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Relationships in the workplace

The statistics speak for themselves. 58% of employees have engaged in an office romance according to job site, More than half of the workplace find love or at least romance at work. Interestingly, Forces (2023) found that 43% of relationships at work have led to marriage, with another 40% having cheated on their current partner with a co-worker. I was surprised to learn these facts!

Developing the Young Workforce

Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) Ayrshire is a government funded initiative aiming to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. DYW Ayrshire is passionate about helping young people find the right path to their future career. The aim is to connect 16–24-year-olds with employers to better prepare them for employment.

Green Home Systems celebrate British Chambers Awards

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce member, Green Home Systems, celebrated their recent British Chambers Award with a homecoming celebration in their Irvine office attended by dignitaries from North Ayrshire Council and the Ayrshire Chamber.

Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

All members of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce can access a full range of services and benefits, depending on their tier of membership. These include everything from Networking with other local businesses to large events such as the Annual Dinner, one to one Mentoring Support to HR, Health & Safety, Tax and Legal support.
“The Ayrshire Chamber has provided us, as a member, invaluable business support during this difficult time. I have found the HR service particularly helpful.


The Hunter Foundation (‘THF’), in partnership with the Scottish National Investment Bank (‘The Bank’) has opened up applications for its second ScaleupScotland2.0 programme for highly ambitious, scaling businesses to join their next cohort.
The programme sees 12 scaling businesses work collaboratively with fellow CEOs and leadership teams to supercharge growth over a one-year period beginning January 2024. During that year they attend quarterly overnight events for inspiration and action including masterclasses, focused dinners and peer-to-peer learning.

human resources

Is there a full moon or something in the water?
Is anyone else feeling that it’s all a little chaotic and strange?
I was talking to a business owner the other day, who asked me the above questions. He told me his staff seemed to be less engaged, more frustrated and generally a bit more stressed. There didn’t appear to be any reason for this change.


Originally from Northern Ireland, Janice Russell moved to Newcastle when she was 18 years old and, after graduating from university, worked in the city for a number of years. However, at 30, she decided it was time to move on.
“I decided I was getting a job in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Manchester. I got a job in Glasgow and that was me!”

Irvine-based Digital Process Manufacturing CentreNears Completion

Businesses across Ayrshire’s manufacturing sector will soon have access to state-of-the-art facilities and digital expertise, as the Digital Process Manufacturing Centre (DPMC) at the i3 campus nears completion.From automation and robots to artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR), digital data management, 5G networks and cybersecurity, the centre will allow companies of all sizes…

Open to Learning

Alison Craig If, like me, you were around in the 1970s, you may remember those programmes that were on the BBC waayyy late, when you should have been in bed. These were the programmes produced by the Open University. In my memory, they were always presented by a man in a blue tie and were…

Lamlash House

New light through old windows David Milloy Those who say that all the best things come in small packages might perhaps have been thinking of Lamlash House in Newmilns, a bespoke events venue that is modest only in terms of its dimensions. Moreover, it’s a striking embodiment of its owners’ belief that new uses can…

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