Doing Good by Doing Well
QTS Group, one of the UK’s leading railway contractors welcome Sir Tom Hunter to their corporate headquarters for two of Scotland’s leading entrepreneurs to talk shop.
QTS Group, one of the country’s leading railways contractors had the pleasure of hosting Sir Tom Hunter at their corporate HQ this month. The meeting was originally won as a prize by QTS MD, Alan McLeish who bid on a Sir Tom’s services for a day at this Year’s Scottish Business Awards, where the company lifted the gong for Best Growth Strategy.
Rather than having Sir Tom clean the toilets and man reception, he and Alan talked at great length about their success in business and how they have become very Philanthropic as an outcome of their success.
Alan McLeish commented: “It was a pleasure to have Sir Tom Hunter at our HQ to see what it is we do. It was great to have an informal chat with a man who is arguably one of Scotland’s most successful business men.
Toms Philanthropic work is something I can only admire. He has committed so much of his worth to charitable causes worldwide and I would love to be able to support as many people as he has. I commit a huge amount of my own Philanthropic work and I believe that this has been adopted in my company’s culture. We work hard to ensure we do the best possible job, and helping other really is great to witness”
Sir Tom Hunter is currently supporting the Kilt Walk event and this allows people to enter walks of up to 5, 12 or 26 miles all with the aim of raising cash for your own chosen charity. With Sir Toms backing, he has ensured that every penny raised goes directly to the charities in question, so he really is ensuring every single penny raised goes to the right people.
Alan ensures that QTS continue to support charities nationwide and last year he tackled Mount Kilimanjaro for CLIC Sargent raising a massive £50k. As an active supporter of numerous charities, he ensures the company invest fairly amongst a chosen group, which is revised annually in the interest of fairness. Last year, the company invested over £150k in charitable donations and events. With the business experiencing huge growth over the past three years, with turnover growing from £28m to £71, QTS are committed to investing in charity and supporting local communities.
Both men have worked hard to establish themselves as business men of integrity and quality. Alan and Sir Tom share the passion of developing the talent of tomorrow. Sir Tom has Entrepreneurial Spark, a platform that allows young businesses in the early growth stages of their life cycle the chance to thrive.
Alan, through QTS invests heavily in the UK sports Industry and as one of the UK’s largest sponsors of the industry, the company’s Youth Athlete program has grown year on year. The program allows some of the UKs finest athletes the opportunity to develop their skills and become masters of their chosen discipline.
As two of Scotland most successful business men, its refreshing to see just how much they reinvest in their philanthropic work.