February, 2019

Club News – Marketing Communications Interns & Marketing Assistant appointed


St Andrews Business Club Marketing Communications Interns (from left) Sanaa Sachdev and Stanley Parker and Marketing Assistant Louise Cree.

St Andrews Business Club is delighted to announce it has appointed Stanley Parker and Sanaa Sachdev as its new Marketing Communications interns.


They were selected from a high-quality field of candidates after impressing the panel with their skills, experience and demonstrated marketing acumen.

Both are 2nd Year students at the University of St Andrews studying for an MA in Management. Their internships have started immediately and will last until they graduate in 2021.

They will gradually take on the duties currently carried out by our first Marketing Communications Intern, Comora Love-Mitchell, as they are trained in each and as Comora prepares for graduation this summer.

The Club is also delighted to announce that they will be assisted by a new Marketing Assistant, Louise Cree.

Louise is an Administrative Assistant at Fife Business Services Ltd and is completing a Modern Apprenticeship in Digital Marketing.

Fife Business Services Ltd kindly offered the Club Louise’s skills on a time-share basis and she already completed a successful project to improve the SEO of the Club’s website.

We look forward to improving the Club’s marketing further with the help of these excellent young people.



Business growth from Research-based Innovation

Some of the most commercially-successful innovative products and services we know today have come about as a result of taking research done at universities or in companies to the marketplace.


All companies seek to gain sustainable competitive advantage over their competitors through innovation-driven product or service development. Working with a university to use its research to drive that innovation is often cheaper and faster than trying to create the relevant competencies internally.

Dr Lorna Howarth, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Fife & Tayside, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) explained how to connect with researchers and have your business benefit from knowledge transfer.

Dr Lorna Howarth, Knowledge Transfer Advisor for Fife & Tayside at Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), explained about KTN and how it can help you connect with researchers and have your business benefit from knowledge transfer.

Paul Kyle of CIK Solutions explained how innovation within business can be funded.

Paul Kyle of CIK Solutions explained how innovation within business can be funded – specifically the value of HMRC’s R&D Tax Credit scheme as a source of funding.

For more information about this subject, you can visit:

This was a joint event with Fife Council Economic Development and Business Gateway Fife. It provides a wide range of support and advice to individuals looking to set up in business, and newly-formed and existing businesses looking to grow and develop. Go to its website for details.


For more photos, go to the Album on our Facebook page.

Inspiring women to share Inspiring women to share their stories at St Andrews event

Kirsty Thomson (left) and Angie Foreman are the speakers for St Andrews Business Club’s second Inspiring Women event on March 6.
Picture of Angie Foreman by Malcolm Cochrane Photography, for Business Women Scotland/WES Awards 2018.
Picture of Kirsty Thomson by Kathryn Rattray Photography.

Two inspiring award-winning female entrepreneurs will share their stories and advice in the second annual St Andrews Business Club event to celebrate International Women’s Day.


In the event, to be held at the Old Course Hotel from 5.30pm on March 6, Angie Foreman and Kirsty Thomson will inspire attendees from all backgrounds.

In her 25-year career, award-winning businesswoman Angie Foreman, Programme Director & Founder of Coca-Cola 5by20 and CEO of Women’s Business Station, has worked mainly in the third sector and is mostly recognised for her empowerment work with women.

She has created award-winning social enterprises, community empowerment models and impactful corporate social responsibility programmes for Coca-Cola, all of which have benefited hundreds of women. Last year Angie won the Change Catalyst award at the Women Enterprising Scotland Awards and ‘Women of Inspiration Award’ from the Association of Scottish Businesswomen.


Kirsty Thomson is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur who’s set up and runs two Community Interest Companies over the past seven years – ACK Third Sector Consultants CIC (formerly Along Came Kirsty) and Circle Scotland CIC (The Circle).

Kirsty has a wealth of knowledge and experience working in and with charities and social enterprises over 20 years to secure more than £13 million in funding. She is a Saltire Fellow through Entrepreneurial Scotland, in 2017 was recognised as a Women of Inspiration by the Association of Scottish Businesswomen and is on the NatWest Wise100 2018 list, which recognises the most inspiring and influential women in social enterprise, impact investment and mission-driven businesses in the UK.

Anyone wanting to learn from them, as well as network, is asked to book via Eventbrite.

A full list of this season’s events can be found at http://bit.ly/StABCEvents.

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