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Investing in people


Muir Slicer goes for gold at big awards ceremony


Event John Lewis celebrates employee ownership


John Lewis Glasgow was delighted to welcome Anas Sarwar MP to the branch to help mark the first ever Employee Ownership Day recently. Mr Sarwar held a discussion with about 20 Partners in the shop’s Place to Eat restaurant. Debate included the co-operative model, tax on bonuses, and community-owned


Charity Bolivian town to get its first-ever fire engine


KC Group Shipping, in partnership with niche commodity trading company Freeworld Trading, has assisted in the donation of a fire engine to the tiny Bolivian town of Riberalta. The town has a population


of 100,000 and is situated at the confluence of the rivers Beni and Madre De Dios where most of the world’s Brazil nuts are cracked. Every year, many people lose their home,


Honour Sparkling day for jeweller


Orkney jewellery designer Sheila Fleet was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour List in January this year for services to the jewellery industry, something she says “amazed and delighted her”. She made the trip to Buckingham


Palace recently to receive her award from the Prince of Wales. Sheila said: “It was an amazing


experience to receive my OBE from Prince Charles. It was a proud moment, as was the day I graduated 47 years ago from the Edinburgh College of Art, which set me on the journey as a jewellery designer. The support of my family, my team at Sheila Fleet Jewellery in Orkney, all the staff on the mainland and my customers has played a huge part in my success.”


property, health and sometimes life to fire in the town and there has been no fire engine, until now. KC Group Shipping, the logistics


partner of the venture, currently transports several thousand tonnes of Brazil nuts around the globe and has further shown its commitment to the community of Riberalta by completing the transportation and shipping of the fire engine to Bolivia without charge.


assets and enterprises. In over an hour of discussion Mr Sarwar demonstrated much enthusiasm for the growth of employee-owned organisations and how they could be relevant to both the private and public sectors. Operations Manager Ken Miller said: “Employee Owned (EO)


businesses are steadily gaining a higher profile as they have tended to ride out the rough economic conditions of recent years more successfully than traditional, share- owned businesses. Consequently, more existing and fledgling businesses are looking seriously at adopting an EO model.”


Muir Slicer Associates Limited, an established development and training company providing services throughout Scotland, has achieved the prestigious Investors in People Gold Accreditation, the most successful framework for business improvement through people in the UK. This represents


achievement of world-class best practice and shows Muir Slicer as a truly cutting-edge organisation that is operating at the very highest levels of people management practice, using Investors in People to drive their business forward. Muir Slicer joins an


exclusive group of UK employers eligible to use and display the sought after Investors in People Gold logo and plaque, and enjoy its benefits.


Muir Slicer has been in


business for 12 years and works with employers across a variety of sectors to help develop the skills of their workforces to give those organisations a competitive advantage.


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