The Memorial Service for Queen Elizabeth II

Following rumours that she was under medical monitoring, Queen Elizabeth II passed away last Thursday (September 8), according to the announcement made at her Balmoral residence.

The globe responded to the passing of the oldest and longest-reigning British monarch, who passed away in Scotland at the age of 96.

During one of her first official appearances following her accession, Her Majesty made her first trip to Dacorum in 1952.

On Adeyfield Estate, one of the first families to settle in the area, she met Adam’s family.

Her Majesty visited St. Barnabas Church in Adeyfield and was captured on camera laying the cornerstone.

In May 2016, the Queen visited St. Peter’s Church in Berkhamsted and was greeted by large throngs of people eager to see her.

The late Queen attended a celebration celebrating Berkhamsted School’s 475th anniversary in 2016, becoming the first reigning monarch to do so.

Over the Platinum Jubilee weekend in June, street celebrations were held as the borough commemorated Her Majesty’s 70 years in power.

The Queen’s period of lying in state will come to an end, and her body will be transported from the Palace of Westminster to Westminster Abbey, where a state funeral service will be held at 11 a.m.

The Queen will thereafter be laid to rest at a committal service with her family in the St. George’s Chapel of Windsor Castle.

Politicians and government representatives have also arrived at Westminster Abbey in preparation for the state burial for the Queen.

Around 125 movie theatres, a number of cathedrals, and a large screen in Holyrood Park in front of the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh all showed live coverage of the funeral.

J3 Places Insurance on £24M AMA Homes Residential Project

J3 Advisory was instructed by AMA Homes to place new building warranty insurance on its £24m Belford Road scheme in Edinburgh. The insurance will provide cover for any damage as a result of defective design, workmanship, or materials after practical completion.

AMA has been at the forefront of residential and commercial development in Edinburgh for over 35 years, having converted many iconic properties, and created landmark buildings that have helped shape the city’s architectural landscape.

This insurance will enable the developer to proceed with plans for the redevelopment of the site to 78,000 sq. ft of residential space and 44 car parking spaces on-site and provide a 10-year cover.

Head of business development, Daisy Neall, was able to secure quotes from two additional A-rated insurers, adding to the terms AMA Homes received directly before engaging J3.

J3 Advisory managing director Jack Bristow added, “We’re an ambitious business, and our aim is to advise experienced developers on the best way to insure and fund their pipeline of schemes. There is a very real gap in the market to deliver best-in-class advice on large-scale projects, coupled with full access to the LDI providers. That offering being led by Daisy, who has been on the frontline with developers for more than five years, is a truly powerful offering.”

Murray Faughnan, Architectural Technologist for AMA Homes added, “Having already made enquiries for the warranty on Belford, I was fairly certain our path was set. However, Daisy was composed and confident that she could make a positive impact on our search for the right warranty provider, and she delivered on her promise with aplomb.”

J3 Advisory Overview

J3 was launched to fuse structural defect insurance and funding for the betterment of its clients. In doing so, the team continues to deliver a combined and impressive net result: to save their clients’ valuable time and provide them with peace of mind.

So far, we have placed structural warranty insurance on a number of projects – the more notable cases include a £17m residential scheme in East London & structural warranties on £26m worth of developments across Skillcrown & Epicho Homes.

Driving Scotland’s Economic Future: A Deep Dive into Industrial Strategy Efforts

Scotland, known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, has been actively pursuing a comprehensive industrial strategy to bolster its economic future. With a focus on innovation, sustainability, and collaboration, Scottish industrial strategy efforts are paving the way for a resilient and thriving economy. This article delves into the key initiatives, sectors, and approaches that are driving Scotland’s industrial strategy, positioning it as a force to be reckoned with on the global stage.

The Framework of Scottish Industrial Strategy

Scotland’s industrial strategy is rooted in a vision of a diverse, inclusive, and globally competitive economy. The Scottish government, in collaboration with various stakeholders, has developed a comprehensive framework that aligns with these principles. The strategy emphasises key pillars:

Innovation: Scotland is nurturing a culture of innovation through increased funding for research and development, fostering collaborations between academia and industry, and supporting start-ups and SMEs in bringing their ground-breaking ideas to market.

Sustainability: Recognising the importance of sustainability, Scotland’s industrial strategy places a strong emphasis on environmentally responsible practices. The focus is on reducing carbon emissions, promoting renewable energy, and integrating circular economy principles across industries.

Skills and Workforce Development: To ensure a skilled workforce that can drive industrial growth, the strategy includes initiatives to upskill existing workers, provide quality education in emerging fields, and support lifelong learning.

Inclusive Growth: The strategy is committed to inclusive growth by reducing inequalities, boosting regional development, and ensuring that the benefits of economic prosperity are shared by all segments of society.

Key Initiatives and Success Stories

A. Renewable Energy: Scotland has emerged as a global leader in renewable energy. The country’s abundant natural resources have paved the way for significant advancements in wind, solar, and tidal energy. The development of offshore wind farms and investment in research and development have not only positioned Scotland as a pioneer in clean energy but have also created numerous job opportunities.

B. Advanced Manufacturing: The Scottish industrial strategy places a strong emphasis on advanced manufacturing, encouraging the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies such as automation, robotics, and additive manufacturing. This shift not only enhances efficiency but also opens doors to innovation in product design and customisation.

C. Life Sciences: Scotland’s life sciences sector is flourishing, driven by collaboration between academia, research institutions, and industry. The strategy’s support for biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and medical research has led to breakthroughs in disease treatment, medical devices, and diagnostics.

Public-Private Partnerships

A noteworthy aspect of Scotland’s industrial strategy is the commitment to fostering collaborations between the public and private sectors. By bringing together government entities, academic institutions, research organisations, and businesses, Scotland is creating an ecosystem conducive to innovation, knowledge exchange, and resource sharing. These partnerships are instrumental in driving research, accelerating technology adoption, and creating a pipeline for skilled talent.

Global Competitiveness and Trade

Scotland’s industrial strategy isn’t confined to domestic ambitions; it’s designed to elevate the country’s global competitiveness. By focusing on high-value exports, promoting inward investment, and cultivating international partnerships, Scotland is positioning itself as an attractive destination for business and trade. The strategy aligns with the country’s commitment to maintaining strong trade relationships even as it adapts to changing global dynamics.


In conclusion, Scotland’s industrial strategy efforts are laying a robust foundation for economic growth, innovation, and sustainability. With a multi-faceted approach that encompasses innovation, sustainability, skills development, and inclusive growth, Scotland is on a trajectory to become a global player in various sectors. Through strategic initiatives, collaborations, and a forward-looking vision, the nation is forging ahead into a future where its industrial prowess shines on the global stage. As Scotland continues to execute its industrial strategy, the world watches with anticipation, eager to witness the positive impact it will undoubtedly have on the nation’s economy and society.