That’s our proud boast after the Graham Environmental Services team captured the prestigious Business Fives title at Glasgow’s Soccerworld.
MD Ross Graham and the squad had already been crowned Tayside champions and after an impressive 15-game run the lads saw off Story Contracting 4-2 in a hard fought final.
Nearly 80 businesses entered the competition organised by Business Fives and insider.co.uk, which has raised around £10,000 for charity.
Tagged “The Rat Catchers,” the team’s fantastic efforts saw our nominated charities Cash for Kids and Downs Syndrome Scotland share the £1500 prize-money.
Ross said: “It was a brilliant event and very well organised. We enjoy our fives and the lads were superb. They did us proud.
“We were delighted to progress from the Tayside event backed by the Dundee and Angus Chamber to the Glasgow finals and it was great to come home with the trophy.
“Even better, we were pleased to split the winning cheque between Cash for Kids and Downs Syndrome Scotland. It’s a great way to top off our 25th anniversary celebrations.”
Craig McFadden’s goal scoring performance was singled out by former Rangers and Brighton striker Gordon Smith for the man of the match award. Former East Fife centre Ross and our current Montrose and ex-St Johnstone midfielder Martyn Fotheringham, with a double, were also on target.
The squad skippered by Ross featured fellow director Phil McKenna, Fotheringham, McFadden, Neil Mackay, Stewart Sheed, Phillip McLagan, Jamie Graham and Chic Campbell.
Skipper Ross Graham (second left) received the trophy from former Old Firm stars Gordon Smith and Jim Melrose.
TOUR STAR BRADLEY WELCOMES LOCAL BACKING
EUROPEAN Tour professional Bradley Neil has welcomed grassroots support in his rookie season rubbing shoulders with the world’s best golfers.
He was speaking at Blairgowrie Golf Club, where he was being presented with his own parking space in recognition of becoming the first Perth and Kinross player for nearly 40 years to secure a Tour card.
Bradley’s bag carries the Graham Environmental Services logo this year and everyone in the team is keeping an eye on his progress.
He said: “Getting my own parking space is a lovely gesture by the club. I have been a member here since I was eight and they have done so much for me, including honorary membership for winning The Amateur at Royal Portrush.”
Bradley admits support on the home front has boosted his confidence, with group directors Ross and Stuart Graham and Phil McKenna long-time supporters.
“I’ve had support from TaylorMade and Adidas since I was a youngster but it’s been great to have the backing of local businesses like Graham Environmental Services and Lamb and Gardiner,” said Bradley.
“Blair isn’t a big place and it is special to have support from companies in and around the town. I’m in a relationship with people I trust and they know me well. They were there for me long before I turned pro.
“Phil caddied for me at The Masters and Stuart has been a big part of my life ever since I started golfing at three years old. Ross has been a big support for a decade and more.
“They have never put pressure on me and I know they are there for me. It meant a lot that they got on board by sponsoring my bag on Tour.”
Blairgowrie club captain Brian Wesencraft said: “We wanted to recognise Bradley’s latest achievement, which certainly enhances the reputation of the golf club. Members are proud of what he has done in his career and at just 22 we hope to be following his progress for years to come.”
Bradley parking space
25th Anniversary Charity Ball
Saturday 10th February 2018 – Perth Racecourse
WE had a ball – quite literally – celebrating the 25th anniversary of Graham Environmental Services!
And thanks to our staff and many big-hearted clients and business contacts we hit our £25,000 target to mark the big year and boost three great charities, CHAS – which we have supported for many years – Scottish Huntington’s Association and Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia.
It was a special occasion for Jimmy and Anna, who founded the family business back in 1993, and company directors Ross, Stuart and Phil McKenna.
Before dancing the night away to top band Fever, guests at the Perth Racecourse venue were surprised, and delighted, by an appearance by The Singing Waiters.
Auctioneer Matthew McNaughton helped tease out bids totalling more than £6000, charity volunteers assisted with the Silent Auction and m/c Gordon Bannerman kept the night moving along.
Special guest and MSP John Swinney congratulated the company on an extraordinary record of “reliability, quality service and growth.”
He said: “Graham Environmental is a credit to its founders, Anna and Jimmy, to its directors, its staff, Perthshire and to Scotland.
“The company has been fuelled by the founders’ values of honesty, integrity and excellent customer service.
“Those values have been taken forward by their sons and fellow directors, Ross and Stuart, and by all of the staff, creating one of Perthshire’s most dynamic companies.
“Throughout these 25 years, the directors and staff have also thought of others and have raised substantial sums of money for charity and this anniversary event is no exception.”
Managing director Ross said: “The Charity Ball was a fantastic finale to our 25th anniversary celebrations and it’s brilliant to have reached our fundraising target. The support we have enjoyed from staff, clients and the business community has been amazing.”
Ross, Jimmy, John, Anna & Stuart
BMW South African Open
Our European Tour Ambassador, Bradley Neil, continues his 2018 season, after the festive break, by competing in the BMW South African Open at Glendower Golf Club. The tournament starts on Thursday 11th January and scoring is available through the European Tour Website http://www.europeantour.com/index.html
We wish him well for this week and the season ahead as his bag sports the Graham Environmental Services logo. For the golf enthusiasts out there he will have the new Taylor Made (Twist Face) M3 Driver in his bag which is currently only available to Taylor Made Staff players and was used by Dustin Johnson when he won the Tournament of Champions PGA Event in Hawaii last week.
Acquisition of Bon Accord Pest Control
Graham Pest Control are delighted to announce the acquisition of Aberdeen based company Bon Accord Pest Control as part of our growth strategy in the North of Scotland. As part of the deal Bon Accord founder Dennis McGillivray, who has over 25 years experience in the industry, joins the GPC team as Senior Pest Control Technician and will look after clients in the Aberdeen area.
The picture below shows Managing Director Ross Graham (left) welcome Dennis to the company.
Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Awards
Further news and pictures from the awards last week:-
BIG NIGHT FOR BIG COUNTY BUSINESSES
THE Graham Environmental Services team had a major part to play in the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce 2017 Star Awards supported by The Binn Group. Around 360 guests drawn from the business community donned their best bib and tucker for the event hosted by the Crieff Hydro. Chamber of Commerce president Ross Graham welcomed them to the Star Awards and was invited to present the Business of the Year – Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic – with their trophy.
Chamber of Commerce president Ross Graham presents Paul Stone of Blackhills Specialist Dental Clinic with the Business of the Year Award
Brother Stuart was called upon to present the Customer Service award to Perth’s Premier Properties. Graham Environmental Services sponsored this category.
Stuart Graham presents the Customer Service Award to Paul Keddie and Katie Hall of Premier Properties
Ross, in his second year as Chamber president, noted: “As ever, Perth and Kinross businesses of all sizes and from different sectors were represented at the Star Awards.
Ross at the Star Awards podium
“Our business community really is something to be proud of and that is exactly what the annual event is all about – putting Perth and Kinross on the map. “Crieff Hydro was an amazing venue for this high profile event.”
Ross said: “Going forward, the Chamber will put particular focus on strengthening our links with international Chamber partners and utilising a network with bases in over 180 countries.” “The Chamber team is also working hard on developing the young workforce and this already is having a positive impact across the area. It’s a national initiative designed to give school pupils a more rounded and accurate insight to the world of work and I would urge any business to play their part.”
On the sporting front the Chamber acknowledged Grand National winning trainer Lucinda Russell, European curling medal wins by Eve Muirhead and Kyle Smith – and the success of Blairgowrie’s Bradley Neil, who has stepped up to compete on the European Tour at the age of just 21.
The Graham family were out in force at the Star Awards
Phil McKenna with Liz and Callum at Crieff Hydro
*Photo credit: The Perthshire Picture Agency (Copyright Perthshire Picture Agency Tel: 01738 623350 Mobile: 07990 594431) was on hand to capture images from the big night at Crieff Hydro