Date of the next Granite Networks to be announced shortly
Granite Networks was launched in February 2010 as another added value service for clients. This service provides 'by invitation only' events for clients, associates and the media twice a year to offer them the opportunity for further networking and business opportunities in a professional but fun atmosphere.
Granite Networks, October 2012
As part of its 120th anniversary celebrations, The Caledonian by Thistle Hotel hosted the latest Granite Networks event recently.
The city centre event was attended by 70 clients, friends and associates of local company Granite PR who were welcomed by founder and managing director Brett Jackson and hotel general manager Jane Bourque. They enjoyed drinks and mouth-watering canapés whilst making the most of the evening’s networking and business opportunities.
The Caledonian by Thistle is one of Aberdeen’s best known hotels, having played host to countless famous faces during its illustrious history, from royalty to stars of the stage and screen. The venue is currently looking to the future with an ambitious upgrading project.
Granite PR Reports Turnover Increase As Company Goes Global
Granite PR has celebrated its fourth birthday with news that the company has experienced double digit growth in the last year.
The announcement came as the company hosted a networking event at the city’s Simpson’s Hotel, Bar and Restaurant which was attended by more than 200 clients, associates and friends recently.
For the financial year just ended, Granite PR increased turnover by more than 60% to just over £190,000 compared with almost £113,000 in the previous year.
Wednesday’s event also saw the company announce that it has secured its first contract in the USA and will be providing PR support for Varel, the world’s largest independent supplier in the global oil and gas drill bit market.
Founded in 1947, Varel is headquartered in Carrollton, Texas and services oil and gas, mining and industrial markets with its comprehensive suite of roller cone and fixed cutter drill bits. The company employs more than 1,000 people and has manufacturing facilities in Texas, Mexico and France as well as sales offices across the globe. Commenting on the company’s successful year, founder and managing director Brett Jackson said: “The past 12 months have been a very exciting period of rapid growth in turnover and profit for Granite PR and we are delighted that the company has achieved double digit growth against a harsh economic backdrop.
“Signing our first contract in Houston is a significant achievement for the company and we look forward to growing our presence in that market by building on the relationships we are forming with the business community there.”
He added: “We anticipate continued organic growth for Granite PR which will include the signing of further contracts in the USA and UK and, we hope, the creation of new jobs to meet the needs of our existing and new clients.”
All photos by Jotolio Photography.
Granite Networks’ Midsummer Barbecue
Whilst the weather on 21st June was less than perfect for a barbecue, both the number of guests and the quality of the networking ensured another highly successful event.
The barbecue took place at Aberdeen Grammar School Former Pupils’ Club on Queens Road, and after a refreshing summer cocktail, courtesy of Orchid, guests enjoyed a traditional barbecue indoors, where they were able to make good use of both the main lounge and newly refurbished meeting rooms which the club now has available for corporate and private hire.
Both Orange, the main sponsor of the evening, and SureVoIP provided superb prizes for their respective business card draws, and Orchid a bottle of Veuve Cliquot. Granite Networks also launched its first directory of clients and associates, sponsored and produced by North East Publications & Marketing and, in place of a planned pétanque competition, a business-themed quiz took place with the 3 prize winners each receiving 2 bottles of wine generously donated by the Grant Smith Law Practice.
All photos by Pamela Eastwood of Pamela Eastwood Photography.
Burns Night 2011
The third highly successful Granite Networks event, a Burns' Night-themed evening at Simpson's Hotel on 25th January, was attended by over 200 clients, associates and media.
Including a wonderful buffet Burns' supper laid on by Simpson's with a dram sponsored by Deveron Homes, alongside the networking attendees helped Granite PR celebrate not only its 3rd birthday, but also the launch of its sister company, Granite Interactive, which offers corporate film services.
The event was organised by Business Plus Scotland and, in keeping with the flavour of the night, the staff were kitted out in kilts by McCalls. Although the evening did not follow the full tradition of a typical Burns' supper, Bill Henderson of Seggat Holiday Cottages did provide a resounding address to the haggis, whilst Lynne Holburn regaled the assembled company with a witty speech in the true spirit of the night.
All this was against the backdrop of a stunning display of wares from Jane's Design Studio and a vibrant looped presentation by North East Publications and Marketing.
Granite PR and Business Plus Scotland were also grateful for the support of Forth Wines and Rocket Print, and to the many clients and associates who provided generously for the prize draw.
The delegates enjoyed a packed evening and left with a smile on their faces and a warming wee gift to keep out the January chill, courtesy of Duncan Taylor Scotch Whisky and singlemaltsdirect.com
All photos by Donald Stewart of Donald Stewart Photography