The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 4 March 2006

Asset finance broker

First Independent Finance

appoints director in Aberdeen

The UK's largest asset finance broker First Independent Finance Ltd with its headquarters in Stewarton, Ayrshire, is delighted to announce the appointment of Innes Bruce (58) as Area Director responsible for developing the Aberdeen area.

Innes brings a wealth of experience with him, having spent his entire working life in the finance industry, including time with Bowmaker, Forward Trust, HSBC and latterly Clydesdale Bank Asset Finance as sales manager.

A keen golfer, Innes was born and educated in Aberdeen, where he still lives with his wife Lynn. The couple have two daughters, Claire and Amy.

Commenting on his new appointment, Innes said: “This new post will allow me to offer a very flexible asset finance service in Aberdeen and the Grampian region as a whole. I look forward to developing the name and increasing the profile of First Independent Finance Ltd - a very progressive and forward looking company. We can offer a wide range of solutions to both private and business/industrial clients who need flexible asset finance facilities.”

First Independent Finance Ltd managing director Allan Ross said: "The Grampian area is a growing economy that we have looked to service for the past few years. It has not been easy to find an individual who really knows the local area, the local businesses and has the experience that customers can rely on. Innes Bruce is that man.

"He has a history of building strong service-based relationships with many Aberdeen businesses, and we are delighted that he has agreed to represent us to the Aberdeen business community.

"Aberdeen was very much the missing part of the Scottish jigsaw, with Gordon Scott in Inverness and Jim Gauld in Blairgowrie. Innes, Jim and Gordon will work together to ensure that all our Northern cusstomers receive excellence in Service. Clearly a special bond will exist between Innes and Gordon who will both cover substantial parts of the Highlands and Grampian."

Gordon D Scott (61) represents First Independent Finance in the Highlands, which is appropriate, as Gordon was born in Nairn and brought up in Helmsdale and Inverness.

Schooled at Inverness Royal Academy, he left to join the then National Commercial Bank. There followed posts with North West Securities and General Guarantee Corporation before becoming a self-employed finance broker in association with Highland Credit & Leasing Services for 15 years.

Gordon joined First Independent Finance in 2002 following an approach by managing director Allan Ross, as he could see the potential with a forward looking company who made the most of IT and training.

Gordon’s interests outside work include gardening, golf - he is a past President of Inverness Golf Club, and Petanque (Boule) - he is Chairman of Inverness Petanque Club and Treasurer of the Scottish Petanque Association.

Gordon lives in Inverness with his wife Pat. The couple have one daughter, Claire.

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Monday, 27 February 2006

Latest staff appointment at

Frazer Coogans Solicitors of Ayr

LEADING Ayrshire solicitors Frazer Coogans are pleased to announce the appointment of Peter McNamara (29) to join their legal team.

Peter’s remit will include commercial property, wills and estate planning.

Born in Glasgow, Peter is a former pupil of Cumbernauld High School and studied law at the University of Strathclyde.

He worked as a tax adviser with chartered accountants Ernst & Young and Scott Moncrieff, before serving his legal traineeship with Dunblane solicitors McLean & Stewart.

Peter lives in Kilmarnock with his wife Pauline.

He told Ayrshire Scotland Business News: "This is a very exciting opportunity, and I'm looking forward to playing my part in the continuing development of the Commercial Property team at Frazer Coogans."

Commenting on Peter’s appointment, Frazer Coogans senior partner Norman G Geddes said: "We are delighted to have Peter join our busy Commercial Property team.

"The department deals with all aspects of commercial and agricultural property, and Peter's background as a tax adviser will be invaluable in providing advice to our many commercial clients."

About Frazer Coogans Solicitors

Ayrshire solicitors Frazer Coogans have expanded rapidly from small beginnings in the 1980s to offer a friendly and personal service to all clients from their modern premises in Ayr town centre.

From their Ayr base, partners Norman Geddes, Austin Thomson, Lauren Fowler and assistants Stuart Paterson and Peter McNamara – all experienced solicitors - along with their professional and dedicated staff, provide a comprehensive suite of legal services to Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland and the UK, with particular expertise in accident claims, personal injury damages, property conveyancing, divorce and family law, wills, estates and executries.

Frazer Coogans’ Ayr office operates a specialist Accident Claims & Personal Injury Damages Centre to assist clients in making claims for personal injury damages after road traffic, workplace, slip and trip accidents and also in criminal injuries compensation.

This Ayrshire firm of solicitors has also established a significant presence in Scotland’s property conveyancing market, advising clients on all aspects of buying, selling and leasing premises both domestic and commercial, and handling property conveyancing for diverse clients across Scotland.

Scottish divorce and family law is another area in which Frazer Coogans solicitors possess particular expertise, advising on the legal, financial and child related issues associated with divorce, providing negotiation for amicable settlement and undertaking litigation where needed.

Frazer Coogans solicitors also offer a professional, dedicated and sympathetic service for wills and estates in the UK, including the administration of estates and appointing executors.

In 2003 Frazer Coogans successfully attained the "Investors in People" standard.

The firm is fully computerised with Broadband connection. It occupies modern premises in the centre of Ayr with adjacent parking for clients and wheelchair-friendly access.
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