Coverage from speakers at this years ICAS Charities Conference featuring Martin Aitken’s CEO Adrienne Airlie.
Martin Aitken & Co’s People’s Choice Award 2014 has been presented to Fife Gingerbread, an association for one-parent families, at this year’s Scottish Charity Awards.
Adrienne Airlie, Chief Executive of Martin Aitken & Co, the leading accountancy and business advisory firm, presented the prize to Rhona Cunningham of Fife Gingerbread at an Awards ceremony at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.
Almost 19,000 people voted for their favourite finalist in the People’s Choice Award. The winner, Fife Gingerbread, is a small grassroots organisation, that has been striving to improve the lives and futures of disadvantaged lone parents and families in Fife for more than 30 years. They provide vital support at a time when poverty and welfare reforms are having a major impact on very many disadvantaged communities.
Commenting on this year’s Awards, Adrienne Airlie said: “Sponsoring the People’s Choice Award at the Scottish Charity Awards is a great opportunity for Martin Aitken & Co to support the diverse and vibrant charity sector in Scotland.
“Congratulations to Fife Gingerbread, winner of Martin Aitken’s People’s Choice Award and congratulations also to all the other winners and entrants, who have clearly demonstrated their ability to lead their organisations through challenging times, resulting in outstanding achievements. The charity sector’s ability to maximise small budgets for significant return is admirable, as are the high levels of motivation and dedication provided by all those working in this sector.
“Working with the charity sector is a refreshing challenge and, on a daily basis, we enjoy helping and supporting charities to work around many complex financial, management and governance issues facing this sector.”
Martin Aitken & Co’s specialist charity team, headed by charity directors Adrienne Airlie and Ewen Dyer, have been advising charities for many years and the company’s continued sponsorship of the Scottish Charity Awards demonstrates its firm commitment to the third sector.
Martin Aitken & Co is one of Scotland’s leading accountants and business advisers to the charity sector.
Appeared in the Dunoon Observer on Friday 23 May 2014
Martin Aitken & Co’s Community Award has been presented to Fiona Duncan of Cowal Community Hospital in Dunoon at this year’s Scottish Dental Awards 2014.
Jayne Clifford, director of Martin Aitken and Co, the leading accountancy and business advisory firm, presented the prize to Fiona Duncan at an Awards ceremony at the Glasgow Science Centre hosted recently by the Scottish Dental magazine. Other finalists included Kirriemuir Dental Practice and Stranraer’s Southwest Smile Centre.
Fiona Duncan is an Oral Improvement Practitioner for Cowal and Bute, a position she has held for four years and before this she was a Dental Nurse for six years. Fiona spent two years raising funds, support and ideas for a no-smoking DVD – entitled “The Last Cigarette” – to be shown to secondary school children.
In order to achieve the funding and to raise awareness, Fiona engaged with a huge section of the community including the local fire brigade, police, ambulance service, local businesses large and small, schools and even some Scottish celebs!
Commenting on this Award, Jayne Clifford, director of Martin Aitken & Co, who heads up the specialist dentistry team, said:
“Martin Aitken & Co is delighted to sponsor The Community Award at this year’s Scottish Dental Awards. I would like to congratulate Fiona Duncan on winning this prize and for contributing significantly to the local community. Fiona’s ability to engage with her local community to raise money for good causes as well as raising awareness of issues which may have a detrimental effect on our children is very impressive. I would like to say thanks to all the finalists and entrants and wish everyone good luck with their future fundraising, voluntary and campaigning activity. ”
With its dedicated, Director-led-team managing both dental practices and related services as well as charities, Martin Aitken & Co is one of Scotland’s market leaders in servicing the dentistry and charity markets. Jayne Clifford and Stephen Neville, her fellow Director, head up the team and have more than forty years’ combined experience advising dental clients. Heading up the specialist charity team is Adrienne Airlie, Chief Executive of Martin Aitken & Co.
In addition to sponsoring the Award, Martin Aitken & Co is also The Scottish Dental magazine’s main sponsor, demonstrating the accountancy firm’s commitment to the dentistry market in Scotland.
The Scottish Dental magazine hosted this awards ceremony which now has 11 different award categories focussed on recognising the achievements of individuals and teams in the dentistry profession throughout Scotland. The Scottish Dental Show took place on Friday, 9, and Saturday, 10 May at the Braehead Arena.
The Scottish Dentistry community gathered at this year’s Scottish Dental Show at Braehead Arena to listen to world-class speakers as well as meet more than 130 exhibitors representing all the major players in the dental industry.
Leading accountancy and business advisory firm Martin Aitken & Co ran a thought-provoking seminar entitled ‘Manage your Energy to Grow your business’. This interactive seminar was delivered by director Jayne Clifford, who leads Martin Aitken & Co’s specialist dentistry team, who teamed up with business coach Robin Th’ng of Shirlaws Scotland.
Participants heard about the many negative financial challenges currently facing them and the ways in which they need to work through the ‘brick wall’ moment.
Jayne Clifford, director of Martin Aitken & Co, commented:
“Despite the many financial issues facing dentists, Martin Aitken & Co is helping our dental clients to remain focussed on developing their businesses and channel their energy and resources in providing efficient solutions. We aim to help our clients get through the ‘brick wall’ moments, when they are faced with many business challenges and may struggle to identify the practical solutions for the future direction of their business. We shared tips about the business cycle which will ultimately help dental practices to improve efficiency and productivity in the day-to-day running of their business.
“Today we heard from many dentists who are concerned and worried about the growing number of financial hurdles they are facing including the cash flow issues being caused by the NHS approval process. Worryingly, patient care is suffering as a result of delayed treatment and in some cases patients are waiting for 3 months before treatment begins. For NHS approval of treatment, dentists are now being required to evidence the work required by sending photos and imagery which just adds further time to the administration process. This additional administration adds further pressure to dentists who are desperately trying provide excellent patient care.”
The seminar looked at the ways dental practices are planning to grow their businesses in 2014. Some practices are looking to grow through securing more patients while others may looking to secure larger premises. For other practices, the need to grow and develop the service offering could play a significant role. The many challenges faced by the dentistry industry and the barriers that need to be considered was discussed.
Commenting further Jayne said:
“This year’s Scottish Dental Show was an excellent opportunity for the dentistry community to come together to discuss and share the latest thinking. Martin Aitken & Co was very pleased to have hosted an interactive seminar which encouraged dentists to think carefully about the future growth of their business. Many participants gathered practical solutions and ideas that they will put into action straight away.
“Martin Aitken & Co is sponsoring The Community Award at the Scottish Dental Awards. The dentistry profession plays an increasingly important role in local communities and we wanted to acknowledge the huge amount of fundraising, voluntary and community work being achieved across Scotland. The Martin Aitken & Co’s Community Award will be presented to the practice, team or individual that has made the significant difference in their local community.”
The Scottish Dental Show takes place on Friday, 9 and Saturday, 10 May at the Braehead Arena. The Scottish Dental Awards, hosted by the Scottish Dental magazine, will take place at the Glasgow Science Centre on Friday, 9 May 2014.