annual report, business support, small business

Business centre helps create over 470 jobs

THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has notched up another successful year.

In its annual report, Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT) says it helped 260 businesses to start-up during 2004/2005 – creating more than 470 new jobs.

Full details will be revealed at the organisation’s annual general meeting tomorrow (Friday, September 23).

Director Russell Parker said: “The past year has been one of the busiest and most successful in the history of FEAT. With our help, hundreds of new businesses have got off the ground, creating an employment boost for the area.

“In addition we have been able to make significant contributions to programmes like the BP Loan Fund, which provides much-needed funding to help people grow their businesses in Falkirk district.”

From its base in Grangemouth’s Newhouse Business Park, FEAT provides advice and training for anyone starting or growing a business, much of it free of charge under the national Business Gateway banner.

FEAT – a not-for-profit organisation – also runs a marketing club, provides IT and business training, and offers the hire of its training, meeting and conference facilities.

Mr Parker said of the firms started in the last financial year, nearly half
(117) were run by women. The organisation also helped 23 firms develop their businesses through the Business Gateway Focus on Growth programme.

“This business support programme is designed to help growing businesses achieve their potential through advice and support. Some start-up firms have gone through the programme to become substantial businesses, employing lots of local people – and making a significant contribution to the local economy.”

FEAT’s main funders are Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.

Charlene O’Connor, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley,
said: “FEAT play a pivotal role in delivering the Business Gateway services in the Falkirk area and this year they have again surpassed expectations. Not only are the business start-up figures extremely encouraging but the level of assistance provided for existing companies in the area is central to the growth in the local economy.”

Councillor David Bryson, the convener of Falkirk Council’s Economic Development Committee, is one of FEAT’s Trustees. He said: “FEAT provides valuable services to the local business community. The quantity and quality of services is maintained year after year and I’m sure the Trust will enjoy even more success in the next 12 months.”

You can find out more about FEAT by logging onto the website at http://www.feat.org.uk or e-mail: info@feat.org.uk. Or you can call 01324 665500.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500

or

Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560
Email: adrian@theprstore.net

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business support, public relations

Adrian is new Institute vice-chair in Scotland

THE boss of The PR Store has taken up a key role in a top industry body.

Adrian Mahoney (36), from Bo’ness, West Lothian, is the new vice chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in Scotland. He was elected at the Scottish AGM in Glasgow on Tuesday (September 20).

Adrian has worked in the public relations industry for eight years and runs his own consultancy, The PR Store. Previously he worked as the chief reporter of Scotland’s biggest-selling local weekly newspaper, The Falkirk Herald.

He said: “The Chartered Institute of Public Relations is the largest professional body of its type in Europe – and I’m looking forward to playing an active role in its future development in Scotland.”

The new chair of the CIPR in Scotland is Jenifer Stirton, the director of communications at NHS Lothian. She said: “Adrian brings a wide range of skills to the CIPR committee and I’m delighted to welcome him as the new vice chair in Scotland.”

The Chartered Institute has more than 8,000 members across the UK (700 in Scotland) involved in all aspects of the public relations industry. It supports the training and development of members through a comprehensive portfolio of events, training seminars and workshops.

The organisation also runs PRide Awards’ ceremonies to honour the very best public relations campaigns around Britain. Falkirk and West Lothian Councils, NHS Lothian, and Adrian’s firm, The PR Store, are among the local finalists in the 2005 Scottish awards, to be announced in Glasgow on October 20.

business support, charities, community, housing

Jobs boost as Scots Secretary opens housing HQ

A SCOTS housing association unveiled its new HQ today – along with plans to recruit around 20 new staff.

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association said it was advertising a variety of jobs as part of a growth strategy.

The news came as Scottish Secretary Alistair Darling officially opened the Association’s new offices at New Mart Road in Edinburgh. The new HQ is part of the Quadrant – a multi-million pound development next to the city’s historic Corn Exchange.

Dunedin Canmore was formed in April this year as the result of a merger between Canmore and Dunedin Housing Associations. The not-for-profit body now manages nearly 4000 homes around Edinburgh, West Lothian and Fife.

Chief executive Ewan Fraser said: “We merged to provide a better service to tenants and to expand our operations. Opening our new base at New Mart Road is part of that process.

“The new offices will be home to around 100 of our staff. We’re also currently in the process of recruiting 20 new people. Dunedin Canmore operates on a not-for-profit basis, but plays a vital role, providing much-needed homes and investment for local communities.”

Mr Darling, the local MP for the area, said: “Both Dunedin and Canmore have provided a tremendous service for their tenants over many, many years. I am delighted to be able to open their new office. The housing association movement has achieved a great deal and it will continue to do so in the future.”

Association staff who were previously based in offices in Dalry Road, High Riggs and Bonnington Road in the city have moved to the new HQ.

The housing association – behind the car-free housing development at Slateford Green in Edinburgh – is using solar panels to provide heating and hot water for the new offices. There are also bike shelters, to encourage staff and visitors to cycle to the new HQ.

Mr Fraser said: “The new office is just one step in developing a new, dynamic housing association where quality is the key word. By providing an excellent working environment for our staff we hope to deliver an even better level of service for our tenants.”

He continued: “Although we’re a registered charity, with voluntary board members, we’re looking at expanding our services through two subsidiaries. Plans are at an early stage, but we believe these will improve our range our services and increase our financial strength.”

The Association currently has a turnover of around £12 million a year and has assets worth around £176 million. As well as families, it provides housing and support to single people, couples, the elderly, wheelchair users and ethnic minorities. It works in partnership with a wide range of agencies including local councils and the government agency Communities Scotland. You can find out more about the Association online at
http://www.dunedincanmore.org.uk/

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

* Dunedin Canmore staff will be in good company in their new home at the Quadrant. Other organisations moving to neighbouring offices include Trust Housing Association, the NHBC and the Federation of Master Builders.

* The Quadrant was previously part of the Gorgie Livestock Market. It has been re-developed by Quadrant (Edinburgh) Limited, in conjunction with housebuilder Bellway.

* The site includes five office pavilions – two occupied by Dunedin Canmore – and around 80 residential units, including 13 town houses. Dunedin Canmore, through its subsidiary Malcolm Homes, has acquired 12 affordable homes within the development. These will be rented out to key workers.

* The shell of the office buildings and general layout of the new HQ was designed by Susan Stephen Architects in Edinburgh. The Association’s base combines two of the pavilions, extending to 28,816 sq ft. Construction of the shell started in July 2004 and was completed in March 2005. The Association moved to the new offices earlier this month (August 2005).

* The fit out was designed and project managed by Dunedin Canmore in conjunction with CB Richard Ellis Building Consultancy. Faber Maunsell providing mechanical and electrical services consultancy. The fit out was carried out by Sharkey, which started work in March 2005, and completed on programme at the end of July. The work involved taking the building from shell specification to a fully completed office, including wall linings, floors and ceilings, partitions, toilets and all finishes and services. The services specification includes the most up to date LG3 lighting design and full heating and cooling throughout the building. The building design also allows for natural ventilation outside for the annual seasons when cooling is not required. The heating of the central core areas and hot water are boosted by solar panels, in keeping with sustainability policies of the Association. Externally, enclosed bicycle shelters have been provided to encourage cycle travel by staff and visitors.
Issued by THEPRSTORE on behalf of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

For more information, please contact
Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store
T: 01506 823714
M: 07967 150560
E: Adrian@theprstore.net
Ewan Fraser
Chief Executive
Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
T: 0131 624 5600

business support, charities, community, housing

Scottish Secretary to open new housing HQ

SCOTTISH Secretary Alistair Darling is set to officially open the new offices of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association tomorrow (Wednesday, August 24).

The headquarters, at New Mart Road, is part of the multi-million pound Quadrant development next to Edinburgh’s historic Corn Exchange. Mr Darling is the local MP for the area.

Association chief executive Ewan Fraser said: “The new headquarters provides a home for around 100 of our staff, who were previously based in a number of smaller offices around the city. By bringing people together under one roof, we’ve trying to improve communication between departments – and provide an even better service for our residents.”

Dunedin Canmore Housing Association manages nearly 4000 homes around Edinburgh, West Lothian and Fife.

The Association was formed as a result of the merger of Dunedin Housing Association and Canmore Housing Association earlier this year. The new group is a Scottish charity and operates on a not-for-profit basis.

You can find out more about the Association online at
http://www.dunedincanmore.org.uk/

* A news release, giving full details, will be issued on Wednesday.

Issued by THEPRSTORE on behalf of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

For more information, please contact
Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store
T: 01506 823714
M: 07967 150560
E: Adrian@theprstore.net

business support, community, housing

City housing association has new boss

AN Edinburgh housing association has a new boss.

Ewan Fraser is the new chief executive of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association. The organisation manages nearly 4000 homes around Edinburgh, West Lothian, Stirling and Fife.

Mr Fraser (51), who lives in Fairmilehead in Edinburgh, officially took up his new position today (Monday, August 1). He replaces Alan Brown, who retired last month.

A qualified chartered quantity surveyor, Mr Fraser previously worked with Miller Construction and Castle Rock Housing Association. Latterly he served as the director of Dunedin Housing Association until it merged with Canmore Housing Association earlier this year.

He said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role. My priorities are to build on our achievements over many years – and to raise standards for the thousands of tenants we represent.”

Dunedin Canmore is a not-for-profit business, with an annual turnover of around £12 million per year. It employs 192 staff and has assets worth around £170 million. As well as the housing association, the Dunedin Canmore Group also includes Malcolm Homes and the commercial property company, New Horizons Edinburgh.

Key successes in recent years have included the building of the innovative car-free development at Slateford Green in the heart of Edinburgh – and the ongoing transformation of the Moredun and Hyvots areas to the south of the city.

Mr Fraser said: “We have an excellent team at Dunedin Canmore – all committed to delivering the very best for people. My challenge is keep the quality high and enhance local communities through the homes we provide. Working with our tenants, and I’m confident we can achieve that.”

Alan Brown worked in social housing for 35 years, initially with the Housing Corporation and then Scottish Homes – before becoming chief executive of Canmore Housing Association in 1990. His car-free development at Slateford Green is seen as one of his major successes, attracting interest from housing professionals around the world.

Friends, colleagues and staff from across Mr Brown’s career celebrated his achievements at a special reception in the historic Signet Library in Edinburgh at the end of June.

Mr Brown (65), who is married with two grown-up children, told guests he intends to spend his retirement enjoying time in his garden in Edinburgh, walking and reading.

Dunedin Canmore manages affordable properties for rent across Edinburgh, including homes in Gorgie, Dalry and Niddrie.

It also manages homes in: Livingston, Blackburn, Torphichen, Linlithgow, Bathgate, Blackridge and Armadale in West Lothian; properties in Dunfermline and Kelty in Fife; and homes in Stirling.

You can find out more about Dunedin Canmore online at
http://www.dunedincanmore.org.uk/

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Ewan Fraser qualified as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor in 1978 whilst working for Peter Graham & Partners in Edinburgh. He joined Miller Construction in 1980 and subsequently joined Castle Rock Housing Association in 1983 as Development Manager.

Ewan held various positions within Castle Rock until 1998 when he was appointed as Director of the newly formed Dunedin Housing Association resulting from a merger of three smaller housing associations. Dunedin quickly became established as one of Edinburgh’s leading social landlords, completing projects to help homeless people and ethnic minorities.

During this time, Ewan worked closely with the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations and the City of Edinburgh Council, chairing the Edinburgh Housing Forum.

Following the merger of Dunedin and Canmore Housing Associations, Ewan was appointed Chief Executive of the newly formed Dunedin Canmore Group on 1 August 2005.

2. Alan Brown started his career with British Linen Bank, Edinburgh, in 1958 and moved to Toronto Dominion Bank in Toronto in 1962. He joined the Housing Corporation in Edinburgh in 1969 holding various posts including Regional Manager and latterly the post of Assistant Director.

Alan was appointed Head of Financial Services on the establishment of Scottish Homes in 1989 and in 1990 was appointed Chief Executive of Canmore Housing Association Limited. Canmore with approximately 2300 units now in management provides a wide range of general needs and supported housing in and around Edinburgh.

In 1992 he initiated the establishment of Malcolm Housing Association (now Malcolm Homes Limited) to provide “Market Rent” accommodation in the Edinburgh area. Malcolm is a subsidiary of Canmore (now Dunedin Canmore) providing a range of internal and external services to the Canmore Housing Group.

Issued by THEPRSTORE on behalf of Dunedin Canmore Housing Association

For more information, please contact
Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store T: 01506 823714
M: 07967 150560 E: Adrian@theprstore.net

Ewan Fraser, Dunedin Canmore Housing Association
T: 0131 624 5600

business support, community, public sector, small business

Two join business group board

THE centre helping small businesses across Falkirk district has appointed two new board members.

Diane Paterson of Ecosse in Bo’ness and Raymond McNeill of Avecia in Grangemouth will help steer the future direction of Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust.

The Trust, based at Newhouse Business Park in Grangemouth, provides a range of services for local firms – including advice and training as part of the national Business Gateway.

Much of the support is provided for free or at low cost thanks to funding from Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley and Falkirk Council.

Diane (32) runs a custom car firm with partner Matthew Collins from a base in Bo’ness’s Bomains Industrial Estate. With the help of FEAT, Ecosse was launched eight years ago. It?s now seen as one of the leading modification firms for Peugeot cars in the UK.

“I’ll always be an avid supporter of FEAT,? said Diane, who also lives in Bo’ness. ?FEAT has always been on tap for me, so I hope I can help FEAT as member of the board. I’d like to see the Trust grow its services. It provides valuable advice for local businesses and I think it can do more in the future.”

She added: “I’ve been told I’m the youngest member of the FEAT board, so hopefully I can bring a bit of fresh thinking. I’m not frightened to put my opinions over.”

Raymond (50) is an operations manager at Avecia. Married with two children, he lives in Brightons.

“Avecia already has a good relationship with FEAT, and the chance to join the board of trustees came up through that. I’m delighted to take on the role.

“Through my role at Avecia, I work with a number of businesses – so I jumped at the chance to be involved with the Trust. There’s lots of people starting their own businesses these days. With the help of groups like FEAT we can help them grow and reach their potential.”

FEAT director Russell Parker said the organisation was pleased to attract Diane and Raymond to its board of trustees. He said: “I’m sure their experience and backgrounds will really help us and the businesses we support. As trustees they will help shape the overall future strategy for the Trust.”

To find out more about FEAT, call 01324 665500 or log onto http://www.feat.org.uk

NOTES TO EDITORS:

Falkirk Enterprise Action Trust (FEAT) provides a range of services to help businesses start-up and develop in the Falkirk area. Working in a consortium with Stirling Enterprise and Ceteris, FEAT delivers the Falkirk element of the Forth Valley Business Gateway contract (delivered on behalf of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley). FEAT also delivers Business Gateway services on behalf of Falkirk Council.

Business Gateway services provided by the Trust include: business advice, plus training and support for pre-start, new start and growing businesses in the Falkirk area.

FEAT also provides:
* a regular marketing club for local companies;
* ICT and business training; plus
* training, meeting and conference facilities.

FEAT also delivers services in partnership with other organisations. These include: Social Inclusion Partnership (SIP) area support in partnership with Stirling Enterprise on behalf of Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley; Enterprise Learning Partnership (ELP) with Falkirk College; Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) business support services; and e-business incubation support; and Falkirk and District Business Parks.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Russell Parker at
FEAT on 01324 665500

or

Adrian Mahoney at
The PR Store on 01506 823714
or 07967 150560
Email: adrian@theprstore.net

business support, IT, promotions

UK images for less

NEW online image library Pure Images has unveiled a cut-price offer to mark its launch.

The stock photography trader – which specialises in pictures depicting the best in UK life – is offering a 50 per cent discount on all images bought before October 1, 2004.

Full details are available online at www.pureimages.co.uk

The news comes as the company launches a direct marketing campaign to attract image buyers in design houses, newspapers, magazines and in-house art departments.

Founder Scott Davidson said: “We’ve already had a great deal of interest in the business from contributing photographers and the press. Now we’re hoping the creative community – the people who buy stock photography – will turn to us.”

The company, based in Denny, central Scotland, has spent the last six months building up an impressive portfolio of images featuring all aspects of UK life. There’s also travel photography and iconic images from around the world.

“Many online picture agencies feature lots of American shots, which just aren’t suitable for people needing images for UK newspapers, magazines and websites,” said Mr Davidson. “That’s where we can offer an alternative.”

He added: “The site works in a similar way to some of our larger competitors. You can search for images using keywords or categories and buy royalty-free or ‘rights managed’ photography to use in publications, advertising or design. There’s the usual online ‘lightboxes’ to save searches and low-res samples available for people to download.

“And – until October 1 – you can buy images for just 50 per cent of the cost. You simply log in and purchase the images online as normal, adding in the code ‘offer50’ when you confirm your order to get the discount. You’ll then pay half the cost, whether it’s for a royalty-free or rights-managed image.”

The direct marketing campaign is being carried out in-house, with additional support from the firm’s PR advisers – Adrian Mahoney of The PR Store and Linda Bruce of PR Squared.

About Pure Images
Behind Pure Images (www.pureimages.co.uk) is the internet company Oldhand Media http://www.oldhandmedia.co.uk . The firm also runs a consumer photography site – http://www.kapture-it.co.uk – allowing families to store their own snaps as well as offering web design and e-commerce services to a range of clients.

Pure Images makes it easy for people to purchase images of life in Britain, but that’s not all. The site also offers travel photography, from destinations such as Cuba, France, Greece, India, Russia and the USA. You can also find images of holiday destinations, people on vacation, travelogue photography, images of cities, landmarks and some more unusual images too.

Issued by The PR Store on behalf of Pure Images
For more information, please contact:

  • Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, telephone: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
  • Scott Davidson, Pure Images, telephone: 01324 889108
business support, IT, promotions

Image site showcases best in Britain

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A NEW internet business is flying the flag for Britain – selling images which showcase the very best in UK life.

Pure Images (www.pureimages.co.uk) hopes to meet the growing demand for British images from graphic designers, sub-editors and creatives on this side of the Atlantic.

“Many online picture agencies feature lots of American shots, which just aren’t suitable for people needing images for UK newspapers, magazines and websites,” says Scott Davidson, of Pure Images. “That’s where we can offer an alternative.”

The company, based in Denny, central Scotland, has spent the last six months building up an impressive portfolio of images featuring all aspects of UK life. There’s also travel photography and iconic images from around the world.

“The site works in a similar way to some of our larger competitors,” says Davidson, one of Pure Images’ founders. “You can search for stuff using keywords or categories and buy royalty-free or ‘rights managed’ photography to use in publications, advertising or design. There’s the usual online ‘lightboxes’ to save searches and low-res samples available for people to download.”

Mr Davidson (36) knows all about his target market. For more than a decade he worked as a graphic designer – meeting the needs of clients like Reebok, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Tulloch Homes.

“As the internet came on the scene,” he said, “I had to look for stock photography – but often the established online agencies just didn’t deliver stuff that was really suitable for a UK-market, particularly when I worked in the Highlands. A shot taken in downtown San Francisco isn’t suitable to depict life in Inverness.

“Pure Images aims to fill that gap online. Best of all, because we only trade over the internet, we can keep costs down and offer competitive prices.”

Many creatives are wishing the company well.

Lynne Crossan runs a publishing business in Edinburgh, working for clients like Scottish and Newcastle and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Producing a raft of corporate magazines and newsletters, she uses clients’ in-house images, along with bespoke photography – and material from photo libraries.

“We’re always looking for images that are suitable for the Scottish market, so the arrival of Pure Images is welcome,” said Lynne. “I think there’s also an attraction dealing with people in the UK rather than a large picture site in America.

“Sometimes we’ve tried to find relevant photography and had to commission material because there was nothing suitable. Hopefully Pure Images will give us a few options.”

Adrian Brockwell of CWA Studios in Buckinghamshire is one of the contributing photographers to Pure Images.

“I’ve had quite a lot of experience dealing with picture agencies,” said Adrian, “and this is a good site. The percentage photographers are paid for their images is good and their focus on the UK is a bonus.

“I can’t stand all the American stuff you can buy online. And it’s not what clients want either.”

Adrian – who has worked with ad giant J Walter Thomson, as well as firms like John Lewis, ICI and Shell – wishes the new business well. “There’s a definite market for Pure Images and I’ve been telling all my clients about it. I’m hoping they succeed.”

About Pure Images
Behind Pure Images (www.pureimages.co.uk) is the internet company Oldhand Media http://www.oldhandmedia.co.uk . The firm also runs a consumer photography site – http://www.kapture-it.co.uk – allowing families to store their own snaps as well as offering web design and e-commerce services to a range of clients.

Pure Images makes it easy for people to purchase images of life in Britain, but that’s not all. The site also offers travel photography, from destinations such as Cuba, France, Greece, India, Russia and the USA. You can also find images of holiday destinations, people on vacation, travelogue photography, images of cities, landmarks and some more unusual images too.

Issued by The PR Store on behalf of Pure Images
For more information, please contact:

  • Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, telephone: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
  • Scott Davidson, Pure Images, telephone: 01324 889108

You can download hi-res versions of the press pictures above, by clicking on them. Screen shots of the site and other press downloads are also available from the Pure Images website.

You can also download shots of Scott Davidson and the Pure Images home page by visiting our online document system. Click the link then use the username and password “press” (in both cases).

business support, IT, promotions

Pure and simple: new site puts UK in the picture

homepage2-smThey say a picture paints a thousand words.

But getting the right image can be a struggle for busy sub-editors, designers and creatives.

“Many online picture agencies feature lots of American shots, which just aren’t suitable for people needing images for UK newspapers, magazines and websites,” says Scott Davidson, of Pure Images. “That’s where we can offer an alternative.”

The company is a new stock photography business, not run from some expensive city HQ, but a base in Denny, Stirlingshire. It sells its wares purely online at http://www.pureimages.co.uk

Unashamedly flying the flag for Britain, Pure Images delivers shots featuring all aspects of UK life. Even before launch, it’s won respect from contributing photographers for the larger margins they get paid. It now hopes for the same success as it launches to paying customers.

“The site works in similar way as some of our larger competitors,” says Davidson, one of Pure Images’ founders. “You can search for stuff using keywords or categories and buy royalty-free or ‘rights managed’ photography to use in publications, advertising or design. There’s the usual online ‘lightboxes’ to save searches and low-res samples available for people to download.”

If someone buys an image – a generous 70 per cent of the sale price is paid to the photographer, with the site taking the remaining payment as commission.

Davidson (36) knows all about his target market. For more than a decade he worked as a graphic designer – meeting the needs of clients like Reebok, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Tulloch Homes.

“As the internet came on the scene,” he said, “I had to look for stock photography – but often the established online agencies didn’t deliver stuff that was really suitable for a UK-market, particularly when I worked in the Highlands. A shot taken in downtown San Francisco isn’t suitable to depict life in Inverness.

“Pure Images aims to fill that gap online. Best of all, because we only trade over the internet, we can keep costs down and offer competitive prices.”

The idea has already impressed local enterprise chiefs, which gave the company start-up premises at a local business centre in Denny, after it won a top slot in a local e-business contest.

The start-up knows it’s in a tough market. But being the new kid on the block may be a positive advantage when it comes to selling to UK creatives.

Lynne Crossan runs a publishing business in Edinburgh, working for clients like Scottish and Newcastle and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Producing a raft of corporate magazines and newsletters, she uses clients’ in-house images, along with bespoke photography – and material from photo libraries.

“We’re always looking for images that are suitable for the Scottish market, so the arrival of Pure Images is welcome,” said Lynne. “I think there’s also an attraction dealing with someone in the UK rather than a large picture site in America.

“Sometimes we’ve tried to find relevant photography and had to commission material because there was nothing suitable. Hopefully Pure Images will give us a few options.”

Adrian Brockwell of CWA Studios in Buckinghamshire is one of the contributing photographers to Pure Images. Search on the site and you’ll find everything from his shots of Big Ben to that Wimbeldon favourite, strawberries and cream. The shot almost looks good enough to eat.

“I’ve had quite a lot of experience dealing with picture agencies,” said Adrian. “And this is a good site. The percentage photographers are paid for their images is good and their focus on the UK is a bonus.

“I can’t stand all the American stuff you can buy online. And it’s not what clients want either.”

Adrian – who has worked with ad giant J Walter Thomson, as well as firms like John Lewis, ICI and Shell – wishes the site well. “There’s a definite market for Pure Images and I’ve been telling all my clients about it. I’m hoping they succeed.”

About Pure Images
Behind Pure Images (www.pureimages.co.uk) is the internet company Oldhand Media http://www.oldhandmedia.co.uk. The firm also runs a consumer photography site – http://www.kapture-it.co.uk – allowing families to store their own snaps as well as offering web design and e-commerce services to a range of clients.

Pure Images makes it easy for people to purchase images of life in Britain, but that’s not all. The site also offers travel photography, from destinations such as Cuba, France, Greece, India, Russia and the USA. You can also find images of holiday destinations, people on vacation, travelogue photography, images of cities, landmarks and some more unusual images too.

Issued by The PR Store on behalf of Pure Images
For more information, please contact:

  • Adrian Mahoney, The PR Store, telephone: 01506 823714 or 07967 150560
  • Scott Davidson, Pure Images, telephone: 01324 889108

You can download a hi-res version of the press picture above, by clicking on the screenshot. Further screen shots of the site and other press downloads are also available from the Pure Images website.

business support, engineering

Contracts bring multi-million boost

A MULTI-MILLION pound package of contracts has been won by Falkirk’s Clark Eriksson. It will see staff working with three of the world’s leading companies.

The engineering firm has signed contracts to provide design and project management services to Syngenta and Avecia in Grangemouth and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in Montrose.

CE boss Jim Toner said that collectively the deals were worth “several million pounds” and were likely to become long-term arrangements.

He added that CE has taken on new staff to deal with the projects, which started in early 2004.

“Twenty of the new recruits were working with these companies beforehand,” he said. “Recruiting them to our team gives us valuable site knowledge and provides some continuity of service.”

He added: “We’re delighted that these firms have outsourced the work to Clark Eriksson and look forward to a long and productive relationship with them.”

The news was revealed in the latest issue of Clark Eriksson News, which was produced by The PR Store on behalf of the firm.

To find out more about Clark Eriksson, visit the firm’s website or call Clark Eriksson Associates on (UK) 01324 611294

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