Posted: Friday 8 June 2012
The office closed early on Thursday 24 May, in preparation for the firm’s AGM, where Scott McClure, our Finance Director, reported on the firm’s financial performance, and Duncan Murray, our Chief Executive gave a short speech on the highlights of 2011-2012, and the partnership’s plans for the firm in the coming year.
It has to be said though that for all the good news in Duncan’s speech, the highlight of the night was surely the informal quiz that followed the AGM, ably led by Paul Geoghegan and Robbie Pattie. Well fed and watered with a delicious barbeque (served on the sixth floor balcony in the sunshine, with stunning views out across the city) and a moderate quantity of booze, we returned to the Boardroom and assembled into teams. The questions were suitably challenging (including a round where an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Morton Fraser staff list was a huge advantage – apparently the HR team did particularly well on that one…) but rather eclipsed by the slideshow which accompanied them, some highlights of which can be seen on this very blog.
It’s a bit of a challenge to name celebrities or identify song lyrics when you’re giggling into your wine at yet another Morton Fraser in-joke, although my team did improve on last year’s quiz performance (we came second last instead of last: a stunning performance I think you'll agree).
Getting a chance to bond with your colleagues, and particularly to chat to people you’d never normally see, is really welcome, and the quality and quantity of Morton Fraser’s social events definitely makes a major contribution to the friendly atmosphere that makes the firm such an enjoyable place to work and supports the firm's aim to be 'great to work for and great to work with'. Whether it's sports teams, the monthly staff drinks, or the big annual events like the AGM and the Christmas party, there're ample opportunities to get to know people, however you prefer to socialise.