graduated in textile design at the
                                                                                      e            a                don’t ask, you don’t get.             and everything. Lots of Council   and when he retired and his
 Zoë Diamond                 Broadcast Journalism in   Sky News and GMTV.        get h t track. M keep                                                                                                                           Glasgow School of Art.
                             London.                   She’s also in demand as       igh          ps                                                      work, Gap, the company which      firm merged with MACO,
 Picture by Ollie Woods                                                         the r nt; he hel rwork              “At the end of the tendering          has the hospitality contracts     Ewen Dyer took over.
                                                       a voiceover artiste for        lle         e
Zoë, originally from                                                             exce nd my pap .”                  process, we came thirteenth           at Rangers and Hibernian, and                                          “I’ve always wanted to have my own business. Both my parents are self-
Giffnock but now living      Thereafter, she worked       radio commercials and          me a           sed                                                                                                                      employed, so I guess I’m not good at being an employee.”
                             for a radio station in       she’s best known for                  o rgani             out of thirteen hundred               many more.”                       “Ewen’s brilliant,” said Douglas.
in London, always
                             Bristol and moved to         her work with the Royal                                   companies worldwide. And                                                “He’s available for advice any
wanted to get into                                                                    became                                                                                                                                     So how come you’re not yet a MACO client?
                             Chrysalis Radio, one of      National Institute for                                    we came first for sustainability,     And maybe it’s down to their      time, always at the end of the
broadcasting from an                                                                  self-employed, I thought
                             the largest operators        the Blind.                                                which was a huge, unexpected          audacious Olympics bid, but the   phone. He’s been great for the
early age but found she                                                               I’d better get help to                                                                                                                     “My Dad is a long-standing client of Ewen Dyer and through coming
                             in the UK commercial                                                                   bonus.                                credit crunch hasn’t hit them.    company.”
was too young for the                                                                 keep on the right track.                                                                                                                   along to various review meetings, I’ve got to know him. Already he has
                             radio market, before         Introduced to the firm                                                                          They’re bucking the trend,
courses on offer.                                                                     Mark is excellent; he                                                                                                                      given me some advice and if sales continue to go well, I soon will be a
                             taking the plunge and        by her Dad, who is also                                   “The spin-off has been fantastic.     work is rolling in and they’re    Watch out for more bold bids
                                                                                      helps keep me and my                                                                                                                       client.”
                             going freelance in 2004.     a client, she has been                                    We’re being talked about and          even running double shifts to     from the colourful Brown
Zoë spent a number of                                                                 paperwork organised
                                                          with MACO for five                                        highlighted as a “we can-do”          get the jobs out the door.        Brothers!
years working on the                                                                  and up to date so that                                                                                                                      And she added: “I’m ambitious. I want to expand my product range
                             Since then Zoë has           years. Partner Mark                                       company that aims high, hence                                           For more information, visit
Daily Mail and editing                                                                I can concentrate on                                                                                                                       and grow a distinctive, recognisable brand. Onwards and upwards!”
                             worked as a broadcaster      Tenby looks after her.                                    the “audacious” word. So we           So what’s the secret of their     www.brown-bros.com or call
health and healthy                                                                    my career which is so
                             on the BBC World             Said Zoë: “When I                                         may not have won the Olympic          success? “Service, delivery       01294 278951
living magazines before,                                                              important to me.”                                                                                                                          Visit Gillian’s website www.gilliankyle.com for more info.
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  5 Things You Didn’t Know About...
              Jim Copeland                                                                            Exam Results       ACCA
              Wife Christine spills the beans                                                                        Barry Edwards
My name is Christine. Jim and I have                                                                             F8 Audit & Assurance
known each other for, well, a long                                                                                     F6 Taxation
time and we have been married for 28                                                                                  Kevin Duddy
years of that time so, when it comes to                                                                      P7 Advanced Audit & Assurance
knowing him, I am probably the best                                                                                  Damien Brolly
placed person next to himself.                                                                                  F9 Financial Management
                                                        Christine & Jim Copeland on the Moonwalk                    Marguerita Paton
Although Jim enjoys the many challenges            elder and Sunday School teacher. This                     P7 Advanced Audit & Assurance
of his work at MACO, he really has to fit          shows what I think is possibly his greatest                  P2 Corporate Reporting
it in around all the other things he would         talent, his care for people from the                           P3 Business Analysis
rather be doing!                                   smallest beginner in the Sunday School to
                                                   teenagers in the Bible Wayfinders.                                    AAT
We have two grown-up children,                                                                                        Arif Khan
Neil and Laurie, and as a family we                One of the things which Jim discovered                         (Foundation level)
still have a number of interests which             in the Boys’ Brigade was an enjoyment              Preparing Ledger Balances & an Initial Trial
mean spending time together including              of exercise, hill walking, cycling and                              Balance
supporting Glasgow Warriors Rugby                  general mucking about outdoors(4).                                 Cara Rice
and our church membership. Supporting              Over the past few years Jim has become                       (Level 4 – Technician)
Glasgow Warriors can sometimes be a                something of a gym bunny. Having                   Contributing to the Planning & Control of
triumph of optimism over experience;               access to his own personal trainer, in                            Resources
however, we were in Toulouse on                    the person of Neil, has partly fuelled
that famous day when Glasgow beat                  this plus a realisation that indulging in                 Information Technology
Toulouse.(1)                                       one of his other interests without it                             Iain Anderson
                                                   could lead to serious health issues. Jim                               BSc IT
Jim greatly enjoys holidays(2), anywhere           is a “couch gastronome” - his favourite                   Master CIW Web Site Manager
really although sunshine is a great                television programmes involve food. Any
motivator. He always likes to have his             TV chef is better than none at all; leave                              ICAS
next holiday booked before he returns              the room and you will return to Floyd,                            Alastair Honnet
to work after the one he is on. He really          Rick or James on the box. When he can                     Test of Professional Experience
likes the Bay of Angels at Nice in the             manage, he really likes seafood but again
South of France and this is his favourite          any food will do; he is not a picky eater.
outdoor swimming location, followed
closely by the Forth & Clyde Canal but
                                                   Unfortunately this interest does not
                                                   extend to actual cooking, just the eating            Congratulations
enough of that!                                    part!                                                          Promotions
                                                                                                       David Lowe was promoted to Insolvency
Jim and I first met through the Boys’              Finally, something you probably do not                    Manager on 1st April 2009
Brigade(3). Jim was a friend of my older           know. Jim has the ability to empty a
brothers, one of the few who tolerated             room without saying a word, by just                              Engagements
a ‘wee sister’ hanging on. This is an              sleeping and doing absolutely nothing to            Alastair Drummond popped the question
interest he still maintains and he can be          upset anyone. He can send room-mates               to Gillian McDougall (ex MACO employee)
seen of a summer weekend instructing               fleeing simply by falling asleep. Jim is a          whilst on holiday on 27th February 2009
in archery or helping to teach the next            monumental snorer! (5) Somewhere
generation of officers over the winter             on the scale of a small earthquake.                               New Babies
and supporting me in my work as a                  Fortunately I am used to it and I am
training officer. Jim is also involved in the      looking forward to being with him for the                     Iain Higgins and his partner Ruth
wider church as a Church of Scotland               next 28 years.                                                welcomed the safe arrival of baby
                                                                                                                 Matthew on 27th February 2009
                                 Caledonia House                     0141-272-0011
                                 89 Seaward Street
                                 Glasgow                             ca@maco.co.uk                               Robert Smillie and his wife Mandy
                                 G41 1HJ                                                                           welcomed baby Luke on 21st
                                                                     www.maco.co.uk                                       March 2009
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  Accountants                                   This newsletter has been designed in-house with the   Sheila Muir celebrated her 50th birthday on
                                                assistance of David McColm and Douglas Boyle from                  28th March 2009
        &                                       Brown Brothers.                                       Janice Leggatt turned 60 on 22nd May 2009
Business Advisers                               It has been printed by Brown Brothers on recycled
                                                                                                                 Best Wishes to all.
                                                paper as part of MACO’s green initiative.

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