I think anyone would hopefully agree that working in a thoroughly sociable firm is definitely not a challenge. At Chiene + Tait we are lucky to have so many opportunities outside of the office to find out more about our colleagues in a social environment to help build bonds, which ultimately benefits our clients – happy staff = better client care.
As well as the usual Christmas Party, the firm also hosts visits to Musselburgh Races, a monthly drinks night, trainee nights out, pub quizzes, a ten-pin bowling competition and our annual staff golf competition. Newbattle Golf Club is the venue for the battle royale, but the event this year was tinged with extra poignancy…
Recently, a member of our Entrepreneurial Tax Team tragically passed away. Niall Blair was the nicest chap you could ever meet. He was friendly, approachable, funny and a brilliant team player. After attending his funeral this week, we also learned another side to his personality – his competitiveness. Niall took part in C+T social activities with gusto including our golf competition, therefore it was only fitting that the event this year honoured his memory. In addition to the gents’ cup and the ladies’ cup, we now have an annual Niall Blair Cup that is awarded to the person with the lowest gross score. Such was the competitive nature of attendees this year that four staff all shot the same and were in line to win this new prestigious cup, needing a review on countback to separate them. It was a special moment to give the cup to the winner for the first time.
It struck me how lucky I am to work in a firm that supports the development of strong links between colleagues, and recognises the contribution made by people who are unfortunately no longer with us. All staff have a role to play to develop a business but fostering relationships between people is the best way to make that business successful.
Finally, congratulations to our golf day winners:
- Richard Leaver, the gentleman’s Albyn Cup
- Ruth Lothian, the ladies cup
- Cameron Hay, the Niall Blair Cup
- Gregor Drummond for the longest drive
- Richard Leaver for closest to the pin