Mitchells of Inverurie were among the first organisations to host a postdoctoral researcher from the University of Aberdeen under the Enterprising Researcheres initiative. Keith Whyte, Managing Director at Mitchells, shares his thoughts on the experience.

What prompted you to join the Enterprising Researchers initiative?

I was contacted and asked if we would consider a project for a graduate to further their skills, which would in turn benefit us as a business.

What did your collaborative project entail?

We asked the researcher to look at various aspects of our retail and catering business here in Inverurie.

What do you feel your business has gained from the initiative?

We gained a fresh pair of eyes to look at our business, with new ideas and possible suggestions about how we could develop.

What do you feel the researcher has gained from the initiative?

Hopefully she gained an insight into retailing/food service.

What do you feel you have learned about the skills of doctoral researchers through this initiative?

They have a fresh, untarnished approach to looking at business. It's good to think we have helped with their ability to put what they have learned into actual real life situation, which benefits themselves and the businesses they have worked in.

What would your advice be to others considering joining the Enterprising Researchers initiative?

I would thoroughly recommend it. This has been one of the more interesting things we have committed to over the years and we certainly adapted some of what we do following the recommendations of the project.


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