On 11 April 2016 a new, and exciting, chapter of my life, and that of Middlebrooks Business Recovery & Advice (“Middlebrooks”), began, and we moved to Aberdeen.
For those of you who don’t know much, or anything about me, all of my working life up until that date, has been spent working for organisations based in, and around, Glasgow. So, when the opportunity arose for me to venture north to The Granite City to set up the second office of Middlebrooks it did give me a lot to think about; not least being so far away from my beloved Airdrieonians FC.
A lot of people questioned my decision and asked “why Aberdeen.” Well, why not Aberdeen I say? Being married to an Aberdonian, I’ve spent quite a bit of time in this part of the world and felt that that would help me to adapt more easily to the change. So, four months, and a lot of miles up and down the A90, later, I’m finally settled in Aberdeen and am enjoying working for Middlebrooks.
I find life, and business, to be very different in Aberdeen than it is in Glasgow or Edinburgh. For example, the city is a lot more compact and, from a business perspective, everyone in my/our profession seems to have offices within a short stroll of each other. So, if you’re organised, then there is no need to scoot around the city in taxis all the time. All good from a physical and health point of view – although, I’m sure that come January/February, when that North Sea chill hits, my enthusiasm for walking may just falter a bit. Until then, though, I’m happy to wear down the shoe leather!
Aberdeen is also great for networking/business development. There always seems to be something going on, whether it be a business breakfast or some sort of seminar or other. It’s actually more difficult not to get involved in such things than it is to participate. For someone, both new to the city and also trying to build a new business, this is all good news.
So, what do Middlebrooks, and Derek Lyttle, bring to Aberdeen I hear you ask? Well, we like to think that we bring an alternative option – nothing more/nothing less. There are other Insolvency Practitioner (“IP”) firms in Aberdeen, each bringing something to the table, and one of our/my first goals was to meet as many local IPs as possible both to introduce ourselves and to explore ways of working together going forward. We’ve/I’ve met most, or at least a representative of the respective IP’s firm, now, but there are some that we/I haven’t yet – apologies and watch out for a telephone call, or e-mail, inviting you for a coffee or lunch.
Aberdeen, and the surrounding area, is an exciting place to be. It is, however, going through a difficult time at present, and there will be business casualties over the coming days, weeks, months. We would like to think that by being ‘local’ we are available to help when necessary. So, if you’d like to know more about us/me, then check us out online or just pick up the phone and have a chat.
I must also say that, to date, I’ve felt a lot of warmth towards our/my presence in Aberdeen. Long may that continue and, who knows, one day I may begin to wonder why I never chose Aberdeen before now – but I do miss a nice wee, well fired, morning roll with square sausage and a dollop of broon sauce on it though!!