People: Diversification buzz for property agency Cushman and Wakefield

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Property agency Cushman and Wakefield has a bee in its bonnet about, well, the bees. Worried about the decline in the population of our striped friends, it has put the buzz out to owners of buildings in Scotland to see who might be able to help.

The company has for a number of years kept bee hives at buildings it manages in central London, and has now decided to extend the project to the rest of the country. Earlier this year, the company installed hives on a building in Bristol.

David Simpson, who heads Cushman & Wakefield’s asset management team in Glasgow and Edinburgh, said: “The honeybee population has been suffering. Despite the urban environment, bees can thrive in these locations and we can provide valuable support to our environment and natural species.”

Not only this but the busy bees won’t just be squatters as they can offer up something for the rent.

“Honey, candles or soap made from beeswax would make unusual corporate gifts and I am sure would be a real talking point at meetings,” Simpson confirms.

For Open house earners

Golfers and residents of East Lothian will already know about the 142nd Open championship at Muirfield next year. But did you know that, as a result, you might need to bring your bathroom up to spec?

Yvonne Souness, co-owner of the North Berwick Bathroom & Tile Company, has selflessly offered her advice in a press release to anyone looking to make a few bob taking in lodgers for the event.

“There are lots of really nice properties in East Lothian, and the Open gives their owners a chance to earn a bit of cash, but they might be aware their bathroom is tired looking and could do with a bit of an upgrade.

“There’s a strong awareness that visitors particularly from the United States or the Middle East expect a high-quality bathroom, and it’s worth making the investment so their guests have a really nice experience, and come back in future.”

Divine happiness

It WAS all fizzy booze, Asian-style canapes and ping pong at the launch of Skyscanner’s new head office at Quartermile One last week. But the principal of the University of Edinburgh and guest of honour, Sir Timothy O’Shea, decided to raise the tone by hailing Thomas Bayes, a logic and theology graduate of the university in, erm, 1722. The presbyterian minister formulated the Bayes Theorem, which has become a fundamental underpinning in the technology behind sites such as Google and Skyscanner.

So, what would Bayes have made of the event? Skyscanner is typical of many tech firms that ensures the office has games and other diversions to keep their computer scientists happy.

Much of Bayes work was unpublished before his death – but if his one published theological work, titled Divine Benevolence, or an Attempt to Prove That the Principal End of the Divine Providence and Government is the Happiness of His Creatures is anything to go by – he would have been joining in on the table football.