INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
Following interviews of management and of our two youngest members of staff, Patrick and Declan along with an indepth audit of our company ethos, policies and procedures we have been informed that MDive has been successful in attaining Scotlands Investors in Young People accreditation.
The report which focuses on the attracting, recruiting, developing and nurturing of our young employees goes on to say that our positive and commited approach sets MDive aside from other companies in our sector and pays tribute to the considerable investments we make both in time and money.
We are 100% committed and determined to play our part in creating exciting career paths for youngsters within the safe and welcoming MDive 'family' unit and we are particularly proud to be able to contribute in this way to our local, very rural community where such opportunities are fewer than those available on the mainland.
We were particularly commended for our in house apprenticeship scheme which is set to see Declan become a fully qualified diver by Summer 2016. We hope that this is something we will be able to offer to more young people in the future.
Chris Cox, our IIYP assessor said "The politeness, enthusiasm, confidence and pride of the staff members seen during this assessment made the whole experience a real pleasure."
We are over the moon to announce that having only been established for 2 years we recently received our 2nd award for excellence.
At a prestigious award ceremony held at the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow and hosted by Carol Smiley, MDive were awarded joint first place in the Rural Family Business (small/Medium) category of the Herald Family Business Awards run in association with Business Gateway.
The award was presented by Gillian Cameron, Project Manager, Supplier Development Programme, sponsors of that category. Almost the entire team of MDive employees and their partners were at the ceremony which made winning the category all the more exciting and special.
In his acceptance speech our Commercial Director Murdo Smith pointed out that the Company’s success was due to the wholehearted support that he and his partner and fellow director Helen Dewar had received from the entire staff of the Company.
Earlier this year we won the SCDI Highlands & Islands Business Excellence Award for “Excellence in a marine business” sponsored by The Crown Estate.
Helen Dewar, Managing Director said that she was very pleased and proud of the team for helping the Company become a leader in the industry at the same time as remaining a business with the family feeling. One third of MDive employees are related, however we are keen to ensure that everyone in the organisation feels that they are very much part of our special MDive family.
MDive win 'Crown Estate Award for Excellence in a Marine Business'
On 11th September Helen and Murdo attended the Scottish Council for Development and Industry’s Highlands and Islands Annual Dinner & Business Awards ceremony at Drumossie Hotel, Inverness where they collected the Crown Estate Award for Excellence in a Marine Business. The hand crafted bronze award was presented by Deputy First Minister John Swinney.
Both Murdo and Helen were keen to let it be known that this success and recognition came as a result of the huge efforts of the entire MDive staff and their determination to make the Company the foremost diving contractor in the field.
MDive shortlisted as finalists for The Herald Scottish Family Business Awards 2015
Announced today was the fantastic news that MDive has been shortlisted as one of four finalists in the Rural Family Business (Small/Medium) category for the 2015 Herald Scottish Family Business Awards. See www.herald-events.com/business
Winners are to be announced at a gala dinner in December at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow. Fingers crossed!
MDive gains 'Shop Window' with UK Utility Buyers
MDive has gained a ‘shop window’ with companies in the utilities sector by joining Achilles UVDB – an online community that enables companies to manage supply chain risk and comply with EU regulations.
MDive will now be able to share on an online platform its capabilities in key business areas, such as health and safety and compliance.
Achilles UVDB is used by over 1000 buyers from over 40 UK utilities companies to find suitably qualified suppliers. Achilles works to ensure suppliers’ information is accurate via data validation, and desktop and physical audits. Several buying organisations also use the community as an approved mechanism for tendering for contracts above and below EU threshold contracts – streamlining the procurement process.
Richard Dewar, Finance Manager for MDive said: “We look forward to having the opportunity to further increase our client base and offer utility companies the benefit of our highly professional and efficient services. .”
Tom Grand, Regional Director for Achilles in the UK and Ireland, said: “By joining the biggest utilities supply chain risk management community in the UK, MDive has put itself in the best position to be considered for work with UK utility buyers.”
The story so far...
Established in 2013 MDive started trading on Christmas Eve with our first dive for Scottish Sea Farms.
Early 2014 saw us winning contracts with Scottish Salmon Company and Marine Harvest as well as completing a variety of dive operations for private clients.
In March the office was upgraded from a corner in Murdo and Helens house to our smart headquarters at An Roth Community Enterprise Centre, Craignure.
August saw us successfully achieving our ISO 9001:2008 certification, an internationally recognised Quality Management System that gives our clients and us full traceability of all MDive operations as well as reassurance that we are always on the very top of our game.
Our vessel Islander was purchased in September and since then has been used to transport dive teams, carry out mooring inspections and assist in the salvage of other vessels.
In October we were extremely lucky to be awarded funding from Business Gateway and SJ Noble Trust and in December we were nominated in the Business Start Up Category for a Scottish Rural Award.
2015 is moving just as quickly for us and we are all looking forward to another exciting year ahead.
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Work in the Community
With roots firmly established in Mull one of MDives main objectives has always been to support and strengthen the area in which we are lucky enough to live, not only by increasing employment opportunities but also by getting involved and giving as much back to the community as we can.
As a relatively new company we have started with baby steps as detailed below but as we grow, so will our support.
Became Business Members of Mull, Iona Community Trust
June – September 2014
Lochdonhead Primary School, (link to school website) the smallest school on the island with a total headcount of 9 pupils held a Summer Fete to raise funds for the school. MDive assisted in the promotion of their event by designing and funding advertisements in the monthly editions of the local magazine from June to September. The event was a huge success raising a whopping £1300 for the school and we are enormously proud to have played a part in that.
Donated to Bunessan Agricultural Show
Sponsored staff from Scottish Salmon Company to run a marathon, raising funds for The Sandpiper Trust.
Sponsored two local lads and their cars in the Tour of Mull Rally
Organised and provided fireworks for a spectacular Bonfire Night firework display for the village of Craignure. This proved to be a great family event , well attended and with a table crammed full of food and drink supplied by the Craignure community.
Sponsored Scottish Sea Farms staff to cycle through The Alps to raise funds for Children in Need
December 2014 – March 2015
The Mull Aquarium provides an exciting, informative and interactive experience for both adults and children, demonstrating the life of Tobermory community's working harbour and local waters. MDive are proud to be involved in their Tobermory Catch and Release Aquarium project. We have donated funds towards the build and our divers will be catching the sea creatures for display which will later be released again.
Our long term plans include instating a Recompression/Decompression Chamber on Mull, which will not only be used for Divers but also as a source of treatment for sufferers of various diseases and injuries.
We are currently in discussions with Scottish Business in the Community to establish ways in which we can work together to create opportunities for schools and businesses in our area.