Business editor joins Beattie

THE business editor at the Edinburgh Evening News has joined one of Scotland’s leading PR agencies.

Beattie Communications has taken on Jim Stanton as an account director in its new Edinburgh office.

Stanton joined the Evening News almost a decade ago as a news reporter, becoming part of the team that produced an eight-page, pink-coloured, business pull-out section eight years ago. He graduated to deputy business editor in October six years ago and was appointed business editor 18 months ago.

He said: “I have really enjoyed my time at the Evening News but I can’t say I’ll miss the pre-dawn starts too much. I’m looking forward to starting with Beattie and opening up another new chapter in a rather varied working life.”

Prior to the Evening News, Stanton worked at Newsflash press agency and, before that, at the Kirkintilloch Herald. A latecomer to journalism, the 45 year-old started his working life as a car mechanic and had a variety of jobs including driving vans, mending vending machines, labouring, taxi driving and was also, briefly, a bingo caller.

Immediately before taking a journalism degree at Napier Uni, he spent seven years as a telephone engineer with British Telecom.

Beattie recently opened a new office in Edinburgh’s Morrison Street, replacing a long-standing facility in Colme Street, and Stanton’s recruitment will take team numbers into double figures.