MDG Group, one of Scotland’s leading business cost consultancies, has appointed Annette Welch as a Director of the firm ahead of a planned expansion to new offices in the city next month.

Annette, who joined the company in 2013 in a business development role, has been instrumental in driving the growth of the firm from just five people in 2013 to a team of ten in 2016. Later this year the business is set to imminently move to new premises within Perth and has further plans to expand in 2017.

Prior to joining MDG in 2013, Annette enjoyed a career in pharmaceutical sales and, latterly, the energy industry. Originally from Northern Ireland, Annette has been settled in Scotland since she first came to study at Dundee University in the late 1980s.

Douglas Reid, Managing Director at MDG Group, said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Annette to the board of directors of the company as we enter an exciting new phase in our growth. She brings with her an exceptional heritage of corporate experience as well as a passion for working with MDG Group’s customers to help them improve their bottom lines. Her commitment to customer satisfaction was instrumental in helping achieve the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Award for Customer Service last year and I am looking forward to working with her to take MDG Group forward and extend our reach to businesses across Scotland.”

Based in Perth, MDG Group specialises in business cost and energy consultancy, obtaining exclusive rates for business energy, water and telecoms contracts – in some cases saving their customers tens of thousands of pounds every year.

Established in 1998, they offer businesses a free, no obligation review of their supply contracts and their only income is from commissions earned from savings their customers make. Put simply, their growth is driven solely by their ability to save hundreds of businesses thousands of pounds every year.

Annette commented:

“MDG Group are a business that has its clients’ interests truly at the heart of what they do and that’s something I love about working with the company. Over the years we have saved business customers thousands of pounds on the electricity, gas, telecoms and broadband. These can be things that are often brushed aside in business, but they can make a tangible difference to the bottom line, in some cases even saving a company from eventual ruin. That’s a worthy line of work to be in. I’m looking forward to working with Douglas and the team to continue to build MDG Group across Scotland.”


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MDG Group, one of Scotland’s leading business cost consultancies, has been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation, in partnership with the Poverty Alliance, as a Living Wage employer.

The Living Wage commitment will see everyone working at MDG Group, regardless of whether they are permanent employees or third-party contractors and suppliers, receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25 – significantly higher than the Government’s national living wage rate of £7.20 which came into effect in April 2016.

The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living using the ‘Minimum Income Standard’ for the UK. Decisions about what to include in this standard are set by the public; it is a social consensus about what people need to make ends meet.

Douglas Reid, Managing Director at MDG Group, said:

“Looking after your employees is as important as looking after your customers. We would not have a successful business without a team who enjoy coming to work and are able to meet the costs of living on a daily basis. We are passionate about generating cost savings for our clients and we completely understand the need for businesses to look after the bottom line, but that shouldn’t be at the expense of the people who matter most – your employees. It is reassuring to us to know that our team can just enjoy what they do without the stresses that can come with worrying about making ends meet.

“We are proud to show our support to The Living Wage Foundation by becoming a Living Wage employer.”

Peter Kelly, Director of the Poverty Alliance said:

“Congratulations to MDG Group on becoming an accredited Living Wage Employer. They have shown fantastic leadership in becoming the latest Living Wage Employer in Perthshire.

“It takes courage and foresight for a business to commit voluntarily to pay the Living Wage. We expect Living Wage Employers to reap the rewards of being seen to be fair dealing.”

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