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Over the next few months, we want to introduce you to the owners at Scott & Fyfe – the employees!

Therefore, each Wednesday, for 12 weeks we will be sharing one-to-one interviews with 12 of our employee owners so that you can get to know us a little better.

This week we are pleased to introduce you to David Nicoll in the second of our Meet the Owner, employee profiles.    

 

Can you please tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

Of course, I am David (Davie) Nicoll and I work in the weaving department within S&F. Overall I operate and carry out maintenance of our weaving looms however, I have worked in quite a few departments including extrusion, coating, slitting and beaming. In coating for example, we are currently purchasing a new extrusion coating machine that will see me working on acceptance trials and installation. This will be taking up a lot of my time next year.

My role is varied as we are a fairly small team, another project I am working on at the moment is a waste reduction initiative. Here I am working in a team to identify areas that produce the most waste for the company and we are putting in new processes to improve this.  

 

How long have you worked at Scott and Fyfe?

I have actually been working at Scott & Fyfe for over 30 years!

I started with the company as an apprentice engineer, this took four years and I spent the next four as an engineer. I have been a weaving technician ever since although I also work significantly within development. During my 30 years I was fortunate enough to spend time in Switzerland training with Sulzer to further my knowledge of weaving.

 

Have you seen many changes during your 30 years at Scott and Fyfe?

Ow yes definitely, with the move to employee ownership employees have gained more benefits from the company and it is fair to say I have seen a huge difference over the past 5 years alone. For example, the Innovation Space where the offices are based used to be a storage area with pieces of old equipment and bales which actually went on fire back in 1986 – this is why there is a more modern roof in this part of the building.

Over the time I have also watched the company grow from a small company with a small product range to its present state, a much bigger company with a rapidly expanding product range.

 

Is there anything interesting about you others may not know?

In my spare time I am a member and stage manager of the “Tayport Amateur Dramatic and Musicals Society” building the set and props for the 2 shows the society holds each year. This year the Christmas show was Alice in wonderland and I have been spending almost all of my spare time working on the set design for this – the shows ran from the 9th of December til Saturday the 12th of December.

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Over the next few months, we want to introduce you to the owners at Scott & Fyfe – the employees!

Therefore, over the following 12 weeks we will be sharing one-to-one interviews with 12 of our employee owners so that you can get to know us a little better. To keep up to date with these, keep checking back here, on LinkedIn or on Twitter with #IAMSF #MeetTheOwner.

This week Lois Bennett took time out of her busy schedule to tell us more about herself.

 

Let’s start with the basics, can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do at Scott & Fyfe?   

My name is Lois Bennett and I work as a trainee Purchaser and Stock Controller within Scott & Fyfe. Overall this means I look after the stock of raw materials that we have and identify what we need to purchase in the near future. On a daily basis I walk round the factory checking what is needed on the shop floor and in the warehouse.  I can usually be found on the end of the phone to somewhere exotic requesting products OR in the warehouse sweet talking (i.e. annoying) our warehouse men into shifting large amounts of stock for me!

 

How long have you been working at Scott and Fyfe?

I have been working here for just over 3 months now – so not long! I’m finding that it is a very challenging and diverse role, something I have longed for since I left university!  The entire workforce here are great and have been very helpful to me as ‘the newbie’.

 

What are your thoughts on employee ownership so far?

I love the idea of employee ownership as it means that employees have a shared responsibility of the work that is being done/ completed. Also because we are employee owned everyone has an equal contribution and there are no right or wrong suggestions. It definitely helps with the old school office-factory divide as everyone is in it together!

 

Can you think of something that your colleagues might not know about you?

I used to play the saxophone at high school and was in the concert band!  Embarrassing.   I have also had a diverse career so far - working as a supervisor in a smoothie shop and I was also a secondary school teacher! I taught RMPS (Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies) it is the class at school that everyone seems to mess around in and doesn’t pay attention to - yeah that one!)  

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Written by Michaela Millar

At Scott & Fyfe we are always seeking ways to improve the products and services we offer. Therefore, this year our Composite POD held an anonymous survey with their customers in order to find out how they rate us.  

  

First of all, we would like to thank all of those who participated! Your honest feedback was truly appreciated and provided us with great insights which we have begun to use to improve our services further. The results are summarised below:  

 

  •  100% of customers are satisfied overall with S&F
  •  100% of customers believe that S&F products provide value for money
  •    95% of customers believe that S&F products meet their requirements
  •    93% of customers believe that S&F products are of a very high quality
  •    96% of customers believe that S&F are responsive to their queries / concerns

 

We are always open to feedback so if you have any questions / suggestions then please get in touch with the team. They would love to hear from you!

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I am excited to be writing my first blog post for S&F covering the Advanced Engineering Show which was held in Birmingham 2 weeks ago. To introduce myself briefly my name is Michael Harrison and I have very recently begun working at Scott & Fyfe as business development executive within the Composites POD. I started working for S&F on the 20th October 2015 and exhibiting at the Advanced Engineering Show was really my first task with the company.

 

Introduction

Some background to me would be that I am married with 2 boys, Scott and Jordan who are aged 23 & 18. Scott is an accountant and Jordan has just started university and will be doing an MSc in sports science. Previous to working at S&F I worked for companies including Fothergill & Harveys and Courtaulds Aerospace when they took them over and most recently BW Fiberglass.

 

During my 26 years at Fothergill & Harvey’s (now known as Fothergill Engineered Fabric) I began work as a labourer before progressing to a machine operative. At this point the company was taken over by Courtaulds Aerospace who put me through university where I gained a 2-1 in operational management. After this I was then put through the mill spending 12 months in every department gaining a full understanding of how things worked. This was a fantastic learning experience. After completing this I realised I felt most comfortable in a sales role but due to problems in the manufacturing side of the business it was best placed for the company that I take on the position of operations manager. I left there in 2005 to gain more knowledge within the technical fabrics industry and worked in sales positions for various companies involved in the textiles / composite industry with a focus on the aerospace, automotive and marine markets. My last role was with BW Fiberglass who are based in North Carolina.

 

Mike Harrison

 

First Impressions

On visiting Scott & Fyfe for the first time I thought that the Innovation Space and PODS were fantastic and could see how this would be a massive benefit to the running of a company. I was also very interested in the fact that Scott & Fyfe are an Employee Owned company, a first for me.

 

Getting Started

I exhibited at the Advanced Engineering Show 2015 on behalf of S&F with Paul McMullan, Composites Director and Michaela Millar, Business Development Officer.  It was the first time in a long time that Scott & Fyfe had held their own stand here so was interesting for all 3 of us.

 

The Advanced Engineering Show is one of the largest meetings in the UK for the engineering supply chain with a large segment focussed specifically on the composites market. The 2 day show has grown significantly year on year and is a great exhibition to meet the key players in the UK market, although the show now seems to be attracting more and more international visitors.

 

Setting up our exhibition stand was definitely an experience as all was going well until we tried to stick the boards and frames onto the panels only to realise our tape would not adhere to the thin boards. Finally we succeeded (after an emergency trip to B&Q) and we left at around 8pm very hungry.

 

Day One

Day one of the show was fantastic. Our stand was busy for the entire day and we had plenty of meetings with potential customers and partners at the stand. It was also a great opportunity for us to catch up with our existing customers and suppliers.

 

Over the course of the day we had lots of interest in our standard Polymat range of glass chopped strand mat sandwich materials including the new addition to this, Polymat FR an all glass variant. Other products from our portfolio such as Polyform WR our range of plain weave and twill woven glass fabrics were also well received. However, Polyform CSM, Scott & Fyfe’s new chopped strand mat materials was the most well received of the day.

 

All in all, it was a great day and whilst it left us extremely tired, we were all looking forward to day two!

 

Day Two

Day two began a little slower in comparison but by lunchtime the show picked up and we were exceptionally busy on the stand.  This carried on until the very close which was unusual but welcome and again we earnt plenty of good enquires. Another new product again received a great deal of interest and this was Polyrov, the new range of direct roving’s and spray up roving’s Scott & Fyfe are offering to the composites market.

 

Back to the office

Now that the exhibition is over the hard work really starts, to carry on with the conversations started and to follow up with the new contacts.

 

On behalf of the Composite team I would like to thank each and every person who came by our stand at the show. It was fantastic meeting so many enthusiastic people and learning, as always, that little bit more about the composites industry.

 

It was also a great and full on induction to Scott & Fyfe!

 

If you didn't get a chance to meet us there feel free to get in touch! All of our details can be found on our website 

 

 

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