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We’re delighted to launch our ConnectU programme. We’ve teamed up with Chamber members who are experts in their field to offer YOU (a business in Moray) half a day free of charge where you can use their expertise to help your business. From accountancy and financial support, to HR and people issues, contracts or risk and insurance we have created our HUB to help you get the support you need. Read through the bios of our HUB members below and if you’re interested in receiving advice and support at no cost to you, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.
This is a funded programme and as such will only be available whilst the funds are in place. As traction builds for ConnectU, the funding will decrease, therefore we recommend you getting in touch as soon as possible. This is open to all businesses who are based in Moray (you don’t need to be a Chamber member to use this service). Services are limited to 1 application per business to allow us to help as many as possible with the funding available.
Meet our HUB experts
AM Employment Law
Expert in: HR / Employment Law
After studying at Aberdeen University and training in Edinburgh, I qualified as a solicitor in 2011 and began my career specialising in employment law. I returned to my home town of Elgin in 2013 and started AM Employment Law in 2019.
I can assist businesses with all aspects of employment law, including drafting / changing terms of employment; redundancies; defending Employment Tribunal claims; and day to day HR matters such as handling disciplinaries and grievances, sickness absence management and performance management.
I really enjoy building relationships with my clients so that I can truly understand what they are going through and what their needs are. I believe this is an important part of my job. Away from the office I love spending time with my family, catching up with friends and going to gigs when I can – the louder the better!
Bob Cunningham Associates
Expert in: HR / Employment Law
Based on over 35 years’ experience in HR and in general management gained in a variety of organisations ranging from Public Utilities, multinational manufacturing, Food Production and Higher Education, at Director level in Private and Public bodies, Bob Cunningham has created BCA Limited. BCA is an independent company providing outsourced Human Resources consultancy both to organisations and to individuals. The range of services available covers the spectrum of HR activities.
The 4 main areas of support for organisations cover:
Top Team Development
Employment Law Compliance
BCA can also assist individuals in Career Development/ Coaching/Mentoring, Recruitment/Job Search, downsizing and in Employment Contract dispute resolution. Tools used in Coaching and Development include 360’Feedback, appropriate psychometric instruments, Career reviews, workshops, attitude surveys, competence measurement and development, often using specialist interventions.
Harper Macleod LLP
Expert in: Corporate Law / Contracts
Peter is a corporate lawyer who has gained experience primarily as an in-house adviser in industry but more recently in private practice. His expertise covers business sales and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, commercial contracts (particularly supply and distribution agreements), regulatory compliance/professional regulation, company secretarial practice and corporate governance. He has spent much of his career to date in Legal and Company Secretarial teams of FTSE 100 businesses and was on the Board of a leading branded food business as Legal and Compliance Director before returning to private legal practice in 2016. He has a Diploma in Governance, Risk and Compliance awarded by the International Compliance Association in collaboration with Manchester Business School.
As Deputy Secretary to the Highland and Western Isles Joint Valuation Appeal Panel, he provides advice to the lay panels hearing Non-Domestic Rates appeals in the Highlands and was previously a legal assessor with Fitness to Practice Panels of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. He is a co-opted member of the Board of an Inverness based housing charity. Peter lives with his family in Elgin and is based in the Elgin office.
I have a background in retail and business management and for the last 5 years have worked with Towergate Insurance Brokers. I work with clients from many different sectors in Moray and The Highlands, helping ensure their individual insurance requirements are met. At Towergate Insurance Brokers, our team of specialists based in Inverness & Elgin, have built a solid reputation for understanding many industries and business sectors, large and small. We help you to navigate the everyday and emerging risks you face in today’s increasingly complex commercial world.
Cathedral Accountancy Ltd was formed in 2008 when we took over the Elgin office of Cassie and Co which had been established in Elgin in 1994. We provide a wide range of accountancy related services including accounts, audit, taxation, payroll, VAT and company secretarial processing, advice and planning. Over the years we have grown from 2 staff in 1994 to 15 now.
Our aim is to provide a personal service aimed to our clients’ individual needs.
The Long Partnership
Cathel Fraser is an experienced chartered accountant (CA) and chartered tax adviser (CTA) who has worked in practice for 25 years. He was born and brought up in Inverness. After graduating in 1995 from Aberdeen University with an Honours degree in Accountancy, he qualified as a CA with Price Waterhouse (now PWC) in 1998 and then moved to Ernst & Young (now EY) where he qualified as a CTA in 2000. Both these post-graduate professional qualifications were achieved with first time exam passes across the board. Since 2001, he has been based at the Park House Business Centre in Elgin, initially, through his father’s accountancy practice Graeme M Fraser & Co and then latterly, since 2011, as office manager for The Long Partnership, a firm of CA’s and CTA’s with offices also in Inverness, Thurso and Kirkwall. Cathel enjoys helping individuals and SME’s with all manner of accountancy and tax needs and queries, being well-versed in all the mainstream taxes. In his spare time, he enjoys family, church, jogging, football, golf and motorcycling.
In a previous life I was a retail entrepreneur. I now provide clear commercial advice to forward thinking business owners whether they want to grow, acquire, sell, retire, or are in need expert tax advice. After graduating I started my own retail business in Edinburgh which I sold after three years. I then lectured for one year at Napier University where I taught small business enterprise and economics.
I have broad commercial experience having been a partner in an independent, mid-tier and Big4 firm. I spent most of my working life in the central belt. I moved North in 2015. I am also chair of the Institute of Directors for the Highlands & Islands and a non-executive director of Enga Ltd, a forestry and natural resources business.
Moray Chamber of Commerce is funding this programme (worth up to £500 per business) from 20/08/20 until allocated funding has been used. We will endeavor to ensure that all businesses achieve the support they require but demand may make this impossible to fulfill. Moray Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to end the programme at any time.