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Former Standard Life chief takes chair

Crombie joins Amiqus in first tech move

Sandy Crombie and Callum Murray

Former Standard Life chief executive, Sir Sandy Crombie, has taken up his first tech start-up role…


Bank makes progress

Hampden sees deposits and loans rise

Ray Entwistle

Hampden & Co, the Edinburgh-headquartered Private bank, reported a sharp rise deposits and loans over the past year…


Company shake-up near completion

Kier takes £73m hit over restructuring

Kier workers

Kier is setting aside £73m in its forthcoming results after restructuring the business…


Made Brave founder joins board

Dobbie adds Park Circus to NXD roster

Andrew Dobbie

Andrew Dobbie, director of creative agency MadeBrave, has joined the board of..


CEO 'disappointed' by loss

Stagecoach takes £84m hit on ‘onerous’ east coast

Martin Griffiths

Stagecoach has taken an £84 million hit because of what it terms “onerous” conditions in the contract to run its east coast rail service…


Tech firm expanding

Photonics raises funds to meet demand

PowerPhotonic a Dalgety Bay-based designer and manufacturer of micro-optics for the laser industry,..


SCDI executive succeeds Stuart

Mack takes top role at Scottish Renewables

Claire Mack

Scottish Renewables has appointed Claire Mack as the organisation’s new chief executive…


New role for McCabe Murray

Industry veteran joins Peace as NXD

Peace Recruitment has appointed recruitment industry specialist Kai McCabe Murray as a non-executive director - this is seen as a key move by Peace as it targets being the UK recruitment agency of choice for the built environment by 2020. Kai is a highly experienced entrepreneur and veteran of the recruitment industry having been involved in the sector since 1987, initially specialising in recruitment for the pharmaceutical industry. As managing director of the Search recruitment consultancy she built the business to £120m turnover, employing 600 people across 14 offices in the UK. Since leaving the business she has focused on helping other businesses to grow as a consultant with leading management consultancy Shirlaws. Commenting on her appointment as a non-exec with Peace, Kai said: “Chris Peace has done a phenomenal job in growing the business from a one-man band to a significant consultancy which employs 18 consultants and will create revenues of £8m in this financial year. He is now ready to scale up the company significantly and this is why I have been brought in. “The focus will remain on specialising in the building and construction sectors but we are looking at the possibility of opening new offices across the UK. The company has an excellent focus on customer service and its consultants really know the sector inside out so they can offer informed, expert advice. These are the company’s key strengths and the aim will be to replicate this successful formula in other locations.” Chris Peace said: “Kai’s reputation in the recruitment sector is unparalleled. She has vast experience of how to scale up recruitment consultancies and her knowledge is proving invaluable. Our vision is to build the business to £20m revenues by 2020 and employ up to 30 consultants. I believe this is achievable with Kai’s support. Kai is bringing a fresh perspective to the business and a different skill set which will help transition us from a small agency to a much larger business. ” Peace has just launched its new bespoke website, which includes the first ever ‘Trip Advisor-like service for the recruitment industry’, and the first ever JobCast service. This new technolgy has been specifically designed to ensure that all clients receive gold standard customer service. Peace enlisted the help of Bold Identities, a recruitment specific digital agency, to design and build this new technology. This latest appointment comes hot on the heels of Peace launching its new temp division headed up by Alison Blake, who joined from Hays where she has specialised in temp recruitment for the construction sector for the past 13 years. The formal launch of Peace’s new temp division is seen as a key driver to reach its goal of 30 consultants by 2020 as it looks to realise its vision of being the recruitment agency of choice for the construction, engineering and property sectors across the UK. Peace’s huge success in Scotland, combined with a growing demand from clients, led the firm to successfully expand into the London market last year. Peace recruited built environment specialist Kenan Beverton to head up its London team. Kenan, who was previously a director with Balmoral Group Resourcing, has over 18 years’ experience in specialist global markets including oil & gas, renewable energy, consulting engineering, construction, telecommunications and IT. The success of the London office has played a major role in the firm more than tripling its turnover in the last year.

Peace Recruitment has appointed recruitment industry specialist Kai McCabe Murray as a non-executive director. Ms McCabe Murray has been involved in the sector since 1987, initially specialising in recruitment for the pharmaceutical industry.  As managing director of the Search recruitment consultancy she built the business to £120m turnover, employing 600 people across 14 offices in the UK.  Since leaving the business she has focused on helping other businesses to grow as a consultant with leading management consultancy Shirlaws. Commenting on her appointment to Peace, she said: “Chris Peace has done aRead More


Hire for Glasgow office

Gibb added to Turcan Connell team

Legal firm Turcan Connell has recruited an experienced land and property specialist to service the west of Scotland. Stuart Gibb (pictured) joins as a senior associate from Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie. Mr Gibb said: “There is a lot happening for anyone who owns land and property and it can be hard for them to keep pace. Sometimes, it’s just about sitting down, explaining the changes and reassuring clients.” Turcan Connell has 22 partners and around 200 staff. The firm celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and there will be a seriesRead More


Biggest ever penalty

EU regulators ‘misguided’ over €2.4bn Google fine

Google

Google has been fined a record €2.42 billion (£2.14bn) by EU regulators for abusing its position to promote its own shopping service…