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ISSUE 17 : AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2012 : BI-MONTHLY ÂŁ3.25

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B U S I N E S S women scotland SUCCESSFUL AND SEXY Should we be saying no to traditional suits and yes to power dressing?

YOUNG AMBITION Taking a chance paid off for an ambitious, young business woman

HIGH FLYING CAREER Why identifying a gap in the market set one Scottish company soaring...


BUSINESS GATEWAY.BWS16

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regular contributors Nichola Hunter Owner of Dinky Media, Nichola Hunter is a freelance journalist specialising in lifestyle and interior features, with 12 years in the magazine industry. Working from home she combines chaos and calm with two small children, two cats, a dog and a patient and supportive husband.

Amanda Hamilton Amanda is a health expert and nutritionist who regularly features on television and radio. She is a well-respected author and a member of the Guild of Health Writers. Best known by many in the health industry as the founder and director of her wellknown and respected retreat company.

Sara Hill Born and raised in Scotland, Sara’s innovative and creative ideas have led her to work globally with the biggest names in fashion, advertising, television and music. Now director and founder of The Academy of Make-up in Glasgow Sara continues to work freelance as a fashion and celebrity make-up artist and is a beauty expert for various magazines and television shows.

Anne Ferguson Hair expert Anne Ferguson is wife and business partner of the award-winning hairdresser Taylor Ferguson. For more than 30 years Anne, a qualified hairdresser, has helped run their successful hair and beauty salon in the heart of Glasgow. Anne shares Taylor’s passion for perfection and delivering the highest level of customer care and service.

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IT’S that time of year when everything becomes more focused and most of us have enjoyed a summer holiday, the schools are back and the traveling time to work has increased with the school run! Here at BWS we have enjoyed a productive summer, working on a BWS Christmas Guide in July - no wonder we are confused with the seasons! We have also launched our new website which should make it easier to become a BWS member, buy tickets and magazines online and keep up to date with offers - have a look at our website at www.bwsltd.co.uk There are a lot of great businesses run by women, and we are always impressed to read their story. In this issue we have featured companies in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen. We also have an Aberdeen focus in this issue, a city which seems to be somewhat untouched by the recession! BWS networks start up again in August, after the summer break. You can book your tickets online at www.bwsltd.co.uk. It’s a great way to promote your business with like-minded women. As always we look forward to hearing from you and our next issue will be our October/November 2012 edition.

Lynne Kennedy Business Women Scotland Ltd Tel: 0141 332 8801 Email: lynne@bwsltd.co.uk www.bwsltd.co.uk

MEET THE TEAM MANAGING EDITOR EDITOR ART DIRECTOR ACCOUNTS ADVERTISING SALES

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COVER Photography: Angela Stewart, www.angelastewartphotography.com Art Director and Make-up: Sara Hill, represented by Colours Agency Styling: Victoria Martin, www.victoriamartinstyle.co.uk Hair: Rachel Kelly, Kudos Salon Paisley Model: Jay Spence, Colours Agency PUBLISHED BY Business Women Scotland Limited, Tel: 0141 332 8801, www.bwsltd.co.uk Independently owned and published by Business Women Scotland Limited. No part of this publication may be reproduced or used in any form or by any means whatsoever, without the express written permission of the publisher. The design of advertising copy produced without additional charge by our company remains the copyright property of Business Women Scotland Limited and may not be reproduced in any other publication without our express written permission. © All rights reserved by Business Women Scotland Limited.

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MEMBERSHIP + EVENTS @ BWS August DATE: Friday 31 August 2012 TIME: 11/11.30am - 1pm VENUE: Carlton George Hotel, George Square, Glasgow GUEST SPEAKER: Dr Lesley Sawers, Chief Executive, SCDI. Lesley joined SCDI from Glasgow Chamber of Commerce where she was Chief Executive. Previously she was Strategic Communications Advisor to the Board of VisitScotland. She also spent nine years at Scottish Power and has worked in strategic management consultancy. She currently holds a number of external directorships including non executive appointments on the Board of VisitScotland and EventScotland.

September DATE: Friday 28 September 2012 TIME: 11/11.30am - 1pm VENUE: Blythswood Square Hotel, Blythswood Square, Glasgow GUEST SPEAKER: Libby McArthur has thirty-odd years of experience as a storyteller, actor, singer, stand up comedian, writer, director, presenter and teacher and she also runs a full programme of interactive workshops. It gives people the opportunity, to explore their characters, to share inspirational tools, train in leadership skills, and help us develop fresh strategies for happier, healthier connections with the people in our lives.

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BWS Starter Membership When money and budgets are tight a BWS Starter Membership is an affordable way to help new businesses (0-3yrs) get themselves noticed!

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Membership discount for our network events*

Membership discounts to help you save money

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BWS Premier Membership A BWS Premier Membership ensures that your business still grows by meeting with the correct contacts. It also places you in front of a relevant audience with an opportunity to promote your business on the BWS website’s homepage.

£150.00 + VAT (annual fee) Includes: •

FREE business listing - worth £100

Membership discount for our network events*

FREE BWS magazine subscription posted directly to your office 6 times a year - worth £26

2 free blogs on the homepage of the BWS website - worth £300

Also a cloth bag in black with the BWS logo

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DATE: Friday 26 October 2012 TIME: 11/11.30am - 1pm VENUE: Society M, Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3BW GUEST SPEAKER: Ros Taylor - a leading UK psychologist, successful businesswoman, accomplished author, TV and radio presenter.

*Network Event Ticket - £30 + VAT (non-members £40 + VAT)

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A COMPLETE SOLUTION

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WE’RE ON THE CASE

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QUICK QUESTIONS

Elena Torres, Director of Execair, a boutique air charter consultancy, answers our questions.

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QUICK QUESTION

Pamela Anderson, Senior HR Consultant at Square Circle HR Ltd, answers our questions.

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ASK SARA

Top tips from Sara Hill, top celebrity make-up artist and director of The Academy of Make-up in Glasgow.

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FIT TALK

Keeping you up-to-date with what’s happening in and around the world of business.

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BUSINESS NEWS

PROPERTY PORTFOLIO

A selection of Scotland’s finest properties currently on the market.

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IT’S ALL BUSINESS

Highlighting the benefits of achieving an MBA, especially via Robert Gordon University’s Aberdeen Business School.

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FOCUS ON ABERDEEN

This issue we focus on the city of Aberdeen.

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A GIRL’S BEST FRIEND

Carbon Financial Partners Limited, one of Scotland’s top financial planning firms, opened its Aberdeen Office in April this year and is enjoying a warm reception from fellow professionals.

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YOUNG AMBITION

Featuring Amanda McCulloch, Managing Director of Thorpe Molloy Recruitment.

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SEASONAL BEAUTY

This season’s beauty must-haves, from advanced eye care to innovative cellulite solutions.

Amanda Hamilton brings us up to speed on her recent interview with Mike Heatlie, one of the world’s leading personal trainers and secret weapon of many celebrity bodies.

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QUICK QUESTION

Dr Emma Ravichandran, leading Aesthetic Doctor and Director of Clinetix Rejuvenation answers our questions.

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Featuring Becki Linley - from HMO letting specialists, Complete Solutions, and interior and refurbishment specialists, Trendenza.

A STAY TO REMEMBER

What started life as a disused deep-water lagoon for rigs in the 1970s has just become one of Scotland’s most exciting new destinations - Portavadie Marina.

ASK ANNE

Anne Ferguson, Director of celebrity stylist Taylor Ferguson Hairdressing, answers your haircare questions.

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SUCCESSFUL & SEXY

When first impressions can be lasting impressions should we be saying no to traditional suits and yes to modern day power dressing?

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TWENTY IS PLENTY

A healthy yet delicious meal is a must for women on the go - so instead of opting for a quick fix, or worse, a ‘ding dinner’, why not try one of these mouth-watering recipes guaranteed to be on your plate within 20 minutes.

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VIEW FROM THE SHELF

Wine recommendations by Jamie and Roddy from Oddbins, Glasgow.

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OPULENT STYLE

The ultimate piece of kit - a VibroGym Exercise Machine covered in morethan 65,000 Swarovski Elements crystals.

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PROFILE - BECKI KINLEY

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Despite hundreds of DIY and makeover programmes, true interior design is still seen as a privilege for the rich and/or famous. For interior designer BECKI LINLEY - from HMO letting specialists, Complete Solutions, and interior and refurbishment specialists, Trendenza - this has never been the case. By Nichola Hunter

ECKI and her partner, Brian Goonan are joint owners of interior design company, Trendenza and HMO licensing and letting specialists, Complete Solutions. Based in Edinburgh, CS celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2011 but despite being happy with what they’ve achieved over the past decade, Becki isn’t a woman to rest on her laurels. Her interest in interiors was established at school in Yorkshire with an art and design course as she explains: “I remember helping family to renovate their homes and using the experience for school projects! The course was very progressive and we covered everything from creating story boards to layering textiles and how to manage budgets. I don’t think students today are taught much about budget, it’s more about the experience or the journey but really budget is one of the most important aspects of any project.” Leaving school, it wasn’t a career in interiors that Becki followed but fashion as she explains: “I was offered a position with a fashion company very quickly, which I accepted. However, many interior designers have flipped between interiors and fashion mainly because the buying and merchandising is very similar – it’s all about budget and creating an idea. With fashion you look at a collection right across the year not just for one period and it’s the same with interiors; a good design scheme will last longer than one season.” The fashion route also offered Becki the opportunity to travel which came with its pros and cons. “I was very fortunate that my options were allowed to develop, however travel moves you on from your friends quickly which is probably why I’ve been quite happy to move across the UK as well.” One person Becki didn’t leave behind on her travels was Brian who she met 13 years ago. “I was living in Glasgow but when we met I decided to relocate to Edinburgh and I’ve been here ever

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since. Brian was already working in the property market running nursing homes and he also had a few development properties. Nursing homes are all about regulations and the pound note so HMO (House in Multiple Occupation) was a natural progression as it works on the same principles. However, people still need a ‘look’ or ‘style’ no matter how plain the design and we quickly started working together with me taking on the refurbishment side of the business.” Today, CS and Trendenza all work under the same umbrella and clients can choose at which point of the cycle to join. “Between both companies we can carry out a huge variety of work but we also have areas of specific expertise such as location.” Location has been the impetus behind CS’s recent advertising campaigns as Becki explains: “We wanted to have some fun to celebrate our ten years in business. As we specialise in HMO properties in the Morningside and Marchmont areas we thought some American-style hoodies emblazoned with the year and relevant street logo for students staying in our properties would be a nice memento of their time in Edinburgh. Also, in some ways we are a bit like a fraternity house looking after both the tenant and the landlord, each on differing levels and with differing requirements.” The requirements do differ massively. For would-be investors/parents CS can carry out an inspection visit to confirm if a particular property is HMO legal or can be converted easily and inexpensively before clients make an offer. However for the tenants/students, the wish list will be completely different as Becki recalls: “It’s an emotionally charged process as well, especially group viewings, there are lots of tears when a client doesn’t get the flat they want but we don’t leave them standing, we’ll find them something else. Tenants are clients too and some companies forget that. We are managing landlords’ properties but we’re

It gives us the edge but it is a double edged sword as we have to maintain that standard as well. Historically we’ve kept to our targets and often exceeded them but that just sets the goal posts higher!


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Becki and Brian's own home is a showcase of their building and design talents. managing both levels of expectation and experiences. We can be like parents too – we sometimes have to tell tenants off but we’re here if they need anything as well – we want them to be happy.” It makes for a varied working day but surely working and living with your partner adds to the stress? “It works in truth because we have the most honest conversations, it can be extremely difficult at times as we are both very opinionated and driven people! My skills are with people – I cultivate relationships with clients and sometimes that can get quite stressful. Brian has different stresses and it can be fractious but I don’t think we’ve ever gone home and felt enough is enough. We’d rather stay up all night fighting than go to bed on an argument! It works because we’re honest – if we disagree we say but we offer the reason why as well. My strength is viewing a property and seeing visually how it could work – then creating it and driving it to fruition. Brian is very good at the investment side and what the budget should be.” Budgets again! Ultimately it’s keeping to budgets that have allowed the continuous success of CS and Trendenza. “Many of Trendenza’s clients are commercial clients that have asked us to suggest a new look for their own home and the budget varies enormously from client to client. New clients are occasionally wary when speaking about budgets but once they see where you’re coming from they usually understand. Different budgets offer different choices and it stops wasting everyone’s time. A budget doesn’t limit choices it simply points you in a specific direction.” With such a variety of work, one would also think that there was a huge team behind each company but it’s not the case: “There are two of us at Trendenza and four of us at CS. It’s all about the one on one experience and we have an incredibly loyal and

hardworking team who take their roles very seriously. “We want to make CS and Trendenza unique and although there are nearly a hundred letting agents in Edinburgh, none of them are doing what CS is doing and focusing purely on HMO properties. It gives us the edge but it is a double edged sword as we have to maintain that standard as well. Historically we’ve kept to our targets and often exceeded them but that just sets the goal posts higher! I don’t want us to become stagnant and fall by the way side because we’ve got complacent.” After meeting Becki, I don’t think complacency will ever be a problem!

Complete Solutions (Scotland) Ltd 38 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9 1HX Tel: 0131 622 2213 • Email: info@cs-scotland.co.uk www.cs-scotland.co.uk Trendenza 38 Marchmont Road, Edinburgh EH9 1HX (appointment only) Tel: 0131 622 2238 • Email: info@trendenza.co.uk www.trendenza.co.uk

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LIVING FOR STYLE.BWS17

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Q&A - ELENA TORRES.BWS17

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ELENA TORRES identified a niche market in air travel that is flying high above the industy's daily problems when realised that there were no private jet brokers in Scotland. This Eureka moment led her to leave her job and found Execair, a boutique air charter consultancy.

Are you a morning person, and how does your working day normally begin?

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Mostly with a meeting first thing. I’m not a natural morning person, never have been and never will be. So, I’ve found the best way to make sure I’m up nice and early is to have a meeting planned for first thing.

Elena Torres

When did you first become a boss, and how did it feel?

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I became the boss when I set up Execair in 2006, and again in 2012 when I launched Xclusive Travel Club. First time round it was rather scary as I had just quit my job to become self-employed and all of a sudden I was the one making all the decisions.

ELENA TORRES Director Execair

Was it always your ambition to be self-employed?

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I don’t like being told what to do so starting my own business was my only option. I like to be in control of my own fate. Also, my parents were self-employed so it always seemed a natural thing to me. At what point did you realise there could be a market for a private air charter?

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After spending time working for a private jet handling agent I discovered that there was no private jet broker in Scotland. I was constantly sending business down south to London. Then, the Eureka moment came! What’s the best part of your job?

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Flying private jet all the time and avoiding airport queues and long waits! I wish! The best part is delivering an immaculate service to our diverse clientele, and have them call to thank us for all our effort and hard work. That’s the best job satisfaction I can get. What’s your best career advice?

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I try to keep it simple, every day I deliver the best service I can to my clients. Our mission is to provide the ultimate travel experience every time you fly on one of our private charter services. Apply this to your daily life with everything you do. Be and do the best you can!

Execair Tel: 0845 257 2124 Email: info@execaircharter.com www.execaircharter.com


BOTANICS.BWS17

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A Hidden Gem In The Heart Of Glasgow's West End NEW PATIENT OFFERS New patient starter deal. An hour long initial consult + 1 hour with our hygienist + an airflow polish was £210.40 now only £105 (T+C apply).

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NERVOUS PATIENTS WELCOME When did you last go to the Dentist? Do you know that 50% of the population only go to the dentist if they are in pain? Maybe you have been put off in the past through fear, having a bad experience or just being too busy and keep postponing your regular appointment. Before you know it, it can be years since your last visit and feel too embarrassed to return! Our friendly and professional team will welcome you to our practice and our relaxed environment will quickly put you at ease. We are here to help you and will listen to any concerns you may have.

BRING THE KIDS! All children receive a dental health goody bag! Bring the kids along too! Promote healthy mouths and encourage regular dentist visits from a young age. For our existing adult patients we see their children free for their examination until age 6. Kids up to age 18 have a discounted check up fee of £17. A Child Membership Scheme is also available spreading the cost of routine care and allowing us to use a full range of preventative treatments. £5.40 pcm covers two examinations and two hygienist visits in a year.

FREE DENTAL IMPLANT CONSULTATION Do you live with dentures? Does a family member or a friend have them? Fed up of them moving, rubbing or affecting your speech? Why not try a dental implant(s)? This is the closest we can get to giving you your own tooth again. Dental implants are rapidly becoming the preferred treatment for anyone seeking the optimal method of replacing missing teeth. There have been amazing developments in this field in recent years. Why not be a part of it? The treatment is tailored to your individual needs and can last a very long time if properly maintained. Why not book in for a free implant consultation to discuss your options?

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SQUARE CIRCLE.BWS16

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SQUARE CIRCLE HR LTD human resources consultancy & employment law

PICTURED: Directors Christian Potter, Roz Wood and Alison Welsh.

Why not take the ‘hassle’ out of handling HR issues? As your HR Partner we can provide peace of mind that you have the support in place to handle all employment matters or people issues within your organisation, to help ensure that your employees are treated fairly, that your business is complying with employment legislation and help protect against tribunal action. Our approach is to develop a sound knowledge of your business, to provide personalised practical 'hands on' support, often at your premises, guiding you through or handling issues on your behalf. Our service covers all aspects of the ‘Business Support Lifecycle’. As well as the day to day support we can also tackle projects and run these for you as part of your business management team. In short we offer a complete outsourced HR solution, as much or as little support as your business requires.

Business Support Lifecycle > RECRUITMENT & INDUCTION: job descriptions • advertising • interviewing • competency-based selection • induction > DOCUMENTATION: employment contracts • HR policies • legal awareness > TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT: training needs • development plans • management coaching • change management • performance management > BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT: appraisal • absence • discipline and grievance • poor performers • communications • remuneration and benefits • culture change > EXIT STRATEGY: dismissal • redundancy • compromise agreements

For a confidential no obligation ‘HR Health Check’ or a one to one with a Director please contact: Alison Welsh, Director, Square Circle HR Ltd, 36 Washington Street, Glasgow G3 8AZ. Tel: 0141 248 7826, Email: alison@squarecirclehr.com, or visit,

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Q&A - SQUARE CIRCLE.BWS17

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PAMELA ANDERSON, Senior HR Consultant at Square Circle HR Ltd, answers our questions on HR issues, including statutory break entitlement and disciplinary procedures.

What breaks are employees entitled to during their working days?

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Statutory minimum for employees over 18 years old is 20 minutes if working a shift of more than 6 hours. The entitlement is different for younger employees – for 16 to 18 year olds it is 30 minutes after working 4.5 hours and for any younger than 16 it is 1 hour after working 4 hours. All can be unpaid. Employees may be entitled to more if this is specified in their terms and conditions of employment.

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An employee is consistently late in arriving for work. He has been spoken to about this but there has been no improvement, therefore this is now being dealt with under disciplinary procedures. What steps should be followed?

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Carry out an investigation with the employee seeking an explanation as to why he has been late on each occasion. If there are no mitigating circumstances, issue a letter to him inviting him to attend a formal disciplinary meeting - give at least 24 hours advanced notice of the meeting (may be more if company procedure states this), include any notes from the investigation or previous documents issued as a reminder. Inform him that he has the right to be accompanied by either a work colleague or trade union official and state that the possible outcome could be disciplinary sanction up to and including dismissal (even though it is unlikely that this would result in dismissal at this point). Have someone present to take notes on behalf of the Company. Hold the disciplinary meeting, giving him full opportunity to give his explanation and then adjourn to consider what action to take, if any. Reconvene at

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Statutory minimum for employees over 18 years old is 20 minutes if working a shift of more than 6 hours. The entitlement is different for younger employees.

PAMELA ANDERSON Senior HR Consultant Square Circle HR Ltd

another meeting and inform him of the level of warning being given and how long this will be held in his personnel file for disciplinary purposes. State what improvements are expected and consequences of failure to improve. Also advise him that he will have the right to appeal and that all of this will be confirmed in writing. An employee asks if he can bring his father to a disciplinary meeting – is this acceptable?

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Legally, the right is a work colleague or trade union official. If the employer wishes, this could be agreed if it is felt that it would expedite the matter. If allowed, it is important that the father understands that he cannot answer questions on behalf of his son, but can ask for clarification and put forward points on his behalf.

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What is the maximum amount of award which can be made by an Employment Tribunal for unfair dismissal? Is there a difference if the claim is based on gender or disability?

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Currently, the maximum award is £85,200 for unfair dismissal For any awards based on equality issues such as gender or disability, these are unlimited.

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Square Circle HR Ltd Pentagon Centre 36 Washington Street, Glasgow, G3 8AZ Tel: 0141 248 7826 www.squarecirclehr.com

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WHOLESALE DOMESTIC.BWS17

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BUSINESS NEWS.BWS17

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businessnews At Business Women Scotland we champion the importance of keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in and around the world of business. This issue we highlight a must-see exhibition, that women are on the rise in the Scottish boardroom and congratulate Karen Bellu on her new appointment with Maggie Braid Associates.

There are more similarities than you might think between art and science and these will be explored in a number of exhibitions over the next few months organised by one of the north east’s most creative art consultancies, the SMART Consultants in Aberdeen. Now in its fourth year, the Fabric of the Land exhibition opens on 25 August at the SMART gallery with this year’s theme - Nature’s Footprint. A joint project between the gallery and the University of Aberdeen’s Geology and Petroleum Geology Departments. The September exhibitions include More than Just Post-It Notes from the diversified technology company 3M™. And continuing the science in art theme artist John Walter presents his idiosyncratic take on the local oil industry in his Dallas inspired The Oil Baron’s Club. www.wearesmartconsultants.co.uk

Business leaders have hailed encouraging progress in appointing women to the boards of Scotland’s largest listed companies as their number soared by 28% in just a year. A study by The Herald of Scotland’s leading 30 listed companies shows the number of women serving in the boardroom has risen from 29 to 37 in the past 12 months. As this is out of a total of 242 board positions, it means nearly 85% of directorships are still filled by men with just over 15% by women. Liz Cameron, chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “The first priority for a business must be to identify the skills and attributes they require to provide their company’s leadership. The individuals on the board need to fulfil these requirements.” Having a gender mix in a company’s leadership complements a business, and it is good that increasing numbers of businesses are benefiting from this. Ensuring the best leadership possible is a must for business growth and success. In all, eight companies out of Scotland’s top 30 recruited more women to their boards in the past year. If progress is slow, the UK faces the threat of mandatory quotas from the European Union.

THE ART OF SCIENCE

MBA APPOINTS TWO NEW DIRECTORS AND CREATES NEW ROLES Aberdeen-based, Maggie Braid Associates (MBA), competence assurance specialists to the oil and gas industry, has appointed two new directors and created a new software consultant role. The posts, which are a result of recent internal promotions and a recruitment drive, have been created to support key strategic objectives for the firm; including the launch of a new business unit that will see an additional six posts created. Karen Bellu, who joined MBA in 2000, has been promoted to operations director and deputy managing director to Karen Bellu Maggie Braid. The role will give Karen overall responsibility for the strategic direction of the organisation, whilst also seeing her continue to project manage a number of MBA’s key clients. Following 11 years with the company, Ceri Webster will take up the role of director of quality assurance. Ceri will be responsible for the development and enhancement of MBA’s quality systems, as well as all the assessor and IQA open courses offered by the firm. She will also continue as project manager on a number of client accounts. Further to the launch of MBA’s electronic competency assurance system (Encompass), Phillip Carbis has joined MBA as software consultant. The new role will see Phillip manage all internal and external software projects; including any new product development. Two new project co-ordinator roles have additionally been filled. Commenting on the appointments, Maggie Braid, managing director of MBA, said: “2012 is a key year for the company strategically. As the company continues to grow it is crucial that we put in place the changes and people that will support both our existing and new clients.” MBA was formed in 2000 and employees 20 staff supported by eight consultants.

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PROPERTY.BWS17

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property portfolio East Craigs, Edinburgh Eighteen affordable apartments available including a choice of 1 & 2 bedroom apartments and 2 to 4 bedroom family homes, close to Edinburgh city centre and the surrounding countryside. The East Craigs development is located in the old Bughtlin Market area of Edinburgh. It is just four miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre yet just a few moments drive to the city bypass, Edinburgh Airport and motorway connections to Glasgow, the Forth Bridge, Fife and beyond. The heart of Edinburgh is a major shopping venue – just a short car journey away – while the Gyle Shopping Centre and many delightful specialist shops in Corstorphine are close by. A range of high quality cabinets, handles and worktops are available for you to personalise your kitchen. Electrolux appliances include stainless steel chimney cookerhood, single oven and four gas burner hob. Kitchens feature 1 1⁄2 bowl stainless steel sink and a chrome mixer tap. All bathrooms come fitted with white Porcelanosa sanitary ware with chrome fittings including wall hung WC, bath and square wash hand basin. Bathrooms are also fitted with a white heated

towel warmer, a square mirror above the basin and a chrome toilet roll holder. A contemporary and generous range of tiling options is available from Porcelanosa. Address: East Craigs, Off Maybury Drive, East Craigs Edinburgh, EH12 8XP From £145,261 Contact: Rettie & Co, www.rettie.co.uk Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, www.macmic.co.uk


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A selection of Scotland’s finest properties currently on the market

Coates Gardens, Edinburgh A beautifully presented first floor drawing room apartment within an elegant Victorian sandstone terrace in central Edinburgh. Prime residential location within the ‘West End’ this property has a spacious feel, is moments from Haymarket Station and has easy access to the city centre. The property is one of only three apartments accessed from the well-kept communal stair. On entering the apartment, the welcoming hallway provides access to all rooms within the property, has a hardwood floor and also a wall-mounted phone for the buzzer entry system. Situated to the front and enjoying a westerly aspect, the magnificent drawing room has deep intricate cornice, a substantial bay window, a beautiful marble fireplace and hard wood flooring running throughout. The master bedroom is to the rear of the property with a marble fireplace. Accessed from double doors off the drawing room, bedroom two is a substantial double bedroom situated to the front of the property. The kitchen, installed in 2011, is situated to the rear, and is well appointed with modern floor standing and wall mounted units, tiled splash back and tiled floor. The bathroom is also to the rear and was redecorated with a modern bathroom suite fitted in 2011. Address: 18/1 – Coates Gardens, Edinburgh EH12 5LB. Offers over £290,000. Contact Rettie & Co, www.rettie.co.uk

Glenearn, Angus GLENEARN is an attractive, stone built, detached house, with a slate roof, situated on the High Street and set within its own garden. It is believed to date from the late 1870s. The house retains much of its original character and features, including cornicing and panelled doors. It has also recently benefitted from an ongoing programme of improvements and refurbishment. Since 2009 a new gas boiler has been fitted, the loft has been insulated, the utility room and downstairs shower room have been refurbished, as has the gym/playroom. The three downstairs reception rooms are ideal for entertaining with double doors linking the dining room and living room. Planning consent was granted in 2011 to replace the attached greenhouse with a sun lounge. The accommodation, on two floors, comprises entrance vestibule, hallway, living room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen, larder, utility room, playroom/gym, 5 bedrooms, bathroom and 2 shower rooms. Outside, the garden in front of the house is enclosed on either

side by walls and a hedge to the front. It comprises lawns with flower and shrub borders, and trees providing shelter and privacy. To the south side of the house, behind a hedge, is a kitchen garden with vegetable borders. Attached to the southern elevation of the house, with access from both the garden and the drawing room, is a lean to greenhouse 3.70 m x 2.29 m with corrugated roof. Immediately to the north of the house is a garage (7.98 m x 3.92 m) built of harled brick and stone with a slate roof, concrete floor, light and power. The village of Edzell is a small, attractive community, situated at the foot of the Angus Glens. Edzell is within convenient distance of the A90 which provides easy access to Aberdeen to the north and south to Dundee, Perth and Central Scotland. Address: Glenearn, 4 High Street_Edzell, Angus, DD9 7TE Excess of £425,000 – Freehold Contact Savills, www.savills.co.uk

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@ Aberdeen Business School An MBA can help business women forge ahead in their career, whether corporate employees, business owners or entrepreneurs. This issue we highlight the importance of choosing an accredited provider that has only the best to offer - a prime example of this being the award-winning, highly acclaimed ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY’S ABERDEEN BUSINESS SCHOOL. HE skill set and knowledge developed through undertaking an MBA is demonstrated and endorsed by many women who have already triumphed and benefited from committing to further study. Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) Aberdeen Business School boasts a suite of MBA courses, developed with guidance and input from industry, ensuring that the course content is current and relevant. RGU’s MBA programmes focus on key areas of business such as accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, strategy and operations management, with custom MBA programmes concentrating on specific fields including Information Management and the Oil and Gas industry. Competition is forcing all organisations to concentrate on developing strong management competencies and an MBA will ensure women in business are ready to meet these challenges. However, finding an MBA that has the flexibility to be synchronized with work, family and social commitments is a key factor for most businesswomen. With RGU offering part-time study as well as

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online distance learning, accessing an MBA has never been easier. The established, highly acclaimed Business School currently has students from as far afield as Dubai and India enrolled onto its MBA programme. RGU’s prowess in delivering such courses has been recognised by The Times Good University Guide 2012, who named it ‘Best Modern University in the UK'. RGU is also ranked in the global top 50 for its MBA programs by The Aspen Institutes Centre for Business Education. Sharon Bamford, CEO of the Association of MBAs, the accreditation body for MBA providers worldwide said: “Choosing to complete an MBA with an accredited provider, such as RGU, is a fine example of a professional’s commitment to business and their chosen career. The learning opportunity through an MBA is immense as you’re often taught by industry leaders and study alongside students, who through their career experience and the global nature of modern learning, bring a new dimension to business theory.” Speaking from first hand experience having gained an MBA from RGU’s Aberdeen Business School in 1997 she

Choosing to complete an MBA with an accredited provider, such as RGU, is a fine example of a professional’s commitment to business and their chosen career.

Aberdeen Business School @ RGU continues: “Gaining an MBA can entail numerous benefits and significantly complement your professional experience. The corporate world is a competitive environment and as a woman you need to arm yourself with all the relevant weapons. Like any qualification, an MBA doesn’t guarantee you that new job, however it will help you become a better manager and build your knowledge. The application of newly developed skills and theory will undoubtedly give you the confidence to progress your career.”

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Business School Garthdee Campus Garthdee Road Aberdeen AB10 7QE Tel: 01224 262 203 Email: mba@rgu.ac.uk www.rgu.ac.uk/mba

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EMAINING somewhat untouched by the recession, Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city. Sitting just over a hundred miles north of Edinburgh and Glasgow, Aberdeen is famed as the hub of the European oil and gas industry, contains a diverse demographic make-up and a thriving cultural scene. The breath-taking landscapes of Royal Deeside form a gate-way into the Scottish Highlands and surround the city with places of interest including the Queen’s Balmoral Estate, famous whisky distilleries and historical castles. The city boasts a magnificent coastline which stretches along the east of the city and up into Aberdeenshire. Although the main shopping, restaurant and leisure activities are concentrated in the centre of town, Aberdeen’s suburbs and side-streets are bustling with independent boutiques, cafes and small businesses.

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businesses • ASPC Tel: 01224 632949 Email: centre@aspc.co.uk www.aspc.co.uk Moira Allen has been the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Solicitor’s Property Centre since 2008. ASPC is the leading company for buying, renting and selling. ASPC prides itself in its extensive work with Aberdeen charities. • McIntosh McTaggart Family Law Tel: 01224 593 100 Email: info@mcintoshmctaggart.com www.mcintoshmctaggart.com Owned by Rowena McIntosh and Anne McTaggart, this company is a highly successful family law practise in Aberdeen. Anne was one of the first female family law practitioners in Scotland and Rowena has lectured extensively on family law.

factfile ABERDEEN: • Aberdeen is the second most competitive city in the UK to do business in, with over 8,000 registered businesses situated in the city. • Two rivers flow in and out of the city: the River Dee and the River Don. Water Polo was first played on the Dee in the 1860s. • The population of Aberdeen City is approximately 220,420.

• Aberdeen PA Tel: 01224 636 418 Email: rosemary@aberdeenpa.com www.aberdeenpa.com

• Aberdeen is home to two universities: Aberdeen University and Robert Gordon’s University, which has recently been hailed as The Times’ ‘Best modern University of the Year’.

Rosemary McLennan is the director and founder of Aberdeen PA, a dedicated service for all PA’s and administrators working in Aberdeen City and Shire. One membership fee allows you access to the Directory, which is a great business resource for all PAs and administrators. The Directory showcases a wide array of businesses in the Grampian region and beyond. PA Members can benefit from special offers, learn about new products and enjoy having a personal contact to work with at each of the featured businesses.

• Also known as the Granite City, Aberdeen’s granite was used to build the Forth Rail Bridge in 1860, and has also been used to build the Waterloo Bridge and London’s Houses of Parliament.


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shopping For this issue’s city focus we take a look at ABERDEEN.

Almondine Macaroons

• Almondine Macaroons Every Saturday 9am-6pm at a pop-up shop within David the Florist on Thistle Street. Tel: 07565 101 936 Email: info@almondine.co.uk www.almondine.co.uk This successful pop-up macaroon shop is owned by Suzanne and her two daughters, Jenny and Susan. The small, but experienced team supply macaroons for weddings, birthdays, celebrations, private events and personal tea parties! • Nova 18-24 Chapel Street, Aberdeen AB10 1SP Tel: 01224 641 270 www.novagifts.co.uk

accommodation IN ABERDEEN: • Rox Hotel 17-23 Market Street, Aberdeen A11 5PY Tel: 01224 212 224, www.roxhotel.com Only minutes away from the train station and four shopping centres sits the newly opened and very popular Rox Hotel. Its Rox Hotel location is ideally placed for Aberdeen’s night-life, but is also a haven from the city centre’s hustle and bustle. Glamour and comfort are combined in each of the thirty-two bedrooms which are finished with stylish granite fittings. The restaurant and bar are glamorously decorated for fine-dining, but the main attraction is the stunning outdoor restaurant and waterfall for al fresco dining. OUTSIDE ABERDEEN: • Raemoir House Hotel Banchory, Aberdeenshire AB31 4ED Tel: 01330 824 884, www.raemoir.com With one building dating back to 1715 and the other to 1943, this homely establishment is beautifully decorated with rich, luxurious furnishings while traditional Scottish tartan is visible in every room. The Raemoir is secluded within eleven acres of peaceful parkland, but is only twenty-five minutes out of the city centre and is ideally located for various outdoor pursuits and visits to famous Aberdeenshire landmarks. Striking, uninterrupted views of the countryside frame the stately building, which is home to twenty luxurious bespoke bedrooms and three elegant dining areas.

A trip to Nova will certainly not disappoint. The family-owned gift shop is bursting with gifts for even the fussiest recipient. A wellstocked card room is downstairs, along with the main gift area which sells toiletries, home accessories, children’s toys, wedding gifts and beautiful jewellery. The kitchen and dining area is upstairs, where shelves are piled high with kitchen accessories, dining sets, crockery and cutlery. Although the shop excels itself throughout the year, Nova shines at Christmas when its delightful gifts fly off the shelves. • Hamish Munro 19-25 Thistle Street, Aberdeen AB10 1UY Tel: 01224 641388 www.something-for-me-co.uk Hamish Munro is the number-one stop for stylish shoes, bags and clothes in Aberdeen. The shop is at the heart of the city’s boutique-area and has thrived in that position for twenty-five years as the leader of Aberdeen’s independent fashion stores. In addition to shoes, statement handbags, classic dresses and casual outfits have lined the clothing rails, each piece reflecting recent trends straight from the catwalk.

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are a girl’s best friend! Carbon Financial Partners Limited, one of Scotland’s top financial planning firms, opened its Aberdeen Office in April this year and is enjoying a warm reception from fellow professionals. HAZEL BROWN, Pensions Director, tells us more... AZEL Brown, Director of Pensions laughs, “The name has attracted quite a bit of interest from various people who think we may be able to help with anything from Carbon emissions to dating fossils! But really the name symbolises what our company and service is all about; strong, reliable and transparent… with a lot of warmth and sparkle at the heart of it!” Hazel jokes that this is down to two out of the company’s five directors being female which is higher than the 13.9% exposure to female company directors FTSE100 companies enjoy! “It’s amazing that, in these days of sexual equality, we still get clients who only wish to deal with female advisers. In fact one professional connection I spoke with a couple of weeks ago specifically wanted to deal with Carbon because, as well as the type of service offered and the highly qualified advisers, he has female clients who will only deal with another female.” However, whichever sex is involved in the process, there is no doubt Carbon is unlike most financial advice firms as it focuses on helping clients to build long term, robust financial strategies using lifetime cash flow, rather than just selling products. Hazel adds; “We allow the client to really test their aspirations, by running a series of ‘what if’ scenarios. The end result is a life plan which

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engages the client because it is absolutely personal to them.” Asked about where clients should invest Hazel says; “Aberdeen is an exciting city which continues to create wealth. Business people take a good deal of risk with their business ventures, albeit calculated, as this is what they excel at. However, we recognise that most business people who have made money through business, first and foremost, want to protect it; they want to know they can live their lives without the fear of ever running out of money. Albeit Carbon has guiding principles, such as minimising investment risk and costs – the main killer of investment returns, one size definitely does not fit all! Where a client invests will ultimately depend upon what they want from their lives, the resources they have and the investment returns they need to achieve their aspirations.” Hazel has been delighted at the interest in Carbon’s inclusive approach to providing financial advice. “Fellow professionals welcome the way in which Carbon does not centre its advice on the selling of financial products or speculating with clients’ hard earned savings.” She insists “We partner our clients in building a lifetime cash flow. This gives a comprehensive structure on which the client’s other professional advisers can be invited to give comment producing a very rounded and robust

approach to financial, legal and tax advice.” Wherever Carbon offers financial planning, be it in Aberdeen, Perth or Edinburgh where it also has offices, the company is passionate about developing an inclusive environment with fellow professionals with a view to enhancing its service. Hazel continues; ‘Sparing time to attend forums can be difficult for women with business and family commitments. Therefore anything they do attend has to be interesting and constructive. Carbon is looking to organise events in Aberdeen which meet these criteria. If these are successful then perhaps we get closer to achieving the level of client service that we all wish to see for clients in future.”

Carbon 61 Manor Place, Edinburgh EH3 7EG Tel: 0131 220 0000 7 Queens Gardens, Aberdeen AB15 4YD Tel: 01224 619215 3 Atholl Place, Perth PH1 5ND Tel: 01738 443111 Email: enquiries@carbonfinancial.co.uk www.carbonfinancial.co.uk


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YOUNG ambition Taking a chance at the beginning of her career paid off for ambitious, young Aberdeen business woman AMANDA MCCULLOCH. LMOST thirteen years ago, the dynamic 36 year old English graduate from Stirling University was a trainee with a small recruitment company just starting up in the city. Today she’s Managing Director of what is now one of the most successful recruitment businesses in Scotland, Thorpe Molloy Recruitment. “I took a chance when I started at Thorpe Molloy because, essentially, it was a start-up business. I came in on a very low basic salary. I didn’t actually tell my dad because I didn’t know what he’d say and there was a commission base too!” she laughed. “I was thinking crikey, how am I going to pay the bills? But I thought to myself, I want to be part of something I feel excited about and I knew that if I did that, then it would all come good. I think sometimes it’s about taking that leap of faith.” Modestly, she says climbing up the ladder so quickly just “happened without me really knowing it.”

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“I just developed as the business developed so it was quite a natural progression for me. I gradually became more engaged with the clients and candidates I was working with and began to understand the market place. I really just wanted to drive the business forward. Although I wasn’t a founding director, because I started so early on in the business and the business was so young, I felt really integral from the beginning. I remember going to speak to my bosses and asking what’s next, where do we go now and where’s the next opportunity for me?” She admits the road to success wasn’t always easy, it has taken a mixture of hard work, commitment and passion but the ambition was there from day one. “I’d a couple of interviews, and you get the usual stack of rejection letters. However when I first met company founders Judith Thorpe and Karen Molloy, to be honest, I was bowled over by their energy, enthusiasm and passion for what they were doing. It made me think - that’s what I want, I want to feel as passionate and enthusiastic about what I do. I also wanted to be part of something I felt was dynamic, growing and offered me the opportunity to almost create my own destiny, and luckily Jude and Karen were very supportive of that.” Her directors allowed Amanda to develop, pushing her “out of my comfort zone on occasions but I think that’s a good thing” she explains. “I say to a lot of people now, who work in the organisation, unless someone pushes you, you don’t know what your capacity is.” She started managing staff at just 24 years of age, something she remembers thinking was “going to be really difficult.” “One of the first people I had to manage was actually five or six years older than me. It was pretty challenging and I did get some kick-back but it was a learning curve and management shouldn’t be about age, it should be about ability. Yes, there were some difficult times along the way but you just push on. If you feel passionate about what you do and you believe in yourself, then you work through that.” So did the ambitious young business woman find it difficult working within Aberdeen’s oil and gas community I wonder? “I think at first it probably was awkward. There still is that old boy’s club network in Aberdeen but what I have found is that within the industry if you work hard and do a good job for people then you build trust and gain credibility. Initially it was difficult because people can make assumptions based on the fact you are a young female. What’s she really going to know about the oil and gas sector? I think you just need to get past that as once you win that credibility you are up and running.” Married with two young children, Amanda was back at her desk within weeks of giving birth. Having worked really hard for over a decade, she says she didn’t want to compromise her career over home life.


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I remember going to speak to my bosses and asking what’s next, where do we go now and where’s the next opportunity for me?

“It was difficult. I think it’s unfortunate that a lot of females do feel they have to pick one or the other and I think that’s sometimes enforced because child care costs can make it very difficult for women to go back to work. But I knew from the start I wanted to return to work. I was Associate Director when I had Will and because I was gunning for the Managing Director’s position, I didn’t want that to compromise the ten years I had worked really hard. You know it’s all about getting a balance and I’m lucky because my husband Steve and I manage to do a job share, which I know is very unique, and we’ve got some fantastic child care set up as well, so I have managed to balance it, but that’s not to say it’s always easy. I probably used to be a bit of a perfectionist, but with children you realise you just can’t control everything! It’s probably made me more focused in that when I’m in the office, I’m in the office. When I’m with my children, I’m with my children. I’ve probably learnt to segment my life in that way.” she continued. As part of an all woman board she explains that it wasn’t “something which was intentional, it’s just the way it worked out.” “It is nice to be part of a female board. Females bring a lot to a business. They are instinctive, they do look at business situations differently to men. I think it’s a shame there aren’t more female board members. It’s something which needs to be addressed by business not government. At the end of day it should be about getting the best candidate and you know, half the population is female so it seems ludicrous that women make up around only 15 percent of the members of company boards in this country. It doesn’t make sense. The best and most effective boards are about diversity and having a good collection of opinions.” For the last two years, her company has been selected in the top ten best companies in Scotland to work for and Amanda thinks it reflects Thorpe Molloy’s team spirit. “I’m a firm believer that people make an organisation. Results from our “Scotland’s Best Workplaces” submissions, showed that one of our key strengths was camaraderie. That’s a huge part of Thorpe Molloy. I think the business is only a successful business if you have a really good team pulling together, with everyone working towards a common goal. There are lots of agencies out there where every man is an island to a degree. They are doing their own thing, working to their own goals and targets. That’s important yes, but at the same time you can only do so much on your own.” In the future Amanda sees her role as continuing to grow the business. “We want to increase our head count and turnover and we really want to be the best within the north east market place, to be the recruiter of choice. We’re well on our way but there’s still a lot of work to be done. And for me it’s about developing people, allowing them to progress. It’s a really exciting time for us and although it’s a much larger organisation than when I started, the drive and enthusiasm to grow is still there. We just want to be continually improving,” she added.

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As for the advice she’d give other young women wanting to enter business, not surprisingly she says “don’t be afraid to take a chance.” “I think I’d also say it’s about backing yourself as well. If you don’t back yourself then don’t expect others too. You have to believe in what you are doing and that you can achieve,” she says.

Amanda McCulloch with Judith Thorpe and Karen Molloy.

Thorpe Molloy Recruitment Ltd 38 Albyn Place, Aberdeen AB10 1YN Tel: 01224 658 865 • Email: enquiries@thorpemolloy.com www.thorpemolloy.com


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What started life as a disused deep-water lagoon for rigs in the 1970s has just become one of Scotland’s most exciting new destinations - PORTAVADIE MARINA.

Enjoy a range of treatments.

Luxury accommodation and views.

ORTAVADIE Marina, which sits on the eastern shore of Loch Fyne, has quietly been transformed into a state-of-the-art destination with a lodge, a range of self-catering accommodation and a marina with berths for 230 yachts. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, acres of polished wood and contemporary styling, Portavadie Marina could be mistaken for a destination in America’s Cape Cod. It may be just two hours from Glasgow, but guests at Portavadie Marina soon forget all thoughts of city life. The views over Loch Fyne to Tarbert are exceptional. Everything about this destination is outstanding, from the sympathetic way in which contemporary architecture has been set amid fresh produce that appears daily on the menu in Portavadie’s two restaurants. This destination has a variety of accommodation on offer. This includes self-catering cottages, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments, studio apartments and a lodge, along with shared holiday accommodation offering a bed and a locker, which is aimed at cyclists and walkers. There’s a

romantic eco-retreat on the edge of the loch. Bridgeen Mullen of Portavadie Marina says: “We can offer everything from fivestar accommodation right through to a bed for the night that costs as little as £18. We don’t intend to be exclusive. Our aim is to be inclusive, offering a great quality experience to everyone.” Groups can take over the lodge, families can luxuriate in the spacious cottages and apartments, individuals or couples can find tranquility in the retreat, and parties of walkers can rest in the bed-andlocker rooms. “It’s the attention to detail that really makes the difference,” says Bridgeen. “The showers are out of this world and so too are the mattresses. These things really make a difference if you are having an active holiday.” Portavadie also has treatment rooms where guests can be rejuvenated with massages and other pampering regimes and these are proving to be particularly popular. The number and variety of rooms on offer also makes Portavadie Marina an ideal choice for wedding parties, while the

marina itself has quickly earned a reputation as one of the most outstanding in Scotland. And in the Marina Restaurant and Bar and the Lodge Kitchen and Bar, a team of chefs turns fresh local produce into delicious food. “We have our own team of chefs and we make good use of all the abundant local produce, such as lobsters and scallops,” says Bridgeen. Portavadie’s chefs can also be called upon to create private dining experiences in any of the resort’s self-catering accommodation. The Marina offers luxury accommodation mouth-watering food and beautiful views across the harbour itself. Tarbert on the Mull of Kintyre is 20 minutes away by ferry and from here the Crinan Canal and the archaeological wonders of Kilmartin Glen are a short drive away. “There’s so much to explore, from castles to forests and tiny villages,” says Bridgeen.

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Over the last few years there has been examples in the media of Cosmetic Surgical and Non Surgical treatments that have less than ideal outcomes. DR EMMA RAVICHANDRAN, Scotland’s Leading Aesthetic Doctor and Director of Clinetix Rejuvenation, offers advice on finding an Aesthetic Practitioner you can trust. In the UK, who can carry out injectable treatments?

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Aesthetically trained Registered Doctors (GMC), Dentists (GDC) and Nurses (NMC) can carry out injectable treatments. Only a Doctor or a Dentist can legally offer you a treatment at the same time as your consultation. In July 2012 the General Medical Council banned remote prescribing of Botulinum toxin. This means that all patients must have a face to face consultation with the Doctor, Dentist or Independent Nurse Prescriber responsible for their prescription before their treatment. Who else offers injectable treatments?

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Lack of enforceable regulation until now has led to a sharp rise in injectors from different medical and nonmedical backgrounds who are now offering facial injectables in a variety of locations, from beauty salons, hairdressers, hotels and even patients homes. Programmes such as ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ have encouraged Beauticians to exploit loopholes that allow them to offer these treatments after a one day course. These injectors do not have support from the manufacturers of the products, they do not have access to advanced training, and although they may acquire insurance, it is unlikely that the underwriter will offer complete protection for the patient due to the change in the law regarding remote prescribing.

Why is there such a wide range of prices for apparently the same facial rejuvenation procedures?

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Like many things in life, you get what you pay for in this industry. An experienced practitioner will have spent years and tens of thousands of pounds on recognised training. They will provide a complete range of treatments to treat the needs of any patient. They will use gold standard products to get the best and longest lasting results. They will have invested in building a specialised clinic that will comply with medical regulations. Like any other business, a practitioner who has low overheads can offer low prices. Short-term marketing incentives used by many practitioners selling cut price treatments may result in them using inferior products, or lowering the amount of product that they use so that you get inferior results that do not last very long.

EMMA RAVICHANDRAN Director Clinetix Rejuvenation and Clinetix Training Academy

complication arise, they will be able to deal with it. Your skin should be protected every day to minimise skin ageing. As a general rule use a factor 30 in Scotland, and a factor 50 if sunbathing somewhere hot.

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How do I choose my aesthetic Practitioner?

Make sure your injector is a Doctor, Dentist or Nurse. Don’t be frightened to ask for and confirm their registration with the appropriate body. Ask for evidence of attendance of multiple training courses with a wide variety of products and techniques.

Do not use someone who offers to treat you in the comfort of your own home. Your home is not a safe environment to receive an injected prescription medicine.

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Make sure the practitioner provides you with a phone number so that you can speak to them if you have any concerns after the treatment.

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Ensure that a 2-week review appointment is offered. The cost of the treatment should include this visit.

Finally follow your “gut instinct”. If the practitioner doesn’t seem to be listening or fully interested in your needs, walk away – even if all of the above is in place! You need to have someone who is a 100% devoted to getting the best possible result that you are looking for (rather than what they think is right for you).

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Aesthetic Medicine is exactly that, medicine. Botox is a prescription drug and dermal fillers are injectable implants. Aesthetic Medicine is both an art and a discipline that takes a lot of time to learn and get good at. Experienced practitioners will assess someone’s facial anatomy, skin health and individual needs in order to recommend an appropriate treatment plan. They will understand the underlying cause of your aesthetic concern and treat that rather than camouflaging lines. In the right hands, and with the right products, subtle, natural and truly rejuvenating results can be achieved. An experienced injector will be less likely to cause adverse events, however should a

Clinetix Rejuvenation Tel: 0800 917 5542 or Tel: 0141 221 0229 www.clinetix.co.uk


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Amanda Hamilton brings us up to speed on her recent interview with Mike Heatlie, one of the world’s leading personal trainers and secret weapon of many celebrity bodies.

034 ASK ANNE Every issue we invite Anne Ferguson to provide expert advice and answers for all your haircare questions.

036 SUCCESSFUL & SEXY 040

When first impressions can be lasting impressions should we be saying no to traditional suits and yes to modern day power dressing?

040 TWENTY IS PLENTY A healthy yet delicious meal is a must for women on the go - so instead of opting for a quick fix, or worse, a ‘ding dinner’, why not try one of these mouth-watering recipes - guaranteed to be on your plate within 20 minutes.


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seasonal beauty This season’s BEAUTY must-haves, from advanced eye care to innovative cellulite solutions, to keep you feeling fabulous.

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1: ARTISTRY CREME LUXURY EYE, £107, a highly concentrated and advanced anti-ageing eye treatment that provides 360º repair around the eye area. www.amway.co.uk 2: GIORGIO ARMANI BLUSHING FABRIC, £29, creates a luminous fabric–like finish with incredible transparency - this sensuously textiled blush wraps skin in weightless perfection. www.armanibeauty.co.uk 3: FAKE BAKE TANNING BODY BUTTER, £18, specially formulated for those with dry skin, offering a moisturiser and a streak-free self-tan all in one product. www.fakebake.co.uk

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4: BIOELIXIA BODYSHAPER CELLULITE CONTOUR CREME, £39.95, new breakthrough formula with Tricellite Active ingredients and patented TPM Delivery Technology scientifically proven to reduce the appearance of the bumps and 'orange peel' dimples associated with cellulite by an average of 38% in 28 days. www.boots.com 5: BAKEL COOL EYES, £75, say goodbye to puffy eyes and help diminish dark circles with this intensive regenerating eye cream. www.spacenk.com 6: BLISS THAT’S INCREDI-PEEL, £39, spa-strength glycolic pads create an ‘overnight facial’ effect with convenient, single-step, no-rinse exfoliating peel pads. www.blissworld.co.uk


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Ask...

sara SARA HILL, celebrity make-up artist and director of The Academy of Make-up, shares her top tips - from the worldwide crazy that is BB Creams to what trends to keep your eye on this autumn/winter!

Blush is the new bronzer... It has always been my passion to rid the world of over-bronzed orange faces! I believe a more natural effect is to add a little colour to the cheeks with blush instead of, or as well as, bronzer. I was delighted to hear that blush is making a huge come back this autumn. Seen at Mulberry and Michael Kors fashion shows - pretty and pink flushed cheeks were all the rage. A great way to wear blush is to opt for a cream version. It's easy to apply, long wearing and gives a natural effect. Cream blush is also great for dry or mature skins as it give a lovely glow to the cheeks. Pictured: NARS The Multiple (Undress Me), £29, multi-purpose stick for eyes, cheeks, lips & body, www.narscosmetics.co.uk

Eyes are in focus this autumn/winter! From messy, smudged liner that create ‘morning-after’ eyes, as seen at Jean Paul Gaultier and Louis Vuitton's fashion shows, to the paint box effect using a variety of colours from blue to green eyeshadows across the lid, teamed with black eyeliner in the waterline. Blue mascara also makes a come back, worn with nude eye makeup and nude lip - or a dark red lip for the more daring!

What is BB Cream, and is it the same as Tinted Moisturiser?

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BB Cream stands for Blemish Balm Cream. The product was originally created by German dermatologists to help patients who had gone through laser skin surgery. The product was meant to soothe and regenerate the skin tissue. The craze was born in Korea where the product slowly started branching out to Japan, China, Singapore, and other parts of Asia - thus creating a hot trend worldwide. Here’s some of the major differences you’ll see between BB Creams versus Tinted Moisturisers. Please note some brands say they are a BB cream and actually are not, read below to see what to look out for:

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Tinted Moisturiser A tinted moisturiser is normally a thin consistency compared to the thicker, creamy formula of a BB Cream. Good tinted moisturisers may be expensive, for instance Laura Mercier, £33, which is very good! It’s worth noting that tinted moisturisers can sometimes prove more expensive than foundations. Tinted moisturiers also offer no anti-aging ingredients, no whitening benefits, and low SPF (SPF 15-30), versus BB Creams that start at 30 and go as high as 40+.

BB Cream BB cream has soothing, healing properties, may have whitening benefits depending on the brand you purchase, and come in a limited number of shades, as opposed to tinted moisturisers that come in a wide variety of shades. They contain high SPF and contain anti-aging ingredients. They work as a foundation, concealer plus moisturiser, so no other base products are needed. Pigmented, thick and creamy yet lightweight and breathable are some characters of a good BB Cream. They are also long lasting I’ve seen eight hours or longer of wear time with a quality BB Cream. Pictured: Dr Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm Cream SPF40, £24, www.boots.co.uk

Sara Hill - The Academy of Make-up Sara offers one-to-one make-up lessons and make-up artistry courses from her make-up studio in Glasgow, www.theacademyofmake.com

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AMANDA HAMILTON.BWS17

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AMANDA HAMILTON, nutritionalist, entrepreneur, health guru and television presenter, brings us up to speed on her recent interview with MIKE HEATLIE, one of the world’s leading personal trainers and secret weapon of many celebrity bodies.

wonder if you read the recent headlines that a lack of exercising can be just as deadly as smoking – or perhaps you were too busy in the gym! Here at weight loss HQ we have been looking closer at the truths and myths about real physical fitness. I was lucky enough to interview Mike Heatlie, world leading personal trainer whose many famous clientele include none other than Gwen Stefani. When it comes to physical activity, Mike is an expert. He holds three degrees, and owns a private Personal Training Studio in Edinburgh (he is also a bit of a hottie). From the beginning, Mike makes it clear that he doesn’t believe in the ‘magic pill’ when it comes to physical fitness. “Losing body fat and getting in shape is theoretically simple, but practically challenging. The bottom line is that to lose body fat and develop lean muscle tissue to the extent that you look fit and lean takes a lot of hard work. Does that mean we’re screwed? No it doesn’t. There are plenty of things we can do in terms of dieting and exercise that can create a lean figure and feel wonderful about ourselves providing we’re willing to demonstrate a degree of discipline and dedication.” Discipline and dedication doesn’t sound as much fun as dark chocolate and DVDs but then if Gwen (or Gwyneth for that matter) swear by it perhaps it is worth pushing ourselves that bit harder in the gym. “The vast majority of celebrities such as

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Gwen Stefani work really hard to get in that type of condition. Gwen is the most hard-working client I’ve ever trained, and the results show it.” What about the rest of us ‘normal’ folk? How much hard work should we really be putting in? “Well the issue is not necessarily time, it’s quality, or intensity,” explains Mike, “One could train 10 hours per week through low-intensity cycling or three hours per week in a Personal Training session at a much higher intensity and they would do better with the latter. As an average guide 3-6 hours per week is good enough for both.” But what exactly should we be doing when we do take the time to exercise? Mike’s philosophy seems to be to keep things simple; “Ultimately the best way to look lean and wonderful is resistance training coupled with cardiovascular conditioning.” There are of course many other factors to take into account when it comes to the right amount of exercising, the more obvious one being age. On that, er, touchy subject, I wanted to get Mike’s opinion on the ’middle-age spread’ and find out if it was fact or fiction. “100% FACT,” asserts Mike. “You only need to look out your front door! I hear so often during consultations at my personal training studio in Edinburgh that people ‘used to be fit’ but through work, starting a family, more responsibility etc. they are no longer active. Increased stress levels appear to become more

Losing body fat and getting in shape is theoretically simple, but practically challenging. Mike Heatlie

apparent and this also leads to weight-gain through poor eating habits and rising levels of the stress hormone cortisol that promotes fat storage, particularly abdominal fat.” So, what to so to try to shape bodies in the Gwen Stefani direction? Mike recommends a ‘firm but gentle’ approach.” Sounds like my approach to parenting but do let me know if it works for you and your body too! Read Amanda’s full interview with Mike Heatlie plus many other articles when you sign up for Amanda Hamilton’s Life Changing Weight Loss, visit www.amandahamilton.co.uk

Amanda Hamilton

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anne Every issue we invite ANNE FERGUSON - director of celebrity stylist Taylor Ferguson Hairdressing - to provide expert advice and answers for all your haircare questions. Hair extensions amaze me, and I’ve decided for my 40th to have a full head done. Will they be easy to look after?

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To sum up – yes. You treat them exactly how you’d treat your own hair and can style them in the same fashion. We use Great Lengths real hair and the quality is first class (pictured below). The difference after a full head application can be pretty dramatic. Investing in a full head will cost from around the £800 mark, but the transformation will be significant.

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I’ve got blonde hair and I feel it looks lacklustre. I’m not keen on highlights being applied but someone in the office suggested lowlights to break up the solid look of my natural colour. Is this a good option?

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Before and after hair extensions - courtesy of Great Lengths.

I think lowlights would certainly help break that block colour look. I’d suggest several shades so the look is very natural. Don’t be afraid to ask your stylist to try different shades.

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Is it wrong to tell my teenage daughter that daily use of her straightening irons is damaging to her hair?

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It’s correct – and please keep telling her and encourage her to stop daily use please. That constant exposure to heated appliances will play havoc with her hair condition.

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I’m a slave to my frizzy hair each day. I need to get up so early to ensure that I’ll get in under control before leaving for the office. I’ve swithered about getting it chemically straightened but have never had the confidence. What’s your remedy - and will it last?

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Without doubt, the most concerns we get from new clients is focused around the big frizz so take heart that you’re not alone. However, there is a solution at hand – and that’s the excellent Nanokeratin Gold Therapy smoothing treatment (pictured top right). This contains gold and cashmere keratin and works

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extremely well. The Gold Therapy treatment costs from £250 and that includes a cut. Once it’s done in the salon you can’t wash your hair or get it wet for at least three to five days. This allows the hair to adapt to the treatment, and it ensures better results, so if you can wait the full five days then even better! I can’t tell you how often I hear back from our clients who’ve had this treatment and rave about it. One client says we’ve changed her life – because she’s no longer a self-proclaimed ‘frizz victim’. My boss moans at me when I book him an appointment at his usual salon because his stylist rarely uses scissors. He says he shouldn’t always have a haircut with clippers. What’s your guideline for a gent’s hairdo?

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To be honest no one size fits all. Perhaps all your boss needs to do is raise the issue – I’m sure the stylist will be only too happy to change his or her way of cutting. A combo of both will often deliver a great result.

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Taylor Ferguson Hairdressing 106 Bath Street, Glasgow G2 2EN Tel: 0141 332 0397 www.taylorferguson.com


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FASHION.BWS17

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When first impressions can be lasting impressions should we be saying NO to traditional suits and YES to modern day power dressing? Stylist, VICTORIA MARTIN and Make-up Artist SARA HILL unzip their opinions alongside some fabulous must-have fashion...

BLACK DRESS, Mango, £44.99, www.mango.com BLACK BIKER JACKET, Mary Portas @ Frasers, £169, www.houseoffraser.co.uk PRINTED SCARF, Mary Portas @ Frasers, £35, www.houseoffraser.co.uk SHOES, Dune, £85, www.dune.co.uk


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Sara Hill - Make-up Artist Power dressing is a term that has been used since the late 1970s and reflected the clothing styles favoured in business and politics in the US and UK throughout the 1980s. The style was influenced by the cast of the television US shows Dynasty and Dallas, and was even sported by the Iron Lady herself ex Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Women have come a long way in the work place in the last 50 years, so, do we still feel that wearing a suit is the way to equality? If given the choice would we still wish to dress the same as a man? Or is it just a uniform like any other? Some feel that what you wear to work shouldn't be a reflection of our talent, status or success, wearing a suit in the corporate environment creates a sense of balance removing a women's ‘sexuality’ so it doesn't become an issue. “Everyone knows that you should avoid clothes that are too tight or too skimpy. If your clothing is overly revealing, you may have difficulty getting attention for your ideas" says Leah Bourne, Forbes women magazine. On the other side why is sexuality seen as a negative, why should a women's natural body shape be seen as a ‘distraction’ or even sexual for that matter with more and more women entering the board room and leading the corporations is it time to say no to suits and dress the way we feel best? Laura from Glasgow City Council told us, “I have to wear a suit and shirt to the office, but I'm a DD chest and I have to always be aware of my middle button popping open during meetings at work, it drives my mad, surely being comfortable in what you wear would make everyone feel more confident and in turn more productive. I’m not talking about mini skirts but at least something a little more on trend what be good." So whether you feel more confident in a suit, or would prefer to wear something that showed a little more curves, maybe whichever option makes you feel more like an individual is the way to go. Why is a suit still deemed a professional uniform? For a man or a women, maybe it's time for a change, maybe men could start wearing dresses!

GREEN TROUSERS, Label Lab @ Frasers, £55, www.houseoffraser.co.uk GREY COWL NECK T-SHIRT, Label Lab @ Frasers, £25, www.houseoffraser.co.uk GREY BLAZER, Label Lab @ Frasers, £80, www.houseoffraser.co.uk SHOES, Reiss, £89, www.reissonline.co.uk GREEN SUEDE CLUTCH, Biba @ Frasers, £149, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Victoria Martin - Stylist First impressions are lasting impressions - if you dress as if you have given up on life then the chances are your colleagues or clients will think your work is of a similar half-hearted nature. Women that can wear a great, fitted dress or a bold colour in the boardroom show an inner confidence and belief in themselves which shows that they aren't afraid to command attention and they always have something interesting to say! If you can bear it - make sure you always finish off any outfit with heels. I always do and people say that they can hear me coming before they see me - making an entrance wearing fabulous shoes will always be in style. To me, sexiness is all about confidence and that comes from knowing that you look good. If you have curves, don't hide them under baggy clothes - invest in pencil skirts and well-fitting tailoring. Don't ever be afraid to show that you are a woman! Have fun with fashion, try new styles that you would never have previously worn. Sometimes you've got to fake it til you make it - hold your head high and wear that fabulous new dress to work, you will be amazed at the positive reaction you get. Confidence breeds confidence and it won't be long before you're up for that big promotion! Success is only ever a great dress away! Say NO to suits and YES to modern day power dressing!

GREY TOP, Label Lab @ Frasers, ÂŁ50, www.houseoffraser.co.uk HAT, H&M, ÂŁ7.99 www.hm.com


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LEATHER JACKET, Whistles, £295, www.whistles.co.uk GREY T-SHIRT, Whistles, £35, www.whistles.co.uk SNAKE PRINT JEANS, Whistles, £85, www.whistles.co.uk SHOES, Carvela, £85

PHOTOGRAPHER Angela Stewart, www.angelastewartphotography.com ART DIRECTOR AND MAKE-UP ARTIST Sara Hill, represented by Colours Agency, Academy Director, The Academy of Make-up, 93 Hope street, Glasgow G2 6LD Tel: 0141 227 6785 Email: info@theacademyofmakeup.com www.theacademyofmakeup.com STYLIST Victoria Martin, www.victoriamartinstyle.co.uk HAIR Rachel Kelly from Kudos Hairdressing, Paisley, tel: 0141 589 3803 MODEL Jay Spence from Colours Agency, www.coloursagency.com

PURPLE DRESS, Pied a Terre @ Frasers, £140, www.houseoffraser.co.uk SHOES, Carvela, £120

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FOOD.BWS17

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twenty is plenty A healthy yet delicious meal is a must for women on the go - so instead of opting for a quick fix, or worse, a ‘ding dinner’, why not try one of these mouth-watering recipes guaranteed to be on your plate within 20 minutes. Recommended by The Cross Keys, Tel: 01786 870 293, www.kippencrosskeys.com

LIGHTLY SPICED MIXED SWEET PEPPER RISOTTO Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 140g x risotto rice 1 half x vegetable stock cube 1 half x small diced red pepper 1 half x small diced yellow pepper 1 half x small diced orange pepper 10g crushed dried chillies 15g small diced ginger 1 x tbsp sesame oil 75 ml olive oil 30g small diced shallots

METHOD • Mix the peppers and put half of them in pot with the ginger, olive oil and sesame oil. Sweat the mixture then liquidise to a puree before setting aside. • Fry the rest of the diced peppers in olive oil and add the chillies to finish before setting aside. • Sweat the shallots then add the risotto rice and pepper puree along with the crumbled stock cube and water. Cook while stirring all the time (approximately 8 mins) until absorbed and rice is al dente to taste.

• When ready to serve add the cooked diced peppers and chilli to risotto and stir until you have a good mix flecked with peppers. • Serve in bowls with freshly grated parmesan.


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By Jamie & Roddy from Oddbins, Hyndland Rd, Glasgow

These days there is much more to Spain than Rioja - every region has something interesting and tasty to offer. Here are our current favourites... LUIS ALEGRE CRIANZA 2008 (£11) has everything you want from Rioja. Ripe fruit flavours of plum and black raspberry are beautifully balanced by the spicy oak, and there's a nice savoury twist which makes it a great dinner wine.

TUNA LOIN WITH NICOISE SALAD Serves 2

INGREDIENTS 2 x medium sized tuna loin steaks Olive oil Flour (for dusting tuna) 2 x eggs 2 x boiled new potatoes 12 x trimmed Green beans 2 x plum Tomatoes 2 x thinly Sliced radishes 2 x small diced spring onions Red wine vinegar 75g black olives Salt & pepper Selection of salad leaves Chopped chives METHOD • Boil the eggs for 12 mins, cool in cold water then peel. Slice the eggs into quarters and set aside.

Mencia is a grape variety found in North West Spain. In the EL CAYADO ROSADO 2010 (£7.25) it makes a bright strawberry rosé, dry and slightly herbaceous - Spanish sunshine in a glass. For corporate tastings, account facilities, free local delivery and friendly advice, contact Oddbins Hyndland: Jamie & Roddy Oddbins Hyndland 164A-165A Hyndland Road Glasgow G12 9HT Tel: 0141 334 6656 Email: hyndland@oddbins.com

ENJOY A DELICIOUS

• Wash and cut each tomato into 4-6 pieces and add to the leaves, spring onions, olives, radishes and leaves. Drizzle with olive oil, red wine vinegar and salt and pepper. Mix.

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• Bring a medium pan of salted water to the boil. Add the green beans and boil for 3 mins or until they are al dente. Set aside in a warm place.

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• Heat a skillet and brush with olive oil. Dust the tuna loins with flour and cook for 1.5 mins each side, then turn for a further 1 min creating a criss cross pattern.

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• Split the salad into two large soup bowls, adding the warmed new potatoes and boiled eggs. Top with the tuna, green beans, chives and a small drizzle of oil.

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OPULENT STYLE.BWS17

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The ultimate piece of kit - a VIBROGYM EXERCISE MACHINE covered in more than 65,000 Swarovski Elements crystals. www.vgymuk.com

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CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE.BWS17

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B U S I N E S S women scotland C hristmas Gift Guide In conjunction with Business Women Scotland magazine we have compiled our fabulous A5 BWS Christmas Gift Guide... The BWS gift guide is packed full of ideas and inspiration to help solve your Christmas gift dilemmas. It could be a gift for a colleague or a thank you to companies you are associated with. We have collected some individual presents that would be suitable for any male or female recipients.

The Christmas Gift Guide will include the following: Food Gifts | Alcohol Gifts | Personal Gifts | Gifts for Him | Gifts for Her Advertise in the BWS Gift Guide from as little as £125 for a 1/4 page. The BWS Christmas Gift Guide will be available in print and online from the beginning of September 2012. The online version will be sent out to our extensive BWS database - with direct hyperlinks to advertisers’ websites/shops. To fill the last few spaces for advertising please email: lorna@bwsltd.co.uk Companies involved include: House of Fraser | Fabulous Black | Portavadie | Taste of Scotland | Auchrannie | Peckhams

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BLYTHSWOOD SQUARE HOTEL.BWS17

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