Clyde Blowers is an independent industrial investor based in East Kilbride, Glasgow. CBC has led investments since the early 1990’s into Western headquartered industrial businesses.
The company’s management team, lead by Jim McColl, have a wealth of experience and a deep operational understanding of the various industry sectors into which they invest. This knowledge and experience is applied to create value in its investments through the implementation of growth strategies, corporate reorganisation, acquisitions, divestment and turnarounds.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) is Scotland’s national skills body.
Formed in 2008 as a non-departmental public body, it brings together careers, skills, training and funding services.
The organisation has a key role in driving the success of Scotland’s economic future, working with partners to deliver on the Scottish Government’s Economic, Skills, Youth Employment and Career, Information, Advice & Guidance Strategies.
This includes supporting businesses of all sizes to develop the skills of their workforce to compete more effectively. It also involves working with partners to shape the skills and learning system so that it responds to the needs of industry.
ScottishPower is a subsidiary of the Iberdrola Group – one of the 5 largest energy companies in the world and the world leader in wind energy. ScottishPower Energy Retail is the gas and electricity supply business and holds the group’s supply licence. It manages pricing, selling, billing and receipting for gas and electricity supply to both business and domestic customers and deals with customer service for over 5.25m customers in Great Britain.
With over 90 years’ experience and more than a third of a million policyholders, Westfield Health is the leading corporate healthcare provider in the UK today. Currently operating standard and tailored plans for almost 9,000 companies nationwide, Westfield’s expertise in the UK health cash plan market is second to none. Westfield are proud of their not for profit status and every year make substantial donations to medically related charities. www.westfieldhealth.com - www.westfieldhealth.com/chamber
Scottish Enterprise is Scotland’s main economic development agency. Working in partnership with industry, academia and the public sector, SE aims to help make Scotland a place where business can thrive and key industries can be competitive. Its focus is to help businesses grow, encourage greater innovation and create the right conditions for companies to access property, markets and finance to increase productivity and increase Scotland’s ability to compete internationally.
Vattenfall is now Europe
’s fifth largest generator of electricity and the largest generator of heat. As one of Europe's largest wind companies, Vattenfall will invest in both onshore and offshore wind in Scotland, has a number of wind power projects at various stages of development and is committed to harnessing the country’s wind resource to produce clean, green electricity. For more information visit www.vattenfall.co.uk
SCOTRAIL is the largest regional train operator in the UK covering the widest geographical spread.
It provides 95% of passenger rail services within Scotland – and the Caledonian Sleeper services to and from London. More than 2,200 services are operated every day across 343 stations, including the busiest commuter network outside London - Strathclyde.
As well as delivering more than 20% growth in passenger numbers,customer satisfaction with ScotRail is at a record high.
ScotRail’s remarkable transformation since the franchise was awarded in 2004 has included the company being named UK Public Transport Operator of the Year in 2006 and 2009, UK Passenger Operator of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and Scottish Public Transport Operator of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
A three year extension to the franchise was announced in April 2008 with the Scottish Government declaring it was down “to the success of ScotRail in delivering levels of performance above and beyond those set out in the original agreement.” www.scotrail.co.uk
Towry is a growing wealth advice business with Chartered Financial Planner status. We provide financial advice and a discretionary investment management service to private clients from 18 offices across the UK including Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Our professionally qualified financial advisers deliver high quality, fee based planning advice rather than transaction led advice.
Towry has been a leading advocate for the removal of commission for many years and charge fees for the time spent on our clients’ behalf. This ensures advice is impartial and is focused on our clients’ needs.
Our approach is to assist individuals to identify, understand and ultimately achieve their strategic financial objectives. We work with clients to facilitate educated and informed decisions on financial matters.
Our clients, who are from across the Scottish business community, include professional advisers, business owners, directors and executives.
Jumpstart is a science and technology company that specialises in R&D tax credits. We are 100% focussed on helping companies make successful claims for HMRC’s R&D tax credit programme. We help with all stages of the claim process, ensuring that only maximised, properly researched, well-written claims go before HMRC.
We work with a wide range of clients across almost all sectors. Our clients vary in size from small start-ups to those in complex groups with revenues in the hundreds of millions of pounds.
We believe that companies get the best results by using people who actually understand the science of what they do. That’s why every member of our delivery team has a first or postgraduate degree in an area of technology or science. We are not accountants – we are chemists, biologists, engineers, physicists, computer scientists and software engineers. www.jumpstartuk.co.uk
Scot-FX is Scotland’s leading independently owned provider of specialist foreign exchange services. With offices in Edinburgh and Glasgow, Scot-FX is ideally placed to help and advise Scottish firms and private individuals on their foreign exchange requirements. Scot- FX assists its clients in forward planning and minimising exposure to currency fluctuations. Using in-depth market intelligence, Scot-FX is able to provide access to the very best exchange rates. All clients have direct access to Scot-FX dealers for up-to-the-minute quotes and advice. Scot-FX is FSA and HMRC regulated and all funds are held in segregated client accounts. www.scot-fx.com
The Scottish Centre for Healthy Working Lives is part of NHS Health Scotland and works with employers and partners to ensure we have the right conditions and support in Scotland to build a healthy and productive workforce. The Centre’s services include:
Free and confidential expert advice and support on workplace health (health promotion, health & safety, occupational health) to individuals and employers in all sizes of workplaces, via our web site, advice line, training services and face to face support.
Free and confidential workplace visits to help companies understand their occupational health and safety duties and provide practical and workable solutions for smaller firms (under 250 employees).
Healthy Working Lives Award programme covering: health promotion, occupational health and safety, vocational rehabilitation, employability and mental health and well-being.
VisitScotland is Scotland’s national tourism organisation. Its core purpose is to maximise the sustainable economic benefit of tourism to Scotland.
The organisation has three key roles:
1. To market Scotland to all parts of the world to attract visitors
2. To provide information – and inspiration – to visitors and potential visitors so they get the best out of a visit to Scotland
3. To provide quality assurance to visitors and quality advice to the industry and partners to help the industry meet and strive to exceed customer expectations
Tourism employs 270,000 people in Scotland across 20,000 diverse businesses and contributes £11 billion to the Scottish economy annually.
VisitScotland works together with tourism businesses to make tourism a success for everyone and ensure the industry continues to grow.