Worksmart Re-Join the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce

We were thrilled to share with you some very exciting news this week. No, we’re not talking about the fact that we now have almost a thousand likes on Facebook (although that is a close second), but that we are now member of the Ayrshire Chamber once again. We are delighted to have re-joined this organisation, which we explain more about below.

First, a bit about what the Chamber of Commerce does for interior fit-out and refurbishment companies like Worksmart. They are an organisation focused on helping encourage business growth in the local area and across the entire business environment in Ayrshire. The Chamber achieve this by organising several informative training events throughout the year, on topics including social media and the upcoming introduction of GDPR legislation. These ensure that all businesses in Ayrshire can stay on top of all changes in law, as well as remain at the forefront of their industry. Also, the Chamber provide networking opportunities and informal events for its members, such as their annual football tournament (which we attended last year).

For Worksmart, the choice to become a member of the Ayrshire Chamber again was obvious. For one, it will give us a platform to showcase our fit-out and refurbishment projects to the Ayrshire business market. This will give us a greater market coverage, both within Worksmart’s home of Ayrshire and the wider business market. Also, the Ayrshire Chamber have a strong knowledge of various business subjests, shown by the variety of training they offer.. Finally, it will allow Worksmart to become integrated into the wider business community and build relationships with like-minded businesses.

Overall, being a member of the Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce will hopefully bring many number of exciting opportunities to Worksmart. From the chance to partake in some exciting events to the ability to showcase our projects, we can’t wait to see the impact of our membership. To find out more about the Ayrshire Chamber or become a member, visit https://www.ayrshire-chamber.org/.

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A Coffee and a Chat with… Keir Anderson, Commercial Manager

One of the key divisions within the business here at Worksmart is our commercial team, who are on hand to ensure that all our interior fit-out and refurbishment projects run smoothly. Kieran sat down with Keir Anderson, our Commercial Manager, to talk about his role in the company.

KJ: Hi Keir, what are some of your key responsibilities within Worksmart?

KA: I am responsible for the commercial functions of our projects working along with our operations and estimating department. I am based out of our Edinburgh office and have a key focus on projects in the East of Scotland but I am also involved in projects across the Central Belt.

KJ: How did you enter the world of construction?

KA: I studied Quantity Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University on a day release basis, while working as a trainee surveyor with Balfour Beatty Construction and BAM. This allowed me to gain on the job experience, as well as achieving my honours degree. I joined Worksmart in July 2017 and immediately began working on several high profile projects.

KJ: What does a typical day look like for you?

KA: My typical day involves ensuring smooth operation of my projects, which can entail visiting sites, cost reporting, placing sub-contract orders and liaising with our clients and supply chain.

KJ: There have been significant skill shortages in the UK interiors sector. How do you feel we can improve this?

KA: It is absolutely crucial to make the world of fit-out and refurbishment as appealing to the younger generation as possible from an early age. I believe the industry as a whole needs to improve and increase its engagement with children and schools to demonstrate the opportunities that are available within our industry.

KJ: Finally, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?

KA: During my free time I like to enjoy family time with my young daughter, watching sport and travelling.

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