Another week, another new Audi. Two new Audis, in fact. The German car maker has announced a couple more additions to its Q line up of SUVs. The Q4 is a coupe-SUV hybrid that will go up against the BMW X4 and Mercedes GLC Coupe. As its name suggests, it’ll be positioned between the compact Q3 and bigger Q5. At the other end of the scale is the Q8, which will go head to head against the Range Rover. It’s lower and sleeker than the Q7 Audi is also producing. In concept form, it sat only four people, although it seems likely the production version will be a five seater. There’s a 630 litre boot as well. Eagle eyed Audi followers will notice the only SUV slots left to fill are the Q1 and Q6. Watch this space...
Dundee company Jaydee Heating has closed with mounting debts and the potential loss of about 20 jobs. Directors of the firm based in the Wester Gourdie industrial estate have lodged an application at Dundee Sheriff Court to appoint an administrator. The workforce and office staff have been sent home, and trading has been suspended. Managing director Richard Goodall was not available for comment today and the firm’s premises were closed. The company which carried out industrial and commercial heating, electrical and plumbing work had been coping with difficult trading conditions for some time. For more on this story, see Wednesday's Courier or try our digital edition.
A massive fire engulfed a waste management facility in West Gourdie Industrial Estate. Flames broke out among the general waste inside a large shed at the JD Laing’s facility at around 3.20 on Tuesday, causing a large fire and gas canisters to explode. None of the 11 workers at the site were injured in the dramatic incident, which took three appliances around an hour to get under control. https://www.youtube.com/embed/fq0KVDwzaWY Smoke continued to billow out of the shed for several hours. One onlooker said: “It was really frightening. You could really hear the canisters exploding.”
A new operator has taken on Dundee’s failed go-kart centre and has plans to attract new customers. ScotKart has asked the city council for permission to use part of the Myrekirk Road premises for laser tag. The centre, on the Wester Gourdie industrial estate, opened in summer 2012 following a £400,000 investment to make it the largest indoor karting facility in Scotland. It was open seven days a week and boasted a fleet of karts capable of speeds up to 40mph. However, it shut its doors in February after operators Karting Ecosse were placed into provisional liquidation on the order of the sheriff court following a petition by estate agents Castlelaw Estates. A number of customers went online to complain they had lost money because bookings were not honoured. Muir Smith Evans, the agents for the new operator, said adding laser tag would ensure “a robust business model”. For more on this story, see Thursday’s Dundee edition of The Courier.
A convicted drug dealer is chasing a city nursery over an “unpaid” £130,000 bill. Stephen Donald, 59, was jailed for five years in 2011 for his role in a drugs gang that had heroin with a street value of more than £118,000, along with £19,000 in cash, which was seized by police. Mr Donald and business partner Paul Matthew, 49, are now chasing Technotots Nursery for cash they claim is owed in rent. The pair say they agreed a 20-year lease with the nursery but are now owed more than three years’ worth of rent. Mr Donald and Mr Matthew used to be partners in the nursery with Angela McGoldrick. Mr Matthew is still a shareholder in the nursery but Mr Donald is no longer involved. The case, which is understood to surround a building that Technotots used to occupy at Wester Gourdie, is set to call at Dundee Sheriff Court. Ms McGoldrick said: “This claim will be vigorously contested, and is actively being defended by my company solicitor as we speak. “So, the first job for me to do now is to draw that circle of folk together to allay any fears or concerns they may have, and to assure them all of my continued commitment to provide the same high-quality sustainable service both now and in the future. Therefore we are simply going to get on with the work we do as normal.” A statement from MDM, Mr Donald and Mr Matthew’s firm, said the action was a “last resort”. “The action would enable the firm to secure a substantial sum of monies from Technotots via the appropriate channels at Dundee Sheriff Court.” Technotots is based at Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate.
Dundee company Fairprint has broken the £9 million turnover barrier for the first time. The UK’s largest trade printer reported a strong trading year in 2014 as it continued its period of growth. The online commodity print company which won the The Courier’s digital and online business of the year award for 2014 recorded a 20% rise in turnover to £9m. Profit before tax was also up 20% at just under £2m for the company, which is based at Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate. Director Roderick Scrimgeour said the future developments of the business may be subject to unforeseen events outwith the directors’ control. The board continued to follow management policies to promote continued strengthening of the management team. Operating practices are under continuous review to ensure the company maintains the high quality of its product, he added. Retention of profits with £2.85m being carried forward after tax and after accounting for reserve movements would help the company respond to changes in the requirements of its customers, the marketplace and rising costs. Fairprint, which increased its workforce during the year by 20 to 77 and is a significant employer of apprentices, was formed in 1997. Its mission statement is to provide consistent high-quality commodity print, competitively priced and delivered on time through online channels which are intuitive and easy to use. Fairprint has developed bespoke software for manufacturing, opening access to new markets. It now has more developers than printers and has described itself as a software company that happens to print. Its seamless single manufacturing process allows plate-changing in one minute 40 seconds as against a typical 15 minutes. It set a UK first in ordering a second Perfector press as part of its ongoing £8m investment plan The company predicted 2015 would be an exciting year as it further streamlined and automated its systems and set its sights on expanding into mainland Europe It would develop a fully automated packing line working with a manufacturer to perfect a unique automated business card cutting and packaging system which it would patent. Fairprint is the only printer worldwide to be licensed by the press-maker Heidelberg to upgrade its workflow process from input to finishing.
Travellers have set up an illicit camp within a disused Dundee factory. Several caravans have been pitched at the Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate site for nine days, and more arrived before last weekend. A nearby resident said he saw them enter the grounds of the Sella Furniture Group factory on Friday. A police spokesman said: “Tayside Division is aware that Travelling people have created an encampment in the Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate in Dundee over recent days. “We are working with the city council and the Travellers liaison officer in particular, in accordance with established national guidelines, with a view to resolving the matter.”
Standing out from the crowd on Tinder can be tough, but with the help of Microsoft PowerPoint a British student has managed just that – and gone viral in the process.Sam Dixey, a 21-year-old studying at Leeds University, made a six-part slideshow entitled “Why you should swipe right” – using pictures and bullet points to shrewdly persuade potential dates to match with him on the dating app. The slideshow includes discussion of his social life and likes, such as “petting doggos” and “laser tag”, and “other notable qualities and skills” – such as being “not the worst at sex” and “generous when drunk”.It even has reviews mocked up from sources such as “Donald Trump”, “Leonardo Di Capri Sun” and “The Times Guide to Pancakes 2011”.Sam told the Press Association the six-slide presentation only took about 20 minutes to make and “started off as a joke”.However, since being posted to Twitter by fellow Tinder user Gracie Barrow, Sam’s slideshow has been shared tens of thousands of times across social media.So, it’s got the seal of approval form Gracie, but how has the slideshow fared on Tinder? “I’d have to say it has been pretty successful,” Sam said. “Definitely a clear correlation of matches and dates beforehand to afterwards.“Most of the responses tend to revolve around people saying ‘I couldn’t help swipe right 10/10’ but I’ve had some people go the extra mile and message me on Facebook.“Plus some people have recognised me outside, in the library and on dates.”A resounding success.
Frozen vegetable processor Dundee Cold Stores saw pe-tax profits almost treble to £1.74 million last year. The Gourdie Industrial Estate-based firm, which is operated as a joint venture by WP Bruce Ltd and East Coast Viners, processes more than 20,000 tonnes of peas and beans each year, the equivalent of more than 12% of the United Kingdom harvest. New accounts posted at Companies House show the firm saw turnover rise by £1.44m to £6.1m in the year to December 31, with pre-tax profits increasing from £627,077 in 2012 to £1.74m. The firm had an average of 46 staff, 44 of whom were dedicated to the production process. In his report on behalf of the board, director Bill Bruce said the firm had continued to invest in its facilities and had expanded its operations last year to include the cold storage of fish during the off season. “Although recent economic conditions have been difficult, we have continued to invest in our processing and storage plants in order to increase capacity and try to ensure the long-term growth of our business. “We will continue to strive to increase capacity, improve efficiency of our processes and aim to further utilise our storage facilities outwith the vegetable season,” he said. “As for many businesses of our size, the business environment in which we operate continues to be challenging,” he added.
A 61-year-old man was attacked and robbed of a five-figure sum as he locked up a cash and carry on Dundee's Wester Gourdie Industrial Estate on Thursday night. Police believe his two attackers escaped in a car which was waiting nearby, and think the driver of an articulated lorry parked in the area may hold the key to identifying them. Their victim, who is of Chinese origin, was shaken but unhurt by his ordeal. He was locking up the Wing Fung Cash and Carry in Whittle Place shortly after 8pm when he was approached from behind by the two men, who knocked him down before making off with thousands of pounds. The cash was contained in a black nylon briefcase bag, similar in style to a laptop bag, with a Red Cross-style symbol on it. The bag also contained a number of bank cards, cheque books, and keys. The two men then ran off northwards up Whittle Place and turned right into Liff Road, where it is believed a vehicle was waiting to pick them up. Officers are also looking at the possibility that the robbers may have been in the grounds of nearby Camperdown Park before the robbery and the getaway vehicle was parked there. Both robbers are described as being between 20 and 30, of slim build and around 5ft 10in. One was wearing a dark grey, hooded top with reflective markings on it and the second was wearing light coloured clothing, possibly matching hooded top and bottoms. The top he was wearing may have had buttons down the front. "We are reviewing CCTV footage from a number of properties in the area and know from that footage that several cars were travelling in the Liff Road area at the time of the incident," said Detective Inspector Kevin McMahon, the officer leading the inquiry. "We also need to speak to the driver of an articulated lorry that is seen to park up on Liff Road, near to the junction with Spittle Place and the entrance to Camperdown Park, shortly before the incident took place. "The lorry had a dark coloured cab with writing on it and a light coloured trailer. It's highly likely that the driver would have seen the two men responsible for this incident. "A number of cars are seen to drive eastwards along Liff Road around the time of the incident. I'd ask those drivers to get in touch with us as they may have vital information for the inquiry team. "The 61-year-old man was not physically injured as a result of the incident but has been left extremely shaken."