Owned by the Earls of Stair since the early Seventeenth Century, Stair Estates is situated close to Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway. The Estate includes Castle Kennedy Gardens, Lochinch Castle and Balker Farms.
Stair Estates is also host to forestry, alternative energies, holiday cottages, farming, fishing, let farms and houses.
Castle Kennedy Gardens is a horticultural visitor attraction of national importance that draws close to 20,000 visitors a year. It is home to a world class collection of rhododendrons and plants, and is surrounded by two fresh water lochs, which provide an important breeding ground for wild fowl.
Stair Estates is searching for a new Marketing and Event Manager to join their small team who shares the same empathy and active interest in conservation and visitor heritage management.
We’re looking for a self-starter that influences change through excellent communication, and by working well with others. You’ll set the standard as an assertive, motivated and experienced professional with the will and skills to achieve your goals.
The Events & Digital Marketing Manager, to be based on site, will steer the marketing strategy through a period of growth for the business.
This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who has worked within tourism, leisure or hospitality and has a real passion for heritage sites. You will have a good grounding in both events management and also hands on digital marketing management. Working with the Senior Management Team the successful candidate will bring ideas and solutions that support the growth of this business.
Accommodation will be offered on site as part of a relocation package, and flexible working options will be offered to accommodate candidates’ requirements and circumstances.
The key objectives in the first 12 – 18 months will be to work on the new website (alongside agency), develop a full marketing and digital strategy as well as the social media management. You will be also be responsible for organising events (weddings and other seasonal events) and maximising PR opportunities nationally and within the local area.
This role would be well suited to someone who has experience in marketing, advertising or events and is looking for an opportunity to take the reins and introduce new and innovative marketing solutions to build their brand.
Currently the team are working on adding an outdoor play facility. This will be a key visitor attraction in the local area, and the new marketing professional will be involved in getting this project off the ground.
Key skills we are looking for:
This is a hands’ on role, and as well as leading the marketing activity, you will be involved in a number of operational tasks, which keep the estate running on a daily basis.
Does this peak your interest? Are you passionate about working for this kind of location? Do you have the marketing and events experience and the digital knowhow?
If so, we would love to hear from you!
As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.
Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.
We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.
Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option.
Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!
We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.
We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.
Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.
Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.
The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.
As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.
And this is what we do, every day.
We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team.
You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients. You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships. Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.
Your key duties will include:
In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:
We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management. Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level or above, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.
Your core duties will include:
You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate: