A BISHOPBRIGGS husband and wife have been congratulated by MSP Rona Mackay after winning a top business award for succeeding in spite of very challenging personal circumstances.
Andrew and Sandra Monaghan run Pivotal Scotland, which won the Triumph Over Adversity Award at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 – supported by Business Gateway in Scotland – held on January 23 at Playfair Library in Edinburgh.
Pivotal Scotland Ltd is a health, safety and environmental training company based from Bishopbriggs established by Andrew Monaghan, a chartered Health and Safety Practitioner in 2013.
Tragically, Mr Monaghan was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2015, which left the leadership of the business to his wife.
In face of the terminal illness, Andrew has continued to mentor from home, learning to use eye-gaze software technology to allow him to write blog entries and build a social media presence.
Moreover, the business has prospered and expanded due to the couple’s continued efforts, with their health and safety trainer numbers increasing year on year since the company was established.
Ms Mackay said: “I am incredibly touched by the story of Andrew and Sandra Monaghan, in how they have come to terms with such tragedy yet are powering on.
“In spite of battling Motor Neuron Disease, Andrew is still working and contributing to the success of the business he established, which is amazing.
“I find it very impressive how Sandra has stepped up and taken over the directorship of the business and expanded. She is obviously a brilliant role model for women in business.
“It is an inspiring yet heart-breaking story and very worthy of an award about being triumphant over adverse circumstances.
“To this effect, I have lodged a parliamentary motion commending the award-winning business and its two resilient owners.”
Resilient Bishopbriggs business owners
That the Parliament congratulates Andrew and Sandra Monaghan, owners of Bishopbriggs-based Pivotal Scotland Ltd, a health and safety training company, for winning the Triumph Against Adversity Award at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018 Scotland final; recognises the business won despite founder Andrew being diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in 2015; notes that despite the terminal disease Andrew continues to mentor from home, learning to use eye-gaze software technology which enables him to write blog entries and build a social media presence; commends Sandra, who stepped up to become director when her husband was diagnosed, who has led the company onto continuous expansion and success; praises the resilience and tenacity of Mr and Mrs Monaghan who have succeeded despite personal tragedy and overcome odds to run a prosperous business; wishes Pivotal Scotland the best of luck in entering the UK-wide finals of the FBS awards.