Alexander Adams annexure to the CV

Alexander is one of our German interns from the AAA Program that the Edinburgh Chamber is involved with. We asked him to write a little bio so that we had some information about his background.

My Name is Alexander Adams, I’m 27 years old and stay in Osnabrueck Lower Saxony Germany.

After my school graduation at the “Fachoberschule fuer Recht und Verwaltung” (High school for law and administration) in 2005 I absolved my regular nine month military service at the German air force. Then I began my studies in political sciences at the University of Kassel in Hesse Germany and finished in 2010 with the university degree “bachelor of arts in social sciences”. The next step was to begin my studies in “German law” at the University of Wuerzburg in Bavaria Germany. After only two years of study I left the university as law is a very specific career and I realised that it was not what I wanted to do in life.

After this I went back to Osnabrueck and go a job as a freelance writer at the local “Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung” Newspaper. The main articles I wrote were about the local Third German football league Club “VfL Osnabrueck”, other local events (for example the carnival in the spring) and  political story for instance the local dimension of the German federal election 2013.

Due to my interest in the tourist industry I then decided to undertake an internship at “Papenburg Tourismus GmbH”(Papenburg’s tourism company) in the city of Papenburg in northern Germany in 2008. This small German town near the estuary of the river Ems is in fact home to the biggest German shipyard ( That means around half a million tourists per year come to visit the shipyard with its giant building dock halls and views of the crossovers of the ships (mostly big cruise ships) on their way from the hinterland to the north sea. The marketing of these events is the task of the “Papenburg Tourismus GmbH” which is owned by the city. In this way I had the opportunity to see how close the political area and the private sector specifically in a regional context are influenced by each other. During my internship at the press office of the community of Belm I observed this again. The main touristic sight there is the historic battlefield of the famous “Varusschlacht” or battle of the Teuteburg Forest. Since the rediscovery of the battlefield in 1980 the government has made a big effort to build a successful tourist sight that is also an economic benefit to the surrounding area.

So I can say, my main professional interests include the three themes of writing, tourism and of course the political influence to implement huge tourism projects.

The tourist situation in Edinburgh as the capital of Scotland is very interesting. As an all over Europe hotspot for tourists from the whole world the tourist sector is very important and correspondingly strong. This means 30,000 jobs in the city are directly supported by the tourist sector. Political influence in this sector has corresponding effects and has to be weighed accurately.

That’s my story.

Feel free to check me out on LinkedIn:

Edinburgh Chamber nominated for “Best Awards Scheme”

Here in the Events Team, we are truly passionate about our work and throughout the last year have had some tremendous success, and today is no different. We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted by the Scottish Event Awards for “Best Awards Scheme”, for our Business Awards back in February.

The 3 rd Annual Business Awards surpassed all previous years in terms of sponsorship, nominees and attendance. This event would not have been possible without the passion of our members, the help all Chamber staff and of course the support from our sponsors.

To receive industry recognition like this confirms what we have known all along- that your Chamber is one of the most pioneering and forward thinking in terms of events. To receive this nomination for one of the biggest and most challenging events we have ran to date is the cherry on the cake.

Now all we have to do wish our competitors good luck and keep our fingers crossed till October! Logo (2)

Inspiring Women in Business with Ali Gayward

Ali Gayward and Dale MacPhee

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We would just like to say a big thank you to Ali Gayward from EasyJet for speaking at our Inspiring Women in Business event yesterday. I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that it was a great presentation and very interesting to hear about the aviation industry which is not a mainstream business topic to hear about.

Also a big thank you to the Waldorf Astoria for continuing to host this series of events that the Edinburgh Chamber is running.

The next Inspiring Women in Business event is being held on the 23rd September. For more information please check out the event page on the Edinburgh Chamber website

We hope you all enjoyed attending and look forward to see you again at the next one.

Cocktail Making at the Voodoo Rooms

Thank you very much to the Voodoo Rooms and to our award winning bartenders Fraser and Rosie for putting on a great cocktail making class last Thursday. From the classic French Martini to the more unusual Dark and Storm I think everyone found something they could enjoy. Our next cocktail making masterclass is on the 31st of July and is part of our Raising Stars series. Please do check out this event




Getting started with Lee Fitzpatrick

Name: Lee Fitzpatrick
Business name: Market Prepare
Start up date: 1/5/2011

Q1: Tell us a bit about your business?
Market Prepare are a forward thinking and driven all-trade project and facility Management Company that through the development of unique tendering infrastructure/ software are going to revolutionise the way in which commercial organisations can outsource property services across the UK.

Q2: What gives your business ‘the x-factor’?
Our ability to deliver highly skilled, pre vetted tradesmen promptly to our clients. Also our ability to ensure that planned projects are completed on time and to satisfaction, no matter the job instruction we are undertaking.

Q3: What motivated you to set up in business for yourself?
I wanted to create opportunities for myself but more importantly for others, the ability to give our hard working team members a chance to make a difference is a huge motivator for me

Q4: What do you like most about working for yourself?
My capacity isn’t capped and I can make the decision to push myself as far as I want and achieve the things that I really want to achieve.

Q5: What has been your greatest business success to date?
Successfully recruiting and training a team of 6 in just 7 months has allowed us to increase our capacity and position us to increasing our market share in Edinburgh and move us closer to expanding across the UK

Q6: What has been your lowest moment?
We have been limited by poor cash flow and have experienced some big growing pains which has put us under pressure in the past 6

Q7: In terms of business achievements, where do you want to be within the next 5 years?
We have clear ambitions to be trading across the UK in the next 24 months and for our software to be accessible internationally
within 36 months.

Q8: What would be your top tip to someone thinking of starting up their own business?
Don’t be scared to do things differently. If you are confident that your idea has substance and you have done your market research then don’t stop until you have proven everyone wrong.

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Edinburgh Chamber Pub Quiz

Thursday the 19th saw the inaugural Edinburgh Chamber Pub Quiz at Teviot Row House. The event was a huge success with over 20 teams taking part. Santander took first place and went away with dinner at Vodka Revs. There was also a raffle with lots of members kindly donating prizes. All the money from this went to support the Homeless World Cup which is taking place in Chile this year. We hope to make this an annual event so if you didn’t manage to make it this year do make sure you don’t miss out again.