Lindsey Miller and Claire Platts, employment solicitors at Scottish Engineering, were delighted to attend Woodward Aircraft Systems’ 20th Anniversary Dinner, which took place at Turnberry Resort on 6th March 2018.

The event was held in order to commemorate Woodward’s 20th year at their site in Prestwick, Ayrshire.  It was a privilege to be invited to the event and celebrate such a significant landmark in the company’s history.


UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE – Excellence in Engineering Project Management CPD Programme

Developed in close partnership with industry experts, the Excellence in Engineering Project Management Programme equips delegates working in engineering and operational environments with confidence in applying best-practice tools and techniques to manage all aspects of a project.

Information Brochure:  EPM CPD brochure 2017




Scottish Engineering Leaders Award

The Scottish Engineering Leaders Award is a competition delivered by our education partner Primary Engineer. 13% of Scottish schools have registered for the competition so far and they need your help! Could you visit a school in Jan/Feb/Mar in your area to promote engineering by chatting to a class? Click here to search for a school and here to sign up and support. After interviewing their linked engineer, pupils are asked, ‘If you were an engineer, what would you do?’ They use engineering to solve a problem and each entry carries the name of the engineer who inspired the pupil to participate. The top 600 entries are put on display, including engineer and company name, at the Barony Hall in Glasgow the first weekend in June. Contact lise.mccaffery@primaryengineer.com for more information.

Invitation to Sneak Preview at Dynamic Earth

A message from Jasmine Orde, Marketing Assistant & PA,
Dynamic Earth Enterprises Ltd,
Holyrood Road,
EH8 8AS.

On behalf of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), I would like to invite you to become a supporting partner of the IET’s forthcoming EngTalk; Innovation and Technology – Art or Science? which is taking place on 19 – 22 February 2018.

Previously known as the IET Turing Lecture, the EngTalk will focus on future computing, with guest speaker Dr Andy Harter examining the role of “art” in engineering and technology, including not only form and beauty but also craft, design, skill, invention and intuition. Dr Harter will draw on his expertise and experiences and ask if we could do more to appreciate and promote the importance of “art” as a feature on the interdisciplinary landscape.

This year we are coming to the University of Strathclyde, and it would be great to have you on board as a media partner of the event as we are very keen to work with relevant organisations/publications to help promote this lecture to the right community. We would be pleased to offer you the following promotional benefits:

– Your logo and web link on the website www.theiet.org/engtalk-computing
– Your logo on marketing emails, acknowledging you as a supporter of the event, distributed to just under 25,000 relevant IET members
– Invite you to supply copies of your current magazine or an alternative piece of collateral at the event

In return, we would like you to help us to promote the event, e.g. by including information on your website, listing it in your print and online listings and including information in any e-newsletters.

Many thanks in anticipation of your support and I look forward to hopefully hearing from you soon.

Please reply to Jasmine Orde:


Tel: 0131 523 120


Scottish Engineering has appointed Alastair Johnstone as President of the organisation.

Mr Johnstone, Managing Director of Bosch Rexroth in Glenrothes, was welcomed by John Howie MBE, the retiring President, at Scottish Engineering’s AGM in the Glasgow HQ on Thursday 21st December.

As he took over the role, Mr Johnstone said: “I am honoured, delighted and indeed humbled to take over this prestigious position within our industry.  The previous incumbents, dating back to 1865, form an impressive list of engineers and business leaders and it is my intention to do my utmost to continue to uphold this legacy.”

Welcoming the new President, Scottish Engineering’s CEO, Bryan Buchan, said: “Alastair has been a loyal member of our Executive Committee for a number of years and I have no doubt whatsoever that he will make an excellent President for our organisation.”

New President, Alastair Johnstone (left) is welcomed by the outgoing President, John Howie MBE (right)


Engineering industry reports improving order levels

Scotland’s engineering sector continues to report increased orders and output despite the political uncertainty which has threatened to disrupt the economy for some time.

According to the latest Quarterly Review of the industry published today, companies throughout the country are reporting that business is good and some have even admitted having an exceptional trading year.

Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, said: “We are heartened by these reports which I have gathered from our District Meetings around the country.  Of course, many businesses are suffering from the continued fall-out from the decrease in oil-related activity on the UKCS and the effect of the weak pound on raw material prices.

“However, in his Autumn Budget the Chancellor’s proposal to change tax policy, allowing new owners of North Sea installations to reclaim corporation tax on decommissioning costs, should attract new investment to the oil and gas industry.”

Particular improvement has been recorded in export orders (42%up, 44%same, 14%down) compared to the previous quarter, and this may be caused by the weakness of the pound against other European currencies.

Employment levels across all sectors and size of company (33%up, 51%same, 16%down) have remained steady, as has the amount of overtime being worked (44%up, 35%same, 21%down).  There is still a problem throughout the industry of skills shortages.  Bryan explained: “The likely loss of some of our skilled immigrant workers due to Sterling’s relative weakness against the Euro is already being felt in some quarters.”

He added: “On a more positive note, we have great hopes for the new apprenticeship initiatives with Foundation Apprenticeships promising to deliver business-ready school leavers and Graduate Level Apprenticeships accelerating the return of desperately needed qualified engineers.”



PRESS RELEASE – AUTUMN BUDGET – Comment from Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive.

Autumn Budget comment from Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive.

“It would appear that most of the benefits from the Chancellor’s Autumn budget will apply only to England, as we in Scotland will have to wait for another month to see how our Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek MacKay MSP, can compete.

“Will he, for example, use the £2billion extra from the UK Government to increase the personal allowance before tax to £11,850 or increase the higher taxation threshold to £46,350?

“It would be a worthwhile gesture if he were to offer the equivalent of £40million to train more maths teachers and be prepared to grant schools the equivalent of £600 for each pupil who takes Higher Maths or begins a core maths course.

“Where we will be affected, though, depending on how it will impact on the engineering manufacturing industry, is the £220million Clean Air Fund for cities throughout the UK.

“SMEs throughout Scotland will benefit from the fact that the VAT threshold will remain at £85,000 and the £2.5billion fund to unlock investment for emerging UK businesses along with the £500million investment in artificial intelligence, 5G and Broadband should benefit our growing industries.  I doubt, however, that our industry will be much affected by the increase in the national living wage from £7.50 to £7.83 an hour.”



Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, attended the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Awards Dinner in The Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle on Thursday 2nd November 2017.  Bryan received the Silver Award on behalf of Scottish Engineering.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.  The Scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Bryan commented:

“It was my privilege to accept the Silver Award of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant on behalf of Scottish Engineering at a ceremony at Edinburgh Castle.  Demonstrating support for our armed forces, particularly our REME members and their reservists, is of great importance to us.  It was also gratifying to see our member company, Scottish Power, similarly recognised.”

Bryan receiving the Silver Award from Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, CVO, CBE, Chief of Defence People (CDP)


Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Awards Dinner. Edinburgh Castle 2 Nov 2017

SMAS Future Manufacturing Conference 2017 – Tue 24 October

SCOTTISH ENGINEERING is pleased to promote the SMAS Future Manufacturing Conference 2017, being held at RBS Conference Centre, Gogarburn, Edinburgh on Tuesday 24th October 2017.

The one-day programme will focus on four key themes:

  • Technology in Manufacturing
  • Data Analytics
  • New Business Models
  • Preparing your workforce for Industry 4.0

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Alan Norbury, CTO, Siemens
  • Dr Ali Bigdeli, Senior Research Fellow, Ashton Business School
  • Charles Joel, IoT Director, Gardner Denver

Tickets are priced at £75.00 per person, with reduced rates for additional delegates from the same company.

For more information and to register, please click on this link: http://www.smas.co.uk




Scottish Engineering is proud to publicly register our support for the Armed Forces, through signing the Corporate Covenant.

Having welcomed 106 Battalion REME into membership some two years’ ago, the relationship continues to thrive with interaction between the two bodies, proving productive at events such as District Meetings, one of which was hosted at Battalion HQ in East Kilbride.

Lt Col Paul Hughes, Commanding Officer, REME, and Bryan Buchan, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering, signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

Lt Col Paul Hughes and Bryan Buchan.

Armed Forces Covenant 2017