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Written by Guest Blogger

Scott & Fyfe Limited has announced some significant governance changes effective as at 1.1.15.

 

A strategy review in November 2014 confirmed the innovation-led strategy at the heart of the company, enhanced by the employee engagement consequent on the move to employee ownership in January 2013. In order to promote the new ethos the strategic business unit (pod) leaders become business directors. Thus, Lesley Bayne (Operations), Paul McMullan (Composites), John Palmer (Loop), Roland Pap (Flooring), Michelle Quadrelli (Pipe Fabric Technology) are named Business Directors.

 

Company Chairman Professor Nick Kuenssberg said: “These developments reflect the increased participation of the management team in the formulation of strategy and delivery of results, mirroring the role of employees as owners and marking the transition from private to employee ownership.” 

 

 JOHN LUPTON

  CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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Written by John Palmer

 

This year we celebrated 150 years in business and what a year it has been! 

 

Following a complete transformation of our business 5 years ago and a switch to employee ownership in 2012 we are now finally on a track with a clear destination. The greatest transformation in our company history and one, I have to say, gives us reassurance for the future.

 

We would just like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all of our colleagues who make work that much more enjoyable, our customers for their loyalty and patience and our suppliers for their support through this phase.

 

This has been a satisfying year but not one without its challenges. Despite these however, we have achieved a great deal and look forward to 2015 with renewed vigour.

 

Some of the highlights of 2014 include:

 

  • Reached 150 years of successful business
  • Launched our new website
  • Attended Employee Ownership events including an enlightening conference at Nottingham University. We will be hosting our own event in February 2015
  • Benefited from the skills of fabulous interns from around the globe
  • Held an Employee Ownership, Successful Succession Event here with CDS
  • Created a new business sector addressing innovative pipe relining
  • Launched new ground breaking products including Alphashield and Polymat FR
  • Carried out innovation workshops, partnership events with some major blue chip companies
  • Participated in a number of charity events including a very colourful “Wear It Pink” day in support of breast cancer
  • Generated a collaborative strategy to take us through to 2018, which is based on facts rather than pipedreams

 

With our current very loyal customers, supportive suppliers and not least our very flexible and motivated employees we will achieve our objectives.

 

We still have much to learn and there will be pain and discomfort along the way but our determination will get us there!

 

Again we’d like to wish all of our friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy, Happy and Prosperous 2015.

 

John Palmer

Employee Elected Director and POD Manager

 

  

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Written by Karin Brummelhuis

Since I made the transition from an intern at Scott & Fyfe to Ideation Business Manager a lot of people ask me what does an Ideation Manager do? To begin with the definition of Ideation is stated as:

 

 “The formation of ideas or concepts”

 

This is exactly what my role is as the Ideation POD manager within Scott & Fyfe. When there is a new idea or concept I am involved its development from the earliest stage carrying out research, product development and further market research. Another part of my job is to look at next steps within our existing markets. For example, we recently launched new products within our PFT POD's cured in place pipe (CIPP) range and in the Composite POD's Polymat range and I am now looking at what can come next. In order to carry out these tasks I utilise many of the skills that Scott & Fyfe learnt throughout their “Creating Cultures of Innovation” work with Glasgow School of Art including the Double Diamond, P.O.I.N.T and dotocracy tools.

 

I began my journey at Scott & Fyfe working as an intern whilst carrying out research for my dissertation. This was a requirement at the course I was doing at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands; this course offers education focused specifically on technical textiles.

 

The knowledge that I took from my course is applied to my work on a daily basis in some way or another, varying from the learning of how different knitting patterns affect the product to understanding the properties of different polymers and the affect they have on the production process and final product. This education has helped me greatly.

 

One factor that I think is very important when working in an idea generation and product development role is the understanding of how new methods can be applied and their relevance to market areas and the business as a whole. A question that I need to ask is whether or not a new technology really adds value to the textile product or if a more conventional method is better. Another aspect that I must consider is the investment that it would require to produce. This is perhaps one area that significantly differs from my theoretical work in University, as now I have to consider the financial implications within a business. Not all new technologies require investment though; an example of this is that some new and performance enhancing nano coatings can be applied by conventional coating processes therefore adding no additional cost.

 

I believe that growth in technical textiles lies in finding new applications thereof. For example a few decades ago nobody thought of reinforcing concrete with textiles rather than metal bars, or replacing steel cables with textile fibres (e.g. Dyneema), which outperforms traditional steel.

 

Nowadays we find ourselves making boats, planes, trains and all sorts of construction materials with textile reinforcements. The major benefits being that textiles are flexible and much lighter than traditionally used materials and can have many other improved features. Textiles can be formed around the most difficult bends because of their conformability. Additionally textiles can be given almost any desired property such as conductivity and insulation properties. Given these beneficial aspects it will be interesting to find out what else can be done with textiles in future for areas where they are currently not being used yet and as Ideation Manager it is partly my job to find out. 

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Written by Katrina MacKay

On  November 17th and 18th I attended the Employee Ownership Association’s Annual Conference in Nottingham with John Palmer our Employee Director, Michelle Quadrelli Business Manager and John Lupton, our CEO and keynote speaker for the event.

 

The event was extremely popular with nearly 500 people in attendance,  highlighting the rising popularity of employee ownership in the UK. It was also very interesting to see the diverse range of sectors that have chosen to become employee owned using the various ownership models that are available.   The variety of employee ownership models available is I believe, one of the keys to its success as it ensures that there is a model to suit every company considering making this exciting step.

 

 

EO Insta

 

 

Throughout the event it was clear to see the benefits that the move can make, some of which are highlighted in the above infographic from the Employee Ownership Association

 

The award ceremony was a great part of the first day; we saw many worthy companies receive awards for their efforts and triumphs in the move to employee ownership.   Each of the winners stories were inspiring and it was great seeing other innovative companies being highly commended for their contribution.   It showed the best of what the future can hold for those of us who want to succeed. The awards included, Employee Ownership Champion, Employee Engagement, Employee Innovation, Rising Star, Public Service, EO Business of the year and the Philip Baxendale award.

 

The keynote speakers provided many stories and examples of their own experiences of Employee Ownership.  These were really interesting to hear, as were the individual seminars that took place through out the day. Our CEO, John was one of the final keynote speakers and his presentation went down very well as was clear to see through twitter.     A quote from his presentation that I feel sums it up for us very well for us as a business is:

 

“At Scott & Fyfe we were galvanised by the growing influence of Employee Ownership

in both terms of performance and engagement.”

 

All in all the day was full of enthusiastic and positive people with inspiring and thought provoking tales  to tell.   It has since been really interesting for us to compare the other companies experiences to our own as many were not dissimilar to ours, proving that it is not just a case of ticking the boxes.

 

For those  who could  not make  it to the event  here is one key  take away  from each of us  from the day:

 

“An effective and consistent induction programme in line with company vision is

essential for success in employee owned organisations."                

    John Palmer, Employee Elected Director     

 

"It was encouraging seeing how the different employee owned companies were

working through the different stages of their own journeys.”

Michelle Quadrelli, Business Manager     

 

As for me, I think one of the key takeaways is that employee engagement is the

catalyst for a successful Employee Owned Company.

 

If you want to discuss this more or see us in action as an employee owned company then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Written by Guest Blogger

 

I applied to Scott & Fyfe through the Saltire Foundation, an organization who provide internships across the world for penultimate undergraduate Scottish University students. When the internship options were posted I was studying at the University of North Texas as a part of my degree. I focused solely on Scottish based internships as after being away for five months I wanted to be able to catch up with friends and family on weekends!

 

I applied to Scott & Fyfe as I am studying the International Business Management course at Edinburgh Napier University and was interested in the variety of different markets that they manufacture technical textiles for. It was my intent to gain valuable experience through applying my university knowledge directly into the workplace.

 

My internship focused on the knitted hose reinforcement fabric, Polyknit Easyform, for use in automotive silicone hoses. I was tasked with analyzing the current market in order to determine how Scott & Fyfe should proceed with the textile product.

 

Through my degree so far I have studied numerous topics relating to business such as accounting, marketing, management and logistics; this knowledge proved extremely useful when launching the product and completing my final report. Alongside this I carried out marketing communication work and completed a market analysis and sales forecast using a variety of business framework tools. My internship culminated with a presentation to the board outlining my key findings and recommendations for the product.

 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Scott & Fyfe. By being part of this technical textile business I benefited through being able to apply the theory from University into practice. The internship gave me a great amount of freedom regarding my approach to the task and this improved my time management and organizational skills.

 

The environment at Scott & Fyfe is extremely friendly, with the open plan Innovation Space it was easy for me to ask for advice whenever I needed it. The project was important and provided value to Scott & Fyfe; it defied the stereotypical image of internships being all about making coffee! The responsibility I was given made me much more motivated, as I felt valued by the company. I would highly recommend working for Scott & Fyfe; this internship has given me skills and experience that will greatly benefit my future career prospects!

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Robert Gathergood

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With innovation, diversity and partnership at the heart of our company’s ethos, Scott & Fyfe have been designing and producing a vast range of technical textiles for numerous market areas worldwide for almost 150 years. Our ability to design and manufacture products for both current and future market needs have allowed us to build a global reputation for excellence in both quality and service.

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