Entries by Eileen Pirie

Post Brexit uncertainty creates engineering slump

QR September 2016 – Press Release The uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote and the subsequent allusions to another Independence referendum by the First Minister, are exacerbating negative trading conditions for the engineering manufacturing sector in Scotland as witnessed by the results in the latest Quarterly Review of the industry published by Scottish Engineering. The support […]


Brexit comment by Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering. At the time of writing, we are starting to feel the force of the predicted maelstrom following the Brexit vote. From an engineering manufacturing point of view, it is difficult to see any accrued benefit.  While the export market, which comprises Europe, has grown in the […]

Engineering sector hit by uncertainty

Speaking on BBC Radio Scotland recently about the situation affecting the engineering industry in Scotland, Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering explained how the current levels of uncertainty were curtailing the industry. “The Referendum vote is just another tranche of uncertainty and probably even more severe than those that have preceded it”, Mr Buchan explained.  […]

Primary Engineer & Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award 2016

The Scottish Engineering Special Leaders Award (SESLA) is one of the Primary Engineer programmes that is coordinated in Scotland from the Scottish Engineering office in Glasgow. The fourth edition of the SESLA has been the most popular and most successful to date.  This year, 8500 pupils from 130 schools sent in their amazing inventions.  It was […]

Scottish Engineering Members EU Poll – Press Release re results

Scottish Engineering, the support group for the industry in Scotland, has polled its members on the EU referendum. From a survey of more than 350 companies, the response rate was 30%. The questionnaire offered three responses, which resulted in 78% wishing to remain in the EU, 6% wishing to exit, and the final 16% had […]

Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2016

The Scottish Engineering Annual Awards Dinner 2016 was hailed as another great success, with over 350 guests attending. Our Awards Dinner, held in the Marriott Hotel, Glasgow, celebrated the continuing excellence in manufacturing engineering throughout Scotland.  Bryan Buchan, CEO of Scottish Engineering hosted the event, where the Principal Guest Speaker was Vice Admiral Simon Lister CB OBE […]

Holiday Pay Update

In White & Others -v- Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council 2016 1300537/2015, an Employment Judge held that certain types of work undertaken on a voluntary basis, including voluntary overtime, voluntary standby and voluntary call out payments should be considered as part of normal earnings if undertaken sufficiently regularly and should be taken into account when calculating […]

Business Rates – Comment from Bryan Buchan

The imposition of an additional levy on business rates is a burden which an already-struggling manufacturing and engineering sector can ill-afford. Given the avowed intention to support and promote our sector in the recently-published “Manufacturing Future”, this seems directly at variance with Scottish Government policy.  As the threshold is at a lowly £35k of rateable […]