Begbies Traynor scoop bumper donation as they triumph at Business Fives

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Business Fives Winter champions

Business Fives winter season culminated in Edinburgh with the national final encompassing firms from England and Scotland for the first time.

Companies had qualified from events throughout the country and congregated in Edinburgh from as far up as Aberdeen and as far down as Middlesbrough.  23 companies took part playing 79 fixtures with the players scoring 291 goals between them including the 7000th goal of Business Fives events.  

137 companies joined forces over the Business Fives winter events to raise over £15,027 for charities cross the nation with eventual winners Begbies Traynor Group scooping £2,500 for their chosen charities overcoming PwC in the final with the Samaritans receiving £1,295 as a result of the accountants achievement.  The final monetary donation prize of £1,000 went to Middlesbrough based AM recruitment who were playing for a local cause supporting Devon and her family whilst receiving much needed proton beam therapy treatment in Germany for Ewing sarcoma.

On the pitch fixtures came thick and fast for the companies with the opening group stages dictating whether the teams competed in the Champions League section or the Europa League section where a further round robin group phase decided the positions for the quarter finals of both the respective competitions.   A full line up of the Quarter final action at Business Fives Winter final is below.

Thomas Mckay, Partner and team captain from insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor Group, who were also the Dundee champions, said “We were very proud of the team that won and it was a great team building opportunity that allowed us to bring staff from all our 5 offices to compete in the tournament.  We are delighted our efforts on the pitch will create a positive impact with half of our charitable winnings going to support the work of Macmillan Cancer Research and the other half to Anna Miller, in support of her on-going treatments in the future.

It really was a great event to be a part of and having been involved in a number of Business Fives football and golf events I’m aware of the organisation and hard work behind the scenes that went into making it a success.”

Alistair Miller, father of Anna Miller who suffered brain damage as a result of a car accident before she was born said “Firstly, congratulations on the victory to the Begbies Traynor team and secondly thank you very much for the kind gesture to donate half of the prize to further assist Anna’s ongoing development, Yvonne & I as well as our extended family are blown away with the gesture and words could never do justice to how much this means to us all. 

We will use this donation to fund a second intensive therapy block for Anna at Bobath Scotland.”

Ambassador John ‘Yogi’ Hughes singled out Begbies Lee McGeachy in the final as the man of the match, an accolade he lifted for the second time in succession while Kelly Ann Hughes matched that feat being names as the Player of the Tournament for the second time.  The top goal scorer was Michael Desta from North Lanarkshire Leisure who scored a whopping 19 goals as they reached the semi-final stage only to be overcome by the eventual winners.   

In the adjacent semi-final PriceWaterhouseCoopers came through a penalty shootout to beat Aberdeen Standard Investments, who were the top fundraisers of the winter season raising over £1,740 for their chosen charity Dementia UK.  

In the Europa League semi-finals, Newcastle champions Sir Robert McAlpine lost out to Anderson Anderson & Brown whilst AM Recruitment came from behind to beat Visualsoft exacting revenge for an earlier defeat in the qualifying event in Tees Valley.

The Recruitment firm came from 3 goals down against Aberdeen based Anderson Anderson & Brown eventually winning via at penalty shootout. Business Fives now moves on to the golf course with Scotland’s national business golf tournament, Business Fours before the launch of Business Sevens, Scotland’s National Business Mixed Touch Rugby event and then returning to the football pitch over the summer with 15 Business Fives events across England and Scotland.

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