Who or what is Blue Steens?
Blue Steens was established by Dr Christiane (Chris) Wirrig in December 2015.
Chris has 10 years’ experience as a scientist in biomedicine and oilfield microbiology. She holds an MSc in Human Biology from the University of Greifswald and a PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Aberdeen. She also obtained a PRINCE2 Practitioner and a CMI Level 5 Diploma in Management.
Working in academia and the oil and gas industry, Chris has gradually transitioned to operational roles. In early 2018, she started to focus on working with small businesses in various functions from optimisation of business processes to market research and events assistance. Those collaborations lead to a natural progression for Blue Steens.
Originally established as a service offering scientific content writing and German translation, Blue Steens has matured into an operations and business support service.
Where does the name come from?
Probably from a combination of Chris' local pride and nostalgia.
She comes from a beautiful granite region in the federal state of Saxony in the East of Germany. It is called Upper Lusatia (Oberlausitz). The area is rather rural and green with rolling hills, forests and fields. In local poetry this region is called the 'Blue Stones' due to its natural granite rocks. Since 2008 Chris has been living in the Grampian area in the North-East of Scotland, another granite region. In the local dialect, Doric, the word for stone is 'steen'. There you have it – past and present united in Blue Steens.
What’s the logo all about?
The Blue Steens® logo represents a typical part of the architecture of traditional Upper Lusatian houses. It also sports the colours of the Upper Lusatian flag – only upside down.