Charity fundraising gig sure to be hot property

Chris Tiso had success testing out new kit from the retailer on a wild camping trip to Glen Etive. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Chris Tiso had success testing out new kit from the retailer on a wild camping trip to Glen Etive. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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Property guru Stephen McHard of Wallace Whittle is bringing his “great big property gig” back to the stage this year on the back of popular demand.

The informal industry gathering will once again be staged at The Ferry in Glasgow, at 6:30pm on Thursday 15 May, to raise funds for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association and Cancer Research UK.

Among the bands are headliner Isis, supported by Logic and L.A.T.E. Stephen said the gig is “all about forgetting formal black tie charity events, and enjoying a chance to relax with good music and catch up with friends and colleagues”.

Pester power pays off

Following customer feedback recently to two businesses just a stone’s throw from Scotsman Towers, we can report some success.

The first instance concerns the recently revamped Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, which despite being in the heart of Scotland’s tourist-laden capital failed to serve any Scottish draft beer in its eatery/bar area. The Italian theme, we were informed, demanded a suitable alcoholic accompaniment – hence the Birra Moretti.

The presence of John Smith’s was a little more puzzling, but thanks to intervention from a regular on the business desk, said ale has been ousted in favour of Dunbar-brewed Belhaven Best. Result.

Meanwhile, feedback to Tesco HQ on the ill-timed deliveries to its convenience store on Holyrood Road – right in the middle of lunchtimes – clearly didn’t fall on deaf ears either. The retail giant has contacted the branch’s manager and will “consider the position the store is in regarding deliveries”.

Proof that pester power can work, and big businesses do sometimes listen.

Barclays takes the heat off

EVERY cloud has a silver lining… Barclays was mightily embarrassed last week by the major shareholder revolt against its plans for bonus hike for its investment bankers despite profits being down.

Edinburgh-based Standard Life Investments was just one institution that went public with its condemnation of largesse that outstripped dividends to Barclays’ shareholders.

But the battering, led from the floor of the Royal Festival Hall, London by Alison Kennedy, has at least taken the spotlight off its state-backed rivals.

Our mole close to the taxpayer-supported lenders Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group says: “One hesitates to crow because it may come back to bite you. But it would be disingenuous to say there are not one or two smiles around the place.”

Benefits of Benedetti

The Usher Hall in Edinburgh was packed for an appearance of violin virtuoso Nicola Benedetti and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra last week, with Virgin Money’s Jayne-Anne Gadhia hosting a gathering of guests as part of the firm’s sponsorship of the concert.

Among those attending were Jane Wood, chief executive of Scottish Business in the Community, and Nicola’s parents, the Ayrshire businessman Gio, and his wife Francesca.

The orchestra’s sponsorship director, Barry Ferguson, was clearly delighted at such a big turnout. “If only we could get Nicola to perform every night,” he said.

Cosy canine companion

Like any good retailer, Chris Tiso clearly puts the products he sells to the test.

The other day, the chief executive of the eponymous outdoor equipment retailer headed to remote Glen Etive for a spot of wild camping and to put some of the gear the shop sells to the test.

Although it turned out to be a typically wet and windy trip, Chris reported that his new tent held up well to the elements on its maiden outing and he and his human companion enjoyed a cosy night under canvas.

The six-month-old Pointer dog which accompanied them appears to have been less than enamoured with the experience, and left its own quarters during the night to take up a warmer position between the two humans.

“I have obviously become too used to camping with Labradors who are almost impervious to the cold,” Chris remarked.