Earn your business a place in our national final at the Powerleague in Edinburgh on September 14th, 2017

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Our national final is taking place on September 14th where companies will compete for the chance to be crowned Scotland’s national business five-a-side champions and take home the charitable donation for your chosen charity. 

2017 Summer Season Final line up:

MOrtgage Advice Bureau
Standard Life

A.C. Whyte & Co scoop the charity prize at summer final

The summer season of Business Fives National Finals was won by AC Whyte & Co.

The team from the Barrhead builders – champions in the Glasgow Construction, Housing and Property heat – sealed a hard-won victory against Hudson, who won the equivalent heat in Edinburgh.

It sealed a glorious tournament for AC Whyte & Co – Business Fives winter season finalists – who maintained a 100 per cent record through the whole tournament.

Tournament top scorer Mate Lacsi was on target again as the external wall insulation specialists ran out 3-0 winners.

It was Hudson goalkeeper Greg McDermott, who was man of the match – who kept his side in the game.

In the semi-finals the two teams battled past chartered accountants Geoghegans and Standard Life. Standard Life were unlucky to lose 2-1 to AC Whyte & Co after overcoming Sir Robert McAlpine on penalties in the quarters.

Geoghegans’ 4-1 defeat to Hudson was their first defeat of the summer season, after they had put paid to Professional Services champs Anderson Strathern in the quarters.

Among the other teams to do well at the finals, hosted by Powerleague in Edinburgh, were Scottish Water and Turner & Townsend who walked away with a respectable quarter final showing.

Off the pitch, victory for AC Whyte & Co sealed them a winners’ prize of £3,120 for their chosen charity Glasgow Children’s Hospital. The team had themselves committed to making a £1,000 donation to the hospital as part of Business Fives’ commitment to charity throughout the summer season.

As revealed by Insider earlier in the week, the tournament had set a target of £10,000 in donations to charity – but generous teams had in fact managed to raise nearly double that amount.

This year’s finals finished off with a Q&A session, hosted by Sky TV presenter David Tanner and involving Business Fives’ ambassadors – Scotland hall of famed Rhonda Jones, Hibs icon Pat Stanton, Aberdeen and St Mirren star Lee Mair and former Partick Thistle and Celtic goal scorer Jim Melrose.

Business Fives founder, John McClarey said “We’re blown away by the efforts of all the companies involved in our summer season and we’re absolutely delighted to be on course to double our initial £10,000 charity target.  CSR is hugely important to us as our company has a commitment to donating 10% of all proceeds to charity.  We’re looking forward to finding our who will win this donation at the final on Thursday where the overall winners of the Summer season will win £3,120 for their chosen charity.”

The full line-up of teams who took part were: Cathcart, iomart, Lacrosse, Anderson Strathern, BT, Edinburgh Airport, A.C. Whyte & Co., Keepmoat Engie, Sir Robert McAlpine, Cooper Software, Dacoll, Avaloq, Aviva, Scottish Water, Scottish Gas, Hudson, Morrison Construction, Turner & Townsend, Geoghegans, Standard Life and Mortgage Advice Bureau.

Business Fives doubles charity target ahead of national final

The Summer season of Business Fives has been a roaring success for the companies involved and indeed charities across Scotland. £19,960 has been raised to date ahead of the final of the national business 5 aside tournament culminating on the 14th of September.

Companies from across 8 industry sectors of the Scottish economy have been raising money for their chosen charity in a model that has proven very successful in enabling Business Fives to make a much greater impact on charities throughout Scotland.

The tournament is supported by a host of ambassadors from the football world such as TV presenter, David Tanner, Hearts legend Gary MacKay, Scotland hall of famer Rhonda Jones, Hibs hero Pat Stanton, Aberdeen and St Mirren star Lee Mair, former Partick Thistle and Celtic goalscorer Jim Melrose and current Rangers Ladies Manager, Amy McDonald.

Business Fives founder, John McClarey said “We’re blown away by the efforts of all the companies involved in our summer season and we’re absolutely delighted to be on course to double our initial £10,000 charity target. CSR is hugely important to us as our company has a commitment to donating 10% of all proceeds to charity. We’re looking forward to finding our who will win this donation at the final on Thursday where the overall winners of the Summer season will win £3,120 for their chosen charity.”

The tournament, now in its third season, has been supported by health and wellbeing sponsors White Tree Chiropractic and 21 companies out of the 77 that took part have qualified for the National final taking place in Edinburgh with companies such as BT, Scottish Gas, Scottish Water, Standard Life, Anderson Strathern, Sir Robert McAlpine to name just a few involved.

Nicola Welsh, CEO of SANDS Lothian said “we are so grateful to Turner and Townsend for nominating us as their chosen charity in Business Fives. Business Fives is a fantastic event, which makes a real difference to charities both at a local and national level. For smaller, local charities, like us, it’s an invaluable opportunity to reach out to companies and generate awareness about the work we do. Support like this will help us provide compassionate care, including befriending and counselling, to families when their precious baby dies. All our services are free and without generous support from the wider community we would not be able to continue to provide this. We would like to say a huge thank you to the Turner & Townsend team for their ongoing support of our work, as well as the Business Fives team for giving charities the opportunity to be involved in this way.”

Chartered accountants, Geoghegans who qualified by winning the financial services industry heat look to be in great form ahead of the final as they raised £171 for Medic1 Trust who they will go on to play for in the finals and go one better than their disappointing defeat at last summer’s overall final on penalties.

Winter season semi-finalists and Glasgow Construction, Housing & Property champions, A.C. Whyte & Co. have been playing for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital committing to a £1,000 donation to the Hospital. Edinburgh Professional Services champions, Anderson Strathern who also reached the semi-finals of the winter season will be playing for Alzheimers Scotland who have been well supported by various companies throughout the tournament. Morrison Construction having them as one of their 3 chosen charities along with Marie Curie and Macys.

Iomart Group who qualified from the professional services heat in Glasgow raised £620 for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation with the fundraising efforts continue ahead of the final. Energy & Utilities champions, Aviva raised £1,580 for their chosen charity the East Dunbartonshire Initiative for Creative Therapy, EDICT.

Scottish Water and Scottish Gas who also qualified from that heat will be playing for WaterAid and Macmillan respectively. Macmillan have no less than 3 charities playing for them with Hudson recruitment and communications giant BT also nominating them as their chosen charity. Edinburgh Airport who are playing for Children 1st.

The construction housing and Property sectors in both Edinburgh and Glasgow raised by far the most money, £9,925 to be exact. Largely thanks to an amazing effort by James Gibb Residential Factors who were raised a season high of £4,250 for MND Scotland with J & E Shepherd raising a further £400 for those affected by Motor Neurone Disease. Technology & IT champions, Cooper software will be playing from for the Homeless World Cup Foundation. With Avaloq playing for Down Syndrome Association and Dacoll playing for Kids in sport after qualifying from the technology sector.

The final promises to be an exciting encounter and a competitive one at that with the standards of the qualifying companies fittingly high.

The full line up for the final and their benefiting charities is below.

Scottish Water playing for WaterAid having raised £700

Scottish Gas playing for MacMillan having raised £100

Sir Robert McAlpine playing for Maggies having raised £224

Standard Life playing for Places2Be having raised £140.

Aviva playing for EDICT having raised £1,580

BT playing for MacMillan having raised £224

Anderson Strathern playing for Alzheimer Scotland having raised £105

Edinburgh Airport playing for Children 1st

Mortgage Advice Bureau playing for The National Austistic Society Scotland having raised £130

Geoghegans playing for Medic1 Trust having raised £171

Morrison Construction playing for Marie Curie, Alzheimer Scotland and Macy having raised £600

Hudson playing for MacMillan having raised £100

Turner & Townsend playing for SANDS Lothian having raised £70

Keepmoat Engie playing for Scottish Autism having raised £80

A.C. Whyte & Co. playing for Glasgow Childrens Hospital having raised £1,000

Dacoll playing for KidsInSport having raised £286

Cooper Software playing for the Homeless World Cup Foundation having raised £100

Avaloq playing for Down’s Syndrome Association having raised £245

Iomart playing for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation having raised £620

Lacrosse playing for United Glasgow having raised £160

You can find out more information and get involved in Business Fives via their website www.businessfives.co.uk

RBS overcome Standard Life in winter season finale

The winter season of Business Fives came to its climax in the stunning surroundings of Scotland’s national performance centre for sport, the Oriam.  The tournament has been raising money for charity partner, Street Soccer Scotland with over £2,500 going to help create positive change through football.

With the Sky Sports cameras in attendance the action on the pitch was a suitably high standard which we have come to expect from the previous qualifying heats across Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Sky Sports presenter David Tanner brought the winter season to a close, compering the prize presentation with Edinburgh City’s, Bailie Elaine Aitken handing over the winning trophy to eventual winners the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The winter season was sponsored by managed business communications firm, Difference Corp. David Tanner took to the couch to then host a Question & Answer session with former legends of the game.  The panel consisted of tournament ambassadors and former Hibs and Hearts Players Pat Stanton and Gary Mackay along with Street Soccer Scotland’s Ally Dawson, former Rangers captain.

Stanton gave an insight into his spell under Alex Ferguson at Aberdeen with arguably the greatest manager in football making sure players were happy and enjoying their football on the pitch, Gary Mackay joked that tournament top goal scorer from RBS, James Barclay may not have made the team due to his serious demeanour on the park.

Both Gary and Pat are full of optimism going into Sundays Scottish Cup Edinburgh Derby Stanton, quoted in the Scotsman, said “It means a lot to Hibs just to keep their season going.  It keeps the confidence high for all the league games that will be coming up between now and the end of the season.  The wee spell Hibs have had recently hasn’t helped matters.  We want Hibs to be out of this league and in the premiership” stopping short of calling the derby a side event he continued “If you are in the cup then you are in there to win it.  If Hibs could win the Championship and retain the Scottish Cup – I would be absolutely delighted.”

Hearts hero Gary MacKay, quoted in the Daily Record insisted the Scottish Cup fifth-round showdown matters more to the men in maroon saying “This does mean more to Hearts than Hibs.  It’s new to Hearts, you’re maybe talking about two players who have a knowledge of it but Hibs are different.  I would have preferred if the Hibs manager who won the Scottish cup had been in charge rather than the current manager.  I want Hearts to win but in a footballing sense if it means them winning and Hibs getting in the Premiership this season, that would be the double you would take because it would be far better if you had four of these games a season.”

The action on the indoor pitch at Oriam racked up 143 goals throughout the tournament as teams from across Scotland’s economy battled it out to be crowned national champions.

In the group stages it was Glasgow Professional services champions AC Whyte who were the only side to come out with a 100% record preserved scoring 15 while only conceding 1 in the process.  Financial Services runners up, Stewart Investors topped their group on goal difference ahead of RBS. Group B was a similarly close affair with teams from William Tracey, Anderson Strathern and Clark Contracts all finishing on 6 points with the latter topping the group with the superior goals scored tally.

Long term tournament supporters Nairn’s Oatcakes, who have kept the players fuelled throughout the heats with their oatcakes, booked their place in the quarter finals via the playoffs overcoming Multiplex Construction 4-0.  Edinburgh Airport lost out 5-0 to RBS, the only side to see out the tournament unbeaten.  In the law firm derby returning finalists Anderson Strathern overcame Burness Paull 6-0 to book a quarter final spot against Standard Life who won their playoff 2-1.  DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro were the last team to make it to the quarter finals in a heated affair against construction champions William Tracey in a match that will unfortunately be remembered for the first sending off in Business Fives history.

The quarter finals were hotly contested with AC Whyte overcoming Food, Drink & Hospitality champions DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro 4-1.  Clark Contracts lost out to Housing & Property champions RBS on sudden death penalties after a 2-2 draw.  In a re run of the financial services heat final Standard Life came past Stewart Investors 2-0.  The last quarter final saw Anderson Strathern register their fourth consecutive win with a 4-1 victory over Nairn’s Oatcakes.

RBS booked their place in the final winning 3-2 in a very closely fought match against AC Whyte, who tasted defeat for only the first time in 10 Business Fives matches.  Standard Life were hitting form at the right time getting past Anderson Strathern 3-1 to win their place in the final.

The team from RBS were now in full flow with the calming influence of Ross MacDougal singled out as the man of the match in the final by the tournament ambassadors for the Scottish banking giants.  James Barclay was once again on the scoresheet with some composed finishes as he went on to lift the golden boot for the finals.  Standard Life rallied late on, hitting the post and forcing the keeper into some fine saves but couldn’t peg the score line back as the Royal Bank of Scotland ran out 4-1 winners to be crowned the Business Fives indoor winter 2016/17 season champions.

The big winners were Street Soccer Scotland, Ally Dawson accepting the cheque for £2,500 raised throughout the duration of the tournament.

Business Fives moves on to the golf course next with Scotland’s national business golf tournament coming in Spring with the links season of Business Fours.  Taking place at Craigielaw in East Lothian and this year’s Scottish Open venue Dundonald Links ahead of the national final at St Andrews Fairmont.  The tournament will be supporting 2 charity partners, the Yard and Beatson Cancer Charity.

Last Years Finalists

EDP Renewables
1825 Financial Planning
Santander Corporate
MMS Maclay Murray and Spens LLP
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Doosan Babcock overcome Geoghegans in climax of Business Fives

Business Fives summer edition came to a climax on Thursday at Lesser Hampden in what was a fantastic final tournament played in very good spirits.

With the added lure of playing under the shadow of Hampden Park teams from various sectors including financial services, energy, housing and property, professional services and technology and IT.  In what was comfortably the highest standard of the national business five a-side tournament so far it was clear to see how the finalists had managed to rise to the top of their sectors to qualify for the final.

Teams have battled it out from industry sectors representing the Scottish economy supported by thought leading industry partners who have driven the success of Business Fives and championed the tournament amongst their peers.

The series of industry heats have taken place at the Sighthill Powerleague in Edinburgh raising over £3,000 for the tournaments charity partner the Trussell Trust along the way.  The trust runs the UK’s largest network of foodbanks and have seen donations flood in from generous participants in the form of food donations, raffle prize draws, proceeds from onsite Massage partners, Massage and Glow, charity bookmakers on top of a portion of the team entry fees.

The tournament has been endorsed by Hearts and Hibernian legends turned Business Fives ambassadors, Gary Mackay and Pat Stanton both hugely enthusiastic about the tournament and impressed with the talent on display throughout.

The final got under way with group winners, Exsel Group, Technology & IT heat winners, Geoghegans Edinburgh’s professional services champions and Glasgow based Doosan Babcock progressing straight through to the quarter finals.  The remaining 5 places were decided by a playoff which saw Equator Agency over coming construction firm Keepmoat, broadcasting giants Sky beating Edinburgh law firm and reigning Energy champions Maclay Murray & Spens.  In what was a repeat of the financial services final Standard Life Group company, 1825 once again overcame Santander this time on penalties after a hard fought 2 all draw.  Anderson Strathern overcame EDP Renewables 3 nil whilst DJ Alexander beat the team from NEO Environmental on penalties.

The quarter finals saw tired legs and leaky defences kicking in with the highest winning margins of 4 hit twice as Geoghegnas beat Dl Alexander and Exsel Group getting passed Anderson Strathern.  The remaining fixtures saw Doosan Babcock and Sky winning to set up their semi-final meeting.

The 5-man team from Doosan Babcock were turning into a well-oiled machine and top goal scorer Graham Gordon was hitting his stride in a 5-2 victory over Sky.  Meanwhile in the adjacent semi-final Geoghegans, spurred on by their partisan supporters, squeezed passed pre-tournament favourites Exsel Group on penalties with Stevie Manson’s once again impressing for the Edinburgh based accountancy firm.

The final was fiercely contest and played in a spirit fitting of the tournament as a whole, with respect and quality on display in abundance.  It was a cruel end to the summer edition of Business Fives with a penalty shootout deciding the destination of the coveted glass trophy.  Doosan Babcock eventually held their nerve to win the shootout.

Business Fives ambassador Gary Mackay compered the prize giving where Glasgow’s Depute Lord Provost Bailie Gerald Leonard handed over the trophy to Doosan Babcock, Business Fives national champions 2016.  There was a launch of the indoor winter edition during the prize giving and a soft launch of Business Fours, Scotland’s national golf tournament which takes place in Spring 2017.

Individual accolades were collected by Graham Gordon who was the top scorer in the final, hitting double figures for the tournament.  Geoghegans accountant Steven Manson picked up the man of the match in the final award.  Teams from NEO Environmental and Sky winning prizes in the charity raffle.