By the business community, for the business community
Encouraging, equipping & empowering Aberdeen's corporate sector
Building connections across Aberdeen's business community
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About us

We understand that corporate life can be tough

We are four Christian businessmen working in Aberdeen’s corporate sector. Through our experiences of corporate life in Aberdeen, and the need to balance our own professional and personal lives, we have come to believe there is a real need for a charity committed to supporting individuals just like us. We come from different church backgrounds and different industries – but we all have the same passion. To help make a positive difference to our corporate culture in Aberdeen. We believe God has a heart for the broken and weary in Aberdeen's corporate sector.

We think there is a more balanced way to live and work: would you like to join us?

We want to provide a safe place where people can be encouraged, equipped and empowered to endure the stresses of professional business life. Our events are run by business people, for business people. We offer a welcoming, safe place in the space between the office, family and church. Find practical advice to inspire, stimulating debate to refresh and a trained ear to listen.

Watch this video to learn more about our support

Watch this video to learn more about our support
Our Mission

We are inspired by our Christian faith to love and serve Aberdeen’s business community. Our mission is to provide a safe place where people can be encouraged, equipped and empowered to endure the stresses of professional business life. If you work in Aberdeen’s corporate sector, you already belong to The Business Connection. Please join us at our next event as we ‘seek the peace and prosperity of our city.’

We are entirely funded by individuals who are passionate about the valuable and important work we do in supporting those within the corporate sector in Aberdeen City & Shire. We are seeking to employ a member of staff on a full-time basis, run a number of fortnightly and monthly breakfast events and produce quality marketing materials.

In order to ensure the continuation of this work, we urgently need to increase the level of support we receive. 

Click here to download a donation/Gift Aid Form

Please seriously consider if you are able to join them in supporting us: To request a Standing Order form including Gift Aid or our bank details so that you can donate online, please use the contact form below.

To donate by cheque please make it payable to "The Business Connection" and send it to Gregor Howitt (Trustee) at The Business Connection, c/o Gregor Howitt Wealth Management, 3 Queens Gate, Aberdeen AB15 5YL

Thank you for whatever you may be able to give to support our service. To donate online please use the link below:

 

Who are we?

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Gregor Howitt

Gregor is a financial adviser with St James's Place Wealth Management. He has worked in financial services for the last 25 years in various roles with small and large organisations. Gregor owned and ran The Mortgage Shop on Union Street from 2000 to 2007 which became one of the largest providers of Independent Mortgage Advice in Aberdeen. Gregor is very active in youth ministry and men's ministry within the city. He is co-founder and a trustee of a local charity The Youth Outreach Bus and is a regular volunteer on-board.

Jim Grimmer

Jim worked at Grampian Police for 20 years including roles in serious crime and major incident investigation. In 2005, he was awarded the ‘Iraq Reconstruction Medal’ following a year located in the Maysan Province of Iraq, mentoring the new Iraqi Police Service on behalf of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He has also worked in business development and general management within the oil and gas sector. Jim currently divides his week as Founder and CEO of Business Pastors,  a social enterprise bringing personal proactive 'care, support & encouragement' to people in the 9-5 corporate sector and The Business Connection. Jim is a graduate of Robert Gordon University (MCIPD) and Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney (Cert IV Ministry). He is a former Street Pastor and a member of Kings Community Church.

George Thom

George is a Chartered Banker and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. George enjoyed a 38 year career at The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest and latterly led a Business Banking team serving the SME market. Having left the RBS in June 2016 through Voluntary Redundancy, George is now a Partnership Development Manager at St. James’s Place Wealth Management . George’s main responsibilities involve supporting Partner Practices run their business as well as identifying quality Financial Advisers and IFA Firms, and inviting them to join St. James’s Place. George is a member at the Bridge of Don Baptist Church and a volunteer with YMCA on a Street Football Project. George is also a Business Mentor with “Mentoring Scotland”, a Mentor through ”Evangelical Alliance” on the Scottish Public Leaders Programme, and a Council Member of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce.

Martyn Link

Martyn is an oil and gas strategist, currently helping shape the future of one of the largest global oilfield service companies. After two science degrees at Edinburgh University he honed his analytical skills as a principal analyst in Wood Mackenzie's Life Science team, before broadening out into technology foresighting at the innovation fund, ITI Life Sciences. After a stint in the public sector formulating a Chinese Life Science strategy for Scottish Development International and Scottish Enterprise he swapped pharmaceuticals for petroleum. During his six years at Wood in Aberdeen, Martyn has established the company's first ever strategic planning function. He attends Central Baptist Church, Dundee

Testimonials

Please see below from some recent testimonials

I think it is an excellent initiative – and I commend everyone involved. Aberdeen is a pretty tough business environment at the moment and this support can only be beneficial.

I often receive great nuggets of information from either the people attending or the monthly speaker. I have also made some good connections and friends.

I have made and followed up on several good connections formed at The Business Connection monthly events.

As someone who travels occasionally from outside Aberdeen but with visibility across Scotland, it’s been a delight to see how TBC has grown over the last 18 months. Recently it was particularly encouraging to meet a number of people at the Ian Marchant event who evidently had no Christian connection at all but who were comfortable coming and enjoyed the event. When this is happening it’s clear that your aim of serving the business community, whatever their background is being delivered.

I have been attending regularly now nearly 3 months. I was impressed that the business meetings set by Christians but anyone can attend. There is always some inspiration and encouragement for each other with opportunities for connecting and networking. Monthly meetings with guests are also very good.

It’s good to meet and share experiences in a friendly environment.

Very welcoming and friendly. The monthly breakfasts in particular are very informative and relevant.

I found about Business Connection through Eventbrite. I had the chance to meet Pete and Valentine amazing people and with whom I’m going to move further on for my business. For me, it is an excellent opportunity to know organizational culture and how business are made in Aberdeen.

Great connections with other working professionals in Aberdeen City/area; very good topics for monthly Friday sessions.

This is a unique group and I am really glad I have started attending. It is great to meet other Christians in a non-Church setting. Speakers have been great.

It’s a positive, encouraging and supportive space. You guys are doing a great job!

I think it is an excellent initiative – and I commend everyone involved. Aberdeen is a pretty tough business environment at the moment and this support can only be beneficial.

I often receive great nuggets of information from either the people attending or the monthly speaker. I have also made some good connections and friends.

I have made and followed up on several good connections formed at The Business Connection monthly events.

As someone who travels occasionally from outside Aberdeen but with visibility across Scotland, it’s been a delight to see how TBC has grown over the last 18 months. Recently it was particularly encouraging to meet a number of people at the Ian Marchant event who evidently had no Christian connection at all but who were comfortable coming and enjoyed the event. When this is happening it’s clear that your aim of serving the business community, whatever their background is being delivered.

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