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18/09/2017 - 14:09

A year and a half as passed since we were first engaged as a sponsor of the Dalkeith and Monktonhall Brass Band, and it has proved to be up there as one of the most successful periods of the band’s recent history.


Avid readers of our blog will remember that the band came second at the Scottish Championships in March. This meant that the band was promoted to Section 1 for the 2018 banding season, but they also won the right to represent Scotland at the 2nd Section British National Championships. The British National championships have been a barren hunting ground for Scottish bands in recent times, but Dalkeith bucked the trend in fine form on Saturday afternoon.


Drawn to play 12th out of 18 competing bands, the band delivered a confident and stylish display, full of energy and passion. Live commentary said that the band ‘left no musical stone unturned’, and that band delivered a performance that would be ‘in the mix’ come results time for sure.


The band were delighted to come 3rd place, taking a place on the podium, the third-place trophy and £500 prize money for their efforts. Celebrations were well deserved and long into the night, followed by the 9-hour return coach journey on Sunday morning. Our very own Sales Manager, who has played with the band for fifteen years, has provided a few snaps from the weekend - our congratulations to the band!


09/08/2017 - 15:44

As a small business you will of course be focused on winning new business and developing client relationships, however, paying attention to staffing and ensuring you have the right back office support will be time well spent now and will pay off as your business begins to grow.

Read Gordon Kaye and Sam Wason's views on the importance of quality back office support to a thriving business:


19/07/2017 - 16:18
12/07/2017 - 14:19

The skills shortage in the UK is becoming a worrying statistic for many employers who have hit a brick wall trying to find workers with the required skills.

Many companies are now paying “well above market rate” in order to attract those reluctant to leave their current employer.

“Some 56% of the firms surveyed said they had had to increase the salary on an advertised role to get the skills the needed over the past year.

For small and medium-sized firms, the average increase was £4,150.00, while for larger firms it was £5,575.00, according to the survey.”

A huge factor of the increasing skills gap is the uncertainty of Brexit and the affect this will have on the economy. As a result this has caused many EU nationals to become more wary of moving across. The lack of clarity over the imminent change in immigration rules is the main factor of the sharp decrease of EU workers in the UK over the last three months.

Steve Hill, The Open University’s external engagement director, is urging companies to review their recruitment and staff development programs:

“Now faced with a shrinking talent pool, exacerbated by the uncertainties of Brexit, it is more important that employers invest in developing their workforce”

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05/07/2017 - 10:03

It’s no secret that software developers are in high demand around the world. The digital skills crisis has meant that good developers are not only hard to find, but often have the luxury of choosing from more than one job offer. 

So what makes a 'good developer'? As an IT recruiter, Cathcart Associates knows the skills employers that look for in a web developer.

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