MAITLAND Mackie, the chairman of the family-owned ice-cream and crisps empire, is known to be a big fan of renewable energy.
This puts him at odds with fellow tycoon and golf course developer Donald Trump, who has launched an outraged legal action in an effort to prevent the development of a big wind farm in Aberdeen Bay. But, just because the two men differ on their feelings for turbines, it doesn’t mean Mackie has lost his sense of humour.
The ice-cream tycoon, it turns out, is also a fan of golf. He has deemed Trump’s golf course on the Menie Estate to be “splendid – it is not the best in the world but he spared nothing to make it very, very good indeed”. But not to be outdone, Mackie has just built a nine-hole course in his front garden and plans to invite the American billionaire to open it.
He says: “I’ve just had a professional come to turn the lawn around my wee hut on the hill here where I stay into a nine-hole putting green. This is the best putting green in the world – and I am inviting Donald Trump to open it.”
But that doesn’t mean all is forgiven.
“For him to complain about the windmills offshore just loses me and most other people as well,” says Mackie. “It is not for an American to come and tell us what we should be doing with wind power.”
Mohammed swaps banks
MORE excitement in PR land as Omar Mohammed, the former long-standing denizen of the RBS comms team, has resurfaced at rival Clydesdale Bank. Having spent 26 years man and boy working for RBS, followed by a stint at the Green Investment Bank, Mohammed starts working with Barry Gardner’s team on 2 September. Not that Mohammed is short of things to do with his days. In addition to raising a brood of five, the genial Mohammed and his wife are looking to become foster parents this year, which is just very sweet.
Joy for Adopt an Intern
The company that places graduates into paid internships has reached a new milestone. Edinburgh-based Adopt an Intern has now placed 400 graduates with employers including small businesses and charities since Joy Lewis set it up three years ago.
Lewis says: “It’s great to get to this figure but we really need to be hearing more from businesses throughout Scotland. It is proven that the graduates we have placed make a tangible difference to the organisations they are placed with. The vast majority are converted into full-time employment.
“I want to hear from any business in Scotland interested in looking at the ‘value add’ that the considerable talent coming through our world class education establishments can give to their organisation.”
No chance of AC/DC?
It’s the price to be paid for hanging on the line while awaiting a human voice – a seemingly endless procession of second-rate pop tunes.
Or, for the really unfortunate, Greensleeves.
A call this week by a member of the business desk to the ScottishPower contact centre was met with the usual stream of musical ditties.
After listening to OMD’s 1979 debut Electricity and Huey Lewis and the News blast out The Power of Love, we thought that a bit of a corporate theme might be emerging.
That appeared dashed by the third song up – Charlene Soraia’s cover of Wherever You Will Go – which ruined the apparent power theme.