We’re a friendly bunch and we want to get to know each other – that’s what it’s all about after all. Every member has their own professional profile in the Member’s Directory but we think there’s no better way to get to know someone than to ask them some personal questions that really get to the heart of their personality. Every member who joins PBN will be asked a series of questions which will form the basis for our Featured Members section.

So here it is folks, everything you wanted to know about us and much much more!!

10 Minutes with…… Sophie McEwan from HeatWorks and Quince

Sophie McEwan: Owner of two successful businesses in Perth, Mum to amazing human and fur babies and wife to wonderful husband Neil. We couldn’t help but wonder if Sophie was an all round super woman so, we took a few minutes to get to know her! Alongside the aforementioned husband Neil, Sophie owns Perth’s favourite…

10 Minutes with…. Laura Chen of Laura Chen Photographer

Wrap up your nearest and dearest and get them along to Laura Chen Photography because this is a woman with a serious talent for making everything look, well, sooooo cute! As a specialist newborn and children’s photographer, Laura Chen captures the most precious of moments, creating timeless and emotive children’s portraiture for a living. So…

10 Minutes with….. Gemma Simpson of Adventure Circus

Adventure Circus was created in January 2015 by founder and Director, Gemma Simpson, and is a aerial, acrobatic and fitness club for people who like to do things a little differently. Gemma has a background in gymnastics and equestrian vaulting (google it!) and is generally sport mad, working also in the sport triathlon. Adventure Circus…

10 Minutes with…. Kelly Bruce of Murrayshall House Hotel

Kelly Bruce is the Sales Manager at the beautiful Murrayshall Country House Hotel & Golf Club. Right at the heart of one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland, Kelly works with the team at the hotel to ensure that whether you are looking for a relaxed evening in Stutts Bar, a golfing break, or a chance…

10 Minutes with …….. Donna Bednarek from CLIC Sargent

Donna Bednarek is the local fundraising engagement manager for charity CLIC Sargent who support families whose children have been diagnosed with cancer. When cancer strikes young lives CLIC Sargent helps families limit the damage cancer causes beyond their health. Cancer doesn’t discriminate. Today, 11 more children and young people will hear the devastating news that…

10 Minutes with….. Liz Gilmour of Liz Gilmour Coaching

Liz Gilmour of the eponymous Liz Gilmour Coaching works with lawyers and other professionals to get crystal clear on their greater purpose and direction, so that they create extraordinary success, happiness and fulfilment in their work and lives. If you are curious to experience how coaching could accelerate your business success, Liz is offering free one hour…

10 Minutes with……… Annette Welch of MDG

Annette Welch is a Director of MDG Group, a Business Cost Consultancy based on Tay St in Perth which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary. MDG Group helps businesses become more profitable by helping them lower and manage their operating costs focusing on the (often considered) dull, but very necessary, world of utilities. They specialise in…

10 Minutes with….. Karen McCrostie of the Lang Toon Times

Karen McCrostie is the founder and owner of the Lang Toon Times, an online and print news service for Auchterarder and the surrounding area. Connected to the Auchterarder website it offers an opportunity for local organisations and businesses to promote themselves to the local area. She’s used to writing about everyone else so we figured it…

10 Minutes with…. Sarah Halliday of Sarah Halliday Art

Sarah Halliday is an artist and designer based in Perthshire who has sold her paintings not only in the UK, but in Europe and the USA. With exhibitions in galleries acrossthe UK, as well as appearing in a book dedicated to cycling art., we thought it was about time would found out a bit more…

10 MINUTES WITH… Jane Rennie, The Extraordinary Training Company

Jane Rennie is an experienced coach and trainer and founder of The Extraordinary Training Company, a people development company specialising in driving performance by bringing extraordinary training and coaching to entrepreneurs and SMEs. Believing that an organisation’s strength is its people, they provide learning & development solutions that help small businesses to get the very best from…

10 Minutes With … Claire McFarlane, Grampian Hotel

Claire McFarlane and her husband Duncan own and run the Grampian hotel. After carrying out a massive refurbishment in 2007 they re-opened the hotel. Ten years on the hotel is a popular wedding venue with Claire doing all wedding and event co-ordination. She loves nothing more than helping couples at each stage of their journey…

10 MINUTES WITH… Georgina Coleman, Established Events

Georgina Coleman is the owner of Established Events which is a catering and events company. Their clients see the value in working with specialists who understand their requirements when it comes to organising an event. They work with both corporate and private individuals, offering an unrivalled service in venue sourcing, catering and events management. Established…

10 MINUTES WITH … Debbie Fellows, Thorntons Law

Debbie Fellows is a Partner in the Employment team at Thorntons – which is one of the largest and most successful full-service legal firms in Scotland. She is accredited as an employment law specialist by the Law Society and have over 17 years experience advising clients on employment and discrimination law issues. She takes a common…

10 MINUTES WITH….. Tricia Fox from Volpa

Established in 2002 by Tricia Fox with a vision to create a truly integrated marketing agency offering, Volpa is a strategic one stop shop to those businesses whose needs span the full marketing discipline and who don’t have the time to manage multiple agencies to get the job done. Over the last 15 years Volpa…

10 MINUTES WITH … Olivia Robertson, The Home Straight

The Home Straight is a Social Enterprise offering Independent Living Solutions to older people. Our core business involves Moving, Downsizing and Ageing in Place options. Making the decision whether to move or stay can be a daunting process. We at The Home Straight can support people and their families through the entire process of de-cluttering,…

Jan Shirley

This month, our Featured Member is Jan Shirley (Craigie Business Support). The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] Rabbie Burns I’m sitting at my desk facing two computer monitors loaded with the tools of my trade, databases, contact monitoring systems, progress reports. The business lifeline, its raison d’etre, a…

Leigh Smith

My love of cake making started at an early age. No cake was complete without buttercream piping, ‘hundreds and thousands’, and chocolate buttons! ​ In 2008, I bought a second-hand cake decorating book at the Glenfarg village fete and challenged myself to make a ‘bouquet of roses’ cake for my Mum’s 70th birthday. Since then…

Jemima Vetha

Jemima currently works as the Business Manager in the Perth office of Bright Care, a growing care at home business. Having completed her post-graduate studies in Biomedical Science Jemima switched her interests joining Bright Care family in 2011. Over the past 5 years Jemima has taken on a range of roles from Administrator to Care…

Zoe Cormack

Zoë Cormack has over 15 years’ experience of HR and is the founder of Cormack HR.   Believing that strong employee relations are central to a thriving workplace, she established Cormack HR to provide professional and personable Human Resources support and advice to Public, Private, Social Enterprises and Third Sector organisations across Scotland.   Her…

Sara Wood: A Foray into Hospitality

We caught up with Sara Wood, who many of you will know as a marketing consultant but who now runs a beautiful, boutique B&B in Dunning.  This is her story of her foray into hospitality: Possibly surprisingly for a Yorkshire lass my first ambition was for languages and I qualified as a foreign correspondent/translator.  Really…