Winter Final Business Fives 2018/19 Season

The Winter Final of the National Business Fives 2018/19 season will be held at World of Football, Corn Exchange Venue on Friday 22nd March 2019.

For the 2018/19 season Business Fives has qualifying events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland where at least 3 teams will qualify from each event to complete the line-up for the final.  Our winter season national final is taking place on March 22nd where companies will compete for the chance to be crowned national business five-a-side champions and take home the Business Fives 10% charitable donation for their chosen charity which will be split between 3 companies on the day. 

Business Fives 2018/19 winter season set for thrilling final

The winter season of the five-a-side event for footie-loving firms, which has run through November, January, March and February, culminates in finals day in Edinburgh this Friday.

The tournament, which has been supported by, encourages firms across Scotland and England to enter a five-a-side team in both winter and summer events, is coming to the end of its sixth season.  Exactly 6,997 goals have been scored at Business Fives events so far, with 1,475 of them coming this winter across over 300 matches, and the third goal of Fridays final will be a significant milestone for the company.  Edinburgh based film producers, Neon Eye will be on hand to capture the 7,000th and subsequent goal mouth action at the final.

136 companies have been narrowed down to 24 with teams qualifying from each of the 9 events throughout Scotland and England in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee, Aberdeen, Newcastle, Sunderland and the final stop was in Tees Valley.  Companies from various industry sectors will be represented at the final and the full line up of companies involved is below.

This winter Business Fives charity prize pot up for grabs on Friday is £4,795 which will be split between the winners and runners up of the Champions League section and the winners of the Europa League section.  Dementia UK and Maggie’s both have 3 companies playing for them with the Great North Air Ambulance and St Andrew’s Hospice both being supported by 2 companies playing for their cause.

So far more than £14,159 has been raised for various charities with Dementia UK the biggest beneficiaries as the three teams from Aberdeen Standard Investments combined to raise £1,440 for them, other notable fundraising efforts were Begbies Traynor who raised £415 for Macmillan and ZF Group who raised £385 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Former Rangers, Dundee Utd, Sunderland and Wolves star, Alex Rae will be attending the final to present to players.  There has been a host of famous ex-players supporting the tournament as ambassadors including Newcastle United goal machine, Malcolm ‘Supermac’ MacDonald, Middlesbrough and Ireland goalscorer Bernie Slaven, Hibernian and Celtic stalwart Yogi Hughes, Hearts ambassador Gary Locke, Rangers legend and former SFA Chief Exec, Gordon Smith, Hearts and Rangers goal scorer Iain Ferguson, Celtic playmaker Bobby Petta, former Dundee Utd hardman Sean Dillon, former referee James Bee and Open Goal podcast host, Si Ferry.

Tournament founder and Business Fives managing director John McClarey – who will shortly be hosting the highly-successful Business Fours golf tournament 2019  – says it’s a great opportunity for businesses to bond with colleagues outside of the office, get fit and raise money for charity.


John said: “We are delighted with how the winter events have gone, especially how they have been received in our expansion down south into the North East of England.  Feedback from the participants continues to be very positive and we’re delighted to keep bringing our clients together through sport.

“We’re thrilled with the fundraising efforts of our clients and if we could get over the £15,000 charity mark it would be a brilliant achievement from everyone involved.  We wish all the teams the best of luck in the final.”

PWC are playing for Samaritans

Mercedes-Benz of Teesside are playing for Daisy Chain

Sir Robert McAlpine are playing for Maggie’s

Interserve are playing for St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Edinburgh -Adventurers Team) are playing for Dementia UK

Johnston Carmichael are playing for Maggies

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Aberdeen Team) are playing for Dementia UK

ZF are playing for  The Great North Air Ambulance

Utility Alliance are playing for Alice House Hospital

NL Leisure are playing for  St Andrews Hospice

NBS are playing for Mind

Mears Group are playing for St Andrews Hospice Airdrie

Begbies Traynor are playing for Macmillan

Lambert Smith Hampton are playing for Marie Curie

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Edinburgh – Jossy Giants Team are playing for Dementia UK

Anderson Anderson & Brown are playing for AABi

Visualsoft are playing for The High Tide Foundation

Smith Anderson are playing for Maggies Centre Fife

Escape Recruitment are playing for Mary Leishman Foundation

Sharp Business Systems are playing for Team Jak

AM Recruitment are playing for Devon and her family whilst receiving much needed proton beam therapy treatment in Germany for Ewing sarcoma

Addleshaw Goddard are playing for Changing Faces Scotland

Primetals Technologies are playing for Great North Air Ambulance

2019 Winter Season Final line up

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