Monthly Archives: December 2016
We were delighted to be able to handover our clothes collection to Bedrock for their Cosy Kids Campaign 2016 but we were even happier that we had been able to support Strathcarron Hospice too. The money raised from our Bake Off day was used to buy lots of children’s clothes from Strathcarron to give to Bedrock to help keep some children warm this winter!
According to a report by Save the Children, 1 in 5 children in Scotland live in poverty, with 14% of them without at least one winter coat. Early Years services support many of these children. At Bedrock, they regularly visit Early Years services to provide them with help and support. Time and time again, they are asked to provide clothes to keep children warm and dry, allowing them to play out in the garden in all weathers. Last year they managed to donate a few black bags of winter jackets and welly boots. This year they hope to do more!
Where will donations go?
Home-Start Leith and North East Edinburgh
Home-Start Edinburgh West and South West
Hailesland Early Years Centre
Sighthill Child and Family Centre
Craigmillar Child and Family Centre
Laurieston Day Nursery
Centres across North Lanarkshire
Moorpark Children’s centre
Centre across Renfrewshire local authority
Centres across Perth local authority
Centres across Dundee local authority
Today we say good luck to our friend and colleague Margaret Bunyan as she finishes up not only for Christmas but for a very important day. On Wednesday 28th December Margaret is getting married and we send all our best wishes to her and Neil for a lovely day and a very happy future together. We look forward to seeing all the pictures!
On Tuesday this week we had our long awaited Bake-Off. Kathleen Horne our very own Mary Berry had set the challenge and our five volunteers all excelled and exceeded our expectations. Kathleen had asked them to design a showstopper based on an event in 2016 and 4 of the 5 opted for Andy Murray and the 5th for the Brownlee brothers at the Olympics. The tasting commenced at 10am and we seemed to be eating cake all day, in fact we’ve continued eating it all week! There had to be a winner, we all voted on taste and presentation, the count was checked and verified and our Star Baker was Sarah Hannigan – well done to you all on a great event for charity.
As you know during December we are collecting clothes for Bedrock and their Cosy Kids Campaign and the money raised from the bake-off plus a donation from Drummond Laurie is being used to purchase more clothes from Strathcarron shops – two charities benefitting at Christmas!
Strathcarron Hospice are asking you to join in their Light up a Life campaign, which runs until December 21st and remembers our loved ones at this time of year. You can make a donation at desks in The Howgate and The Thistles shopping centres and you will receive a Light up a Life card to send to family or friends. You can also sponsor a virtual light online at Light up a Life
Here at Drummond Laurie we are very aware of our responsibility to the environment. We are constantly trying to improve our carbon footprint through our offices and in everything we do. We strive to reduce risks of pollution to the environment and ensure that we adhere to all relevant legislation and best practice with gentle encouragement from our Office Administrator, Clare McGowan!
For more details on our Eco Awareness click the link here
Last Sunday we enjoyed an afternoon of fun at the Macrobert Centre in Stirling when we went to see the panto extravaganza, Weans in the Wood.
Sitting in the aisles is not always the best idea and for Keith’s first (he might now say his last) Drummond Laurie panto experience, he caught the eye of the panto dame, Headmistress Merlina, who dragged him onto the stage for some dancing and a wee cuddle!
Many businesses are now into the final quarter of their financial year as 31st December approaches. If you have not already done so, we would advise that you should now be looking ahead to 2017 and setting your budgets for the coming year. As well as setting targets to measure your performance against, a robust budget process should also assist you in anticipating any spikes in your cash flow and to avoid any nasty surprises. A budget can only ever be a best estimate, and in today’s uncertain world the next year may be more difficult to predict than ever before. However, this uncertainty makes it more important than ever to go through a budget process. You can sensitise these and perhaps create an optimistic, pessimistic and realistic scenario for the year ahead. Don’t forget that successful and fast growing businesses can run out of cash as well as failing businesses.
If you require any assistance in creating your 2017 projections please do not hesitate to contact Drummond Laurie here, where we have extensive experience of helping our clients through their budgeting process.