PEOPLE: Katherine tight–lipped on trust’s comic celebrations

Dennis the Menace and Alliance have teamed up
Dennis the Menace and Alliance have teamed up
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THE Alliance Trust is this year celebrating its 125th birthday and to mark its longevity it has teamed up with fellow Dundee-based stalwart, Beano publisher DC Thomson, to help it make merry.

DC, which compared with the trust is a mere whipper-snapper at 108 years old, has produced a series of bespoke Beano comic strips for the firm.

The strips, which are featured in the trust’s anniversary hub on its website, include favourite characters such as Dennis the Menace and Gnasher making gags about money and investments.

But when Alliance Trust chief executive Katherine Garrett-Cox was asked if she was due to appear she declined to comment.

Dart switches PR handler over plans for Forth Valley

Dart Energy, which is embroiled in a controversial plan to drill for gas in the Forth Valley, has decided to change its PR agency.

The account was being handled by Bruce Waddell at The Big Partnership, but the former Daily Record editor left a couple of months ago to join a charity.

Since then, Big’s former Scottish Government spinner Andrew Baird has been looking after affairs.

But Dart has now appointed Peter Reilly at London PR outfit Vigo Communications to handle its affairs.

The firm has also been keeping tabs on the anti-fracking protests against another gas firm’s plans in Sussex. Although Dart has pledged not to use such techniques at its sites, some environmentalists are not convinced.

Holyrood civil servant Karen Heywood has been appointed reporter to examine Dart’s planning application in the Forth Valley after Falkirk Council failed to make a decision.

Canadians gunning for Edinburgh craft beer

Canadians apparently just can’t get enough of Innis & Gunn’s craft beers.

The secret of its success in the Great White North was uncovered when the Edinburgh company invited Peter Mielzynski, president of its distributor PMA Canada, to celebrate its second Queen’s Award for export.

Mielzynski said: “I knew Tony Hunt, the chairman of Innis & Gunn, who had been an overseas director on our board for many years. When he brought the first bottles over to Toronto we thought the beer was delicious, so we agreed to help.

“I remember saying that we could probably get the brand up to 2,000-3,000 cases. How wrong can you be! This year sales in Canada will be close to half-a-million cases. In fact, Innis & Gunn has now become the biggest-selling British bottled beer in Canada.”

Emma hoping to be all she can be in human resources

THE slogan for the British Territorial Army (TA) is “Do more, be more” and TA Captain Emma Duvall is taking this to heart.

The part-time soldier – who is also a former Police Scotland area commander – is among the first recruits to Hunter Adams’ Human Resources (HR) Academy.

The Edinburgh-based HR specialist has designed the programme to help those seeking a new career in the sector.