Scottish Woodlands announces new leadership amid profit dip

Forest management firm Scottish Woodlands has seen annual profit and turnover fall, saying this was mainly due to 'the strength of sterling and not because of less activity in our markets'.

Scottish Woodlands said the strength of sterling dented its profits. Picture: Neil Hanna
Scottish Woodlands said the strength of sterling dented its profits. Picture: Neil Hanna

The Edinburgh-based company, 80 per cent owned by its employees, struck a pre-tax profit of £1.3 million in the financial year to end-September, down from £1.6m in the previous year. Turnover also declined to £69.5 million from £73.8m.

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The group also announced leadership changes, with chairman Tom A Bruce‑Jones handing over the reins to his son Tom R Bruce‑Jones.

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