Campbell Dallas picks up GCU-sponsored award

Campbell Dallas has won the Scottish Accountancy Awards’ Fastest Growing Firm, sponsored by Glasgow Caledonian University.CBS small


Pro-Vice Chancellor Mike Smith presents an award

Pro-Vice Chancellor Mike Smith presents an award



Johnston Carmichael was recognised for its push into the central belt when it picked up best medium firm ahead of Anderson Anderson & Brown and Campbell Dallas. Campbell Dallas received a special commendation in that category.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Caledonian Business School has sponsored the award for the past two years. The school has significant expertise available in accountancy, risk management, and work-based leadership and management programmes.

The firm saw fee income rise by an impressive 16.4% during 2009, despite a freeze on rates, and received a special commendation in the Best Medium Firm award, which was won by Johnston Carmichael.

Lord Smith of Kelvin, chairman of Weir Group, was given the outstanding achievement award at the event. Currently he is chairman of Weir Group and Scottish & Southern Energy and a non-executive director of Standard Bank Group Ltd. In addition, he is chairman of Glasgow 2014, a member of the Council of Economic Advisors to the First Minister of Scotland, chancellor of the University of the West of Scotland and patron of the Scottish Community Foundation.

KPMG was named ahead of rivals Deloitte and Ernst & Young in the big firm category, while its pensions advisory group was picked out as the team to watch.

The judging panel was chief executive of British Polythene Industries John Langlands,Weir Group’s Professor Ian Percy, area director for West of Scotland commercial banking at Bank of Scotland Craig McNaughton, chief financial officer at Hudson Aileen Brown and president of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Scotland Peter Fee.

Innovation Voucher partnerships underway with SMEs

The Scottish Funding Council made an award of funding to Glasgow Caledonian University to directly support collaboration between Scottish small and medium sized enterprises and higher education institutions.

The Innovation Voucher Scheme is supported by the new SFC funding stream Strategic Priority Investments in Research and Innovation Translation (SPIRIT) and offers each higher education institution funding to meet up to 50% of the costs of one or more new collaborations with Scottish SMEs.

Glasgow Caledonian University is working on projects with Oak Tree Inn, Q&Q Foods, William Latto & Son and Cordale Housing through Caledonian Business School and the School of the Built and Natural Environment.

To find out more about Innovation Vouchers or business development funding, call 0141 331 3189.

GCU finalises new KTP

Glasgow Caledonian University has a newly approved Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with diving and marine contractors Shearwater Marine Services Ltd.

The partnership will develop a remote web access technical information database to improve diving inspection processes, business intelligence and provide efficient and added value customer reporting facilities.

The partnership received a grant of £85,700 and is being overseen by Professor Brian Stewart of the School of Engineering and Computing. For more information on KTPs and how they can support your business requirements, contact the Applied Knowledge Exhange on 0141 331 3189.