Entourage UK

C-Change Scotland Being Human Conference 2017

Entourage UK had the pleasure of delivering a conference in Glasgow for our new client C-Change Scotland.  The Conference debated the rights of those with learning disabilities to live full lives of their own choosing.  The keynote speaker, Sandy McGregor, had spent 37 years in residential care, from the age of 8, following a brain injury sustained in a traffic accident.

Sandy told delegates at the sold-out conference that he did not appreciate that he had a right to a voice, or to be listened to, until well into his forties when the residential institution which looked after him was closed and he was re-housed within the community.

Now supported by charity and conference hosts, C-Change Scotland, Sandy lives much more independently; got married last year and is currently planning his second holiday abroad.

The conference heard from a range of speakers involved in Social Care about the benefits to individuals and the State of Self Directed Support (SDS); allowing people greater freedom to choose the care package they need, rather than having it imposed on them.

Dr Sam Smith, C-Change CEO, said, “When he realised he not only had the right to opinions but that we were genuinely interested in hearing them, Sandy’s attitude changed immeasurably. He is a lovely man and now an outspoken advocate for SDS. We worked closely with him to dismantle some pretty pointless restrictions which limited his life and it has been a true pleasure to see Sandy retake control over his life and choices.

“C-Change Scotland passionately believes in the human right of any individual to self-determination. Success for us is when someone builds sufficient independence to reduce their dependence on us – or indeed does not need us at all any more.”

The conference sold out quickly and delegates included Local Authority and political decision makers; care providers; families and individuals keen to hear more about SDS and their rights to greater choice and autonomy.

East Renfrewshire Business Awards 2017

The East Renfrewshire business community is alive and well as the region’s top performing organisations were revealed on Thursday night at The Busby Hotel. Following months of anticipation, we can now unveil the winners of the East Renfrewshire Business Awards 2017, which showcased the region’s best businesses.

Over 150 guests attended the most prestigious night in the local business calendar. Hosted by Karen Dunbar the guests were also entertained by X Factors Emily Middlemas.

The event hosted by East Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce also raised over £1400.00 for Alzheimer Scotland East Renfrewshire.

Chamber President John F Hamilton said “We are delighted with the response to this years Business Awards.  The awards have provided a platform for celebrating the category winners and their tremendous achievements. The winners really do showcase the best of East Renfrewshire’s thriving business sector. The Awards would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors and I would like to thank them all for their commitment to this event.”

The 2017 Winners are

  • Developing East Renfrewshire’s Young Workforce Award sponsored by Taylor Wimpey Scotland West
    • Barrhead Travel
  • Community Impact Award sponsored by East Renfrewshire Council
    • Pioneer Mutual Credit Union Ltd
  • Family Business Award sponsored by CALA Homes
    • Tailor Maid Home Care Limited
  • Excellence in Customer Service Award sponsored by the Avenue Shopping Centre
    • The Busby Hotel
  • Most Promising New Business Award sponsored by Barrhead Travel
    • I-Kick Martial Arts Ltd
  • Excellence in Innovation Award sponsored by George Leslie Ltd
    • Fatburn Extreme Ltd
  • East Renfrewshire’s Best Business Award (10 employees or less) sponsored by Business Gateway
    • First Floors (Scotland) Ltd
  • East Renfrewshire’s Best Business Award (11 employees or more) sponsored by Miller Homes
    • George Leslie Ltd

Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland said:  “We are delighted to be this year’s principal sponsor of the East Renfrewshire Business Awards and the category sponsor of the ‘Developing East Renfrewshire’s Young Person’s Workforce Award’.

“Being involved has given our business the opportunity to reinforce our commitment to the East Renfrewshire area as our plan to deliver new developments at Neilston and Maidenhill in Newton Mearns progresses.

“The winners have impressed the panel of judges and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone. The winners in each category are an incredible showcase for their drive, spirit and commitment to the local area.”

Working4Business Awards 2017

We had the pleasure of delivering an inaugural business awards for our new client West Dunbartonshire Council.  The Working4Business Awards took place on Wednesday 31st May 2017 at Clydebank Town Hall with over 150 guests in attendance.  The event was a fantastic celebration of the success, diversity and innovation that can be found throughout the business community of West Dunbartonshire.  These strengths were reflected in the very high standard of entries for each award category, with the judges having to make difficult winner choices. The awards were hosted by popular TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams and guests enjoyed after dinner entertainment from comedian Des McLean.  Images from the event can be viewed on our gallery or on our Facebook page.

Fife Business Awards 2017

Entourage UK have worked in partnership with Fife Chamber of Commerce to deliver the Fife Business Awards for a number of years. This year’s awards ceremony took place on Friday 31st March at Rothes Halls, Glenrothes. Over 320 guests attended the event which has firmly become one of the highlights of the business calendar. The event was hosted by TV and Radio presenter Grant Stott and guests were entertained by Edward Reid. This event raised £3000 for Fife Chamber’s chosen beneficiary charities, Fife Alcohol Support and Worldwide Cancer Research.

Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2017

We were delighted to recently deliver the Lanarkshire Business Awards 2017, on behalf of North and South Lanarkshire Councils, in partnership with 3 Stage Events.Over 450 guests attended the awards dinner on Friday 3rd March at Motherwell Concert Hall. The concert Hall was transformed and the LED Candelabras provided by Blue Parrot Events finished the room off. Hosted by Kaye Adams the guests were also entertained by Saltire Beat and Jonathan Watson.

The event raised over £6000 for two charities Kidney Kids and Beatson Cancer Care.

A full list of winners and images from the night are available at www.chooselanarkshire.com/businessawards/ and you can view some images from the event in our gallery.