1955 - 1974
Charles Skene joined the family photographic firm of Studio Morgan, a family business that specialised in wedding and portraiture, following his National Service and a brief stint working in Glasgow apprenticed to a photographer, when he was just 20, in 1955. He quickly built the business into one of the most profitable photographic businesses in the UK combining an innate skill in the art of photography with business acumen – an example of his portraiture was selected to hang in the Photography Hall of Fame in Santa Barbara, USA. He grew the business from a staff of 2, when he joined, to 25, and in the process earned himself a Fit for Work award in the early 1980s in recognition of his diversity in employment practice.
In the early 1970s, after 15 years behind a camera, Charles began to look for a new business challenge. He saw an opportunity for a better alternative to hotel accommodation for the hundreds of families and individuals relocating to Aberdeen because of the “black gold” found off the North East Coast of Scotland. Believing that an entrepreneur is a “dreamer who does” he negotiated a deal and sealed it with a handshake, over dinner one night, to purchase a property portfolio of 400 traditional Victorian and Edwardian flats and shops in Aberdeen and Glasgow.