AFTER a 50-year career both on the pitch and in the dugout, Aberdeen and Dundee football legend Jocky Scott is trying his hand at a new career.
The 65-year-old former Scotland international, who had been coaching Aberdeen part-time during the 2012-13 season, has joined office cleaning business CSG as branch manager for its Tayside and Fife office. He will be based just four miles from Dens Park, where he made his début for Dundee at the age of 16 in a 6-0 thrashing of Motherwell.
CSG has recently moved to larger premises and expects to recruit additional staff as well as growing the business through acquisitions. It has firms in Glasgow and Edinburgh in its sights.
‘Ugly Brown’ for Ted Baker
Fashion label Ted Baker has come a long way since founder and chief executive Ray Kelvin started the business as a Glasgow shirt store in 1988. It now has 180 outlets across the UK, with a further 53 across North America, and has recently branched out into China and Japan.
Pre-tax profits jumped 19.2 per cent to £28.9 million in the year to 26 January, and the firm recently said that its new spring and summer collections have been enthusiastically received by shoppers. However, one wonders how investors will react when they turn up to next week’s annual general meeting at the retailer’s base near St Pancras station in London. For a company that prides itself on being “no ordinary designer label”, it may come as a surprise to hear its head office is called “The Ugly Brown Building”.
No stick for carrot story
Law firm Tods Murray has taken a quirky approach to its latest client brochure and has even won an award for it. In addition to being named a UK prize winner at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’s 2013 excellence awards, its new publication, called Firm Profile, goes above beyond the usual corporate puff.
As well as appointing photographer David Gillanders to “immerse” himself with the firm for a week, Tods commissioned a number of short stories.
One tale, by writer Anneliese Mackintosh, is set among characters participating in a Come Dine With Me-style competition in which Mark steals carrots flirtatiously from Tina’s plate in an effort to explain securitised debt. Ambitious, but it works.
The brochure explains that “the way we tell our stories here is different … These stories and images integrate together with these pages to tell you our story, show why we are different and demonstrate how we can work together”.
Promotions for JC trio
Accountancy firm Johnston Carmichael has created three directors as part of its annual round of promotions.
The lucky trio, Stuart MacLennan and Irvine Spowart of the Edinburgh office and Huntly-based Jennifer Cormack, have been promoted in recognition of their contribution to the business.