Business Fives

Business Fives summer season 2018 kicking off in Edinburgh with the Construction, Housing & Property event

The Construction, Housing & Property sector has been well represented at Business Fives with over 70 companies from the sector involved in the corporate football events.

The sector has also been the most generous when it comes to charitable efforts with £15,000 raised in just two years by the Construction, Housing & Property industry.

Together with the continued support of Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation there will be two qualifying events in both Edinburgh and Glasgow this summer. The Edinburgh event will see Business Fives kick off for the summer 2018 season with the first of eleven regional sector events across the country.

Business Fives have again committed to giving a bumper donation of 10% from the event’s revenue to the winning team’s chosen charity and the success of the Construction, Housing & Property teams have been a big factor in their substantial contribution.

Business Fives, the five-a-side corporate events company for football-loving professionals, is now entering its fifth season as the summer season takes in five Scottish cities for the first time – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Dundee – with teams competing for a place in the grand final in Edinburgh on September 26.

Building on its year-on-year success, having worked with more than 400 companies and raised over £42,000 for charities since launching in 2016, Business Fives boasts some famous ex-players and sporting celebrities as ambassadors including footballer former Rangers star and ex-SFA boss Gordon Smith, ex-Celtic star turned commentator Andy Walker, Hibs legend Pat Stanton, Hearts stalwart Gary Mackay, BBC Pundit Tam McManus along with TV presenter David Tanner.

Tournament founder and Business Fives managing director, John McClarey, who also organised a highly-successful inaugural Business Fours golf tournament earlier this year, said: “The events have proven to be a very big hit with the Construction, Housing & Property sector and allows a wide range of job roles to come together on the football pitch and down tools for the afternoon. We’ve been really impressed at the charitable efforts from the sector that has lived up to its reputation of having communities at the heart of their work. Given the mix of companies we’ve had involved it promises to be another good networking opportunity for the industry.”

Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Housing News editor, Kieran Findlay, said: “We have been long supporters of both Business Fives and Business Fours as they are enjoyable events which are great for networking while raising money for notable causes in the process.

“We would encourage companies who have yet to be involved to give it a go.”

David Melhuish, Scottish Property Federation director, added: “We are pleased to once again be partnering with Business Fives following the success of the competition in recent years. Getting the chance to bring the property sector together while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle is fantastic. Given the companies already signed up for this summer’s events in Edinburgh and Glasgow, we have no doubt that this will be another major success and a great opportunity for property businesses to raise their profile, support a great cause and have some competitive fun!”

There will be two events covering the Construction, Housing & Property sectors. Here’s where and when they are taking place and which firms are involved to date…

Sir Robert McAlpine set to kick off charity tournament in Glasgow for Maggie’s

As part of its commitment to raise £1 million for Maggie’s cancer centres throughout Scotland over the next ten years, Sir Robert McAlpine is hosting its inaugural charity football event for companies.

The five-a-side event for footie-loving firms, which runs on Saturday June 2 in partnership with Glasgow Sport, will be hosted at the state-of-the-art Glasgow Green facility in the city.

After the success of its internal charity football match in 2017, sustainability manager John Logan decided to build a bigger and more inclusive event primarily aimed at raising funds and awareness to support the work of Maggie’s.

John decided that widening the event out to local businesses would create a bigger impact in terms of funds raised along with engaging positively with the local business community.

He said: “We wanted the event to be as inclusive and as diverse as possible, not just restricted to construction. Our event partners, Business Fives and Glasgow Sport have diverse networks and contacts, and the aim of the event is to promote what Maggie’s provides to centre visitors to as many people as possible while raising funds and having some fun.”

The tournament, which is being supported by corporate sports organisers Business Fives, is now open for entries with all proceeds going to support the work of Maggie’s.

The event will be one for the whole family to enjoy with activities for kids throughout the day whilst the adults get down to business on the football pitches.

The main aim of the day is to raise awareness within the local community of the fantastic work Maggie’s is involved in throughout Scotland.

Maralyn Boyle, partnerships manager Scotland, said: “We are very grateful to Sir Robert McAlpine for their ongoing support, Glasgow Sport for providing a wonderful venue and to Business Fives for making this such a successful event. Companies taking part will help to fund Maggie’s Centres – unique and uplifting places where people affected by cancer and their friends and family can get emotional, practical and social support. Our eight Maggie’s Centres across Scotland rely completely on voluntary donations, so your support is greatly appreciated.”

It will even have some famous ex-players and sporting celebrities coming along to support the event and some exciting announcements on this front will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Chris Weitz, senior sports development officer for Glasgow Sport, said: “We’re happy to do our part in supporting such an important charity. Maggie’s Centres play such an important role in communities across Glasgow and the whole of the country – so it really is a wonderful cause to get behind.”

Tournament organiser and Business Fives managing director, John McClarey, said: “We’re really excited to be involved in this ambitious event and with a knowledge of the work of Maggie’s, it’s a fantastic cause to support. The event will be a fun day out for all the participants with the tournament having a graded system to keep all the teams involved with something to play for but the main thing is that the charity will benefit from everyone’s efforts both on and off the pitch.”

The tournament is now open for entries and to register a team please get in touch with Marty McGreechin at m.mcgreechin@srm.com.

Construction and housing teams compete in Business Fives final

Champions Graham Pest Control

Business Fives winter season reached a thrilling climax as the Grand Final was held in Glasgow.

The best five-a-side teams from all sectors of the Scottish economy who’d qualified through heats in Glasgow, Edinburgh and for the first time Dundee and Aberdeen came together to battle it out at Soccerworld.

The event, which has been supported by Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Housing News since it began, reached a milestone when the 4,000th Business Fives goal was scored in the opening fixtures.

Runners-up Story Contracting

In total more than 200 were scored on the day as quality football prevailed – and a worthy winner battled through to lift the prize. Ambassadors Gordon Smith and Jim Melrose were on hand for an engaging question and answer session and to hand out the prizes to the winning companies along with Keith Campbell from the Insider.

In the group stages it was a free scoring Nairn’s Oatcakes team who topped theirs along with an organised Graham Environmental Services side, who won the Dundee qualifier, triple Edinburgh champs Anderson Strathern and Aberdeen winners Anderson Anderson & Brown.

They were joined by Story Contracting, AutoRek and Sky along with MacTaggart & Mickel Homes.

The team from MacTaggart & Mickel Homes

The knockout stages saw matches go down to penalties as Sky overcame Nairn, before they lost in another penalty shootout in the semis to Graham Environmental Services.

Meanwhile Story Contracting also reached the final with a 2-0 victory over Anderson Anderson & Brown.

In the final, Dundee-based Graham Environmental Services ran out 3-2 winners – with a standout performance from Craig McFadden earning him man of the match from Business Fives ambassadors Gordon Smith and Jim Melrose.

The James Frew team

Meanwhile in the Europa League, MacTaggart & Mickel beat Anderson Strathern to get to the final and Nairn’s Oatcakes triumphed over Shepherd & Wedderburn thanks to goals from tournament top scorer Paul Tansey. Tansey then helped Nairn triumph in the final over MacTaggart.

The tournament raised a magnificent £9,847 for various charitable causes. Winner Graham Environmental Services received £1,500 which they chose to split between Cash for Kids and Down’s Syndrome Scotland while runners-up Story Contracting got £750 for MacMillan and Europa League finalists Nairn’s Oatcakes and MacTaggart & Mickel split £545 for Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Cash for Kids respectively.

The Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity were also the beneficiaries of the charity raffle for a signed Leigh Griffiths Scotland top donated by Nairn’s.

The Leigh Griffiths Scotland top was won by Steven Stewart and accepted by Greg Cruickshank

The Business Fives events will be back for the summer season and companies can start registering their interest on their website here.

Before that the tournament organiser will also host Business Fours, Scotland’s national business golf tournament once again supported by Insider.

Full details of the qualifying events taking place in April ahead of the final in St Andrews are on their site here.

Three more qualify for Business Fives final after Glasgow construction, housing and property heat

Heat winners MacTaggart & Mickel

Business Fives’ winter season continued with the Glasgow construction, housing and property heat on Tuesday where 12 companies across the sector met in the city.

Supported by tournament media partners Insider.co.uk and industry partners Scottish Housing News, Scottish Construction Now and the Scottish Property Federation, the event got underway with editors, Kieran Findlay from SHN and SCN and Philip Gates from Insider.co.uk addressing the audience.

The 12 teams conjured up an impressive 213 goals in 34 matches as the tournament started with an initial round robin phase to determine the positions for the Champions League and Europa League stages with both routes offering a passage to the national final in Glasgow on March 14.

Runners-up James Frew also qualify for the final

It was teams from Tri-Fix industrial fasteners, Multiplex, who made it to last year’s winter final, Mactaggart & Mickel Homes along with Advance Construction Scotland who set the early pace and won their respective groups to book their place in the Champions League. They were joined by McCarthy & Stone, James Frew & GasSure, Dougall Baillie Associates and BTO Solicitors.

Over in the Europa League, Gladman Scotland came up against Story Contracting and Business Moves Group facing Muir Construction.

The Champions League quarter finals were close encounters and it was Multiplex who kept up their and unbeaten run to book a semi-final spot against James Frew. Advance Construction booked their place in the semi-finals to play Mactaggart & Mickel who were beginning to hit form at the right time after edging past McCarthy & Stone 4-3.

Charlie Hobbs was named Man of the Match for the final

The Champions League final was a hotly contested affair with MacTaggart & Mickel finding themselves 3-0 up but the team from James Frew fought back and rallied late and with momentum on their side the final whistle blew too early for their liking and the home builders won 3-2.  With James Frew taking consolation in the fact they qualified for the National final. Former Rangers captain and Street Soccer Scotland coach, Ally Dawson along with former Celtic star Jim Melrose singled out Charlie Hobbs as the star player in the final for a superb solo performance.

In the Europa League final it was an even tighter affair ending 3 goals all between Story Contracting and Business Moves Group. Kieran Tidzer added to his tally as top goal scorer for the heat to finish on 17 goals. To split the pair apart it was penalties that decided who would go through to the National final. Captain David Kellighan held his nerve and slotted home as Story Contracting won the tie.

Kieran Tidzer from Story Contracting was the tournament’s top scorer

The former Celtic and Rangers players shared stories from their playing careers before conducting the prize presentation to the successful teams.

The Business Fives action continues on Thursday in Edinburgh with the Professional Services heat where 3 more teams will join the 6 qualifiers from the construction housing and property sector, Capital City Electrical, GVA, Comprehensive Design Architects, Mactaggart & Mickel, James Frew and Story Contracting.

Capital City Electrical provide spark as Business Fives winter season kicks off

Edinburgh champions Capital City Electrical

Business Fives’ biggest-ever winter season kicked off in Edinburgh as five-a-side football-loving firms from the capital took part in the construction, housing and property heat.

The day got underway with a presentation from Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now editor Kieran Findlay which has formed a partnership with Business Fives.

Firms from across the sector took part with the day kicking off with an icebreaker friendly warm up match where new connections across the sector were made. The companies taking part were Savills, Link Group, Dunedin Canmore, GVA, Capital City Electrical, Michael Laird Architects, Weslo Housing Management, Comprehensive Design Architects and Thomson Gray.

Comprehensive Design Architects Team also reached the final

The heat’s format saw three groups of teams battle to qualify for Champions League.

For those who didn’t finish in the Champions League slots, they contested the Europa League – with an Intertoto Cup play-off to decide some of the final Europe positions.

In the Champions League, the semi-finals were contested between Comprehensive Design Architects, Dunedin Canmore, Capital City Electrical and Thomson Gray.

GVA will also be represented in the March final

Capital City Electrical and Comprehensive Design Architects won through to the final, with Capital City Electrical running out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Both finalists also booked their spots in the grand final at Soccerworld in Glasgow in March 14.

In the Europa League final – which also provides a team with a route to the grand final – GVA beat Weslo HM 4-2 to qualify.

Ed Barbirou from Capital City Electrical wins man of the match in the final

Top goal scorer was Capital City Electrical’s director Steven Wright with nine.

Tournament ambassador Pat Stanton presented the prizes to the winners – and singled out Ed Barbirou as the man of the match in the final for a super defensive display.

He then conducted a question and answer session with the teams to round off the day.

Both GVA and Capital City Electrical will go on to try and win the Business Fives donation for their chosen charity Alzheimer Scotland. Comprehensive Design Architects will be playing for Projekt 42 in the final.

Teams announced for Business Fives Construction, Housing & Property events

The teams participating in the Construction, Housing & Property qualifying events for a business five-a-side tournament have been announced, with time still available for companies to get involved.

Supported by Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation the heats will run on January 23 and 30 in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.

Business Fives, the five-a-side contest for football-loving firms, is now entering its fourth season as the winter season takes in four Scottish cities for the first time – Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee – with teams competing for a place in the grand final in Glasgow on March 14.

Building on its year-on-year success since launching in 2016, Business Fives has worked with more than 300 firms and raised over £30,000 for charities.

Like the summer season, tournament organisers have committed to donating 10% of all its revenue to charity with the winning team securing a bumper donation for their charity of choice.

Business Fives boasts some famous ex-players and sporting celebrities as ambassadors including footballer turned businessman Lee Mair, ex-Celtic star Andy Walker, Rangers legend Ally Dawson, Hearts legend Gary Mackay, BBC Pundit Tam McManus along with TV presenter David Tanner.

Tournament founder and Business Fives managing director, John McClarey, – who also organised a highly-successful inaugural Business Fours golf tournament earlier in the year – said it’s a great opportunity for businesses to bond with colleagues outside of the office, get fit and raise money for charity.

Details of the two events covering the Construction, Housing & Property sectors and the firms are involved to date are as follows:

Edinburgh Construction, Housing & Property Heat

Tuesday 23rd January – World of Football, Edinburgh

Companies involved: Dunedin Canmore, GVA, Michael Laird Architects, Savills, Capital City Electrical, Link Group, Thomson Gray, Weslo HM, Comprehensive Design Architects

Glasgow Construction, Housing & Property Heat

Tuesday 30th January – SoccerWorld, Glasgow

Companies involved: Muir Construction, BTO Solicitors, Tri-Fix, Story Contracting, Brodies, Multiplex, Business Moves Group, Dougall Baillie Associates, AMCO, McCarthy & Stone

Business Fives set to kick off for new winter season tournament

The five-a-side event for footie-loving firms, which runs through January and February, culminates in finals day at the state-of-the-art SoccerWorld venue in Glasgow.

What do you get when you merge five-a-side football and business? You get Business Fives.

The tournament, which encourages firms across Scotland to enter a five-a-side team in both a winter and summer event, is entering its fourth season.

And entries are now being taken for the forthcoming winter season with heats throughout Scotland in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen and culminating in the national final in Glasgow on March 14th.

So far more than 300 companies have taken part in the events which offer a mix teambuilding and networking – and this year it was the Construction, Housing & Property winners AC Whyte & Co and RBS who were crowned the summer winter champs respectively.

The events for this sector are supported by industry partners Scottish Property Federation, Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Housing News who have taken part and been actively involved in the events throughout the year.

It’s even had some famous ex-players and sporting celebrities taking part as ambassadors including ex-Hearts star Gary MacKay and Hibs legend Pat Stanton along with Sky Sports presenter David Tanner.

Tournament founder and Business Fives managing director John McClarey – who also organised a highly-successful inaugural Business Fours golf tournament – says it’s a great opportunity for professionals to make new connections and for businesses to bond with colleagues outside of the office, get fit and raise money for charity.

This winter Business Fives is continuing to allow companies to play for their chosen charity over with the winning company taking its company commitment to donate 10 per cent of everything to their cause this winter.

Previously it elected a sole charity partner, but now firms who take part can elect their own chosen charity with the destination of the final donation being decided by the overall champions.

John said: “By allowing companies to play for their chosen charity we have made a much bigger overall impact to charity.

“The summer season saw us almost double our original target of £10,000 and raise £19,600 which was a brilliant achievement from everyone involved.”

The tournament is now open for entries and to register a team go to businessfives.co.uk/winter-2018.

Business Fives Dates for your Diary

Edinburgh Event

Construction, Housing & Property Heat – Tuesday 23rd January, World of Football, Edinburgh

Glasgow Event

Construction, Housing & Property Heat – Tuesday 30th January, SoccerWorld, Glasgow

Business Fives is back for winter season

CHP Glasgow Winter SM 2018Business Fives, Scotland’s national business five-a-side tournament moves indoor once more for its winter season.

The tournament has welcomed over 280 companies to its football and golf events raising over £30,000 for charities throughout Scotland since launching a year and a half ago and is planning the winter season to be the biggest and best yet.

CHP Edinburgh Winter SM 2018The date for the Construction, Housing & Property winter heats is Tuesday 23rd January at the World of Football, Corn Exchange venue in Edinburgh and Tuesday 6th February at the SoccerWorld venue in Glasgow. RBS are the reigning winter champions, having qualified from this sector last year, does your firm have what it takes to beat them?

As well as a great networking opportunity Business Fives give you the chance to bond with colleagues outside of the office environment whilst raising money for your companies chosen charity at the same time. You can find additional info on the Professional Services heat on the website here where you can find out more and register your interest.

A.C. Whyte & Co scoops charity prize at summer Business Fives final

Business Fives final winners

The summer season of Business Fives came to a climax on Thursday as 20 companies took part to win the prize of £3,120 for their chosen charity.

A total of £19,600 has been raised for charities throughout Scotland over the course of the national business 5-a-side tournament.

Supported by sponsors White Tree Chiropractic, health and wellbeing partners for the season and Dr Gary Blackwood advised the players of the benefits of using a dynamic warm up as part of the preparations against the traditional school of thought on static stretching. On the pitch the action was intense with the standard high in the business end of the tournament.

Companies from across eight industry sectors of the Scottish economy have been raising money for their chosen charity in a model that has proven very successful in enabling Business Fives to make a much greater impact on charities throughout Scotland.

The tournament was supported by a host of ambassadors from the football world who finished off the season with a well-received Q & A session hosted by TV presenter, David Tanner with Scotland hall of famer Rhonda Jones, Hibs hero Pat Stanton, Aberdeen and St Mirren star Lee Mair, former Partick Thistle and Celtic goal scorer Jim Melrose.

Business Fives founder, John McClarey, said: “We’re blown away by the efforts of all the companies involved in our summer season and we’re absolutely delighted almost double our initial £10,000 charity target. CSR is hugely important to us as our company has a commitment to donating 10% of all proceeds to charity. We’re delighted to see our charity donation going to such a wonderful cause in Glasgow Children’s Hospital and offer our congratulations to A.C. Whyte & Co.”

The tournament, now in its third season, has been supported by health and wellbeing sponsors White Tree Chiropractic and 98 teams have taken part with the top 20 qualifying for the National final taking place in Edinburgh with companies such as BT, Scottish Gas, Scottish Water, Standard Life, Anderson Strathern, Sir Robert McAlpine to name just a few involved.

On the pitch it was Glasgow Construction, Housing & Property champions, A.C. Whyte & Co. who have been playing for the Glasgow Children’s Hospital committing to a £1,000 donation to the Hospital who continued their 100% win record for the season.  The company who narrowly missed out on a final place in the winter season went one better in the summer to take home the £3,120 prize for Glasgow Children’s Hospital.

It was the Edinburgh Construction, Housing & Property champions who ran them close in the final, recruitment firm Hudson who were playing for MacMillan but they were unable to find a way to stop tournament top scorer Mate Lacsi as the EWI installers ran out 3 nil winners.  It was Hudson goalkeeper Greg McDermott who was chosen by the ambassadors as Man of the Match in the final, a testament to how much pressure Hudson withstood.

David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation, who have supported the tournament, said: “We are delighted to support Business Fives again after such a success last year. Backing this unique event, whilst promoting healthy lifestyles, is something we are thrilled to be involved with. To hear that nearly £20,000 has been raised for good causes is fantastic news and we look forward to continuing to support this fun and competitive event.”

Kieran Findlay, editor of the Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now, which supported the Construction, Housing & Property heats in Edinburgh and Glasgow, added: “Being part of these events which promote healthy living, team camaraderie and charity fundraising is always a pleasure. Massive congratulations to all who have helped Business Fives smash its fundraising target and also to the eventual winners A.C. Whyte & Co.”

Chartered accountants, Geoghegans qualified by winning the financial services industry heat look to be in great form ahead of the final as they raised £201 for Medic1 Trust.  They suffered their first defeat of the summer season in the semi-finals as Hudson won 4-1.  In the other semi-final Standard Life were unlucky to lose 2-1 after overcoming Sir Robert McAlpine on penalties in the quarter-final.

Professional Services champions Anderson Strathern beat Aviva in the champions league last 16 stages but couldn’t find a way passed Geoghegans in the quarter finals.  Scottish Water and Turner & Townsend also walked away with a respectable quarter final showing.

You can find out more information and get involved in Business Fives via its website.

Edinburgh’s Construction, Housing & Property firms build on solid foundations

Champions League finalists Hudson and Morrison Construction

Champions League finalists Hudson and Morrison Construction

Companies from the Construction, Housing & Property sector in and around Edinburgh met at the sixth qualifying heat of national business five-a-side tournament Business Fives summer season as they raised £2,651 for various charities.

Fifteen companies bidding to earn their place in the final of the completion combined to push Business Fives towards doubling its original charity target, with the current fundraising total at £17,691 thanks to the efforts of all involved for their chosen charities.

The tournament was once again supported by industry partners Scottish Housing News, Scottish Construction Now and Scottish Property Federation as well as the Health and Wellbeing sponsors, White Tree Chiropractic.

Champions League winners Hudson with Kieran Findlay, editor of Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now (left) and Hibs legend Pat Stanton (right)

Champions League winners Hudson with Kieran Findlay, editor of Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now (left) and Hibs legend Pat Stanton (right)

Dr Gary Blackwood from WTC said: “We here at WTC are delighted to have the opportunity to work alongside Business Fives, as we see sport and exercise as an integral part of healthy working offices. We all know that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent ill-health, lowering blood pressure, raising energy levels and improving productivity and focus.”

Admirable fundraising efforts from Morrison Construction saw them raise £600 for Marie Curie, Alzheimer Scotland and Macy as they reached the Champions League stages getting out of a tight group. Group toppers Kingdom Housing Association raised a fantastic £500 for their chosen charity Epilepsy Scotland. CALA Homes had two sides taking part, both reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League format having raised £272 for the Prince’s Trust.

Other notable contributions came from J & E Shepherd who raised £200 for MND Scotland on their way to a quarter final exit against Ark Housing Association who collected £100 for Edinburgh-based homeless charity Foursquare. David Narro Associates and Hudson both raised £100 each for MacMillan. On their way to the final of the Europa League, Turner & Townsend raised £70 for SANDS Lothian while Cairn Housing Association matched that total for Shelter Scotland. Champions League quarter finalists ESPC and DLA Piper raised £60 for Maggies and SAMH respectively.

Runners-up Morrison Construction also qualified for the National Final

Runners-up Morrison Construction also qualified for the National Final

David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation, said: “We are delighted to support the Construction, Housing and Property heats of Business Fives again after such a success last year. Backing this unique event, whilst promoting healthy lifestyles, is something we are thrilled to be involved with. To hear that over £9,426 has been raised by our sector towards the £17,691 for good causes is great and we look forward to continuing to support this fun and competitive event.”

Kieran Findlay, editor of Scottish Housing News and Scottish Construction Now, added: “We always welcome the chance to support a great tournament and are pleased that so many housing associations and construction firms took part in the Glasgow and Edinburgh heats. As expected the games have been well fought but played in a good spirit and the money raised for a host of charities has been tremendous.”

On the pitch, the tournament initially saw four groups of teams playing to qualify for the Champions League and Europa League stages. It was ESPC who were scoring freely notching up 12 goals opening group fixtures to finish ahead of DLA Piper and David Narro Associates. They were joined in the Champions League section by Kingdom Housing Association and Castle Rock Edinvar who won all three opening of their group fixtures. In a much tighter group Hudson finished above both Morrison Construction and Weslo HM on goal difference to book their champions league place with Weslo having to settle for a Europa League semi-final spot finishing as the best placed third in the group stages.

Top goalscorer Craig Lynes

Top goalscorer Craig Lynes

The two teams from CALA managed 26 goals on their way to semi-final exits in the champions league with Craig Lynes helping himself to eight goals to pick up the tournament top scorer award.  It was teams from Hudson and Morrison Construction that came through the Champions League semi-finals winning 2-1 and 3-0 respectively to set up a repeat of the earlier group fixture.

The match was played in a competitive and friendly spirit as both teams had safely booked their passage to the national finals. Both teams received penalties late in the game for infringements in the box as they eventually finished tied with two goals each. John Gaughan from Hudson was picked out by Hibs legend Pat Stanton as his man of the match in the final as Hudson eventually won via a sudden death penalty shootout.

Over in the Europa League, Turner & Townsend began to find some form with a 7-0 victory over Cairn Housing Association. Ark Housing Association, the only mixed gender team in the tournament, recorded a 4-2 victory over surveyors, Shepherds.  In the Associates derby Scott Bennett Associates overcame David Narro Associates 5-1 to secure a semi-final tie against Turner & Townsend.

John Gaughan with his Man of the Match award

John Gaughan with his Man of the Match award

Weslo Housing Management, playing for the School Bank of West Lothian stopped Ark Housing Association’s run in the semi-final with a 3-0 victory.  They were joined by Turner & Townsend who overcame Scott Bennett Associates 1-0.  It was Turner & Townsend who eventually ran out 5-2 winners to secure qualification at the national final where they will go on to play to win the overall Business Fives donation for SANDS Lothian.

The final line up is taking shape with teams from Aviva, Scottish Gas, Scottish Water, Hudson, Morrison Construction, Turner & Townsend, Cathcart, Lacrosse, iomart, Anderson Strathern, BT, Edinburgh Airport, A.C. Whyte & Co., Sir Robert McAlpine, Cooper Software, Dacoll, Avaloq and Keepmoat Engie all booking their place already for the 14th September showdown.

The action continues this month with the Financial Services qualifier in Edinburgh as the tournament aims to double its original £10,000 target for charitable causes throughout Scotland.  Follow all the action online on the Business Fives social media channels and website.