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December 2017

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A New Chapter


We are excited to tell you about some exciting changes taking place at Scotinform.

You may know that after nearly 30 years as Managing Director, Janet has decided it's time to retire. She leaves the company in great shape and with fantastic clients, and we wish her and her family all the best for the next step in their adventures. Keep reading for some reflections from Janet on her time as a Scotinformer.

Sheena has been Janet's business partner for the past 25 years and will continue to run the business with Helen Duncan, who will join her as Director from January 2018. Their complementary skill sets mean that Helen and Sheena already work together on lots of projects, and they are looking forward to applying their expertise, enthusiasm and creativity to this next chapter in the Scotinform story. 

So what does this mean for our clients and associates? As far as you are concerned, it is "business as usual."  The transition from Janet to Helen has been carefully planned to ensure that Scotinform continues to meet the needs of all our clients, providing you with trusted and credible research that allows you to make the best possible decisions. 
There is one thing that you'll notice though - we're moving office! As of January 1st 2018 we will be at 21 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4HU. Our phone number and email addresses are unchanged. We're looking forward to exploring the new neighbourhood (which takes us closer to many of our clients) - and, as you can see, are taking a keen interest in the local coffee and flapjack options.

Sheena and Helen would like to thank you for all your support and good wishes. We wish you all a very happy Christmas and New Year, and are looking forward to working with you in 2018.

30 Years a Scotinformer

As a final entry on Janet's "to do" list, we asked her to reflect on her time at Scotinform - and were relieved to find that she wrote something printable!

"It started with a review of the Scottish car exhaust and shock absorber market, but quickly got more interesting as we started working on an exhibition about innovative Scottish companies for the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival. Thirty years later the work remains as varied as in 1987, but, wow, has the technology changed!

No more trudging up to the Business Library at National Library of Scotland or travelling through to the Mitchell Library in Glasgow. The days of printing and mailing proposals, questionnaires and reports to clients are long gone.  Eight hour train journeys for an hour long client meeting have been replaced with conference calls. I can't quite believe that we actually did research for a client in the mid 1990s on whether or not the 'Internet' would be successful!

What hasn't changed are the people. Clients have, of course, all been wonderful….. but it is the Scotinformers that have made it for me. I had the huge pleasure of working with Elspeth Wills, who set up Scotinform in 1984. She did the hard work of establishing the company and encouraged and motivated me from the start. Working with Sheena has been a great journey and I can't thank her enough for her support and comradeship (and scones) through the highs and lows of running a small business.  We wouldn't have survived without Shirley who has kept us stocked up with tea and biscuits as well as absorbing the pressure as deadlines approach. Working with Helen for the last few years and seeing Scotinform develop into new areas has been rewarding and interesting – and sets the scene for an exciting new era.

There have been some lows. Interviewing in a draughty Portakabin on an industrial estate in Clydebank with a drooling Alsatian growling at my every move remains etched in my memory. But there have been so many highs. Travelling all over rural Scotland to interview crafts people about their work, a week in New York to evaluate Tartan Week, working with so many fantastic clients in so many different areas of work -  I've been unbelievably lucky to have worked at Scotinform.

I'm heading off to retirement and new ventures. leaving Scotinform in the safest of hands – I hope the next thirty years are as much fun!"

Scotinform Ltd, 21 Young Street, Edinburgh, EH2 4HU  
0131 555 1104

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