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01/05/2013 - 13:48

On Saturday 20th April 2013, the fourth annual Drupal Camp Scotland took place, and it was a huge success. Cathcart Associates sponsored the event for the second year running, and Stuart and Lindsay travelled through to Glasgow early on Saturday morning, to hand out the awards and catch up on all things Drupal. We were through and set up the stall by 9.15am – a fine achievement for a Saturday.


The day was filled with informative talks, broken up by networking events in the main foyer providing ample opportunity to chat to old friends, current contractors and meet some potential new clients and candidates. It also helped us to learn more about the burgeoning Drupal community, and the ever-growing demand for people with Drupal module development skills.


The day was rounded off with the Drupal AGM and the first ever Drupal Scotland awards – sponsored once again by Cathcart Associates. Stuart was on hand to present the awards to the winners, Heehaw Digital, Creative MW and Drupalista of the year - Joachim Noreiko.


A good day all round, and we are already looking forward to next year as well as the monthly drinks events in between!

26/04/2013 - 15:26

The language is quite Americanised, and they aren’t operating in quite the same sector as ourselves, but the sentiments really ring true. In this jobs market – using a good recruitment company is seriously worth it. We will save you time, money, and get you access to the best candidates.

23/04/2013 - 10:51

We’ve just had some information through from S1 re our nomination for Best Small Recruitment Company – seems like we’re doing something right!



“The team at Cathcart Associates consistently deliver top quality candidates to our organisation and give a service that is second to none. I always find them to be extremely professional and they seem to take more care in understanding the needs of the client.”


“They are brilliant - attentive and good technical knowledge”


“Pragmatic no nonsense, approach to recruitment, in matching the current needs of the an organization to the available workforce, they are upfront with what their clients need in skills and abilities, maximising the chances of success for all.”


“These guys understand their candidates, the IT crowd ... who are not always best at self-promotion. They spend time learning about the intricacies of the types of work, the depth of knowledge required by the client and the quality of their candidates.”


“They were interested in finding the most suitable employment for me and were always on hand to offer advice and answer any questions I had. They spent time getting to know me and informed me of any progress at all stages in the process.”

18/04/2013 - 17:58

Like any good, growing business, we like to sell our strengths (don’t worry, I won’t bore you with it here!), but we also like to think we know the areas we need to improve. Comparing ourselves to the rest of the recruitment industry, an area of our business that has needed addressing has been corporate hospitality.


I will never forget an Edinburgh based IT recruitment start-up around the early 2000s, whose business model was based purely around corporate hospitality. “We’ve got private helicopters booked for the Grand Prix and a box at Man United”. They hadn’t even launched! Slightly over the top, and yes, I’ve never heard of them since.


Our previous stance was always, “while they are taking you to the races, we are filling your jobs”. But let’s be fair, there is clearly a happy medium. We are always happy to receive entertainment from our suppliers (always adhering to the anti-bribery laws of course), so why not reward our loyal clients?


This takes me to the first point. I much prefer “thanks for the business” hospitality than the “please use us” hospitality. I’d like to hope we could secure the business based on our track record and ability to do the well and at a very fair price. But to keep a client and help develop a personal relationship, a nice lunch / dinner / bit of footie should work wonders.

Our (limited) experience shows that it doesn’t have to be overly expensive or take much office time anyway. I’ve had a mix response when offering corporate hospitality. I like the fact that clients are happy to say “no” and hopefully this means the “yes” clients really want to go!


Clearly we have set a budget at the start of the year, and won’t be doing it for the sake of it. But hopefully we can start to forge better relationships with our clients, away from the office whilst enjoying a drink or two with like-minded individuals. Don’t worry, we’ve haven’t “invested” a box at Easter Road or Tynecastle yet!


See you at Muirfield in July.

Cathcart Associates.



What else is going on at Cathcart this week?:

1.    Most of us are recovering from Sam’s stag weekend


2.    Nick hands the keys to his Scirocco back in lieu of his new car next week - I’ve started a book on how much the repairs to the outgoing Scirocco will be (highest bid £1,150)


3.    Our old neighbours and pals from Reaction Group ( have followed us from Frederick Street to Castle Street. They moved in this week. VERY good news for the local publican!


10/04/2013 - 12:17

We are at the forefront of the search for top technical talent in Scotland, and despite the resources and experience at our disposal – getting the best person for the job has never been more challenging.


A new report from ScotlandIS highlights the huge challenge facing Scottish firms who wish to recruit IT staff. Firms are expecting to need 45,000 new recruits over the next five years, and 70% of those surveyed plan to expand in the next 12 months. However, more than half of them say they are unable to find the right people to fill their roles.


The Scottish technology industry is in a great place to help spearhead huge growth enabling a larger scale economic recovery, but only if the right people can be found. This is not an easy problem to fix, as the problems facing the required improvement in technical training run deep – however, in the meantime, talking to a specialist niche supplier can really help. We are best placed to advise on how to approach find the best people in a challenging market. Once we understand what you need and why, we can advise on what’s possible and realistic, and get you in touch with the right people.

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